Plaza Athenee is a well-recognized and respected worldwide brand. Its New York outpost is challenging that reputation. The lobby is unprepossessing, exuding a slight aura of being on the road to going to seed. The room we were assigned was an "upgrade" (via Andrew HarperTravel, our long time superb travel agent). It was a few square feet larger than a standard $900 room, and had a lovely view of an air shaft. Every, and I mean every, picture was hanging crookedly. The bathroom was virtually identical to an airport Holiday Inn's, with three exceptions: there was a thin veneer of granite surrounding a Corian countertop; the wall-mounted hair dryer operated with a "dead man's" switch which required clutching the handle to maintain the air flow, and the tub was about 18 inches deep, effectively precluding soaking in it.
We endured one night at The Plaza Athenee, and moved to The Four Seasons. For an extra $100, The contrast could not be starker -- like the difference between margarine and caviar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a charming, residential street on 64th Street between Park and Madison Avenue, Hotel Plaza Athénée is an Upper East Side luxury boutique hotel that has been a home away from home to royalty, world leaders, celebrities, executives and discerning travelers since 1984. Ideally situated in the heart of Manhattan, guests are just minutes from Central Park, Madison Avenue boutiques, galleries and museums. Elegant and refined in every detail, rich in style, Hotel Plaza Athénée offers a grand yet inviting setting where classic French inspired style meets Manhattan's uptown chic. Hand-painted murals, Italian marble, French antiques and luxe furnishings create a gracious haven. Guestrooms and suites have a distinct residential style in character with the genteel neighborhood where it resides. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Plaza Athenee
- Plaza Athenee New York City