The Peninsula New York
|The Peninsula New York|
Entrance to the hotel on 55th Street
|Location||700 Fifth Avenue|
Manhattan, New York City
|Opened||1905 (as Gotham Hotel)|
1988 (as The Peninsula New York)
|Owner||The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited|
|Management||The Peninsula Hotels|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Hiss and Weekes|
|Number of rooms||235 from $1,045 per night.|
|Number of suites||50 from $2,000 per night.|
|Number of restaurants||3 + 1 bar|
The Peninsula New York is a historic luxury hotel located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan, New York City. The hotel is part of the Hong Kong-based Peninsula Hotels group, which is owned by The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited and is the U.S. flagship property. The hotel was bought in 1988 by the Peninsula group for a price of $127 million. The Peninsula New York has received the AAA Five Diamond Award for thirteen consecutive years, and in 2007, it was named one of the greatest hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, The Peninsula New York is in the heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping, entertainment and cultural district. The hotel is within walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping, excellent restaurants, historic museums and exciting Broadway theatres. The Peninsula New York is honored to be the recipient of some of the most prestigious accolades in the hospitality industry, including the Forbes Five Star rating and the AAA Five Diamond awards. Recently announced by Forbes Travel Guide, The Peninsula Hotels are thrilled to be the only hotel brand to achieve the highest possible Five-Star status across all ten of its properties. The current General Manager of The Peninsula New York is Mr. Jonathan Crook who has assumed the role since 2011.
The Peninsula New York’s 235 luxuriously appointed guestrooms include 50 suites, as well as two superior suites—the Fifth Avenue Suite and Peninsula Suite—encompassing more than 2,500 square feet (232 square meters) apiece. All accommodation comes furnished with an average 400 square feet of space, complimentary high-speed WiFi, bedside electronic panels that allow lighting and temperature control with the touch of a button, tablet technology in 11 languages, deluxe marble bathrooms with walk-in showers, baths, wall mounted TVs and hands-free telephones, LED flat-screen TVs with cable and audio/visual entertainment options, double-glazed, soundproof windows and nail dryers
The Peninsula New York’s four restaurants and lounges comprise some of the city’s premier dining and drinking destinations—among them the dazzling, Asia-inspired rooftop hotspot Salon de Ning.
- Clement, the hotel’s signature restaurant, features fresh, seasonal American fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The restaurant offers notable American Fare cuisine, designed to highlight an approachable sensibility to midtown dining. Clement Restaurant is notably named after Mr. Clement King Man Kwok, the Chief Executive Officer of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited.
- Bar at Clement, a stylish, lowlit modern lounge, overlooks Fifth Avenue and provides a chic and seductive setting for intimate cocktails and light, Asian-inspired bites.The leather banquettes and cozy nooks complement rich tones of tobacco and cognac while a stunning cocktail menu features a selection of fresh, organic signature concoctions that will surprise and delight even the most discerning connoisseur. A must try is the Sassafras Cobbler which consists of Dickel Rye sassafras leaves and pickled blueberries.
- Gotham Lounge is a chic, townhouse-style mezzanine bar off the hotel lobby with a geometric theme in vibrant sapphire, rich chocolate brown and molten chrome. Ideal for small business meetings or personal gatherings, this comfortable lounge is renowned for legendary Afternoon Tea. An updated menu features classic and enhanced Afternoon Tea selections, light lunch and dinner fare, evening cocktails and irresistible desserts that seamlessly pair with an atmosphere of composed sophistication.
- Salon de Ning is a favorite amongst New Yorkers and travelers alike for its enchanting setting and world-class cocktails. Featuring dramatic skyline views over Fifth Avenue, Salon de Ning is a chic rooftop bar featuring two outdoor terraces complemented by an intimate interior bar. Lounge seating areas allow for an exclusive, relaxing experience while overlooking the bustling city below. The dramatic rooftop terraces also provide the perfect venue for private events.
Spa and Fitness
An oasis of calm set high above the bustle of midtown, The Peninsula New York’s lavish, award-winning spa occupies the hotel’s 21st floor. A comprehensive menu of wellness and beauty treatments are offered here in a collection of 10 serene treatment rooms. The spa facilities also include separate saunas, aromatherapy steam rooms, ice fountains, and relaxation lounges for men and women, an Asian tea lounge and private Spa Suite with views overlooking city skyscrapers.
The serene indoor rooftop pool at The Peninsula New York boasts sleek décor that features striking floor-to-ceiling teak columns set against a cool black tile floor. Poolside dining is also available, featuring a selection of Naturally Peninsula dishes that are both healthy and delicious. Daily aqua aerobics classes help keep guests fit while on the road.
Open to hotel guests and day spa guests who book a minimum of two hours of treatments, the stunning 2,700 sq ft / 250 sq m Sun Terrace is replete with rich saffron and russet-hued fabrics inspired by the chic colour scheme of the adjacent Peninsula Spa. Full-time attendants provide a never-ending supply of sun block, chilled hand towels and bottled water. The Sun Terrace may also be booked for evening private events.
The hotel was built in 1905 as the Gotham Hotel and was designed in the neo-classical style. It went into bankruptcy in 1908, partly because it could not acquire a liquor license as it was too close to the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Also, it was overshadowed by more luxurious hotels, like the St. Regis across the street and the Plaza Hotel just a few blocks north. The hotel was acquired in the 1930s by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. As they needed the maximum amount of leasable retail floor area, the company tore out many of the hotel's public rooms.
In 1979, the Swiss hotel owner Rene Hatt took over the hotel and started a long renovation process, intending to reopen it as the Nova Park Hotel. It was this renovation which added the hotel's rooftop pool and fitness centre. The Nova Park plan eventually failed, collapsing in a bankruptcy, foreclosure and a series of lawsuits. The hotel was finally reopened in 1987, after $200 million of work, as the Hotel Maxim's de Paris, an outpost of the famed Parisian restaurant Maxim's. That enterprise quickly failed, and the hotel was sold in 1988 to its current owner, the Peninsula group. It spent $45 million on a second renovation in 1999.
In Popular Culture
- In the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy, the 'Berkely Hotel' in the film was shot at the hotel (then still known as the Gotham Hotel before the renovation in 1979).
- In the 2003 novel The King of Torts by John Grisham, protagonist Clay Carter stays in this hotel when he is in New York City.
- The Peninsula New York makes a prominent appearance in John Grisham’s best-selling 2003 novel The King of Torts, as the hotel of choice for protagonist Clay Carter.
- In the early 1960s, the building (known then as The Gotham Hotel) had one of the city’s first public discothèques, L’Interdit, in its basement. It became one of the most popular and elegant nightclubs in the city.
- The Peninsula New York occupies a Landmark building—a property that has been designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as having special historic, cultural, and aesthetic significance to its home city.
- The Peninsula Chicago
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- National Register of Historic Places listings in Manhattan from 14th to 59th Streets
- List of New York City Designated Landmarks in Manhattan from 14th to 59th Streets
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