Intercontinental Barclay | Around the World in 30 Days
A visit to the east coast of the US isn’t complete without a stop in the City That Never Sleeps. Having grown up near the city, my family often took us to see musicals, check out exhibits, and explore the cultural hub. Unsurprisingly, New York City is (and always has been) one of my favorite places. So, my family spent a short but fun-filled weekend when I went back to the US. First stop: our bags at the hotel, the Intercontinental Barclay.
The Intercontinental Barclay is well-located in Midtown East, Manhattan. Iconic sights such as Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Broadway are all within walking distance. The hotel is also a couple blocks from the closest metro, so traveling around the city is easy.
A Refreshed 1920s Style
Upon entering, the first look is a lavishly decorated lobby with details reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties. The luxuriousness of the black and white tiles is accentuated by gilded decor illuminated by a graphic lighting fixture on the ceiling. And the rooms are decorated to match, with black and white tile entrances, gilded accents, and plush leather details. Bold and balanced, bygone and modern. The Intercontinental Barclay’s aesthetic gives a nod to the 20s while staying fresh.
Having had good experiences with other Intercontinental hotels, my expectations were high, and the Barclay did not disappoint. Location is great. Service and cleanliness is on point. The beds (at IHG hotels) are perhaps the softest I’ve ever experienced and feel as soft as clouds.
The hotel could make improvements, however, in two areas. The first area is soundproofing. While the walls are well-insulated, the doors seemed a bit thin. So, I could hear guests talking in the hallways at 3am. The other area to address is the shower. A beautiful walk-in shower, guests unable to get into standard bathtubs will appreciate the accessible design. The only problem is that the shower only uses a shower curtain, and a short one at that. This means that the bathroom floor becomes slippery when you use the shower.
Aside from that, I had a very pleasant stay at the Intercontinental Barclay. I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a well-located and stylish luxury hotel for their trip Manhattan, and I will definitely consider it when I visit NYC again.
About the Intercontinental Barclay
First opened in 1926, the hotel was originally part of the Grand Central Terminal expansion plans. The Barclay served New York City’s affluent visitors, who had the option to arrive via private train car at the hotel’s own platform. Up until the ’60s, the privately-run hotel was a popular choice for the wealthy. As favor declined, however, the hotel needed a renewed image. And in 1978, the Barclay joined the Intercontinental Group (IHG). Today, the Intercontinental Barclay continues to provide top-notch luxury accommodations.
Address: 111 East 48th Street, New York, New York 10017