InterContinental New York Barclay

A revamped New York icon with style
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.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The Barclay, with its 17-foot coffered ceilings and Federalist design elements, is one of New York City’s most iconic hotels.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Midtown Manhattan hotel boasts a multilingual staff and a restaurant featuring a locally sourced menu (the international breakfast buffet is top-notch).
Things to Know
  • 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.
  • 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 Club InterContinental is another attractive feature for complimentary breakfast, a private space for social engagements and customized services like private check-in.
The Rooms
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Keeping with the Federalist details of the original design of the luxury hotel, there’s beauty to be found in the smallest details—look for the local artwork that nods to the Barclay’s history.
The Restaurants
  • The Gin Parlour is a sophisticated, yet casual eatery serving up modern cuisine that honors the international culture and history of New York City dining. 
  • A highlight of the Barclay restaurant’s daily offerings is the organic, international breakfast buffet featuring locally sourced ingredients like bagels and pastries from Kossar’s and maple syrup from Diehl Homestead Farm.
  • The responsibly sourced dinner menu changes seasonally. Dishes might include Long Island Skate with morel mushrooms, oysters “Reuben” with house-made pickle relish and a dry-aged New York strip steak with black garlic gnocchi.
  • Offering 88 different types of gin, classic and creative cocktails are always on tap from the skilled mixologists behind the bar.
Getting There
111 East 48th Street, New York City, New York, 10017
LGA  (24-40 min)   JFK   EWR  
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