It is almost twenty years now since I first stayed at this hotel in NYC. Since my first time there, some things have always attracted me to this place. Its location, its small hotel ambiance, its very comfortable and practical rooms, the option to use the kitchenet in the rooms.
But, this time, some details seem to have changed and I am concerned for the future.
It is true that, this time, we had the big storm Sandy to worry about. We were in NYC on October the 30th, 2012. Everything went OK in the Hotel. We thanked God we were in this location, where some wind and rain were the only things we felt.
However, something was different, from the first day. The Hotel looked a little bit outdated. The staff a little less efficient. The door bell staff could not find a package that had arrived for me one day before my arrival and I had to be somewhat insistent with them. When it finally arrived in my room it had a tag of the San Carlos Hotel on it!
I had no internet for most of my stay. Nevertheless, if I had not complained they would have charged me, and it is not cheap to have some access in the rooms . The room had a falling cupboard door that was not fixed. The heating in the living room of the suite was not working and had to be fixed. Last but not least, every night there was a somewhat disturbing movement of people in and out because of the new bar at the 30th floor. The lifts were always full and, sometimes, I had to wait some ten minutes to take them along the day.
I fear the Kimberly has changed its operating policy. It reminded me of the San Carlos, the hotel just in front where I stayed some years ago and did not like. In view of what happened to my package, I supposed both hotels have the same owner now. I still find it a good place to stay in New York, but something seems to have been lost. It does not look like a luxury hotel anymore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kimberly is a traditionally styled, boutique suite hotel located between 3rd & Lexington Avenues. With 30 rooms and 162 suites ranging from 266 to 935 sq ft., we offer personalized service from a warm and caring staff. Most of our suites have balconies, a rarity in NYC and many offer views of the city. Our mattresses are covered with feather beds and decked with Frette linens, which earn comments such as "I didn't want to get up" from our guests. A bonus here, is that in addition to our on-site fitness center, work-out enthusiasts can use any of the NY Heatlth and Racquet Club's 9 locations, including pools and work-out classes at no additional cost and can enjoy a cruise for three hours on their 75 ft yacht (in season) for a fee of $30 which includes a light buffet supper. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimberly Hotel New York City