August 4, 2010 in news
Remember Eloise? She’s the (fictional) six-year-old who lives in the room on the “tippy-top floor” of the Plaza Hotel in New York with her nanny, her dog (Weenie) and her turtle (Skipperdee). Her books debuted in 1955, her portrait hangs in the hotel lobby and, as of last week, she has her own suite.
The honour of designing the fun yet girly space went to Betsey Johnson and I can’t think of a designer more perfect (or precocious) to bring Eloise’s world to life.
The pink and black tones of the room reflect the styles of both Eloise and Johnson – a chandelier hangs from the ceiling, zebra-print carpet covers the floor (to muffle the sound when Eloise “stomps her skates to ‘make a really loud and terrible racket,’” according to a statement from the hotel), a king-size bed with sparkly padded pink headboard has Eloise’s name scrawled in neon lights affixed to the wall above, and petticoats and tutus hang in the closet for dress-ups.
The Eloise Suite starts at $995 a night and opens on 16 August. Guests also have the option of booking the adjoining “grown-up” Edwardian suite, which brings the total to $2,045 a night for both rooms.
I hope Eloise invites me for a sleepover soon – I think I could get away with anything in her room!