The Plaza Hotel—the century-old Manhattan landmark renowned for white-gloved service and the prestigious guests—reopened its doors last March following a $400 million, two-and-a-half-year-long refurbishment. The property’s owner, the El-Ad Group, renovated 130 suites and 152 pied-a-terres and converted the remainder of the Beaux-Arts building into 178 private condominiums.
Long after the reopening celebrations ended, the sounds of construction could still be heard, as condo owners not content with the designated floor plan set out to reconfigure their new units. “We delivered apartments of different scenarios and they are fully delivered with a complete kitchen and bathroom,” says Gal Nauer, the Plaza’s interior design architect. “It is up to the owners to change them after they move in.”