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A Classic New York Hotel

InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel
New York, New York, USA

The redesigned InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel complements and celebrates the past, ensuring that it remains a destination within the highly competitive hotel and entertainment market of Midtown Manhattan.

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.
704 keys


Interior Design


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

$180 million


15,000 SF

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”
Hospitality Design

18 August 2016
“Historic Renovations” 
Hospitality Design

28 April 2016
“A Manhattan Hotel Is Made Over, and a Reporter Wanders Back in Time”
The New York Times