Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Plaza Athénée

37 E. 64th St., at Madison Ave., New York, New York 10065, USA See on Map

Positioned unobtrusively by Central Park on the Upper East Side, the Hotel Plaza Athénée is known for making stellar service a top priority. Traditional French design and a pleasantly dark bar recall hotel pleasures of another era. Seriously, it's like Paris has been stuffed inside of a building (which is lovely).

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel may seem stuffy to younger visitors, but to others, it’s a welcome dose of old-school luxury. (But it is a little stuffy.)


Like the rest of the hotel, these rooms are very French. Refined rooms mix modern touches like free Wi-Fi with historic accents such as 18th century (French) artwork. In addition to the rooms, this hotel has 26 suites with richer colors, more space, and nice extras like balconies and kitchenettes.

In-room dining has an extravagant, old-world feel with white tablecloths, candles, and flowers--so, again, super French.

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Big marble bathrooms have terrycloth robes and slippers. They're pretty fancy-looking, too.

Photo: @ha1ec


French design influence is seen in the elegant lobby with its marble floors, sculptures, and dramatic wall murals. There is a personal sit-down check-in space off to the side of the lobby. That's right--you can sit down to check out. Hey, we said this place was fancy, right?


Arabelle restaurant serves American fare with a French accent.


Bar Seine is a fabulously dark and secretive hideaway--and surely the only bar in New York with a floor made of leather. That's right--the floor is made of leather, for some reason.


Getting Around

Located on East 64th Street, this hotel is quite close to Central Park. The upscale shopping of the Upper East Side is also within easy walking distance. Subway access is available with the F and Q trains at Lexington Avenue/63rd Street and the 4, 5, and 6 trains at Lexington Avenue/59th Street. Taxis and Uber are widely available.


Keep the French theme going (why not, eh?) with a meal at the lovely Rotisserie Georgette (6-minute walk), where whole chickens roast on a rotisserie in the open kitchen, righ there in front of you. A red awning and bistro tables spilling onto the sidewalk welcome customers to Amaranth (3-minute walk), a Mediterranean (not French) restaurant known for its quality seafood and pasta. For a morning pastry or casual lunch, Corrado Bread and Pastry (10-minute walk) is a cozy corner restaurant with great seasonal outdoor seating.


Via Quadronno (10-minute walk) is a casual Italian wine bar with a neighborhood feel and a range of wines available by the glass. The Bar Room (6-minute walk) has a historic feel with a long, wooden bar but a cocktail list of fresh, modern options (alongside all the classics, of course).


This hotel is extremely French in every way possible. Which we love. The individual details--flowers and candles that accompany in-room dining, dimly lit glamor, weirdly leather floors of Bar Seine--all conspire to create an old-world European vibe in the heart of Manhattan. Also, the service is simply great.


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Phones: 212-734–9100;212-606–4600

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