7. Eloise, The Plaza’s Most Famous Fictional Resident, Has Inspired a Number of Quirky Hotel Features

Kay Thompson’s Eloise books, the first of which was published in 1955, feature the Plaza’s most famous resident, the girl who lives in a “room on the tippy-top floor” of the Plaza with her Nanny, her pug dog Weenie, and her turtle Skipperdee. Eloise has since spawned four sequels, dozens of toys, a film, and countless merchandising products. The Plaza Hotel, in her honor, now offers a children’s ‘Eloise’ menu, an Eloise store at the bottom of the hotel, and an Eloise Suite, styled the way it’s described in the books and open for reservation.