The Intercontinental Barclay, an Art Deco stopover in the heart of Manhattan

On the edge of the East and West Side, the five-star hotel offers a dream stop from which to explore New York City. And cherry on the Big Apple, his Gin Parlour offers a beautiful variety of cocktails and gins.

Built in 1926, as part of a development plan for the Grand Central Terminal district, this architectural example of the period has the chic of the buildings on Park Avenue, its neighbour, rich in luxury residences. And the Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel soon became a favorite haunt of New Yorkers.

The five-star establishment with 702 rooms, including 31 suites, was renovated in 2016. A goldsmith’s work that respects the original Art Deco style, but in a contemporary and hyper-connected spirit.

We love the warm woodwork, marble bathrooms, soft armchairs and soft tones with touches of golden yellow and red.

On the 16th floor, the Harold Vanderbilt Penthouse is worth a visit with a view of the Chrysler Building and the Midtown skyline.


A perfect situation

You can do everything at pied : go to a show in Time Square, go shopping on 5th Avenue or Madison, visit the Museum of Modern Art, walk in Central Park… We’re on the edge of the East Side and the West Side.

At the table and at the bar

We love Chef Kyle Eakins’ tasty cuisine, which is both subtle and committed, as is the entire establishment, which is committed to following a responsible environmental policy. For an aperitif before, Gin Parlour offers a wide variety of cocktails and more than 110 types of gins. Notice to amateurs !

From 260 € per double room. 111 East 48th Street, NY 10017. To book on

The ideal list to make sure you don’t forget anything when packing your suitcase.

First aid kit, phone charger, sleeping mask… For those who will soon be going on holiday, here is the complete checklist so that you don’t forget anything.

How sweet it was when the school provided us with a list of personal effects to pack before we left for sea class… These days, you have to think of everything, which is not easy, from last-minute bookings to closing files before you leave the office. In order to lighten your mental load, the editorial staff has concocted the ultimate checklist to help you pack serenely and silence that little voice that repeats “I feel like I forgot something” over and over again.

In the hand luggage

When you go on holiday, you take a big purse. And for good reason, whether you travel by train, car or plane, there are many accessories that make travelling easier. We’re filling up so we can leave peacefully.

  • Identity card, passport and/or driver’s license (of course, we take care to scan everything beforehand and to send them to each other by e-mail, in case of loss or theft abroad),
  • Wallet,
  • Travel guides, maps, novels or reading material,
  • Earplugs, sleep mask and cervical pillow (to avoid the falling head syndrome),
  • Phone, its charger and a backup battery,
  • Headphones,
  • Sunglasses, contact lenses, goggles and saline,
  • Handkerchiefs, hydro-alcoholic gel and deodorant wipes,
  • Travel pouch (for slipping tickets and other printed hotel reservations),
  • Big scarf, pair of socks (if you’re flying in flip-flops), maybe some support stockings,
  • Mini beauty pouch with moisturizing cream (less than 100 ml), lip balm, travel toothbrush – and toothpaste -, refreshing lozenges),
  • Pharmacy kit (paracetamol, melatonin, etc.)
  • Camera, SD card (blank!) and charger.

In the toilet bag

There’s nothing we can do. There’s still something missing from our vanity. This list, customizable of course, should help you with that. You get organized with one or more kits, depending on whether or not you’re a cosmetics junkie.

  • Moisturizing cream, serum or mist,
  • Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel (format to be adapted according to the trip),
  • Dry shampoo spray,
  • Pills, condoms, periodic protection,
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste,
  • Deodorant,
  • Make-up remover wipes and cotton buds,
  • Make-up case,
  • Manicure kit (nail clippers, file, nail polish and nail polish remover),
  • Organic sunscreen,
  • After-sun and/or Biafine,
  • Tweezers, razor or cold wax strips,
  • Hairbrush, elastics and clips.
  • Hair dryer (if there’s room).

In video, how to pack your suitcase according to the Marie Kondo method.

How to pack your suitcase using the Marie Kondo methodConsultant Christine Tessier shows us the Marie Kondo folding method and how to organize your suitcase to travel light.SharePauseUnmuteCurrent Time 0:09/Duration 1:51Loaded: 45.08% Fullscreen

In the suitcase

Now the real business begins, let’s get dressed. It’s time to put together that light dress you never wear and the poom poom shorts you’re afraid to wear on the subway. To fold the clothes (and put on more!), the most inspired will use the Marie Kondo method, effective right down to the suitcase.

  • Microfibre towel (which dries quickly and takes up little space),
  • Bathing suits,
  • Mini handbag, backpack (for walks), beach bag, totebag, etc..,
  • Sneakers, flip-flops, sandals and dress shoes,
  • Kway, light jacket, little sweater and big vest,
  • Hat, cap,
  • Shorts, T-shirts, dresses, pants…
  • Babydoll or light pyjamas,
  • Underwear (with the days of the week on it),
  • Dirty cloth laundry bag,
  • Universal adapter (for worldwide connection).

Pharmacy side

Regularly forgotten and often regretted, the medicine kit is the basis of organized travel. Depending on the destination and if we have time, we go to our regular doctor to prescribe all this.

  • Medication kit (Anti-vomit, Biafine, disinfecting wipes etc.),
  • Mosquito repellent (spray, twist or plug in to mains),
  • Soothing cream or roll-on with essential oils,
  • Saline,
  • Dressings (classic and for blisters),
  • First aid kit (small ready-made kit consisting of scissors, compresses, bandages, etc.).

And for the adventurous ones…

For those of you who don’t plan to go clubbing and are more likely to be in backpack mode, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Stainless steel canteen,
  • Headlamp,
  • Energy bars (for hiking),
  • Telescopic ice axe(s),
  • Small pair of binoculars,
  • Survival blanket,
  • Swiss Army knife,
  • Water purification tablets.