By Elizabeth Ladzinski
MIDTOWN — Decked out in hot-pink candy stripes, a chandelier of pink bulbs, and "Betseyville Rose" custom prints, the Plaza Hotel's Eloise Suite opened on Thursday.
The suite, inspired by the children's book character "Eloise" who lives in the "room on the tippy-top floor" of the Plaza Hotel, was decked out by whimsical fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who appeared for the grand opening.
The whimsy doesn't come cheap. For $995 a night as many as four children can stay in the suite. The fee includes goodies like an Eloise bathrobe and a $100 gift card to the hotel's Eloise shop.
If mom and dad plan to stay in the adjoining parent's suite, they'll get champagne and truffles for a total cost of $2,045 per night for both rooms.
In a nod to Eloise's pet turtle, Skipperdee, children are allowed to bring their pets. For an additional $35, a beloved reptile, or any other pet weighing less than 25 pounds, can bunk with their owner.
In the past, a model of Eloise's suite was displayed at the Plaza, but this is the first Eloise-themed suite available for bookings, a hotel spokesperson said.
"I think what kids are gonna love the most is just to have their own room," said Johnson. "And it's all Eloise."
The series of Eloise books was written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight, and includes titles such as "The Absolutely Essential Eloise," "Eloise in Paris," and "Eloise at Christmastime."