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
I love peninsula hotels but this one is not worth the visit. The hotel is dated - especially the elevators. But also the rooms - we had a room on the 6th floor with no natural light whatsoever. There is also unfortunately no deferential treatment for hotel guests. We intended to have a drink and dinner on the rooftop bar and unfortunately the people who were regulars were given tables ahead of us even though they came in after us. Super disappointing service from what is the best hotel chain in the world. We were there during U.N. week which when they emailed us to advise us - they should have advised how disruptive this would really be. No elevator availability- security check point to get in? It was like TSA. Horrible experience. The one outlier was the spa. Fantastic service at the spa.
I was excited to stay at The Peninsula during our recent trip to New York, but unfortunately, it wasn't a great experience. First, the good: the location is great and the check-in process was quick and friendly. But our room was uncomfortable. It was small, which wouldn't really bother me, but the bed was so hard. I woke up after the first night with back and neck aches, which is rare for me. Aside from that, the room was really loud—we kept waking up all night from the people walking above us and outside the room. Since a good night's sleep is the number one thing I want from a hotel, The Peninsula was a disappointment, especially for the price.
A few smaller things: we had lunch at the restaurant. The food was okay, but it was really expensive for what it was, and we were asked if we wanted wine throughout our meal three different times by three different waiters. It felt like they kept trying to up-sell us. And finally, when we were checking out, my husband was hauling our suitcases down the stairs and received no help, even though there were employees watching.
A very nice, classic, somewhat dated hotel. The staff was great, the place is luxurious, but the mattress in my room was hard and uncomfortable. The room service food was shockingly bad and seriously overpriced.