Review: Club Lounge At InterContinental New York Barclay


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Book a room at the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel via our luxury travel concierge, and you will get free club lounge access. We’ve previously reviewed the best executive club lounges in New York and now we detail the advantages of booking a stay at the Barclay to enjoy their club lounge.

This InterContinental New York Barclay is located behind Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store on East 48th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. The hotel rooms here are large by NYC standards, but the bathrooms are quite cozy. There are 702 rooms, including 33 suites, at this hotel, and the interior look is elegant and classy.

The InterContinental New York Barclay underwent a major renovation around 2016. The renovation renewed all the soft furnishings, but the $180 million spent also tore down walls and refreshed the entire hotel. This transformation is still impressive today and is a reason to choose this hotel over tired alternatives. A Club InterContinental lounge was also added during this renovation, offering a more exclusive space in the hotel for private meetings and quieter meals away from the energy of the main lobby.

The lounge here is called Club InterContinental and is excellent. This “hotel within a hotel” can be found to the left of the lobby and is open 6:30 am – 8:00 pm. It serves a delicious buffet breakfast, including gluten-free options, snacks, afternoon tea, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. Club guests can check in here and use its business center and meeting room.

Access costs $150 USD for double occupancy on top of the room rate, but if you book a standard room at the Intercontinental in New York via our luxury travel concierge and you will get the lounge access absolutely free in addition to our other complimentary benefits. We also offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at other hotels, including Four Seasons, Aman, Belmond, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, and more. You also get your usual Marriott Bonvoy, IHG, Hyatt, Hilton, and other loyalty points and status benefits when you book with our concierge.

If you are traveling with children, club lounge access is free of charge between 0 and 6 years old and then costs $35 USD for a child 7 – 13 years old. Any extra guest using this club lounge over the age of 13 will have to pay the full $75 USD per night which will be added to your room rate and is usually paid for on checkout.


This lounge is big and provides luxurious seating to enjoy your meals and conduct business with a self-service buffet which is refreshed regularly. The decor has an color palette that reminds guests of the fall (see the pictures above) with pretty flower arrangements adding color to the room. Lighting in the lounge is moody and muted, and there are plenty of magazines are available to flick through.


Within the lounge you can use the high-speed internet, which is complimentary upgraded Wi-Fi. There’s a business center with computers and printer services available. There’s also a private meeting room for six by appointment.


Notably, the Club InterContinental® Hours & Services are breakfast from 7:00 – 11:00 am. Soft Beverages from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Afternoon Treats from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Pre Theater Canapés & Beverages from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, which includes beer and wine, which is very unusual for a club lounge on American soil. Usually the Ritz-Carlton hotels serve alcoholic beverages in America.

You can see what we have experienced in terms of food and drink at the club lounge at InterContinental O2 in London and the club lounge at InterContinental Park Lane. These reviews will give you an idea of what to expect.

Much like the Club Lounge at InterContinental London, expect a large breakfast buffet with a high-quality array of produce. The London breakfast includes smoked salmon, meats, cheeses, cereals, and hummus options.

Delightful lunchtime nibbles are delivered mid-afternoon, there is all-day coffee, and then you can enjoy Hors D’oeuvres style bites along with beer and wine in the evening.

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