Intercontinental The Barclay

Midtown, New York

Virgin rating

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.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1500)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location, great food, great staff, EXCELLENT Hotel

May 12, 2022 ChrisGower1975 London, United Kingdom

We stayed here based on a recommendation and I am so glad we took the advice. It was my 5th trip to New York and I have stayed downtown, along with Times Square. This was streets ahead. The location is perfect for anything you need to be doing in New York and the hotel itself is stunning. About a year before the pandemic, the whole place was… Read more
We stayed here based on a recommendation and I am so glad we took the advice. It was my 5th trip to New York and I have stayed downtown, along with Times Square. This was streets ahead. The location is perfect for anything you need to be doing in New York and the hotel itself is stunning. About a year before the pandemic, the whole place was refurbished, so it all felt like new. The rooms were lovely and it was all very comfortable. The breakfast is a help yourself buffet but is of very good quality. Also, the bar is always vibrant and busy and the bar staff are amazing. A big shout out to Herman and Jose who are lovely blokes and made our stay even more enjoyable. Thank you Nee York Barclay. We WILL be back Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Over priced bad service

May 8, 2022 Ian G

One towel was placed in the bathroom on the second day instead of two. I asked for an old fashioned at the bar that was very far from being an old fashioned. Basically it was a very strong jack daniels with a slice of orange. Ordered buffalo wings to the room that I wouldn’t feed to a dog. Disgusting and expensive.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful stay in a lovely hotel

May 6, 2022 TrishG708 Bend, Oregon

The service at the Barclay was exceptional. Check-in was welcoming. Michael, who brought our bags to our room was so helpful, hanging our coats for us and placing our suitcases on the folding racks. After a long flight and a long ride from the airport, it felt good to be able to relax right away. We are not breakfast eaters, so did not eat at the… Read more
The service at the Barclay was exceptional. Check-in was welcoming. Michael, who brought our bags to our room was so helpful, hanging our coats for us and placing our suitcases on the folding racks. After a long flight and a long ride from the airport, it felt good to be able to relax right away. We are not breakfast eaters, so did not eat at the restaurant, but did get coffee and danish a few mornings at Ole & Steen downstairs. We did enjoy a cocktail at the bar on a couple of nights and dessert one evening and used the resort fee credit. The room was lovely and very clean. The bathroom was spacious and had a make-up mirror. No street noise on the fifth floor, though I did hear the neighbors speaking from time-to-time. The hotel is in a good location mid-town, near Grand Central Station, which is worth a visit, and some good restaurants. We were without dinner plans one evening and the concierge recommended Toscana 49 near the hotel and made a reservation for us. We enjoyed our meal there. Getting a cab was easy, either by using the Curb app or asking the doorman to hail one for us. Because that part of mid-town is mostly office buildings, our room had a view of one across the service alley, but that was not important to us as we were gone all day and in bed early. Read less
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May 2, 2022 KarinaLea Delray Beach, Florida

Always a great experience Every time I stay with them. Great rooms, location, great customer service and nice food. They are also pet friendly with great concierge and management on site. Anything you need within a phone call away to the front desk.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent hotel.

Apr 23, 2022 Stanno4 Tatenhill, United Kingdom

Excellent hotel in a great location. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Staff were brilliant too. Highly recommended for a family break. Never had the breakfast etc as we had so many places planned to eat however it looked decent. Would definitely stay here again.