Where to Stay in New York

From ultra-sleek boutique hotels to classic luxury properties, the Big Apple has it all
By: Deanna Ting
Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC // (c) 2011
Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC // (c) 2011

New York City has no shortage of great properties to choose from, however, one of the biggest challenges can also be trying to find the right hotel that meets your clients’ needs. From considering budgets and locales to amenities and views, it’s difficult to find a property that manages to be both unique and satisfy each of your clients’ individual needs. Following are some hotels that offer a variety of amenities, special features and price ranges to suit any client’s next visit to New York.

Eventi — A Kimpton Hotel
Eventi, which opened last April, is Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ newest boutique property in New York. The 292-room property occupies a unique location in northern Chelsea and is located within walking distance to New York’s Theater District and Macy’s.

Like Kimpton’s other properties throughout the U.S., Eventi possesses a unique design and sensibility all its own — without losing those much-desired touches that define a Kimpton stay, such as complimentary coffee, tea and a wine hour every night. In keeping with the brand’s famous pet-friendly initiatives, two small bowls filled with water and dog food are placed next to the front door.

Guestrooms at the Eventi are thoughtfully designed and outfitted with all of the amenities that both business and leisure clients crave — from luxurious Frette bed linens and leopard-printed terrycloth bathrobes to expansive floor-to-ceiling windows offering optimal views of the city. King Rooms measure 275 square feet, while Queen Rooms with two queen-size beds measure 325 square feet. My Executive One-Bedroom Suite, measuring 400 square feet, featured a comfortable parlor area with a sofa bed, coffee table, honor bar and a large work desk.

Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC
The first thing that strikes you when you enter the new Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC, which had its soft opening in August 2010, is how trendy it is. With oversize houndstooth-printed lounge chairs and a dazzling purple chandelier in the lobby, this is a hotel that exudes an image that is at once very New York and, dare I say it, very L.A., too. The 249-room, 20-story hotel, located at the corner of Park Avenue South and 29th Street, was designed by architect Stephen B. Jacobs and interior designer Andi Pepper, both of whom also helmed the design efforts behind the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.

One of the most outstanding features of the hotel is its luxurious 20,000-square-foot Gansevoort Park Rooftop lounge and indoor/outdoor heated pool area, built in three different levels and offering prime views of the Empire State Building. In the evenings, the lounge transforms into a lively nightspot.

Guestrooms are large by New York standards and features bold splashes of color and a sleek, contemporary design. Most rooms average 475 square feet in size with high ceilings and some, like mine, offer balconies. Standard amenities include an interactive LCD television; a Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini iPod docking station and an iPod Touch that is pre-programmed with music; plush Egyptian-cotton, 400-thread-count linens and bedding; a fully stocked private bar; a large writing desk; and complimentary wireless Internet.

The Kimberly Hotel New York
While many New York City hotels are known for being comparatively small in size, the 188 guestrooms and suites at The Kimberly Hotel New York are anything but. Because the luxury Midtown hotel was originally built as an apartment building in 1985, it offers rooms that are as large — or larger — than your average New York hotel room. For clients seeking plenty of space in a cozy and comforting luxury atmosphere with a European, Old-World feel, The Kimberly Hotel New York makes an ideal fit.

The hotel’s Midtown location also makes it easy for leisure guests to visit the city’s most popular tourist sites; for business clients, Midtown’s office skyscrapers are just a walk away. Business clients will also be happy to know that the hotel provides complimentary services such as high-speed Internet and email access and printing capabilities at the hotel’s on-site business center.

The hotel is comprised of two major wings — the Townhouse and the Luxury Suites. The Townhouse wing houses all of The Kimberly New York’s guestrooms and each floor features a total of six. Standard amenities to be found in all guestrooms and suites include feather-bed pads, Frette linens, marble baths, plush bathrobes. All guestrooms also feature a microwave and a minibar. Most of the Townhouse rooms in the hotel underwent extensive renovations.

The hotel’s Luxury Suites Collection suites feature antique furnishings, 42-inch plasma-screen televisions, DVD players, enlarged marble bathrooms with jetted tubs as well as heated floors and a private balcony. These suites also feature Interactive Customer Experience (ICE)-Touch systems that allow guess to arrange all hotel services — from in-room dining and spa services to flight status and check-out — from the comforts of their own room’s personal touch screen. Suites also have minibars and wet bar areas. Currently, the hotel is renovating many of its Luxury Suites and expects to finish all renovations by the end of 2011.
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