Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York

37 East 64th Street at Madison Avenue | New York, NY 10065 [See Map]
#22 in Best New York City Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 342 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 142 rooms, 17 floors
Primary View(s) City center, Neighborhood
Style Traditional
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

The Hôtel Plaza Athénée in the Upper East Side exudes an air of grandeur. Recent guests rave about the hotel's romantic atmosphere, found everywhere from the elegantly decorated lobby decked with Italian marble to the refined accommodations, appointed with crisp Italian linens, French accents, rich silks and modern amenities like iPod docking stations and plasma TVs. Most guests describe the hotel service as "outstanding," and though the high prices were a deterrent for some, visitors agree that the cuisine served at the award-winning Arabelle Restaurant is worth tasting. Without making an extra dent in your wallet, you can enjoy access to the renovated fitness center and fully equipped business center. 

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Critic Reviews


“The exclusive hotel blends seamlessly with the ritzy residential neighborhood just off of Central Park, and staff has plenty of experience assisting celebrity clientele. So, even if you’ve never won an Emmy, they’ll treat you like you have.”
Award: Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014

Travel + Leisure

“Be sure to introduce yourself to one of the two Clef d’Or concierges on staff, known to arrange for a Central Park picnic basket or a personal shopper at nearby Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman.”


“The hotel may seem stuffy to younger visitors but to others it's a welcome dose of old-school luxury.”


“This Upper East Side boutique hotel, a sister to the world-renowned Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, possesses a deep-rooted commitment to service, luxury, and sophistication. ... It is no wonder that both Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor have called the Plaza Athenee home.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick

Guest Rooms

The guest rooms at the Hotel Plaza Athénée New York look like what you might expect to see if you were staying in one of the neighboring brownstone homes. Renovated in 2010, the guest rooms and suites exhibit what the hotel describes as "European townhouse" decor, complete with rich fabrics and lots of artwork. Guests will also find flat-screen plasma TVs, iPod docking stations and high-speed Wi-Fi access. Travelers that choose to stay in a suite will have access to a separate living room, a kitchenette and, in some cases, a private balcony or atrium.

  • Bathrooms feature soaking tubs and rain showers
  • Standard rooms can feel pretty small for a hotel of this caliber
  • All accommodations are visited twice a day by maid service

Standard room size:

320 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 342 guests have reviewed the Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 342 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

The Hotel Plaza Athénée New York resides on a tree-lined block of East 64th Street, sandwiched between Madison and Park avenues on the Upper East Side. Rubbing elbows with the city's famed brownstones just a few blocks from Central Park, this hotel is a good choice for travelers looking for a more peaceful atmosphere without sacrificing location. The Hotel Plaza Athénée New York sits within walking distance of five subway stops, offering easy access to seven different lines.

  • Within walking distance of the Central Park Zoo
  • This hotel does not offer airport shuttle service
  • A variety of high-end restaurants can be found nearby
  • 24-hour valet parking ($65 to $75)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


The Arabelle Restaurant, located within the Hotel Plaza Athénée New York, earned kudos from Zagat from its seasonal American fare. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner (not to mention Sunday brunch) using local and organic ingredients, Arabelle impresses diners with menu items like lobster salad and prime New York sirloin. Meanwhile, Bar Seine's red walls and Murano glass chandeliers provide a stark contrast to Arabelle's white tablecloths and cream-colored decor. The atmosphere that accompanies evening cocktails in Bar Seine is reminiscent of Morocco or Asia.

  • Arabelle is closed for lunch and dinner on Sundays and Mondays
  • Bar Seine serves a traditional afternoon tea every day between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.
  • Neither Arabelle nor Bar Seine is particularly kid-friendly

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:



  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast



Having originally opened in 2010 as the Plaza Athénée Spa, the Spa Valmont underwent a name change in early 2013 and is now the only hotel spa in the United States to carry the full Valmont Cosmetics skin care line, which was developed in Switzerland. The spa here is small — there are only four private treatment rooms — but guests can choose from a variety of services, including massages, facials and body treatments. Each treatment room also houses a dressing room and a private shower.

  • Salon services, including hair and makeup, are available
  • Spa treatments can be customized to suit individual guests' needs
  • The spa opens at 9 a.m. seven days a week

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


For guests traveling with kids, the highlight of the Hotel Plaza Athénée New York is its location: The hotel sits within walking distance of several family-friendly attractions. To help broods get a jump on their New York vacation, the Hotel Plaza Athénée New York offers complimentary tickets to the Central Park Zoo and the Victorian Gardens Amusement Park. But in terms of atmosphere, the Hotel Plaza Athénée New York isn't the most kid-friendly property in the city. The European decor and high-end restaurant may be too much for younger children to handle.

  • Concierge can help organize family-centric VIP packages to Yankee Stadium or score tickets to Broadway shows like Lion King.
  • All children are gifted an activity scrapbook upon arrival
  • Video game consoles are available to rent
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The Hotel Plaza Athénée New York's 2010 renovation also resulted in a brand new fitness center housing a variety of Technogym equipment, including free weights, ellipticals, treadmills and recumbent bikes. The fitness center is also large enough to accommodate yoga and other stretching exercises. The hotel can also arrange personal yoga and Pilates instruction (for a fee).

  • Yoga mats and stretch bands are available free of charge
  • The fitness center offers complimentary water and fruit, as well as cold towels
  • Guests can access the fitness center 24 hours a day

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Hotel Plaza Athénée New York's Le Trianon meeting area can accommodate up to 100 guests; it can also be divided into two separate rooms for smaller gatherings. Le Trianon features a white board, a sound system and a projection screen, and in-house meeting planners can help organize any other needs.

  • The business center is under renovation, but a computer kiosk is available
  • Catering and private dining can be arranged
  • Meeting spaces can be configured in a variety of ways

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Guests are welcome to bring dogs as large as 25 pounds with them to the Hotel Plaza Athénée New York (exceptions can be made for larger breeds). The hotel requires a $125 fee per pooch, but that covers treats, beds, bowls and toys.

  • Treats are purchased from Canines for Veterans, which donates part of its proceeds to charity
  • Dog walking and sitting services can be arranged for an extra fee
  • Guests may be required to pay more than $125 for dogs exceeding the 25-pound weight limit
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



The Hotel Plaza Athénée New York can accommodate wedding ceremonies and receptions as long as the guest list does not exceed 100 people. The service will take place in the hotel's Le Trianon meeting space, while receptions — as well as rehearsal dinners and post-wedding brunches — can be held in the Arabelle restaurant.

  • Hotel staff can help organize everything from the decor to the music
  • A variety of wedding packages are available
  • Nearby Central Park makes a great backdrop for photos

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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37 East 64th Street at Madison Avenue | New York, NY 10065 [See Full Map]