23 MAY 2016
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One of New York’s best-known hotels, the Barclay at E 48th St, has reopened after a US$180m, 20-month top-to-bottom renovation with more than 420,000sq ft of redesigned interiors.
Now part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the Barclay made its grand debut to New York society in 1926 as one of the original “railroad” hotels, designed to serve train traffic.
Its introduction to the city’s skyline coincided with the debut of such landmarks as the Chrysler Building, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.
Features of the redesigned 704-guestroom property include an open lobby leading to a marble grand staircase, a business club and 15,000sq ft of meeting and event space, including a 4,954sq ft Grand Ballroom and 3,500sq ft Empire Ballroom.
Another attraction is the Gin Parlour, inspired by the Dutch and English originals of the 1920s, with signature cocktails and a menu that pays tribute to the international culture and history of New York dining.
Specialities include Alphabet City soft pretzels and locally-sourced broiled oysters with Barclay pickle relish.
IHG vice-president for lifestyle brands Jason Moskal said: “As one of the iconic heritage properties for the InterContinental brand, the Barclay represents a rich history of luxury travel in New York.”
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