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The Plaza reopened last year after a three-year, $400-million restoration. Since then, the iconic Manhattan hotel has received some very mixed reviews. Some critics are less than pleased with the new interiors, describing them as "stiff" and "uninspired", and are even more down on the high rates, averaging about $1000 per night (Note: I checked rates in May and found the lowest to be $645 per night). On the other hand, there are those that think the enhancements have indeed restored the grande dame to her former glory, saying she's "even better than before" and "the experience is worth the price". I recently checked out the rooms myself and took a quick, albeit shaky, video.

What do you think of the new digs? Are they worth the high price tag? Or, is the harsh criticism a little too harsh? After all, The Plaza is one of the world's most famous hotels . . .

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