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
Stayed because a friend recommended the place and we thought we were getting a deal ($700 rather than $1100). My lhw membership gets me a room upgrade everywhere but at this hotel they could not figure it out. They moved us the next day to a bigger room. View of a brick wall, carpet that is worn and smells like urine, mold in the grout in the bath. Loud toilet seats, safe that didn't work as the batteries were out of juice and A/C that was as inefficient and indifferent as the consierge. Hotel breakfast for 3 (coffee and 3 eggs benedict) was $175! If you must stay on the upper east side, pick another place unless you enjoy a sound slap in the face.
In order to make a great hotel factors like location great hotel amenities and wonderfully decorated rooms are of course imperative but what raises a great hotel to legendary status is the people who work there In the case of the Plaza Athenee of New York City it goes from great to legendary because of its staff.It starts at the front door with the best doorman in NYC Angel whose knowledge and hospitality sets the tone for your visit.At the front desk Albert continues the professionalism and the personal care that the Plaza Athenee is known for The staff from bellmen restaurant waiters house keeping and concierge all exhibit great knowledge and skills which make this hotel function with great professional skills and a big heart In New York City there is only one legendary hotel and the experience will make this your new home
For years I have raved about this hotel. Hotel Plaza Athenee is a quaint boutique hotel nestled in the heart of the upper east side. It sits within walking distance to Central Park, Lincoln Center and the prestigious shopping avenues of 5th, Park and Madison. The morning dining servers are exceptional and attentive. Unfortunately the hotel could not honor the standard 3pm check in for reasons that remain unknown. Instead I waited an extra hour with no apology for the delay. In fact, the night desk attendant blew me off with a sorry you feel like that comment when I complained. The day manager Dmitri acted a tad more concerned but not much. AMEX FHR guests have choices and the hotel should improve customer relations particularly with repeat guests. I plan to check out the other FHR properties as this experience suggests this hotel does not fully have its act together.