There are plenty of luxurious hotels in Manhattan due to its status as the financial hub of the United States and the high number of affluent visitors. Celebrities often frequent these hotels and their restaurants, either to be seen or to avoid attention, depending on the circumstances. Unfortunately, some of these hotels with long histories had to close during the pandemic, and even though travel has resumed, some of these properties remain closed.
One hotel that has been closed since 2020 is the Hotel Plaza Athénée.
The Hotel Plaza Athénée is located on East 64th Street between Park and Madison Avenues on the Upper East Side. It opened in 1924 as an apartment-hotel called the Alrae Hotel. It was purchased by Trusthouse Forte Hotels in 1981 and completely renovated. The hotel reopened in 1984 as the Hotel Plaza Athénée, named after its Parisian counterpart which had the same owner.
In 1997, the hotel was sold to Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi’s TCC Group which operated the hotel until 2020 when it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was recently announced that the hotel will get another renovation and will reopen in 2026 as the Plaza Athenee Nobu Hotel and Spa New York. The new hotel will have 145 rooms, a traditional Japanese Onsen, a spa, a wellness center, a Nobu omakase restaurant, a bar and lounge, and a rooftop reception space.
AWC and Nobu will transform the conic heritage building in New York to the Plaza Athénée Hotel located in the historical Upper East Side near Central Park, museums, consulates, and high-end shopping. The Plaza Athenee and Nobu brands will combine the unique luxury experience of Plaza Athenee and the world-renowned modern luxury lifestyle brand of Nobu, with both hotels featuring a classical design that brings modern simplicity and European classic architecture together.
This will be the first Nobu Hotel in New York but will be the third Nobu restaurant, following existing locations in New York’s Tribeca and on West 57th St.
It’s unknown how much of the hotel’s previous Art Deco design will remain when the hotel reopens in 2026.
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