More than ninety years ago, The New York Times architecture historian Christopher Gray said of The Barclay’s elegantly understated façade that it was, “as confident and debonair as Gene Kelly on a dance floor.” Today, the same holds true not only for the historic railroad hotel’s exterior, but for its overall character as well.
The InterContinental New York Barclay, located in prime Midtown Manhattan was born in the heyday of New York City’s rich revitalization and is a product of the development of what is now known as the area between Grand Central and Central Park, Lexington and Park Avenues. In a time when skyscrapers, extravagant penthouses and some of the most elegant hotels in the world were shaping midtown, the Barclay hotel made its debut.
In 2016, after an extensive 20 month renovation, The Barclay reopened its doors welcoming guests through its inviting living-room like lobby. The new spectacular Carrara marble grand staircase leads all those who enter into a world where past and present meet. The interior design of the hotel reminds guests of its history, including what was in vogue during the period it was built. Antique maps and early 19th century Hudson River School landscapes adorn the public spaces and guest rooms. Rinceau and damask patterns, classical urns, sculptures and eagle medallion door plates, preserved from the original Barclay, abound. Amidst this reminder of the past however, contemporary color schemes and modern efficiencies blend reminding guests that this is very much a 21st century hotel.
The masterfully refurbished version of the residential style hotel features 702 spacious guestrooms and suites, reminiscent of a classic Park Avenue apartment. No detail was overlooked in designing the rooms, which offer guests the warm feeling of a home away from home. The bedrooms are graciously laid out including new marble-clad expansive bathrooms. The one bedroom executive and deluxe suites provide ample living and dining space, ideal for entertaining while away or living comfortably as one would expect in their own abode. The hotel’s most recent additions and standout rooms, the Presidential Suite and Harold S. Vanderbilt Penthouse truly set it apart from the competition. Both equally luxurious and distinguished, they are also each different in their own right. The Presidential Suite reminds us of the dignitaries and Presidents that have graced the hotel, with a stately décor including a library, dining room and baby grand piano. The Penthouse Suite amazes all who step foot inside, with its towering floor to ceiling windows, sprawling living area and 1300 square foot terrace overlooking the famous landmark Chrysler Building. Needless to say, both are ideal for private gatherings and resting.
Those seeking to conduct business and host meetings have over 20,000 square feet of event space at their disposal, ranging from private board and breakout rooms, to larger, grander ballrooms, the largest of which can hold up to 500 guests. From business to social events and weddings, The Barclay’s newly designed ballrooms offer the perfect backdrop while being catered to by a team of world-class professionals.
The hotel’s restaurant and bar, the Gin Parlour offers expertise in all things wines and spirits, particularly gin. With over 110 premier gins, the bar pays homage to the forbidden liquor of the 1920’s, creating one-of-a-kind cocktails. In addition, the restaurant’s modern and casual cuisine allows guests and patrons to unwind, relax and enjoy the intimate ambiance.
As if there is not reason enough to visit the InterContinental New York Barclay, its prime location alone draws the crowds, from business people to leisure guests seeking excitement in the city that never sleeps. Steps away from the city’s most notable attractions, fine dining, Broadway entertainment and the best shopping in the world on Fifth and Madison Avenues, The Barclay’s central Manhattan location allows guests to make the city their own.