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TravelPod Member ReviewsInterContinental New York Barclay New York City
If you're tired after a long flight then this is the bed you want to fall asleep in. It was like sleeping on a cloud. I loved this hotel.
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I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Intercontinental Barclay in New York City. From the moment I set foot in the lobby, the service and the ambience was impeccable. The only had my name listed in their bookings but my brother and sister were also going to stay in a room with me, so they gave us an extra bed for free since they only had rooms with king beds left. Upon request, they also gave me a room on one of the top floors. The concierge service (although we really one once asked them a question was also very helpful).
And of course, this hotel is all about location. Located on 48th between Park and Lex, there is pretty much nothing in Manhattan or Midtown specifically, that you can't reach by foot. We stayed here for an entire week and we barely ever used the metro or cabs.
The room was always clean and extra requests or problems were always solved within a couple of minutes.
The only negative things I have to say is that one, the old TV just does not fit with the 5 star hotel rooms, they really should be updated and, two, room service and the restaurant, as well as wifi, really are extremely overpriced, even for a 5-star hotel.
But all in all, I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in NYC and I would always book it again for my next stay.
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental New York Barclay New York City
Stayed here in March 2003 and loved it. Received this hotel from priceline.com at $100....what a great buy that was!!!! While I am a frequent traveler to NYC, I had not stayed at this hotel before. The lobby is stunning!!!! Check-in was quick and easy (no mention of priceline.) The room was very pretty, on the smallish side...but most NY hotel rooms are. The bathroom was small, yet very nice. Hotel restuarant for breakfast had a very nice buffet. Would definitely stay here again, and if I got the same rate through priceline would be thrilled....but I expect to pay around $150 and still be happy with this hotel.
I stayed at this hotel at the beginning of April with my mother and we both loved it. The rooms were very nice and the beds comfortable. The price was excellent too - especially for NYC. (I selected this hotel as part of a vacation package.) I would recommend it to anyone. However - if you stay here as part of a prepaid vacation package be sure and have a credit card with you for incidentals as they will charge you $75 a DAY if you don't. Also, the hotel restaurant and room service were pretty pricey. There is a GREAT deli across the street though - the Longwood Gormet.
First class hotel in the heart of Manhattan
Just back from a six night stay at the Barclay and I have to say it's a superb hotel. The lobby is stunning and the rooms are great. Very clean, good sized room, huge comfy bed and very prompt service. There's a great deli across the street and the Metro is just a few blocks north. To be honest I can't think of anything to fault it.
What a beautiful hotel! Right in the heart of mid-town Manhattan, we stayed in a deluxe Queen room on the 10th floor which was absolutely wonderful!!! The staff was friendly, professional and willing to assist at every turn. For our first trip to NYC, the Intercontinental Barclay was the icing on the cake. I would strongly recommend staying there for its clean rooms, excellent service, professional staff, beautiful decor and prime location. Thank you to the staff for a wonderful visit!
Excellent hotel! Beautiful Lobby. excellent if smallish rooms. Great location. Terrific bar and somewhat pricey drinks and food.....but hey it's NY! Would recommend this hotel to anyone. Great service also. They brought 2 extra pillows to our room in 2 minutes! Check in took even less time!
Short People Beware the Barclay!
My family had stayed several times in this hotel and always found it acceptable, if not fabulous. Then they redecorated. Profoundly unhelpful staff refused assistance when it turned out that their new huge, high beds were so far off the floor, my tiny, arthritic and aged mother couldn't climb into one without assistance. Refused to provide a stepladder unless she signed a release and couldn't grasp the simple concept that the hotel was at much greater risk of liability if they let her make her own efforts at getting up on the darn bed - I walked into her room and found her unsteadily perched on the rolling chair from the desk!! On-site managers response was that the beds had been approved by the NY hotel commission!! Even more infuriating, they had a lobby display of their new furniture set up with a sturdy bench next to the bed! When I asked for that bench they said they couldn't disturb the display and that the display was not a guarantee the furniture in the room would be the same. Short people - better check on the furniture before you book!!
Great for weekend get-a-way
Booked the hotel with Site 59 with airfare from Toronto. The hotel is located mid-town near the subway. Door man always got us a cab quickly (except when it was raining) Room was a little small but nicely furnished. Good bed, small bathroom. A little noisey (street noise) so request an upper floor. Very clean room. Great for a weekend stay. On check out they tried to charge me for breakfast which we did not have. The clerk took off the charge immediately without question.
Unprofessional is a compliment for this hotel
We recently stayed at this hotel on 2/15-2/18. Originally we were scheduled to stay two nights, however, due to a snow storm we needed to extend our stay an additional night. I was very disappointed because we were trapped by snow with no option to leave and no one was arriving at the hotel either and they increased our rate. I have stayed at hotels everywhere and this is the only hotel that has ever taken advantage of stranded travelers. First we were told on Sunday evening our rate was extended. On Monday once we were stuck we were told our rate was increased by 40.00 per night, and after complaining our rate was only increased by 20.00 per night. We ate with other guest in the lobby bar and some were given the extended rate, some were charged way more and those who complained got a break. You expect this sort of unprofessional behavior at othe hotel chains but not the Intercontinental. I am not renewing my six continents membership. Stay away from this hotel you can not predict how they will try to cheat you if you encounter an emergency!!
Intercontinental Barclay-->pretty nice!
We stayed x 2 nights for our 20th anniversary weekend. We had an internet rate of $190/night. Excellent curbside baggage handling, and the car was whisked away. Lobby is beautiful. Check-in is smooth. "King Deluxe" room is smallish and bathroom is tiny, but we don't care...everything is clean and well kept. Room on 11th floor...so street noise is no problem. Room service and honor bar is SUPER expensive, but there is a little bodega (conv. store) right across the street, so we buy some snacks and bring them upstairs. They advertise coffee maker in the room (true), but don't tell you that the coffee packets are on the honor bar @ $6.00/4 cups. We walked everywhere, including Broadway show (Phantom), the diamond district (bought ring for 20th), uptown to Carnegie Deli, & Rockerfeller Ctr. Hotel bar/restaurant was fine after theatre @ 11pm for a cocktail and a "pu-pu platter". Plenty of nice restaurants locally...Avra (greek seafood) and Belini (upscale italian) were very good. This hotel is right around the corner from Waldorf-Astoria (I've stayed @ the Waldorf), has almost the same karma, but was much less expensive. ***Intercontinental Barclay--> recommended!!
CANNOT BE FAULTED!
This is an exceptional hotel that cannot be faulted. Due to the events of September 11th we were stranded in New York City for an extra six days and the staff at this large hotel catered for our every need...which included reducing the price of our room! A four star luxurious hotel in the cleaner smarter east side of midtown, this clean and elegantly comfortable lodging is well overdue its fifth star! Superior rooms are fantastic value with biggest bed Ive ever seen outside of the UK. Minibar, walk-in closet, marble bathroom (with phone!), huge tv, armchairs, private phone and a brilliant city view are just some of the things that made our extended stay a little less scary in a time when all I wanted to do was be at home with my family.... The intercontinental on 48th street is in my opinion the best 4* in Manhattan.