The Peninsula New York
What We Love
- Timeless, white-glove service and a crack concierge team
- Roof deck and bar that’s open year-round (outdoor terraces warmed by heat lamps in the winter)
- New restaurant, Clement, serves a contemporary American menu
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What To Know
- Expect high-profile guests like celebrities and visiting dignitaries
- Don’t expect killer views from your room — but you’ll find them on the rooftop bar
- Fitness center closes at 9.30 p.m.
- The pool will be closed for renovations from January 5 to March 6
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Famous for its do-or-die attention to service, the Peninsula New York is housed in a 1905 Beaux-Arts building at Fifth Avenue and 55th Street. MoMA, Bergdorf Goodman, Broadway’s theaters and a parade of city buses are steps away, but the noises stop at the door. And so do the crowds. In lieu of an open lobby, like the one at its famous flagship property in Hong Kong, this Peninsula has a small marble foyer with a grand staircase that leads to jewel-box-size spaces. The atmosphere is clubby — the kind of place where Mad Men’s Don Draper would feel at home.
Bed & Bath
All 239 of the tailored rooms are the decorator’s equivalent of a camel coat — shades of soft brown and easy to get comfy in. Spacious by New York standards, rooms range from the 440-square-foot Deluxe Room to the apartment-size Deluxe Suites. All have business travel–essential work desks and fax machines, Midtown-essential double-glazed windows, plus dark wood furnishings, free WiFi and courtyard or Fifth Avenue views. Ensuite marble bathrooms are outfitted with tubs and separate showers, TV and radio systems, and mood lighting.
Brand new restaurant, Clement, opened on October 1, 2013 sporting Yabu Pushelberg–designed interiors in a series of intimate spaces and a contemporary American menu devised by chef Brandon Kida. For lighter bites, next door Bar at Clement dishes up Asian-influenced small plates and an extensive cocktail and wine menu, while on the mezzanine level of the lobby, the Gotham Lounge is the spot for breakfast or afternoon tea. For one knockout view, head to Salon de Ning on the rooftop terrace (open yearround) or get pampered in the The Peninsula Spa or pool.
Read more about Clement’s farm-to-table fare in our Magazine.
In the Area
Just a few blocks away is the entrance to the 843 acres of Central Park, with its grassy knolls, picturesque bridges and gurgling fountains. Two blocks to the south you’ll find more than 150,000 photographs, sculptures, drawings and prints at the Museum of Modern Art, not to mention its stellar French-American restaurant, the Modern. The upscale gastronomical opportunities in this area are outstanding: Per Se, Jean-Georges and Marea are all within a couple of blocks. Afterward, take in a show at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which is located in the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle and is home to a 15-piece big band led by Wynton Marsalis. No stay in Midtown is complete without a shopping spree along Fifth and Madison avenues — go for retail therapy at Bergdorf Goodman, Saksand Fendi, to name a few.
How to Get There
Post Christmas Tree, pre-dinner cocktails, roof top setting. What could be better? Many thing could...Cocktails are $25 and UP, and not large at that. We were one of the first groups to grab a seat, but were later approached by a rude manager who informed us there was a 'wait list' (No reservations are taken). After we waved off the waiter for another round, they attempted to hustle us out and give up the table. Rudely clearing the table around us, dropping the check and lingering enough to make sure we got the message. MANY better option elsewhere!
This is the third Peninsula this year and they don’t disappoint. They are a class act. No doubt it starts at the top. Everyone you come in contact is profesional, helpful and friendly.
Breakfast was always great. Catherine always made us feel special. Agim and especially Jimmy took great care of us.
Jimmy always served our breakfast with a smile. Great way to start the day!!!
We had the pleasure of meeting Chef David he is phenomenal. The food is great presentation inviting. Thank you for everything!!!
Housekeeping for our room was ok. Most days the room was done well other’s it was a miss. Missing certain toiletries another my newspapers disappeared. However, they were always nice.
Peter in concierge helpful - Angel the page awesome.
Giovanni front office was wonderful. Check in went smoothly. Room upgrade appreciated. The room was comfortable and quiet. The bathroom quite roomy.
Pressing and laundry done well and return right on time.
Nicholas the bartender makes great drinks with a smile.
Definitely visit all the restaurants on property you won’t be disappointed. Above all treat yourself to the Spa.
Already dreaming of our return “Home” at the Peninsula.
My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at the Peninsula this past weekend (12/6/18-12/9/18) for our 25th anniversary. The service and experience at the Peninsula is the best I have ever experienced. The Hotel and its rooms are in beautiful shape, particularly with the Christmas decorations, and is located in the perfect NYC location, right off 5th Ave. Every night the hotel had Christmas carolers at the entrance, including singers from the Jersey Boys broadway show. The rooftop bar has a beautiful view of the City, as does the 21st floor pool, gym and spa, and the Gotham Lounge is a great spot to relax.
But, it is the Hotel staff that truly made the experience exceptional, particularly the asst manager Giovanni Fillichio. Giovanni went out of his way to welcome us, giving us a tour of the hotel and amenities, and always available to point out a restaurant or NYC attraction to try, arranging for transportation, or just a seat at the Gotham lounge. It seemed as if we paused in the lobby for more than a couple minutes, Giovanni was there to make sure everything was going well, arrange transportation, or to give directions or assistance. The rest of the staff we encountered seem to follow Giovanni's example - they were outstanding in every way. We had breakfast served in our room twice. The gentlemen that served is was as polite, friendly and accommodating as possible. Same for the bartenders that would serve up a nightcap to go up to the room at the end of the day. I look forward to returning to The Peninsula and recommend it highly.
The Peninsula is celebrating is 30th anniversary in NYC by showing a collection of Andy Warhol pieces of art.
That is the high point of the hotel. The rest is as bad as it can get. The sidewalk is being rebuilt so entering the hotel is miserable. The lobby, as the rest of the hotel, is old, ugly and dirty.
Or room smelled, the TV remote did not work and the shower drainage was clogged.
Service is average and the whole combination of things makes you feel like you are in a third class hotel.
The Ritz Carlton at the Park and the Four Seasons at 57th are WAY BETTER options.
Made a reservations via opentable for Christmas eves dinner at the Clement. Reservations were confirmed, only to receive a cancellation notice a week later, made by management without and explanation. Shocking behavior!!!