This hotel is quintessential New York. Built in the 20's in a Federal Style architecture, this hotel still feels and exudes all that is great about old New York. It's lobby is beautifully decorated, spacious and bustling with activity. The uniformed staff employees are almost all New Yorkers and are lifelong employees of this hotel. They are homegrown as their accents and banter clearly reveal. The service and wait staff is a melting pot of neighborhoods and cultures found only in NY. They are all friendly and anxious to serve you. After all they want you to spend your money with them but it feels very sincere. Walking into the lobby is like an oasis in a city that has become overwhelmed with pedestrian traffic and international tourists.
I stayed in a new room that I believe is a prototype for a planned renovation. It was very well designed and thoroughly thought out. Large flat screen with crystal clear reception Murals of the Hudson and art from depicting New York scenes. The lamps, linens, bathroom features and amenities were greatly improved from the Old Barclay. Allot of attention was obviously paid to modern travelers need for convenient plugs to recharge electronics etc. Room service was quick and an excellent value. The big expense other than the room are the parking fees of $60 a day but that 's the standard rate in NYC these days. The health club is small but has top end equipment for a quick workout. I really like this hotel and recommend it whenever someone wants an authentic, traditional New York experience. If they go through with the rumored renovation, The Barclay will re-emerge as one of New York's finest hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The InterContinental New York Barclay is currently under renovation. The entire building is being refurbished and will reopen by fall 2015. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel New York City
- Intercontinental New York City
- Intercontinental Barclay New York
- New York City Intercontinental
- Barclay New York
- Barclay Hotel New York
- Intercontinental Barclay Hotel New York