The Peninsula New York

NEW YORK CITY

“In Midtown, this is one of my top picks. Spacious, neutrally elegant rooms, that feel miles away from city hustle bustle - the extreme sound-proofing works well. Old New York style meets the Orient: think marble floors, sumptuous rugs, top-notch beds, the latest in-room technology. Front of house and bell staff are 'on it' no matter what the question or need, and concierges are helpful (especially when you tell them exactly what you are seeking). A new-ish addition, is the Peninsula Mini Cooper fleet, available to take guests here or there, with is especially nice when a taxi is no where in sight! One of the city's most impressive spas & gyms with a small pool looking onto prime Fifth Avenue - don't miss time there for post breakfast work-out if possible. Depending on your trip purpose, the location really is as good for business as it is for pleasure.”
- Suzanne (Date Experienced: December 2012)

Great for
Business or leisure. The lobby bar is a power meeting spot.

With whom
Whomever

Memorable moment
Checking in on my second stay, the front desk person knew which newspaper I preferred, the concierge said "Hello Suzanne" when I passed by and a porter brought up boxes I had ordered and opened/unpacked them. Impressive.

Best time to go
I try to avoid NYC in Summer months (but that's a very personal thing!) Try a mid-winter stay to enjoy the ease of Manhattan museums, restaurants and generally less traffic / hub bub.

With the kids
Caters well for little ones

Be aware
Not all rooms have been revamped and some should be — soon. The re-furbished rooms and bathrooms are what anyone would like and think of as plush.
55th Street between 5th and 6th has a few little restaurants including the famous Michaels, should you look for a quick walk away.

Room options
239 rooms with classic color schemes and contemporary furnishings — not wildly inspiring, but wonderfully comfortable and perfectly quiet.

Service & vibe
Stellar service straight from Hong Kong. This property has truly managed to combine Asian service standards with an old New York city classic.

Food
With NYC at your feet you have every option imaginable.

Price
From $550

Costs less to go
Quiet periods such as January and February (some years)
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To Do & See
It's up to you NY, NY...

Sport & Activity
Minutes from Central Park. Large, well-equipped gym, including glass-enclosed lap pool.

Spa & Grooming
Impressive three-storey wellness and fitness center with ESPA treatments.

To Eat
There are so many fancy-schmancy hip and happening restaurants in the city — but sometimes you want to keep it casual... head to classic PJ Clarkes for simply delish burgers and sides (915 3rd Avenue; +1 212 317 1616).

To Buy
Head to the usuals for designer styles (Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman etc), but try Jeffrey for shoes (449 West 14th Street, b/t 9th & 10th Avenues) and Intermix for more off-beat designers such as Philosophy, Catherine Malandrino and Marc Jacobs (125 Fifth Avenue, Midtown).

Super Services
Need to get out of the city to a meeting or a personal affair and are 3 or more people? Book a chauffeur driven 7 seater Mercedes Benz Van from Brilliant Transportation to be productive whilst getting there. Kitted out with 3G WiFi, 10xs greater signal & clarity cellular service than your phone, DirectTV, DVDs, more than 6ft in headroom. More info. on their website.

Itinerary Idea
Spend a few days in the city then head out to Connecticut or The Hamptons (see my reviews in these areas)

Helpful Source
www.luxuryculture.com for latest NYC restaurants, art openings, boutiques, day spas and salons

Where
700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street, Midtown, NY 10019

Contacts
www.peninsula.com
+1 (212) 956 2888
GM: Robert H. Rechtermann
Head Concierge: Amy Bowman

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