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InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel Review: 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.