About Hotel Plaza Athénée
Surrounded by elegant townhouses on a tree-lined stretch of the Upper East Side, the Hotel Plaza Athénée is an outpost of genteel Europe in the middle of Manhattan.
The lobby sets the tone for the rest of the hotel: From the gleaming marble floors to the opulent wrap-around murals and gilded chandeliers, it wouldn’t look out of place in one of Louis XV’s grand palaces. The guestrooms expand on the regal theme, with Beaux-Arts-style furnishings, Sferra Italian linens, thick carpets and handsome marble-lined bathrooms with choice Penhaligon toiletries. Suites feature expansive outdoor terraces with flower-topped tables and cityscape views.
Though the name Plaza Athénée conjurs classic old New York (and Paris), the 1927 building has been fully-updated to modern times, with a top-to-bottom, multimillion-dollar renovation in 2010. It’s got all the wired modern amenities you’d expect, from iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs to Wi-Fi. The construction extended to all corners of the hotel, including the addition of the Asian-themed Plaza Athénée Spa, which offers massages, facials and jet-lag treatments. The fitness center, also remodeled, has top-notch equipment and inspiring views of the Upper East Side.
One block from Central Park, the historic property’s most valuable asset is probably its address, right in the center of one of the finest concentrations of art and culture in the world, with the Met, the Whitney and the Frick Collection all close by, along with the rarified boutiques of Fifth and Madison Avenues. (The neighborhood is famous for its pampered pooches – and the hotel follows suit: Pets are well-taken care of with treats, cushioned beds and stainless-steel food bowls).
The in-house restaurant, Arabelle, is a famously romantic hideaway that carries the hotel’s European aesthetic, with white tablecloths, heavy cutlery, a gorgeous gold-domed ceiling and a seasonal menu that might include honey-glazed duck breast and shrimp risotto. And the low-lit Bar Seine is one of New York’s best date spots, with an exotic décor that New York Magazine describes as “Tangiers meets the Right Bank.”
Did you know?
The hotel originally opened in 1927 as the Hotel Alrae, but was transformed into the Hotel Plaza Athénée in 1984. And, though they share the same name, the hotel has no connection to the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris.
The hotel inhabits one of the poshest wedges of the Upper East Side, making it ideal for visitors who prefer a more refined setting near Central Park. Families enjoy the top-notch service; couples like the European romantic factor; and business travelers are drawn by the central location and cachet.
The romantic, gold-domed restaurant Arabelle serves creative, market-fresh cuisine.
Enjoy handcrafted cocktails at the low-lit and exotic Bar Seine.
Room service is offered 24 hours.
Hotel Plaza Athénée Location Information:
37 East 64th St.
New York, NY 10065
F to Lexington Ave./63rd St.; N, Q, R to Fifth Ave./59th St.
- 24 hour front desk
- Business Center
- Dry cleaning service
- Fitness Center
- Jacuzzi or Spa
- Parking - Valet