Built in 1926 by the Vanderbilt family, the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel is one of the city’s only remaining and fully operational properties crafted in the Federal style prominent in American design from the 1780s to 1840s.
The 704-room hotel was last renovated in the 1980s and needed significant architectural and interior upgrades to compete in the New York hospitality market.
In crafting a new interior for the property, HOK’s design team looked to the hotel’s historic past, infusing birds (the property’s lobby birdcage once housed as many as 200 songbirds), the letter B (found on the building’s exterior cornice) and classic Federalist designs (including stripes, arrows and eagles) as recurring themes.
The re-design, expansion and renovation of the hotel’s footprint helped to modernize the building and created 15,000 square feet of new ballroom and event spaces, improving the hotel’s operations, capabilities and general flow of guests.
The 420,000-sq.-ft. interior serves international business travelers, tourists and New Yorkers seeking curated, historically inspired spaces for entertaining and meeting.
420,000 sq. ft. / 39,020 sq. m.
American Society of Interior Designers New York – Design Excellence Award
World Travel Awards – North America’s Leading Business Hotel
World Travel Awards – United States’ Leading Business Hotel
New York Design Awards – Silver, Interior Design – Hospitality
New meeting and event space
1 January 2017
“The Gin Parlour”
16 November 2016
“InterContinental New York Barclay Reopens With Federalist Flair”
Hotel Business Design
20 September 2016
“InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel”
18 August 2016
28 April 2016
“A Manhattan Hotel Is Made Over, and a Reporter Wanders Back in Time”
The New York Times