InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced that the InterContinental New York Barclay will soon commence on a $175-million renovation, which was announced in December 2013. The refurbishment will take 18 months to complete, with the move eyed to revitalize the landmark property.
First opened in 1926, the hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan and a short walk from Park Avenue, Madison Avenue and the United Nations building. The InterContinental New York Barclay hosted politicians, cultural influencers and other prominent figures throughout the decades, including US presidents, author Ernest Hemingway, ambassador and renowned hostess Perle Mesta, and civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The hotel's new design – developed with the assistance of architecture firm Stonehill + Taylor and interior designers HOK (formerly BBGM) – is expected to completely revitalize the Federalist-style property, maintaining its heritage, while updating it. The design will reflect the distinctive culture of its location.
Upon completion, the property will have approximately 700 guestrooms, a new InterContinental Club Lounge, and a fully refurbished lobby with a new Gin bar and restaurant. The hotel also will continue to serve as a venue for corporate meetings through the InterContinental Meetings platform, as well as for social events in either of the two ballrooms.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is IHG's luxury brand. IHG recently signed two new flagship properties, the InterContinental Downtown Los Angeles and InterContinental Lisbon.
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