In Manhattan, the InterContinental New York Barclay is set to close for a $175 million renovation. The hotel recently checked out its last guest in preparation for the 18-month refurbishment. IHG will contribute 20 percent of the renovation costs, with the remainder funded by Constellation Barclay Holding US, LLC.
We hear the hotel's new design ‒ developed with the assistance of architecture firm Stonehill + Taylor and interior designers HOK (formerly BBGM) ‒ will "completely revitalize" the Federalist-style property, maintaining its heritage while updating it to meet modern demands. On completion, the property will have approximately 700 guestrooms, a new InterContinental Club Lounge and a refurbished lobby with a new Gin bar and restaurant.
First opened in 1926, the hotel is located right in the heart of Manhattan and a short walk from Park Avenue, Madison Avenue and the United Nations building. Notable guests (and long-term residents) have included politicians, cultural influencers and other prominent figures throughout the decades, including U.S. presidents, author Ernest Hemingway, ambassador and hostess Perle Mesta and civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.