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Hotel Plaza Athénée Hotel 3 star
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37 E 64th St, New York, NY 10065, États-Unis New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Although no longer associated with its Parisian namesake, the Plaza Athénée New York continues to offer one of the most refined hotel experiences in the city. Its style may not be as subtle as some of its competitors and thus some many find it a little overwhelming, but there is no getting away from the fact the hotel is a class act from top to bottom. It boasts capacious, well-appointed and recently renovated rooms (January 2010), a fine wellness centre, a celebrated restaurant and bar and an impeccable service from a smart, professional staff. If you're after that classic European opulence the other side of the Atlantic then the well-located Plaza Athénée is one to consider.

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      Plaza Athénée   -   © Marco Ricca / Plaza Athenee New York

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      Plaza Athénée   -   © Marco Ricca / Plaza Athenee New York

       
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    Location 3.0 /10

    The Plaza Athénée has an enviable position on East 64th Street between Park and Madison Avenues on the Upper East Side, just a block and a half away from Central Park. Within walking distance of Museum Mile, you have the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim, Whitney and Frick Collection just moments away. Also in the immediate vicinity are beautiful galleries and exclusive designer boutiques as well as other shopping opportunities a little further down Madison and Fifth Avenues. The Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Times Square can be reached within 20 minutes by foot. Several subway stations are to be found close by to the hotel and can take up uptown, downtown or to Brooklyn. JFK is 16 miles away, La Guardia 7 miles and Newark 17.

    Accommodation 9.70 /10

    There are four categories of guestroom and more than twice as many types of suite. All, bar a few, are decorated in a European Beaux-Arts style and have excellent amenities and furnishings. The spacious standard room, which has either an interior or street view (from the lower floors) features a king bed dressed in Sfetta Italian linens and matching plaid and cushions. The furniture comprises two armchairs around an occasional table, a sideboard housing the minibar, two bedside tables, leather-topped writing desk and closet which hides the safe, bathrobes and slippers and hairdryer. Amenities include two telephones, iPod docking station and radio, flatscreen television and wireless and dial up internet. The marble bathrooms, some of which are a little small, boast a separate shower and bathtub, telephone scales and Penhaligon's toiletries. The other guestroom types differ it that they are higher up the building, have city views, and/or have slightly larger surface areas. Some have a pantry while others may have a seating area within the bedroom. There are several different colour schemes available for the guestrooms. Ask for availability at the time of reservation if you'd prefer a choice.

    The hardwood floor suites start at 62m² and all have kitchenettes, double vanity bathrooms, powder rooms, separate living areas and external views. Larger ones have a dining room, glass-enclosed atrium terraces and balconies. If you are after ample amounts of space but prefer a more contemporary décor then consider the Manhattan terrace suite, designed by a well-known jewellery designer. It has all the features of one of the larger suites, plus an art work collection which rotates every six months. This suite has more of a New York loft feel than the other traditional rooms. Then there is the duplex penthouse suite which has been featured in many interviews and films and two presidential suites, one of which has a Thai theme and features luxurious Asian silk fabrics and carved wooden pieces.

    Overview 9.90 /10

    The entrance to the Plaza Athénée is very much in the same vain as other five star properties around the Upper East Side with its black canopy and well turned out doorman. The lobby, which was restored in January 2010, has kept all of its original charm and is welcoming as much by its décor and lighting as by its friendly, sharp staff. The low ceiling gives a homely feel to the space and the canvas mural which runs along the wall and around the lifts is its most remarkable feature. The floor, as is common in hotels in these parts, has a black and white diamond pattern. There are several seating areas with plush armchairs and sofas where one can relax with a book or surf the internet thanks to the complimentary wifi. The concierge desk to the right of the entrance is manned by a gentleman who has been with the hotel for over 20 years and it would be a challenge to find something he wasn't able to arrange for you.

    Opened less than a year ago in May 2010, the Plaza Athénée Spa is an intimate facility which uses exclusive skin care products (Valmont and Babor). The interior is beautifully appointed and boasts Brazilian teakwood floors, ebony and bamboo finished cabinetry and grasscloth wallpaper, each of which help reign a calm, tranquil atmosphere throughout. The same goes for the soft music and delightful odour that greets you upon entering the reception with its white marble desk. The guest-only centre has four Asian-themed treatment rooms each with its own steam shower, lounge chair for relaxation and dressing room. A full range of luxury treatments are offered including speciality massages, facials, wraps, hair removal, manicure and pedicure and hair dressing at the salon. There is a small fitness room with brand new machinery allowing for a full workout. Water, fruit, towels and headphones are all provided. A personal trainer is available on request.

    Finding your room is a simple task as there are only a maximum of 10 rooms per floor. The corridors are beautifully kept and well lit and have framed architectural plans and details upon the walls. There are several lifts serving all floors. A courtesy car is available to all guests who wish to travel within a 15 block radius of the hotel.

    Food and drink 9.70 /10

    The hotel's restaurant is named Arabelle and serves an American cuisine which changes according to the season. The décor includes the magnificent gold-domed ceiling and murals of pagodas while the round, meticulously laid tables are surrounded by comfortable, oval back armchairs. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the restaurant, while afternoon tea is also available between 2.30pm and 5pm. In the morning you can choose between a continental or fitness breakfast, or go for à la carte eggs, cereals, pancakes or other specialities. The lunch and dinner menus are identical and feature entrées such as pan roast scallops and beetroot and goats cheese ravioli and mains including French cut breast of chicken and honey glazed duck breast. Popular with guests and locals alike, the restaurant has won several awards and is highly regarded by various guides.

    Bar Seine, which was featured in the penultimate episode of Sex and the City, has an eclectic décor with features from around the world including bamboo framed chairs, a red leather floor and onyx sconces. With artwork from Africa, Asia and Europe it is an intimate and cosy lounge favoured by those searching for discretion in a city where such a thing is at a premium. Note that the bar is very popular with locals and can become very busy between Thursday and Sunday.

    To know

    Built in 1927, the landmark building now housing the hotel was originally home to Hotel Alrae. Guests after discretion and intimacy will find it here; although seemingly a grand hotel, it actually has considerably less rooms than many of its rivals (142 with a maximum of 10 per floor) and thus offers more space and privacy for the guest.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Beaux-Arts décor/furnishings
    • Size of rooms
    • Spa
    • Restaurant/bar
    • Location
    • Service
    • Intimacy

    disadvantages

    • Size of some bathrooms

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