5. The Plaza Hotel (Sex and the City, Home Alone 2)
From canon ball jumping into the pool to gorging on a medley of delicious deserts, it’s fair to say Kevin McAllister thoroughly enjoyed his stay at the “Park Plaza Hotel” in Home Alone 2. one of the most hilarious New York movies ever filmed, The Plaza Hotel, is a 20-story luxury hotel on the corner of 5th Avenue and 58th Street. When the French Renaissance château-style building first opened in 1907, a room at the Plaza Hotel was only $2.50 per night, the equivalent of $63 today. The same room would cost as much as 15 times that now.
The Plaza Hotel has a long and decorated history of being used by dignitaries and celebrities. The Persian Room has been the site of performances by numerous national singers such as the Mills Brothers, Peggy Lee, Patti Page, etc. More relevant to today’s news, in 1993 the ballroom hosted Donald Trump’s wedding to Marla Maples in front of 1,500 guests.
Throughout the years the Plaza Hotel has changed hands numerous times. It was, for a time, owned by Trump, who famously said, “I haven’t purchased a building, I have purchased a masterpiece.” After multiple renovations—which saw the addition of private condo hotel units—and changes of ownership, the Plaza Hotel is currently owned by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality.