Following a $180 million gut renovation that closed the hotel for more than a year, the InterContinental New York Barclay reopened in the spring in time for its 90th anniversary. The luxury Midtown property increased its room count to 704 and includes two specialty suites: the 3,000-square-foot Presidential Suite and the new rooftop Penthouse Sky Suite, a 3,000-square-foot space with a 1,500-square-foot terrace that overlooks the Chrysler building. Overall the hotel offers 15,000 square feet of meeting space and can now host larger events after creating two new ballrooms, the 5,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom and the 3,500-square-foot Empire Ballroom. Most of the event space is located on the second floor, accessed by elevator or a grand staircase. A new feature, the InterContinental Club Lounge on the lobby level, has two small meeting rooms, one that seats 20 guests and the other for 10. The property has thoughtful design touches such as built-in bars in the prefunction space, noise-reduction features in the event space, and a massive new kitchen dedicated to banquets with its own elevator dedicated to food and beverage service.
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