READER REVIEW: Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel – Art Deco with the Grumpies

READER REVIEW: Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel – Art Deco with the Grumpies

READER REVIEW: Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel – Art Deco with the Grumpies

Now&#8217s reader evaluate, &#8220The Grumpies in the Virgin Vegas Spirit&#8221, is by reader GrumpyToTheLeft. If you&#8217d like to post a reader assessment for thought, please contact [email protected].

You can read through his review of St Regis, New York, here and his fairly controversial initially evaluation of the very same lodge here.

1 of New York’s authentic railroad motels, the Intercontinental Barclay is two several years away from its centenary. Thanks to a 2016 refurbishment, it however feels as even though the Art Deco era a short while ago started.

Due to income pricing at the Barclay and elsewhere, IHG A person Benefits points appeared like a excellent alternative, specially given that the reserving was very long sufficient to leverage the IHG Mastercard fourth night time free marketing.

Regrettably, only common rooms ended up bookable with details but Mrs. Grumpy&#8217s IHG One standing resulted in an up grade to a very nice one bed room suite. 



A several factors of take note:

A issue of presidential concern, water pressure on significant floors in NYC inns can be tricky and refurbishments generally make this problem worse, extending it throughout flooring. Not so at the Barclay, wherever water strain was great.

Floor heating in the toilet and twin zone air affliction for the sitting place and bed room are great characteristics. The suite came outfitted with a Nespresso equipment. Capsules have been replenished two times each day and provided specific editions (Paris and Tokyo) in addition to Clooney staples these as Ristretto and Roma.

Frequently supplied to guests with top tier loyalty standing or people scheduling as a result of journey agent plans these types of as Marriott Stars or Hyatt Prive, the welcome amenity strike the mark in various respects. Very first, nicely presented, it consisted of a bottle of pink wine, 3 cheeses, a chutney, honey, nuts, and fancy crackers. 2nd, and far more importantly in Grumpy logic, the welcome take note was private and handwritten (not just hand-signed) by the Barclay’s typical manager or an individual in her identify.

The Barclay provides what may perhaps very well be the fluffiest slippers provided by any resort, anywhere:

When welcome amenities are widespread, pre-departure features are a a great deal rarer sight. Yet again, the Barclay shone, delivering two, shockingly low sugar, 70% dim chocolate mousse au chocolate pots by a NYC based mostly Belgian chocolatier together with a variety of toppings.

The accompanying take note from the GM clarifies how thoughtful an amenity this is. Initially from Belgium, she writes “from my dwelling state to your heart”. Well carried out, indeed. Nota bene, the GM’s Belgian heritage may also clarify why the hotel provides Neuhaus candies on flip-down.



3 modest, perhaps low-hanging fruit sort areas of enhancement: Very first, the Bal d’Afrique toilet facilities are uniquely and a little bit seriously perfumed. That is not unusual. The Waldorf Astoria all over the corner utilised to provide Bvlgari solutions scented so strongly that the specimens housed in the Grumpy collection scent just like they did 10 decades ago. Next, admittedly uncommon throughout lodge manufacturers, espresso snobs might recognize espresso cups in addition to the mugs furnished, and it would be helpful if the regular/ lungo cups ended up pre-established to these cup sizes. 3rd, complimentary bottled water or entry to filtered water would be beneficial.



If you e book via TLFL&#8217s luxurious journey agent associates GTC, you get the adhering to benefits at Intercontinental Inns:

  • Guaranteed late examine-out
  • $100 hotel amenity
  • Complimentary breakfast for 2

If you are keeping a weekend night time someplace expensive like New York it is also generally worth looking at signing up for the Ambassador program with its absolutely free weekend night time which you can browse about here.

You can come across out much more about the Intercontinental Barclay and look at price ranges here.

If you want to evaluate it to the other central Manhattan Intercontinental, the Intercontinental Times Sq., you can examine our critique listed here. 


Finding There and Back again

Mrs. Grumpy arriving from in just the U.S. and Mr. Grumpy from LHR, flights ended up at first scheduled to get there considerably less than a single hour aside, which would have permitted for a convenient Terminal 8 reunion and shared journey into the town.


Landside at JFK Terminal 8

Unfortunately, Mrs. Grumpy’s flight with AA took a in the vicinity of two-hour hold off. It turns out, that substantially time is not quickly bridged at JFK Terminal 8. The combined house of American Airlines and British Airways capabilities neither an arrivals lounge nor any seating options whatsoever in the landside arrivals and departure areas. The rustic searching café adjacent to the Dunkin Donuts in the instead scruffy arrivals area was closed at the time of Mr. Grumpy’s arrival. In what now appears to be like the golden times of air travel (as not long ago as 2017/ 2018), American Airways would concern gate passes to Admirals Club users so they could move by means of safety and use the lounge. Gold Visitor Record status notwithstanding, the brokers in the Flagship Check out-In location at JFK refused to situation just one citing safety fears when explaining why that practice experienced ceased. So the solo journey continued.


Having into Manhattan

The most hassle-free way to get into Manhattan could possibly be by means of Blade helicopter, reviewed by Michele here. In blend with AA’s 5 Star assistance or its equivalent at other airlines, direct tarmac transfer is offered rushing points up even further by eliminating the will need to go by the major terminal.

The rather restrictive carry-on weight limitations imposed by Blade may make this a tough possibility for some, the Grumpies bundled. Aside from, a day immediately after Mr. Grumpy very first attempted the services, wonderful Manhattan skyline views involved, a Blade helicopter crashed on refuel.

With ever changing charges, it appears Uber pricing variety JFK to Manhattan now continuously exceeds the $ 70.00 flat cost of NYC Yellow Cabs. Lyft tends to selling price likewise to Yellow Cabs and the Grumpy most loved du jour, Revel, will come in cheapest thanks to frequent promotions. Possibly a lot more importantly, Revel owns a fleet of seemingly consistently clean up Tesla and Kia EVs and the friendly motorists are staff members instead than independent contractors. Whilst wait around situations inside of Manhattan could be more time than those people for Yellow Cabs or other trip-share choices, recurrent Revel promotions make fares marketplace-beating. Yellow Cab setting up fares have since risen to a whopping $ 7.00. Continue to, a Yellow Taxi trip from the Intercontinental Barclay to Higher West Aspect legend Barney Greengrass came in underneath Uber and Lyft and without having a wait around.

Primarily when staying at the Barclay or at other Mid-Midtown hotels, the Prolonged Island Railroad eastside extension supplies a easy substitute. Just as when having the LIRR into Penn Station or the subway, passengers ought to to start with just take the JFK Air Train from JFK to Jamaica Station and then join there. To set it mildly, Jamaica Station feels grubby. Describing it as an indoor version of LA’s skid row could possibly be an exaggeration. Possibly way, taking the coach is the most charge-successful solution. During rush-hour, when the ~15 mile motor vehicle journey from JFK to Manhattan can consider 60 to 90 minutes, it is also more quickly at all-around 40 minutes.


Acquiring Out of New York by way of JFK Terminal 8

The Terminal 8 ground expertise because the AA-BA unification and in the course of the development that preceded it has been lackluster. But, there has under no circumstances been more than enough quality champagne in the Chelsea lounge to thoroughly open up this wound and air out all the 1st-globe problems into a entire evaluate.

Even so, a transform of take note warrants sober mention: AA’s Flagship Check-In typically consists of an escort to the front of the security checkpoint (TSA Pre or Premium typical security). At LHR this services is only available at excessive peak-instances and upon request. At LAX and MIA its persistently presented and at JFK it used to be de rigueur right before the AA-BA joint residence building began.

Considering the fact that the new Flagship Check out-In place opened, this effects in a somewhat peculiar predicament, wherever travellers locate themselves in a TSA Pre-Test protection line that operates parallel to the common TSA Pre line from exactly where they sooner or later have to merge/ minimize into the common line.

On March 10, 2024 the lane facing the Flagship Test-In area exit was marked “Crew”. At any time the anglophiles and as such respectful of the queue, and that lane remaining unmanned, as is not unusual, the Grumpies inquired with brokers inside the Flagship Look at-In area and were being instructed (1) considering the fact that that indication was posted travellers have to enter the back again of the standard TSA Pre line and (2) owing to TSA/ airport restrictions (absolutely not AA/ BA policies) escorts have been only achievable to the front of the Quality stability check out point and not the TSA Pre checkpoint.

Exiting as soon as a lot more, a non AA/ BA agent who have to have appeared in the intervening minute, instructed the Grumpies to sign up for the lane marked “Crew”.

A person frequent stays, absence of top quality champagne induced crocodile tears in the Chelsea lounge.

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