Peninsula – New York’s Midtown Meeting Point

Aleta Fimbres 12/05/2010

Peninsula roofbar, New York

New Yorkers are famous for being surly and unfriendly, but after a short stay at the Peninsula, you’d swear they were from California!

Situated on the southwest corner of New York’s famous Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, at the heart of Manhattan’s most prestigious business, shopping and entertainment Midtown district, The Peninsula New York presents levels of luxury and personalized service that complement its world-renowned sister hotel in Hong Kong.

Standing 23-stories tall, The Peninsula New York offers 242 spacious rooms with 42 suites (including a Presidential Suite with over 2,500 square feet of living space). Accommodations are decorated in the Art Nouveau style with king size beds, writing desks, large seating areas, personal safes, a fully stocked private bar and bedside consoles controlling the temperature, lighting, TV and radio.

Add state- of-the-art telephones with two outgoing lines, computer and facsimile hookup, and throw in large marble bathrooms with six-foot tubs, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, and deluxe toiletries, and you feel in the lap of luxury.

In a city filled with famous landmarks, the building of The Peninsula New York can hold its own with a distinctive beaux-arts facade of hand-carved limestone.

The interiors are splendidly opulent, particularly the majestic reception hall with a glittering chandelier setting the mood of luxury. Original works of art complement the sumptuous Art Nouveau decor.

The hotel’s facilities are aimed to complement its appearance. Choices for dining begin with the hotel’s signature restaurant, Adrienne, combining award-winning European cuisine with subtle influences of the East in a romantic Belle Époque setting overlooking Fifth Avenue.

Le Bistro offers more casual dining in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, while the Gotham Lounge has become a popular meeting place for New Yorkers, serving cocktails and traditional Peninsula afternoon tea.

For meetings and special events, the hotel has six banquet rooms with the latest audio-visual equipment and seating space for up to 250 people.

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The hotel’s crowning glory is The Peninsula Spa, which commands the top three floors of the hotel and spectacular views of the New York City skyline. Accessible by express elevator, the glass-enclosed health and fitness facility on the 22nd floor features a 42-foot swimming pool and whirlpool, rooftop sundecks, exercise facilities, aerobics studio, steam rooms and saunas – all available free of charge to hotel guests. Other services include a beauty and hair salon; massage studios and a diverse array of supervised spa programs.

Among the programs, The Peninsula Spa offers a host of packages specially and specifically designed for men and for women. In addition, the Executive Relaxation Day package is aimed to give busy professionals a chance to retreat from a hectic schedule, and refresh themselves from head to toe with European facials, a Swedish massage, a phyto-aromatic scalp treatment, unlimited use of the fitness facilities and swimming pool, use of the sauna, steam, and whirlpool together with use of locker room and exercise amenities.

For active men and women wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York for a couple of hours, The Peninsula Spa offers them a chance to relax and enjoy a choice of body and skin care treatments. The Peninsula New York invites couples wishing to pamper themselves completely to indulge in a leisurely Spa Weekend package. This package includes one night’s accommodation, a choice of invigorating massages, reflexology or phyto-aromatic scalp treatment, and unlimited use of the fitness facilities and swimming pool. Also included, of course, is use of sauna, steam, and whirlpool, locker room, exercise apparel, robes, towels, slippers and personal care amenities, together with a Continental breakfast.

To top it all off, adjoining The Peninsula Spa is the PenTop Bar and Terrace that serves cocktails and light snacks overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

Hotel room rates range from US$295 to US$395 for a single or double room with rates for one and two bedroom suites starting at US$495 up to US$3,000 for the Presidential Suite. The Peninsula New York also offers attractive Spa and weekend packages with rates starting at US$199 per night.

For reservations, please contact the hotel directly on their website at

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