The Plaza Athenée first opened its doors in 1984 and despite its 143 rooms and suites, feels like a chic European style, boutique property.
I love the location, on 64th Street between Park and Madison Avenue, close to Central Park and luxury Manhattan stores, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s, Tiffany & Co, Harry Winston, and Henri Bendel. It’s also just a short walk to the Frick, MOMA, and Rockefeller Centre; its location couldn’t be better. Combine this with Upper East Side living, traditional décor and super quiet rooms at the back of the hotel and you cannot go far wrong. Elizabeth Taylor favoured their Penthouse Suite when she was in NY and the suites are still sought after by low-key celebrities.
Owned by a Thai billionaire, there are parts of this hotel that could really be improved and updated: the carpets in the hallways and in the room I was allocated for example. Understandably, the hotel has a reputation for currently being a ‘bit tired’ and with the rates they charge, it needs to be addressed. Having said that, I was happy here as I have always loved this hotel and its location for good reason: the staff are wonderful and helpful and the rooms work well. It is very secure and especially for women travelling alone, probably one of the safest hotels in the city.
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