Plaza Hotel Unveils Remodeled Astor Suite, Smashes Rental Record

The Plaza Hotel today unveiled its newly renovated Astor Suite, which will rent for $165,000 per month, the most expensive rental in New York history.

The suite takes its name from John Jacob Astor VI, who resided in the three-bedroom suite in the 1930s. It later became known as the Presidential Suite and welcomed guests such as John F. Kennedy and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

“Never before has a residence with such historical significance been on the market,” said Melanie Lazenby of Prudential Douglas Elliman, who represents the property.

A press release issued today includes the following description:

The apartment is filled with 18th, 19th, and 20th century furniture and artifacts; intricate plaster moldings; remarkable antique marble fireplace mantles; and hand hammered leather walls created in France in a one-of-a-kind pattern, silk rugs, and herringbone patterned wood floors.  He sought to incorporate as many authentic details that speak to the history of the building as possible.  However, in contrast to old world details, the apartment boasts “state-of-the-art” technology including a new heating/cooling system with humidifiers for protecting artwork, a Savant system that can control everything from the music to the lighting in every room from an iPad, and televisions hidden behind paintings on a hydraulic lift.  The owner of the apartment, who wishes to remain anonymous, paid almost $30,000,000 for the Astor Suite, which consists of two units, in 2007 and has spent millions to restore, upgrade, and furnish the apartment to the absolute highest standard.  The asking rent of $165,000 includes all furnishings, electronics, artwork, and maid service.