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InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel Review: THIS ESTABLISHMENT IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS UNTIL THE SPRING OF 2016. Built in 1926 by the New York Central Railroad and the Vanderbilts, this property consistently ranks among the city’s top hotels --- a status that was cemented with a $20-million renovation. The lobby was restored to its neo-Federalist splendor, with a gleaming green-and-black Tennessee marble floor and three copper-filigreed, lighted-glass panels above. The clubby Barclay Bar & Grill is perfect for an elegant gin and tonic during the cocktail hour, a quiet business lunch or dinner, or an after-supper digestif. The 685 guest rooms and 86 suites have everything you would expect in a large, full-service New York hotel: multi-lingual staff, express checkout, babysitting, a complete fitness center with sauna and hot tub, as well as the usual thorough array of business services. The accommodations enjoy outstanding audio/video amenities, including HDTV accessible to both digital movies on-demand and high-speed Internet (with complimentary Wi-Fi in the lobby). A pet-friendly policy and optional "Royal Pooch Package" ensure that your four-legged member of the family need not be left out of your vacation plans.