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The Hotel: A Week in the Life of the Plaza

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Sonny Kleinfield gives readers a glimpse of luxury, exploring the goings-on of New York’s Plaza Hotel

Considered the world’s finest luxury hotel upon opening its doors in 1907, the Plaza has hosted kings and queens, tycoons, legends of culture, and world leaders. In The Hotel, Sonny Kleinfield dives into the world of luxury accommodation, focusing not on the A-list guests but the thirteen hundred–plus employees who tote luggage, change light bulbs, and clean rooms. The fine detail that goes into running the legendary Plaza emerges, as does the juicy hotel lore of crime, suicide, cons, and drunken mayhem from decades in business.

In this behind-the-scenes account, award-winning reporter Kleinfield takes readers through a typical week at the Plaza, showing exactly what goes on behind the front desk of one of the grandes dames of hospitality. From the managers to the maids, The Hotel is a revealing tour of the backstages of luxury living.

“Engrossing … a grand old hotel with stories to tell.” —The New York Times

“Reading [The Hotel] is at least as enjoyable—and certainly less expensive—than staying at the Plaza.” —Publishers Weekly

“As close to getting inside the Plaza as most people will come.” —Library Journal

Sonny Kleinfield is a reporter for the New York Times and the author of eight books. He has contributed articles to the Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, and Rolling Stone, and was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal before joining the Times. He shared in a Pulitzer Prize for a Times series on race in America, and has received a number of other accolades, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Meyer Berger Award, an American Society of Newspaper Editors Award, and the Gerald Loeb Award. A native of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, he is a graduate of New York University and lives in New York City.