Hotel Plaza Athenee, New York Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • Historic property with gorgeous, European-style decor and charming period details
  • Excellent location on the Upper East Side, within walking distance of Central Park
  • Pampering service
  • Sit-down check-in and Clefs d'Or concierge
  • Spacious rooms feature Sferra linens, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks
  • Intimate restaurant and bar offers fine dining in a romantic setting
  • Acclaimed Plaza Athenee Spa with stunning treatment rooms
  • Well-equipped fitness center overlooks tree-lined 64th Street

Cons

  • Small lobby area can become crowded with luggage
  • Fee for Wi-Fi

Bottom Line

This Upper East Side boutique hotel, a sister to the world-renowned Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, possesses a deep-rooted commitment to service, luxury, and sophistication. Rooms are sumptuous, with classic European decor and gorgeous bathrooms. The bar and restaurant are intimate and romantic, serving excellent fine-dining fare and cocktails, while the spa and fitness center provide charming spaces to relax and rejuvenate. Above all, though, is the hotel's dedication to service, made evident from the outset with a sit-down check-in, and continued throughout guests' stays by the excellent Clefs d'Or concierges. It is no wonder that both Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor have called the Plaza Athenee home.

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Oyster Hotel Review

 Scene

A luxury boutiqe with a commitment to service in New York City's posh Upper East Side.

The Premiere Balcony Suite.
The Premiere Balcony Suite.

This Upper East Side boutique hotel, set in a historic building dating back to 1927, is known for its European style and attentive service. Doormen greet you as you arrive and direct you to the front desk, an inconspicuous seating area to the far right of the lobby where guests go through a sit-down check-in process (no waiting in lines here). In addition, the concierges are members of the prestigious Les Clefs d'Or organization, and can attend to almost any request. It's no wonder that both Princess Diana and Elizabeth have seen fit to call the hotel home.

The hotel features are also impressive. The spa offers a good array of treatments conducted in stunning suites that feature their own steam rooms and relaxation areas. The fitness center overlooks tree-lined 64th Street and offers both yoga classes and personal training sessions. The restaurant and bar are among the most romantic in the city.

Rooms are elegant, featuring classic European decor and modern technology. Some rooms also have glass-enclosed terraces or balconies, kitchenettes, or full kitchens.

 Location

Central location in the Upper East Side; minutes from swank boutique shopping and a block from Central Park.

Located on a tree-lined street dotted with brownstones, the Hotel Plaza Anthenee is in one of the best parts of the Upper East Side -- just one block from Central Park, and a short walk from the many high-end designer boutiques along Madison Avenue.

Barney's and Vera Wang. Gossip Girl and The Jeffersons. Andrew Carnegie, Woody Allen, and Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl." Long synonymous with old money and pricey real estate, the Upper East Side remains home to what might be the greatest concentration of individual wealth in the country. There are basically three reasons to visit: shopping, museums, and Central Park. The shops that line Madison and Fifth avenues -- Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Jimmy Choo, and on and on -- represent a veritable what's-what (and who's-who) of high-end fashion. The stretch of Fifth Avenue that runs north from the low 80s to 104th Street, known as "Museum Mile," is home to a number of world-renowned museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. Finally, there's Central Park, which is a delightful place to walk, jog, bike, or sunbathe.

  • 25-minute drive to LaGuardia Airport
  • 35-minute drive to John F. Kennedy Airport
  • 40-minute drive to Newark Airport
  • 2 blocks from the F subway line; 5 blocks from the N, Q, R subway lines; 6 blocks from the 4, 5, 6 subway lines
  • 2-minute walk to Central Park
  • 14-minute walk to St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • 16-minute walk to Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • 18-minute walk to Rockefeller Center
  • 21-minute walk to Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 12-minute subway ride to Bryant Park and the New York Public Library
  • 12-minute subway ride to the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station
  • 13-minute subway ride or walk to Times Square
  • 19-minute subway ride to Union Square
  • 21-minute subway ride to the Empire State Building
  • 18-minute subway ride to Flatiron Building
  • 16-minute subway ride to Penn Station
  • 20-minute subway ride to the West Village and the Washington Square Park
  • 25-minute subway ride to the High Line and the Chelsea Market

 Rooms

Classic European decor with luxurious details.

The Deluxe Guestroom at the Hotel Plaza Athenee.
The Deluxe Guestroom at the Hotel Plaza Athenee.

The 142 rooms at the Hotel Plaza Athenee are understated and luxurious, featuring gorgeous, classic European decor (expect neutral tones, rich fabrics, and lovely artwork). Even the smallest guestrooms are large by New York City standards. Top-notch amenities include Sferra linens, plasma TVs, and deep soaking tubs. Some rooms also feature glass-enclosed solariums or terraces that offer excellent city views. Other suites have fully equipped kitchens.

Specialty suites -- such as the Thai Suite or the two-story Penthouse Suite -- are also available. Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor have both called these spaces home.

  • All rooms feature luxurious decor, including classic European furnishings, Sferra linens, and Asian-inspired silks.
  • Marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, rain showers, and Penhaligon's toiletries
  • Some rooms feature glass-enclosed solariums or terraces with sweeping city views.
  • Suites have kitchenettes or full kitchens, separate living spaces, and sofa beds.
  • Twice-daily maid service, 24-hour room service, and 24-hour concierge available
  • Free morning newspapers, overnight shoe shines, and tea or coffee service daily
  • All rooms come with iPod docks; DVD players in some rooms
  • Flat-screen TVs include TV Globo, TV5, Detche Welle, and RAI
  • Fee for Wi-Fi

 Fitness Center

Bright fitness center overlooking charming 64th Street.

Work out with a view.
Work out with a view.

The fitness center at the Hotel Plaza Athenee is well-equipped, with TechnoGym cardio and weight machines. There are also resist balls, yoga mats and stretch bands. On-site yoga and Pilates instructors are available for a fee. Guests look out over charming 64th Street while they work out.

 Spa

Gorgeous spa suites offering a good variety of treatments.

Spa suites at the Plaza Athenee.
Spa suites at the Plaza Athenee.

The Spa Valmont at the Plaza Athenee offers four gorgeous suites with decor and treatments inspired by Asian philosophies. Each suite features a dressing room, lounge chair, and private steam shower, while two specialty suites either offer a couples massage area or a Thai massage treatment space. The hotel's spa is also the only one in New York City to use Valmont Cosmetics, the famed Swiss brand known for its rejuvenating philosophy.

 Food

A romantic ambiance sets the tone for a delicious meal at Bar Seine or Arabelle.

Bar Seine at the Hotel Plaza Athenee.
Bar Seine at the Hotel Plaza Athenee.

Bar Seine's eclectic mix of Moroccan, European, and Asian-influenced design elements -- including Murano glass chandeliers, dark woods, and warm red walls -- create a cozy atmosphere. Afternoon tea is served here daily, as are seasonal cocktails.

Arabelle is an elegant space featuring white tablecloths and cream walls with intricate paneling. Guests can enjoy contemporary American cuisine for all three meals. The restaurant strives to use ingredients from local organic farms and to focus on nutritionally balanced preparations. Sample dishes include butter-poached lobster, bacon-wrapped scallops, and an almond and truffle crusted lamb loin.

 Bottom Line

This Upper East Side boutique hotel, a sister to the world-renowned Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, possesses a deep-rooted commitment to service, luxury, and sophistication. Rooms are sumptuous, with classic European decor and gorgeous bathrooms. The bar and restaurant are intimate and romantic, serving excellent fine-dining fare and cocktails, while the spa and fitness center provide charming spaces to relax and rejuvenate. Above all, though, is the hotel's dedication to service, made evident from the outset with a sit-down check-in, and continued throughout guests' stays by the excellent Clefs d'Or concierges. It is no wonder that both Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor have called the Plaza Athenee home.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 142
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan
Address: 37 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10021-7023
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