Get Away: The Barclay

A draw for movie stars and dignitaries since the '20s, this grand old Manhattan hotel just got a makeover.

The Barclay’s Harold S. Vanderbilt Sky Suite. Courtesy photo

InterContinental New York Barclay has been a home away from home for movie stars, dignitaries and writers since opening in 1926. A $180 million renovation that included a new Carrara marble grand staircase, antique maps and mementos was completed last year, refashioning the Manhattan hotel to reflect its original 1920s elegance. Ernest Hemingway was a temporary resident at the hotel while making final revisions to For Whom the Bell Tolls, a copy of which is on display in the lobby along with a 2016 New Yorker cartoon featuring The Barclay.

The grand staircase at the Barclay. Courtesy photo

The Barclay’s 702 rooms and suites were redesigned to reflect classic Park Avenue homes, and range from 250-square-foot guest rooms that feature mural artwork inspired by the Hudson Valley to the 2,700-square-foot Harold S. Vanderbilt Sky Suite with a floor-to-ceiling view of Manhattan and an enormous outdoor terrace. The lobby’s convivial new Gin Parlour serves small plates and offers a two-page menu of gin cocktails. Located on the east side of midtown Manhattan, the hotel isn’t far from theaters, the Museum of Modern Art, Central Park and Madison Avenue shopping. Rates begin at $450 per night.

111 E. 48th St., New York, New York | 212-755-5900


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