A revamped New York icon with style
704 Rooms / 31 Suites
Walk into InterContinental New York Barclay and chances are you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the 1920s. The East Midtown hotel oozes Old World style and charm, the kind you can imagine travelers appreciated a century ago — the luxe lobby has a selection of different seating areas, perfect for enjoying coffee, cocktails or a private conversation all feeling very removed from the busy streets of the Big Apple.
Grand diamond-patterned marble floors complement a blend of traditional and contemporary furnishings, tall white columns, fresh-cut flowers and artwork that reflects the rich history of New York, such as the 19th-century Hudson River School landscapes.
The Barclay, with its 17-foot coffered ceilings and Federalist design elements, is one of New York City’s most iconic hotels. Originally built as part of the Grand Central Terminal expansion, the Barclay became a notable resting place for elite travelers from across the country. Dating back to 1926, the exquisite hotel has entertained the who’s who of Hollywood, politicians and cultural icons, including Ernest Hemingway, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Bill Clinton.
Today, thanks to a $180 million renovation project, the redesigned New York City hotel is an ideal choice for both leisure and business travelers with a refreshed steely gray look that both adheres to its roots and incorporates contemporary design.
For weddings, galas, social gatherings and power meetings, there’s a new dramatic Carrara marble grand staircase, breathtaking crystal chandeliers and several elegantly designed event spaces totaling 15,000 square feet.
It doesn’t get more central than this. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the hotel sits amid some of the city’s most famous attractions, including St. Patrick's Cathedral, Central Park, Fifth Avenue luxury boutiques, Rockefeller Center, the Theater District, Times Square and many café’s and restaurants.
While walking is your best bet at getting around this neighborhood, you can easily get around to other parts of the city and beyond via several nearby subway lines and, of course, the trains at Grand Central.
After a long day of hustling and bustling through the streets of New York City, there’s nothing like returning to a place that feels like a comfortable, upscale home. Keeping with the Federalist details of the original design of the luxury hotel, there’s beauty to be found in the smallest details.
From the eagle medallion doorplates fixated on the guest room doors to subway-tiled bathrooms, each of the 704 residential-style guest rooms is reminiscent of a tony Park Avenue apartment, complete with local artwork that nods to the Barclay’s history. Accommodations have options for an in-room shopping experience, a Press Reader that features 2,000 international magazines and newspapers, and a 42-inch LED flat-screen TV with access to foreign television channels.
Eco-conscious travelers can rest easy, too. The property has demonstrated a commitment to environmental protection with several green initiatives and partnerships with programs such as Clean the World, which save lives with items that traditionally end up in landfills.
The Midtown Manhattan hotel boasts a multilingual staff and a restaurant featuring a locally sourced menu (the international breakfast buffet is top-notch). The Gin Parlour is a new addition to the renovated hotel and harkens, again, to the glamorous days of the 1920s Jazz Age. It has 88 premium gins on hand bartenders can mix up a slew of specialty cocktails to suit your palate.
The Club InterContinental is another attractive feature for complimentary breakfast, a private space for social engagements and customized services like private check-in.