Plaza-opoly: Game Night for the Glamorous Life
Bored with traditional Monopoly? Spice it up a little. (Photo: The Plaza)
Game night is a tradition for many families and friends, but if you have worn out your old Monopoly board and wanted to give your game night the VIP treatment, you may want to head to the iconic Plaza Hotel soon to pick up Plaza-opoly! In one box, you can pretend to be a real estate mogul, build condos, and rub elbows with the top 1 percent at Plaza events past and present. With one dice roll, you may end up in the Oak Bar with the Beatles.
Who wouldn’t want to do that?
I have a confession to make. I am a real-life, adult Eloise, living in the Plaza Residences. I am honored that Yahoo Travel asked me to review this to see if it did the hotel and the original Monopoly justice.
Sadly, the adorable stuffed doorman does not come with the game. (Photo: Renee Cafaro)
Much like the original game, it is an impossibly long exercise in greed, bankruptcy, going to jail, and seeing your loved ones’ true colors.
Two of our six players were Monopoly novices, so I was worried that Plaza-opoly would prove to be more confusing than it was worth. Aside from the hot-pink and red properties looking like the same color, it was actually pretty easy to get the hang of. Quite possibly my favorite elements to the game were the Now & Then cards. Occasionally the actions were a little unclear, but that didn’t counteract how fun it was to see where in Plaza history an action would land you. If you have a strong attachment to the Plaza and are familiar with a lot of the lore, this game will be very entertaining for you!
For adults, wine and cheese are necessities for any game night, especially at the Plaza. (Photo: Renee Cafaro)