What makes The Peninsula New York different from other Five-Star hotels?

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With its Beaux-Arts design and Midtown location, you might think there’s not much that separates The Peninsula New York from many of the other upscale hotels in this part of town. But this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel stands out for its amenities that put it in a class by itself: a pool with a sun deck, a truly top-of-the-line gym, and high-tech, but still accessible guestroom gadgets.
 
Located on the 22nd floor, the New York hotel's pool is heated to a balmy 84 F, with a country club style layout, including chaise lounges, armchairs, pillows, fluffy robes and views of Fifth Avenue. During the summer months, the sun deck is open so you can sun bathe as well as swim. Complimentary sunscreen, magazines, newspapers and refreshments are passed out so you don’t have to worry about a thing.  
 
The Peninsula’s gym is easily one of the best in New York, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Fifth Avenue, with energetic music pumping through the speakers, flat-screen TVs and bamboo floors. You’ll find all the requisite workout equipment like elliptical machines, bikes and stair climbers, all with personal TV sets and headphones. A separate glass-enclosed studio offers a variety of group fitness classes and yoga throughout the day and there’s aqua aerobics in the pool. In addition to weight-training equipment, there’s also a nice variety of low-impact equipment like Swiss balls, body bars, resistance bands and medicine balls. When you’re done, you can continue sweating it out in the spa’s sauna and aromatherapy showers.
 
Peninsula guest rooms are known for their high-tech gadgets, with Panasonic flat-screen TVs, DVD players, an all-in-one fax, copier and printer, plus an iPod docking station. But what The Peninsula does differently than other hotels is it makes sure all the technology is easy to use, accessible and conveniently laid out for you. The nifty control panels in the foyer, by the bed and in the bathroom are all intuitive and easy to operate. The foyer panel lets you know the temperature and humidity outside, while the bedside panel turns on the lights, controls the music, sets the temperature and turns on the TV and the housekeeping sign, all from the comfort of your bed. In the bathroom, there’s another wall panel that controls the flat-screen TV. Just press a button, put your feet up and relax.

Jonathan Crook

In a nonstop, bustling city like New York, The Peninsula sets itself apart from other hotels by offering a quiet respite from the demands of the city. Our 23-story, 1905 landmark building retains many of the original Beaux-Arts architectural features, yet the newly refurbished interior and guestrooms exude classic modernity. Our hotel is very much like an urban resort — the Forbes Five-Star Peninsula Spa by ESPA, glass-enclosed pool, outdoor sun terrace and cutting-edge fitness center with daily group classes mean you don’t even need to leave the hotel for a great experience.

The service philosophy at The Peninsula is to ensure that guests receive a personalized experience and that their needs are not only met, but continually exceeded. If it’s business or pleasure that has you traveling to New York, it is our staff’s job to ensure that each guest’s stay is flawless. The hotel’s iconic pages are a great example of a unique service offering, as the page team’s sole job is to service guest requests, from dog walking to errand running. When you see a white page uniform walking through the lobby, you know he is hard at work for our guests — and always with a smile.

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