Intercontinental The Barclay

Midtown, New York

The hotel

The Barclay first opened its doors in 1926 under the aegis of the Vanderbilt family, quickly achieving a reputation as a hotel of distinction and exclusivity. Bette Davis, Marlon Brando and other celebrities have enjoyed its brand of hospitality in the past, now it's your turn! The hotel manages to combine old-world glamour with modern 21st-century functionality. Guests can enjoy an elegant residential design and state-of-the-art room facilities. There is also a health club for you to take advantage of. The Gin Parlour, with its club-like setting, is a great place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink before heading to one of the many restaurants and nightspots in the local vicinity.

Amenities

  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre

Where is it

On East 48th Street, just steps away from Park Avenue, the Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Station. Transfer time from John F. Kennedy International Airport: 60 minutes.

Hotel information

702 rooms on 14 floors in 1 building with 6 lifts. All with air-conditioning, cable TV, WiFi access*, mini-bar* and fridge. Superior Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Superior Double/Double Rooms have 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Deluxe King Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe Double/Double Rooms have 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

The Gin Parlour and Barclay Restaurant (modern American fare and gin menu). 1,500ft health club with fitness centre with steam room. In-room beauty and massage services*. Room service*. WiFi access*. Laundry/dry-cleaning facilities*. Concierge services. Valet parking*.

One person must be aged 18 years and over in each room.

*Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1462)
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Jan 16, 2021 megane649

In between covid surges in NYC, we had a small, intimate DREAM wedding at Barclay! The service was exceptional. The property was safe, clean, and beautiful. Our guests are still raving about the accommodations. We cannot wait to return!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating $35 'destination fee' no thanks

Jan 8, 2021 leemF3246LS

Any hotel that charges a $35 compulsory 'destination fee' does not deserve my custom - #noresortfees I am looking to book 5 rooms for a family holiday, but IC Barclay will not be getting my business purely on the basis of this fee.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent in cleanliness, hospitality and location

Nov 12, 2020 IngeVH New York City, New York

I visited and stayed at the Barclay several times before the pandemic and always loved it for the vibe, the awesome and friendly staff and how detailed and perfectly organized and clean everything was. This was my first time back since re-opening in October and I still love, love this hotel. I congratulate the team in how they are handling the new… Read more
I visited and stayed at the Barclay several times before the pandemic and always loved it for the vibe, the awesome and friendly staff and how detailed and perfectly organized and clean everything was. This was my first time back since re-opening in October and I still love, love this hotel. I congratulate the team in how they are handling the new procedures with regards to Covid, their kindness and commitment to excellent service and making sure you feel welcome and safe. The eye for detail is noticeable in everything: how clean everything is from the hall to the elevators to the beautiful rooms. I look forward to visiting again soon. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Stay thanks to Hotel Manager

Oct 31, 2020 Ken M Amherst, Massachusetts

Last July we had a horrible experience that I reviewed in detail previously. Apparently this review was brought to the attention of the Hotel Manager and he reached out to me to correct the problem. Without going into the details, we returned for an outstanding weekend. My wife and I have been Intercontinental Ambassador members for about 15… Read more
Last July we had a horrible experience that I reviewed in detail previously. Apparently this review was brought to the attention of the Hotel Manager and he reached out to me to correct the problem. Without going into the details, we returned for an outstanding weekend. My wife and I have been Intercontinental Ambassador members for about 15 years and this was one of the best stays ever! Mistakes are unavoidable but how they are resolved reaffirmed why we continue our membership. Thanks Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location walkable to many sights

Sep 20, 2020 Aprilnguy California

Great location walkable to many iconic sights that Manhattan has to offer. Rooms are clean and warmly decorated. Easy access to the light rail and subway system. It's been nine months since I stayed here but was reminded to post a review after binge watching Homeland (a TV show in the US) . Several episodes were filmed here with the lobby ceiling… Read more
Great location walkable to many iconic sights that Manhattan has to offer. Rooms are clean and warmly decorated. Easy access to the light rail and subway system. It's been nine months since I stayed here but was reminded to post a review after binge watching Homeland (a TV show in the US) . Several episodes were filmed here with the lobby ceiling being the most obvious. The downside is the poor service at the Gin Parlour bar. The hotel charges a daily fee which can be used as a credit at the bar but not enough to cover drinks for two. Did not appreciate the bar's mandatory 15% service chargel. Gratuity should be based on customer's satisfaction which typically range from 15%-20%. Felt the service is poor because of the guaranteed gratuity. The waitress had an attitude, and was hard to get any acknowledgement, smile, or any type of service. Aside from poor service at the bar, the remainder of the hotel staff were professional and things went smoothly. Read less