King and queen, $243-$405; two double beds, $270-$441; king and queen deluxe, $270-$432; king junior suite, $333-$495; one-bedroom suite, $423-$585
6 at 51st St.
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The Barclay's bus terminal-sized lobby has a Neo-Federalist feel, complete with green-and-black Tennessee marble floors and copper-filigreed lighted-glass panels on the ceiling. With such beautiful design elements, this doesn't feel like a typical business-friendly hotel, yet suits steadily file in and out, likely making use of the 18 on-site meeting rooms, audio-visual equipment and office support services. Of course, the 686-room, 86-suite hotel welcomes guests of all stripes, providing them with ample amenities: A full fitness center, audio/video library and high-speed Internet access are available, though the extremely large, extremely comfy beds seem the best loved of all.Pros
The Barclay Bar & Grill located to the side of the lobby is a scene all its own during after-work hours.
With all the business travelers, the hotel can feel very busy—and according to some vacationers, the not-so-personable staff doesn't make stays that much more relaxing.
For 80 years, the Barclay has specialized in customizing weddings to fit the bride and groom’s vision in its 2,500-square-foot window-lined ballroom overlooking 49th Street. It can accommodate up to 250 seated guests. From $165 per person.