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Hotel Plaza Athenee in New York, NY

Hotel Plaza Athenee in New York, NY

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Offering an idyllic escape for family vacations, romantic getaways and productive business trips, The Hotel Plaza Athénée is uniquely poised to offer the quaint ambiance of a quiet, tree-lined street with the convenience of nearby shops, art museums and desirable restaurants.

History

Established in 1927.

Built in 1927 as the Hotel Alrae, the landmark building became the Hotel Plaza Athenee, New York in 1984. The hotel has undergone two multi-million dollar refurbishment projects in recent years -- the first was completed in 1994, and the second in 2010. The latest refurbishment includes the renovation of the majority of guestrooms and suites, the addition of four premier luxury suites, a new lobby look, a spacious fitness center and business center, and the addition of a new spa. Great care was taken to ensure that the renovations respected the architectural tradition of the 1927 masterpiece, including the restoration of the elegant canvas mural that dominates the hotel's lobby.

 

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Rating: 4.03

Address: 37 East 64th Street, New York, NY, 10065
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Comments (29):

1. Rah Rah C.
Staying here was a gift from an old BF.  Located on the fashionable Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Hotel Plaza Athenee is within walking distance of Central Park, boutiques, museums, art galleries, New York's finest department stores, and business areas. Amid the elegance of Madison and Park Avenues lies the charm of a European-style hotel. This posh, intimate hotel has just 152 rooms and is well known for offering the ultimate in personalized service.  We stayed in one of 2 penthouse duplexes.  One is red the other is yellow.  We stayed in the red one for 3 days.  I felt like a princess...  They are SPACIOUS and take up the 16Th and 17Th floors!  The outdoor terrace is HUGE and fabulous.  The bathrooms are gorgeous.  The bedroom decorated romantically.  The only drawback is the $4700 dollar per night price tag.  If you want ultimate luxury this is your place.

17/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Stephanie W.
Of course my 'lil brother is right on about this amazing NYC hotel.
We got lucky staying here - it was really centrally located (to lots of shopping anyway) and the service was out-freakin-standing.
The plasma screen TV in the room was amazing (even though we barely used it) and the bathroom was at least half the size of the room - HUGE!  
Great staff, always helpful and willing to go the extra mile...as they should when you're paying upwards of $400 a night.  EEEEK!!!

02/02/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Ryan W.
Stepping into the hotel I was in a state of complete self-indulgent bliss. A great concierge, very friendly staff, and the most beautiful french inspired decor I have seen. The room I stayed in was spacious and the exercise facility was quaint and functional. There was not a moment when I did not feel 100% comfortable and taken care of. Simply amazing! Although the nightly rate is intimidating, know that you are getting your money's worth.

Be sure to eat a meal (breakfast is always good) in the hotel's restaurant as well. You won't be disappointed.

02/02/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Helena F.
Ah I love a soft but firm king size bed. Great entertainment system and the bathroom was beautiful. Isn't that what everyone wants in a hotel?  A lovely bathroom? It was beautiful and it even had a bidet!

17/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Andrew T.
HIGH TEA: was a little underwhelmed with this. The setting is amazing as is the hotel itself but the afternoon tea was just ok. Scones with jam and cream were great (but it's kinda hard to do a bad scone with J&C) The sandwiches were ordinary at best (dry bread with average fillings) The petit fours were nice and the tea (I chose pomegranate oolong) was also really great. Overall though, I was expecting more and having had a similar 'tea' at The St Regis, I would rate that over this

09/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
6. Arnoldo M.
Great for tea time, love the atmosphere and the waiters are really wonderful.

31/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. adam y.
This is not my favorite high end hotel in NYC, (high end being over 600 a night), but to give it less than five stars, simply wouldn't be fair.

Plaza Athenee is gorgeous, ultra high end, and the lap of luxury. The staff is beyond attentive, and the rooms do not miss a single detail. However, I would certainly say that this hotel is more suited to an older crowd.

While, I did enjoy my stay, I'm 26 years old and did not feel that the price of the hotel and what they offered were suited to my needs. It had more of an old money feel, the type of place more suited to my parents, I most certainly prefer some of the Hotels further downtown, ie The Mercer. This is not to take away from the Plaza Athenee, simply a matter of preference.

If your looking to stay on the UES, this is a beautiful hotel, and you will not be disappointed, but I urge you to explore some of the more interesting areas of the city.

16/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Ethan E.
My fiancee and I spent Valentine's day in the city and spent our evening here.  The lobby and the bar are beautiful, very comfortable and posh, the kind of thing you want for a romantic weekend.  

The room was extremely clean, well decorated and comfortable and the bathroom was huge.  It was exactly what you'd want.  If there is one drawback: its pricey.

15/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. S A.
Stayed here for NY trip over memorial day weekend. Absolutely fabulous hotel. I love that it was small and very personable. The service was exquisite, and everybody was very kind and helpful. I got a cold during my stay, and all the staff were very helpful in telling where to purchase medication and checking on my condition. Rooms are a great size for NY, very clean. And of course the location is unbeatable! Right next to central park, which for me is heaven, and all the best shopping a girl can ask for around the corner. Price is obviously expensive, but worth every penny.

06/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Wade M.
Just returned from a trip booked through CTS (AMEX). Very disappointed. I found the staff to be extremely uppish. Having stayed in other 5 star hotels in the city I know this is not the norm. Location was good, room was clean and decorated well. Just cant get past the bad attitude from multiple staff. 5 star demands GREAT SERVICE! I should have stuck with my old faithful Four Seasons or Mandarin was excellent also .

22/10/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
11. Gina S.
I couldn't think of anything more boring than returning to our apartment after such a big event as our wedding.  So we decided to stay at a beautiful manhattan hotel on our wedding night.  We had never been to Athenee before, or even seen it from the outside, but the pictures we saw looked wonderful.

The Hotel Plaza Athenee did not disappoint.  We arrived, still in our wedding clothes and still on Cloud 9, but exhausted.  The woman who checked us in was so pleasant and thrilled to see the new bride and groom, offering her congratulations and complimenting my dress.  

Our suite was the size you would expect of a manhattan hotel, but still very comfortable.  Our bed was covered in rose petals and there was champagne and chocolate covered strawberries awaiting us.  The bathroom was lovely and bed was very comfortable (this is very important on your wedding night for several very obvious reasons!).

We only stayed the one night, and when we checked out, the same woman assisted us.  She wished us well and went out of her way to give us a few things from the hotel as momentos in case we wanted to make a scrap book.

We did not see much else aside from the beautiful lobby and the suite during our stay, but I'm sure the rest of the hotel is just as lovely.  I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to splurge on a luxury hotel.  And its close proximity to the park makes it even better.

07/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. PJ G.
Oh my, you make a woman's heart sing. And we're talking high notes too!

Hotel Plaza Athenee is a jewel to be cherished and fawned over. It simply has the most intimate, seductive yet comfortable hotel lobby in Manhattan.

The concierge, with his twinkling eyes and smile wreathed face was informative and just delightful to chat with.

I went there on 6/23 for a luxury product event. It was held in a private room off the bar, which I must say, looks like a place to go for a quiet sexy drink.

The waiters were old world Gentlemen and I do write it with a capital G because they were charming, darling and oh so funny. One gentlemen provided champagne to all. At one point he walked up to me and said, "Oh you must have another glass."
"I'd love to, but I've all ready had two."
"I'm not counting, go ahead it's good for you."

Now could you resist that?

24/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. ClosetDork ..
Ah, Upper East Side. Home of the creme-de-la-creme (as well as crooks) of Manhattan, quiet tree-lined streets flanked by Central Park on the west and East River on the east and the famous Madison Ave and Park Ave. So having spent previous NYC visits in lesser hotels in more raucous neighborhood, I was looking forward to the peace and quiet during our 4-night stay at the Plaza Athenee.

The hotel screams old money, is charming and was everything that I was expecting: excellent and personable service, extremely nice rooms, fluffy towels and twice-a-day housekeeping visits. Oh how I love the bathrobe, plump pillows and soft white bed linens after a day of walking in the brutal heat and humidity that is a staple New York August afternoon.

The neighborhood was unlike anywhere else in Manhattan. Other than the occasional stray tourists who were out shopping on Madison Ave, there were hardly anybody walking the little streets. There was none of those aggressive cabs who shamelessly run past red lights either. With Chanel, among other haute couture boutiques, just around the corner on 64th and Madison, and Bernie Madoff's $7.5M Upper East Side duplex just down the road on 133 64th St, life in the Upper East Side would be sweet.

Now, what kind of money are we supposed to be making to be able to afford an establishment here?

17/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Helmut B.
Nice boutique hotel on a quite street near central park. The staff was very formal and polite in a German/Swiss sort of way. Not bad, just ever so slightly aloof. The rooms are very nicely appointed with lovely bathrooms and amenities. The rooms are quite and it makes coming back here in the evening an enjoyable respite. Hard to get a cab during peak times...the doorman had to hustle down to a cross street to find one on more then one occasion. Also be aware that while it is a nice quite street if you are in the walking mood there are not too many restaurants or coffee outlets in the immediate area. More suited to couples and business folks. Take the kids or family elsewhere. Overall very charming.

30/03/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Olga J.
very cosy!

23/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Jane S.
Charming hotel.  
Service was great.  At turndown, they leave these yummy chocolates.  
The gym had ellipticals, treadmills, free weights.  There was also a fridge with cold towels.
This hotel spoiled me.  Can't wait to go back.

20/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Jonathan Q.
A step back in time, the Plaza Athenee is as old world and wonderful as anyone could hope for in NY. The service is superb, over staffed and pleasantness abound. The room was well sized with a nice hallway and updated electronics. I wish I could live there and become the Park Avenue dowager I know lives within. Can't wait to stay there again.

17/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Faisal A.
Nice hotel, nice staff. on the other hand really small and a bit over priced ..
the style is old and classic, so if your into modern furnisher this is not the place for you..
nice neighborhood, upper east side, classy. not really a tourist spot though.
so i'm a fan, not for everybody but I like the place.

27/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Michael C.
If you are looking for the consistency of the corporate "Ritz" hotels avoid the Plaza Athenee. If you are looking for small and charming hotel with an incredibly well trained staff with personality then book a room PDQ at the Plaza Athenee.

Service: The staff here is off the chart with wonderful personalities. They are genuinely welcoming, gracious and intelligent.

The Gym: Now I am a committed gym rat so the bar is high for the gym. The gym is super clean well equipped and mostly empty which is OK with me since I love having a private gym.

The Bar: The best part of the hotel with a cozy feel with a wonderful bar menu and comfortable seating. When I am not busy being a gym rat I am happily pursing a life as a bar fly. This is a most excellent bar.

The Restaurant: The night was cold and snowy so despite the desire to wander out to a local restaurant we decided to eat in the hotel. Good choice; the food is excellent, the service top flight and the atmosphere welcoming. Tony seems to rule the roost with a wonderful smile and a wonderful ability to make guests comfortable. Be careful with your ordering here. No tiny meals here since portions are generous.

The only draw back to this hotel is the slightly date bathrooms that are in need of an overhaul. Finally the location is great if you are in town for a show or shopping.

09/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. barbara k.
We stayed here on our wedding night after reading such great reviews.  When I made the reservation months earlier, I said that is was our wedding night, and when I confirmed the reservation, I also repeated this.  The restaurant was closed that night, but we were able to have a nice dinner in the lobby.  The room, however, looked right onto an air shaft.  When I called down to see if this was a mistake and if they had another room, I was told no.  I don't think this is what a good hotel should do.  They didn't even put a flower in the room.  When we stayed at the W in Hoboken on our anniversary, they were wonderful in every way.  We now go there instead.  We would never stay at the Plaza Athenee Hotel again.

22/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
21. Peter S.
After a rather unfortunate stay back in September, management insisted that I give them another opportunity to right the wrong. I must say that they truly stepped up and treated my family to a fabulous stay. This is an extremely professional management team at this hotel who pride themselves in the highest level of customer service. My many thanks to all for a fabulous stay. We look forward to another visit in the not too distant future.

12/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Jake P.
Great location and friendly staff. A short walk from Madison Avenue and Central Park. They found out my birthday was coming up and sent me a slice of cake. On the other hand, their restaurant is ridiculously overpriced and they trap you with a goody basket and minibar so that they can overcharge you.

31/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
23. Lauren S.
For 700$ a night, I expect absolute perfection. I do not expect an aggressively loud air system, nor do I expect to hear people screaming in the hallways at all hours. My room faces a brick wall and has a tiny window. Very claustrophobic. The shower has very little pressure and the toilet flushes very loudly. Maybe for a less expensive hotel it would be alright, but for 700$ I expect an extremely luxurious hotel. (And free wifi.)

13/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
24. S M.
Best thing is the great location.  Room was small, rate was high, housekeeping could have been a little better.  It looks like it is an old world place which has been there forever but my recollection is that this hotel actually arrived in NYC sometime in the Roaring Eighties.  I think maybe they haven't refreshed the decor since then.  Anyway, it is Manhattan and unless you have thousands per night to spend on a hotel room, you are not going to be living in the lap of luxury.  So you should go for clean, quiet and convenient.  This fits the bill on all those.  I understand the bar and restaurant are nice, but I haven't been in them in years and did not patronize them on this trip.  Maybe they are what account for some of the really good reviews of the hotel.

05/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
25. Margaret D.
I loved this hotel. Traveling to Manhattan twice a year, I have stayed in quite a few hotels but my visit at Plaza Athenee was extraordinary because of the friendly helpful staff that really seem to take pride in their hotel.
The location was out standing just blocks off the park and within an easy distance to museums and shopping.

06/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Victoria O.
BAR ONLY:

This is another hotel bar /lounge on a par with the St. Regis or the Pen. Old crowd as you would expect on the Upper East Side. The same people who drink here love Seasons, which is either closed or going to close very soon. It was open as of October but I believe after 25 or so years, the lease was up and the end of 2013 was it.

Whiskey sour was 16 and terrific. I had two a couple years ago and it really is a luxurious and elegant old and older person place to drink

26/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Irene S.
I have never stayed at the Hotel Plaza Athenee, but stop by for high tea, which is served in a lovely room off the Bar Seine. My quest for the quintessential afternoon tea has taken me to a number of hotels and independent tea rooms around the city. So far, I haven't found the perfect blend of sweet, savory and service.

The Plaza Athenee stands out for the quality of its scones, which are baked to order. The clotted cream didn't have the tang I look for, but was flavorful. The jams were commercial and served in little jars, but high quality nonetheless.

They say Queen Elizabeth doesn't eat onions or garlic. She should stick to tea in Buckingham Palace because the Plaza Athenee uses both liberally in their tea sandwiches. Their smoked salmon was the highest quality I've had, but a tomato and mozzarella with pesto just didn't belong on the platter. Tea sandwiches are supposed to be delicate bites, but these were served on thick slabs of bread.

The array of sweets served here is unsurpassed -- at least a dozen bite sized morsels, plus two chocolate covered strawberries. My English Breakfast tea was excellent -- much higher quality than expected.

Service was a bit inconsistent but very friendly. Even though I was alone, they served me a double portion of sweets and scones, and gladly packed up the leftovers for me to take home.

At $45, the tea service is competitively priced for NYC, the ambiance is lovely, and the food satisfying. I would love to combine the sandwiches and service of the nearby Pembroke Room with the scones and sweets from the Plaza Athenee. Instead I will have to alternate between the two. A pleasure, not a sacrifice.

22/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Rocking V.
What an awful experience

Super tired from a long flight, enter the hotel and I need to wait for twenty minutes before someone at the front desk can check me in.

And then i am told there are no rooms ready and I have to wait for an hour or so for something to become available. I am not even checked in yet and already pissed.  

I booked this hotel based on my previous positive experience at their Paris establishment. But there is nothing French about their hospitality here.  It seems there is only chaos.  Very disappointed. Too late for I made reservations here. I should have stuck to my regular hotels,  lesson learned.

22/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
29. Raphael Z.
Wow. I loved this hotel. I had a standard room with a king size bed that was probably the closest thing to sleeping on a cloud. The staff is courteous and attentive. When I got there my room was not ready as I had arrived an hour before check-in. They offered me a delicious freshly squeezed orange juice to wait and I ended up getting breakfast there.
I will definitely come back to this place and I surely recommend this place to other travelers.
Also, ask the concierge about sushi Seki. Amazing sushi place few blocks away from the hotel. I've been craving it ever since I've eaten there.

25/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0