The Daily Meal

New York’s InterContinental Barclay Hotel Gets Spectacular Makeover; The InterContinental Barclay Hotel is one of New York City’s most renowned hotels, opening in 1926 with much fanfare and rising to fame for its well-heeled clientele as well as a birdcage filled with songbirds in its domed lobby. Those songbirds may be long gone, but the hotel looks better than ever following a $180 million, 20-month renovation undertaken by InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, who purchased the hotel in 1998, in partnership with interior designers HOK and architecture firm Stonehill & Taylor.