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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My family and I stayed here in June and had the best time. Staff is excellent and will go out of their way to make sure your visit is great. Rooms are large and well appointed. Beds are extremely comfortable and you can't beat the location. This was are second stay here and we will be back next time we are in the city.
I travel every week and have very high standards. This hotel exceeded my expectations at every level. Service amazing. Rooms bright and clean. Gym outstanding. I will return for sure. Well done management. Others should learn from you. Beautifully managed hotel
I have booked a junior suite, an executive suite and a superior room for my family during my visit in NY. For both the junior suite and executive suite, the sofa bed was needed to be opened for the period of my stay. Every morning they closed it except for two days. Every time I asked for something, for example, one time I asked for two bottles of water, two bottles of shower gel, the housekeeping would give me 6 bottles of water and 4 bottles of shampoo. It would also take them 20 mins to get the items. The housekeeping also left a stack of pillowcases in the suite one morning I don’t know for what purposes. The bathroom floor was not cleaned properly as it was brown when I wiped it when I first arrived my suite. For the superior room, the staff didn’t change one of the tissue rolls and simply just left the rod in the bathroom. The staff is supposed to refill the things that were used/exhausted but none of times were done precisely and thoroughly. The poor service has me wondering where the hotel got its 5 star from. I get it they want tips and all that but even so, shouldn’t they act more diligently and professionally? This is not what I expect from a 5-star hotel, more like 3-star quality. Thoroughly disappointed and we won’t be booking this hotel anymore.