The Peninsula New York
updated 4/28/2005 8:53:29 PM ET 2005-04-29T00:53:29

With rates up to $9,500, this 5th Ave Hotel gets you more than a mint on the pillow.

The Peninsula New York indulges travelers in the best of three worlds. Operated by the Hong Kong-based Peninsula Hotels since 1988, the hotel combines a midtown Manhattan location, the grandeur of nineteenth-century Paris, and Asia’s legendary standard of service.

A sweeping reconstruction in 1998 merged contemporary fabrics, furnishings, and technology with many of the classical design elements already present in the hotel. The lobby area features dark cherry and Carpathian elm burl woodwork crafted in the art nouveau style, bianco classico marble floors, custom-made oriental carpets—and contemporary black-and-white photographs by Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell.

Extensively restored and continuously updated, all 239 rooms and suites provide double-glazed windows, comfortable seating, stocked refrigerators, and cable and satellite audiovisual systems. Bedside consoles control the temperature, lights, TVs, alarm clocks, and radios. Deluxe marble-lined bathrooms complete the luxurious experience with separate showers and bathtubs accompanied by TVs overhead, bathrobes, slippers, and lavish toiletries. The largest suite, The Peninsula Suite, measures 3,300 square feet.

Silent private-number fax machines and dual-line phones aid business travelers, along with separate modem, phone, and ISDN lines; oversized executive desks; and complimentary high-speed Internet access with wireless capability.

The rooms’ extraordinary advantages echo the hotel’s extraordinary service—from same-day laundry and dry cleaning to daily newspaper delivery. A pageboy in white gloves and pillbox hat delivers messages to guests’ front doors. Complimentary weekend transportation makes it easy to spend the evening on Broadway.

Before heading out on the town, guests can sip cocktails overlooking the Manhattan skyline at the Pen-Top Bar and Terrace, or linger over a glass of wine and live piano entertainment at the Bar at Fives. Another New York favorite, the fabled Gotham Lounge off the lobby, serves snacks, cocktails, and afternoon tea from 2:30 P.M.

Private dinner parties and business functions convene in six elegant banquet rooms for groups of 10 to 150. The hotel offers total catering and conference support and a complete line of audiovisual equipment, translation and secretarial services, and computer and cell-phone rental.

Modern luxury prevails on the top three floors, home of the glass-enclosed Peninsula Spa & Health Club. Spanning more than 35,000 square feet, it offers a 42-foot swimming pool and whirlpool, rooftop sundeck, full-service salon, sauna and steam rooms, massage, and various spa programs. Personal trainers assist with the fitness center’s state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, while nutritionists help guests develop healthy routines they can take home after their stay is done.

From top to bottom, the hotel presents a masterful blend of grand luxe styling and residential intimacy, old and new, East and West. For more information, go to:

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