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
Really loved our 5 nights here - what a place! Perfectly located. We spent every morning in the spa, enjoying a sauna, swim and chill out (perfect for killing jetlag time). Rooms are elegantly decorated with plenty of storage space. Lovely beds & linens. Good bathroom with large towels and toiletries. And nice oversized robes plus incredibly luxurious slippers. We had breakfast in the main restaurant and it was absolutely fantastic, but the bill was astronomical ($167). We preferred having breakfast in our robes by the pool - and the coffee is free there too, saving the $12 per coffee charge downstairs!
Just returned from a 4 night stay at The Peninsula. Frequently visit NYC but 1st time at this hotel. Won’t be the last. Very pleased with all aspects of my stay. Location is super convenient. Hotel is just the right size; small enough to feel boutique”y”. But large enough to offer full scale of services. The concierge was helpful on a couple of occasions and the service overall was top notch. Perfect balance of warm, but not fawning. All delivered effortlessly. My deluxe King room was spacious, well appointed, and even had technology that I was able to understand and was functionable without asking for help. Not a discount price-point, but good value. I was very happy with my voice and plan to be back.
Old style hotel that is located just off 5th Avenue. The Gotham Bar is nice for afternoon tea and the lobby has some great artwork on display. Hotel overall is a little dated. Service is good. Recommended