The Peninsula is a luxury hotel located in Midtown Manhattan. With just one entrance, an intimate reception, and elegant, individually decorated rooms, The Peninsula manages to convey high-end comfort minus the rococo fanfare of many of its midtown neighbors. Popular with both corporate and leisure travelers, the hotel is part of the Hong Kong-based Peninsula Hotels, which also has properties in Chicago and Beverly Hills. Subtle nods to this Asian connection include lovely lacquered armoires in many rooms and a high tea similar to the Hong Kong location’s traditional service. Guests at the Peninsula are well aware that every room means a cocoon of quiet, a shelter from the storm of the city. Iconic landmarks are within reach at the hotel, from MoMa to Central Park and Rockefeller Center.
Features and Amenities
Located in a landmark 1905 Beaux Arts building, The Peninsula was extensively renovated in 1998 and continues to be upgraded as needed; as a result, it’s one of the most high-tech historic hotels, featuring bed-side control panels to manage music, temperature and lighting; separate modem, phone, fax and T1 lines; plasma TVs with memory card readers in all rooms; and TVs and hands-free phones by all bathtubs.
Ranging from well-sized Standards and Deluxes to six levels of suites, rooms are done-up in a mix of warm beiges and antique gold accents; all have double-paned windows to keep din to a minimum. From comfortable beds to marble bathrooms, relaxation comes standard at the Peninsula. You’ll find 42″ flat screen televisions and dark wood furniture complimented by luxurious upholstery and linen. You’ll even find TVs in the bathroom – so you can catch up on your favorite shows while you take a bubble bath. The hotel also boasts a variety of sun-drenched, luxurious suites.
A three-floor spa and gym with swimming pool, whirlpool and extensive sundeck, plus a separate rooftop bar, are rare luxuries among New York hotels. The hotel boasts a bright and new fitness facility offering the latest in cardio and strength training equipment, as well as a sunlit yoga studio. Personal trainers are on hand to offer one on one training, and can design custom fitness programs for longer term guests. The decor is serene and Zen, from bamboo floors and teak accents to natural ambient lighting designed to accent the skyline views. A serene, glass-enclosed pool is a major selling point, with poolside dining available at all times. The Peninsula Spa by ESPA is a rooftop oasis offering Asian, European and Ayurvedic philosophies, and offers body and facial treatments from massages to wraps.
Dining options at The Peninsula are endless – from Naturally Peninsula, a dining concept launched by the flagship Hong Kong hotel of the brand that appeals to the five senses with all natural, organic foods that are light but flavorsome – to the hotel’s many restaurants. Fives Restaurant is continually full for breakfast and lunch, and afternoon tea there is practically an institution. Meanwhile, the rooftop Salon de Ning bar offers 1930s Shanghai atop a Manhattan roof. There’s also the hotel’s Gotham Lounge, perfect for low key drinks, as well as the Bar at Fives, for late night cocktails.
The hotel is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, making it the perfect jumping off point for any and all New York activities. Just a few blocks south of Central Park and the famous Plaza Hotel, the Peninsula might be a tiny bit less famous than its northern neighbors, but the location is just as excellent. The hotel is mere steps away from Fifth Avenue boutiques (can you say Chanel ten times fast?), Broadway theaters, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Midtown business district and some of the finest dining in New York. At the center of it all, The Peninsula New York is just minutes from bustling Times Square, Grand Central Station, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and the Empire State Building. Museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum are all within easy reach.