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Hotel Plaza Athenee
Ranked #188 of 469 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 2, 2013

My husband and I decided to treat ourselves on a recent visit to NYC and stay at the Plaza Athenee hotel. Although we had often visited it for cocktails, this was our first, and last, overnight stay It started out promising, with a lovely upgrade to a generous room, huge closet and a modern, large bath...but the lighting designer should be shot..the bathroom was.dark and difficult for makeup and shaving. On the way to the room the bellboy chatted, but never offered to take the bag my husband was carrying.
There can be a long wait for a taxi...this hotel is on a quiet side street uptown on the East side and cabs are not plentiful.

Dinner was a disaster: the dining room was sparsely filled, but we were greeted warmly and seated. Halfway through our appetizer course the waiter came to clean the table , and when objected, he announced that the main course was on the way and we should put our appetizers on the side. No way! so our meal came later, a little dried out and lukewarm.

So, in spite of pleasant people, the rate of $895 per night (plus tax) , was not the luxury we expected and have experienced in other five star properties.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Athenee, General Manager at Hotel Plaza Athenee, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing your experience with other travelers. I am sorry to learn that you were unhappy with some aspects of your stay, particularly the restaurant, and would like to invite you to contact me personally at swurst@plaza-athenee.com so I can address your concerns.

Warm regards,
Sebastian Wurst
Hotel Manager

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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
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Thank Dapper1
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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
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Thank SagHarborAlice
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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
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Thank Murat-Rudy
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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
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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
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Thank rome1
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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
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Additional Information about Hotel Plaza Athenee

Address: 37 E 64th St, New York City, NY 10065-7003
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Upper East Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access 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:
#30 Spa Hotel in New York City
#77 Business Hotel in New York City
#141 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#163 Family Hotel in New York City
#186 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range: $278 - $928 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Plaza Athenee 5*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a charming, residential street on 64th Street between Park and Madison Avenue, Hotel Plaza Athénée is an Upper East Side luxury boutique hotel that has been a home away from home to royalty, world leaders, celebrities, executives and discerning travelers since 1984. Ideally situated in the heart of Manhattan, guests are just minutes from Central Park, Madison Avenue boutiques, galleries and museums. Elegant and refined in every detail, rich in style, Hotel Plaza Athénée offers a grand yet inviting setting where classic French inspired style meets Manhattan's uptown chic. Hand-painted murals, Italian marble, French antiques and luxe furnishings create a gracious haven. Guestrooms and suites have a distinct residential style in character with the genteel neighborhood where it resides. ... more   less 
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