We have been working in Manhattan for the last two years on a design project. In August of 2011, we were in a lighting shop and I stopped-in across the street to see a new hotel that was just opening, Ink 48. The staff person at the desk that day, Jon Garone, was so delightful that we immediately booked for our next week's work in the city. The rest, as they say, is history.
Every visit to the hotel-with staff like Nandi Barker, Jay Blake, Jeffery Behrens and Big Jose- is a pleasure because they are attentive, trustworthy, problem-solving, and accommodating. What begins well, continues well.
The rooms are spectacular: The fresh, clean, and crisp modern design makes no demands. There is no competition with the view-the skyline or the Hudson-is breath taking. My only complaint with the hotel is that housekeeping is compliant with lowering the shades each evening for guests. I can't wait to see New York-block after block-sparkle, glitter, blink and shimmer late into the night sky with towers and signs of endless color. Clouds, rain, or fog only add celestial drama to this already spectacular display.
On the ground, or in air, the guest of Ink 48 is provided for. The beds are comfortable, the linen fresh and the room is spotlessly attended by devoted housekeepers. The food service, dining or in-room, is delightful.
The only thing that ever really bothers me is the toilletries are difficult to open; however, I do like the packaging.
When our work is done in the city, we will be content with a job well done. I will miss, however, this adorable staff who don't miss a trick professionally, but do it with such grace and charm, I think I've just dropped by my cousin's house for an over-night on my to somewhere.
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