"Just as it should be"
Everybody can use a little Upper East Side hotel experience from time to time, even if you are not planning to indulge the heart-stoppingly priced boutiques lining nearby Madison Ave. Particularly a hotel at half-price which, of course, comes with some drawbacks- ie. the heart of winter. Still, we rejected similar deals from our usual haunts in Midtown and Murray Hill and picked the Plaza. Athenee, that is. They must have anticipated what we like, because it was all there, starting with a nice location and a small lobby staffed with pleasant and competent staff. The friendly and expensive bar just off the lobby was generally crowded at most times but you could always find a seat if only at the bar. We didn't try the restaurant. The "Business Center" could use an upgrade - the one laptop was running Windows 7 and the Printer would not produce our boarding passes. Our fourth floor room was clean, tastefully decorated and furnished and sufficiently large for two with very comfortable bedding and a smallish bathroom with largish two-headed shower, but no tub. The view from our window reminded me of the view from Ralph Cramden's apartment: the windows of other rooms and a narrow slit to the street. Perfectly adequate under the circumstances. WiFi was good and the NY Times showed up at the door bright and early. Lots of channels on the flat screen TV. Nice and quiet. This is a nice, comfortable hotel with an upscale demographic suited to its location. Drawbacks if you care: a dearth of the Midtown-at-Lex kind of coffee shops to get a reasonably priced breakfast and something of a hike to most places you want to go, other than the above-referenced shops and Central Park. Lots of very good and pricey restaurants close by. I would give the Plaza five stars at the bargain rate that we scored, but would slink back to our usual crash pads 10-25 blocks south at the rack rate. Happy Trails.
"Great New York City Hotel"
I stayed here twice this month and really enjoyed it. It is a grand dame but very nicely kept up, in a great Upper East Side neighborhood just off Central Park. Very comfortable and nice service. Disappointed with the food and room service - it is one level down from a true luxury hotel but a great find in NYC.
Me and my girlfriend stay here in early March. My girlfriend occasionally smokes and this hotel still has smoking rooms! Loved it!. Room did not smell smoky. The service here is perfect. They treated us wonderfully. Housekeeping even picked up her clothes, which were scattered around the room (she's sorta messy), and folded them neatly at turn-down! We were there on a Sunday when the bar was the only place to eat, and the food, for such a nice place, was lacking. Drinks were well-made, but spendy. All told we had a cozy stay here and got royal treatment.
"They miss a few tricks but still good!"
This hotel is smallish, therefore private and quiet. The facilities are all quite nice but on the verge of needing updating. Of course the location is very convenient and the staff tries very hard. You might even see a movie star drinking in the bar incognito.
We stayed there a week, and we had an amazing stay. The location is ideal, the fitness is a bet small but has everything you need. The staff was very pleasant. I've nothing bad to say about this hotel. It deserves its 5 stars. It is not a factory hotel, very personalized in a more human size.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club - Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) - Discover
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 1:00 PM
Please note that the hotel pool will be closed from 20th May 2015 to 31st July 2015 for remodelling project. During this period, the hotel provides alternative arrangements for pool facilities from neighbouring hotels.