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Hotel Plaza Athenee New York
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   37 E 64th St at Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10065 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #131 of 455 Hotels in New York City
Stonington, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Europe in New York”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Elegant atmosphere and attentive, skilled staff. My room was very comfortable and peaceful. Bath was not small and was well equipped. Central location still feels residential. Hotel feels like Paris or London.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sag Harbor, Ny
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108 reviews 108 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This was my third visit to the Plaza Athenee in NYC. It is a small cozy hotel in the prime Madison Ave. shopping area very near Barney's. It has an old fashioned feel and the rooms and bathrooms are very small. Service in the bar is very friendly and quite slow. The staff are thoughtful - they treated us to a glass of prosecco while we waited past three PM for our room.
It is very quiet - great place to "sleep-in"

Room Tip: Guess from the reviews you better head for the penthouse....
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Overall a nice hotel with good quality. Limited reception area where luggages are stocked/accumulated. Very attentive and solution oriented staff especially at the reception and concierge. Moderate size deluxe rooms (ask for a room receiving daylight). Small size bathroom with limited amenities. Small but very cosy bar, entertaining magician show on Mondays...Reserve your taxi if you are travelling in peak hours otherwise doorman may not get you one for more than half an hour...

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Maybe it was AMEX FHR and maybe it was that the PA felt badly that I had such a terrible experience at the Palace NY (that I had to check out after checking in) but, when I arrived, not only was my room ready but I had been upgraded to the penthouse. WOW! Talk about an amazing hotel room! The room itself was huge with a great TV, walk-in closet with wall of mirrors, updated marble bathroom with fantastic shower (that even had great water pressure) then I also had a solarium (which did get a little warm because it had three walls of glass) which was a separate sitting room with a TV. The best part, however, was the roof-top wrap around terrace with sitting area and lounge - simply spectacular views of the city! Wow.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

I've stayed at the Plaza Athenee several times over the past few months since it is part of the AMEX FHR program.

Well, the hotel sure is showing its age. Common areas are looking quite worn and shabby, the bar/restaurant is aging (not so gracefully) and the rooms, especially the bathrooms, are very out-dated.

That said, the location is right in the center of the bullseye! Quite, tree-lined street just off madison, yet the 64th street location makes it an easy walk to the 57th street area (shopping epicenter), the park, and the offices on Madison and Park on the east side. (I view the Carlyle as sort of a close competitior, but the PA has a slightly better location since it is another 12 blocks uptown.

I should add that even though the hotel is well-worn, it does (generally) feel clean, or at least clean enough.

Also, while expensive, the PA usually seems to come in at a slightly lower price point than many of its competitors on the FHR roster... And, unlike many other properties, the AMEX room upgrade has always been available when I've stayed there.

Room Tip: Corner Rooms seem to be the best and most spacious.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago, Chile
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It's certainly a unforgetable experience to spend a classic New York weekend in this charming Hotel. A great mixture between the "savoire vivre" of the french culture and the friendly "customer service" of the Americans makes this Hotel a special Manhattan experience.
With a bar than can create very well made drinks and a quiet and personalized service at the restaurant, off course wilth complex french cousine, all of it with an early 20th century decoration, it is a perfect location to enjoy a quiet stay in mid town Manhattan.
The rooms are ample with plenty of sun light, with a bed that invites you to rest and have only good dreams. Luxury bathroom and an extraordinary Housekeeping Service.
Concierge services provide you with ample choices for restaurant reservations, show tickets and other helpfull tips, allways with great success.
A very good hotel focused in providing you with personalized service, at a good price for what you obtain.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Certainly, this is a fine hotel. The decor was done very nicely and tastefully and our room was nice, all marble bathroom, and of a decent enough size. Staff were nice as well. A bit formal and stuffy, but this is par for the course on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It's somewhat rare to find any guest outside of a full business suit.
The hotel's location is excellent and it is only one short block away form the Club Macanudo cigar bar- Pretty much the only place left in NYC to enjoy a cigar and a drink. In any case, there was one disappointment- Paid Internet. Now wait a minute! A $49 Motel 8 gives free internet, there is no reason on earth why a five star hotel, charging fifteen times the price of a Motel 8, has the nerve to charge for it. It's just the principle of the thing. Certainly they are not alone, many five star hotels and finer hotel still run this scam, but this practice must end. However, aside from this travesty, everything else was to my satisfaction there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 37 E 64th St at Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10065
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Upper East Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Spa Hotel in New York City
#88 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#108 Business Hotel in New York City
#114 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#182 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Plaza Athenee New York 5*
Number of rooms: 142
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Plaza Athenee, New York combines European grandeur with the intimacy of a luxury boutique hotel, creating a home away from home for sophisticated travelers from around the world for over two decades. Located on Manhattan's fashionable Upper East Side, one block to Central Park, the hotel sits in the quiet elegance of this residential neighborhood and shopping district. The prime location also makes the Athenee the perfect place to stay during the U.S. Open or for Fashion Week. With a major renovation completed in 2010, every room has been individually designed to bring out the best in the space. Many guest-rooms evoke a European townhouse feel. Others are more daring with modern styling, and even then other rooms, like the Thai Suite have allowed designers to tap into the same inspiration to travel that our guests arrive with. Many suites feature glass-enclosed terraces and outdoor balconies with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. The hotel is known for providing personalized, attentive service. We're proud to say that we know many of our guests personally, and love seeing faces both familiar and new. Modern amenities like iPod docks and flatscreens are complimented by services that have always made great Hotels like attentive maid service, appealing amenities and the like. The same attitude for exemplary service carries into our event staff, who can't wait to help you plan your next event. From meetings to weddings, you can rest assured knowing that our expert staff is willing to go the extra mile to create a beautiful space for your event. The hotel is home to the award-winning Arabelle restaurant offering diners an elegant atmosphere in a gorgeous gold-domed room. Cocktails, light fare and Afternoon Tea are served in the trendy, Bar Seine lounge where the combination of Moroccan and European furnishings, velvet curtains and leather floors mix to create a unique evening experience. ... more   less 
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