Hotel Plaza Athenee
What We Love
- The glass-enclosed solariums with panoramic city views that come with some suites
- The colonial clubhouse vibe of the leather-floored, red-walled, velvet-curtained Bar Seine
- Lounging all day in the in-house Swiss-style spa. It’s the only Spa Valmont in the country, and the private treatment rooms come with ensuite steam showers
What To Know
- If you’re booking a suite in the summer, get one with a terrace; in the winter, ask for a solarium
- Breakfast is not included
- Even the smallest rooms are a good size for New York City
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Maybe it’s the setting on a brownstone-lined street, but even though there are more than 140 rooms here, the Plaza Athenee New York manages to feel more like a residential luxury townhouse than in a New York hotel. This is Beaux Arts style at its finest: all rich fabrics, marble bathrooms, Sferra Italian bed linens, gold Paul Garnier clocks. And while it might be pricey—celebs keeping a low profile love this place—the location is unbeatable for any who want to take advantage of Madison Avenue shopping, Central Park strolling, and convenient services like babysitting and dry cleaning. The intimate lobby is the antithesis of giant corporate hotel lobbies, decorated with sculptures, murals, and antique writing desks in the place of check-in counters. Arabelle is the place to be come nightfall, where updated classics like shrimp cocktail and oysters Rockefeller are served under a gold-domed ceiling and Murano chandeliers.
In the Area
The Upper East Side location is hard to beat. The hotel is a single tree-lined block from Central Park, walking distance from the three Bs—Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, and Bergdorf Goodman—and just a minute from the galleries, museums, and designer stores of Madison Avenue. Four of the city’s best museums are within walking distance (the Frick, the MoMA, the Guggenheim, and the Met) as are the Rockefeller Center and Broadway.
How to Get There
This is a charming hotel in an amazing neighborhood. Jose was very helpful in finding us a room for an early check in (we arrived on an early flight....at hotel by 10am) Jwan was always friendly and helpful at the door. He knows his baseball! The rooms were tastefully decorated and everything was very clean. We were minutes from Central Park. We would stay here again.
Stayed here with our three teenagers for a week and loved every minute of it. We booked the interconnected rooms which were spacious and very comfortable. It’s a main door that leads to two rooms with a tiny hallway so it’s both private and at the same time keeps the entire family together. The staff was kind all around - check in, professional concierges, cleaning staff - everyone was nice and gave us a warm feeling of home. The hotel is located in a beautiful residential area with plenty of eateries and within a walking distance to the park. Would love to stay here again!
The Plaza Athénée is a gem of the Upper East Side, NYC. From the moment you arrive, you are cared for and all cares seem to vanish. Take the time to speak with Mr. Cook, the concierge, as he is delightful and extremely knowledgeable. No task is too small or too large for him. The building is well preserved, gloriously decorated if you are of a conservative mind. But it’s the people, from Angel and Co. at the door, the motherly care of the room staff and turndown service, the management that are ever engaged, waitstaff that know what you want before you do, and the army behind the scenes that make it all possible but are magically invisible. Now my number one hotel when visiting NYC. Thank you for a wonderful stay. Photo is called “The Remains of the Day”