All Kimpton hotels are stylish and welcoming - but not all of them have this one's unique selling point: its killer view. Be sure to book a cityview room and you won't be disappointed: the uninterrupted view of the Manhattan skyline is stunning day and night, in clear weather or foul. The premier rooms, available for a small amount extra, are big by NY standards, with tasteful contemporary decor. If the rooms are big, the bathrooms are huge: clad in subtle beige tile, with tub and separate shower and upscale toiletries. After staying in places where the bathroom's so small your knees virtually touch the wall opposite, this is quite a find. Join the Kimpton loyalty program to get free wi-fi and a $15 "raid the minibar" voucher. And once you've got over looking at the view through glass, go to the 16th floor where there's an open air rooftop bar looking right at the same skyline, with the alternative of the Hudson River view on the other side. Is there a downside to this place? Well, its location is a little out of the way: on 11th Avenue at 48th St. There's really no life outside without walking to 9th Avenue or further. The streets are safe enough but not attractive. The other downside is that food and drinks are expensive ($15+ for a cocktail in the rooftop bar), but you'd expect that in any NY hotel of this calibre. Whether you go on business or for a special weekend, this really is a great place to stay. After years of spending nights in drab NY rooms I couldn't be happier at discovering it a couple of years ago and I've been coming back ever since.
Be sure to book a cityview room.
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