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70 Park Ave., nr. 38th St. (Midtown East)
New York, NY
(1) 212-973-2400 | www.70parkave.com
FOODSilverleaf Tavern - New American, breakfast and dinner; Room service until 10:00pm
DRINKBack Bar - slick and grown-up, located in Silverleaf Tavern
ROOMSSoft, neutral decor with splashes of lavender; mahogany furnishings; Etro bath products; Candela lights
PRICE (STANDARD DOUBLE)USD 320
YEAR OPENEDRenovated in 2003
# OF ROOMS205
CONNECTIVITYYes - Wi-Fi available
GYMNo - but access available at nearby New York Sports Club
SPANo - but in-room spa services available
SUBWAYGrand Central-42nd St. (4, 5, 6, 7, S)
This comfortable yet elegant Kimpton property just around the corner from Grand Central Terminal offers a pleasantly upscale home-away-from-home ambiance. A recent overhaul by celeb designer Jeffry Bilhuber gave the guest rooms an invitingly cushion-bestrewn look. (Though all are uniform in terms of décor, the Premier rooms and Suites offer luxurious Jacuzzi tubs.) The “Living Room” lobby sticks with the comfortable yet swish theme: guests are welcomed to make themselves at home during evening wine receptions.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; colleagues; kids
WHY WE LIKE IT
The make-yourself-at-home ethos is fun, especially if you’re traveling with a pet or kids (both are enthusiastically welcome). Other homey treats include in-room yoga accessories, spacious desks (in cramped NYC quarters these are often downsized), and healthy organic snacks in the mini-bar. The convenient location between Times Square and Grand Central is also a plus.
AMENITY WE LOVE
The evening wine reception in the “Living Room.”
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The bathrooms are tiny, and the room décor is lacking in wow-factor.
GOOD TO KNOW
Valet service and limo service are available. The KimptonKids program offers babysitting services, cribs, strollers, in-room safety latches, welcome gifts for kids, and child-sized robes. Pets of all sizes, weights, and behaviors are welcome at no extra charge. The hotel is 100% non-smoking and eco-friendly (be sure to check out their EarthCare eco program, detailed on the website). Complimentary morning coffee is available in the “Living Room.”
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