Monday, June 4, 2018

Kimpton Hotel Eventi Review April 2018

Classification : Five Star
Room Category : City View Deluxe King Room
Month of Stay :  April
No Daily Resort Fee (as of 06/25/19)

Trip Advisor Ranking 74 of 500 (as of 05/11/19)
Trivago Rating  8.9 out of 10 (as of 05/11/19)

9/10   Location: The Kimpton Hotel Eventi opened in summer 2010 in an area of northern Chelsea famous for its knock-off vendors, and was a big step in the neighborhood's slow and steady march toward hipification. The Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, Madison Square Park, the New York Public Library, and Times Square are all within walking distance. The hotel is four blocks south of Herald Square, which is home to seven subway lines (D, F, M, N, Q, R, W) and the world's first Macy's. My favorite The Morgan Library and Museum is a little over a half a mile walk. It's a five-minute walk to the the 1, 2, 3 subway lines, Penn Station, and Madison Square Garden.

8/10  Style & Character: This lovely boutique hotel has a wonderful living-room type lobby, with many charging facilities for your devices. Wonderful works of art hang on the walls and the soothing color tones are very inviting. The Vine restaurant, one of two, has an awesome elevated living room with a fireplace and leather sofa.

8/10 Amenities: For IHG Rewards Club Members (which is FREE to join) Complimentary WiFi and $30 spa credit; hotel bikes available; Complimentary tea and coffee in the lobby; evening wine hour in the lobby living room. The hotel can provide loaner iPads, MacBook Pros, wireless speakers, and other tech items. Bathrobes and Atelier Bloem products are provided. Pet friendly, no matter the size and no additional charge. Fitness Center with gym and workout room, Spa.

9/10 Rooms: 292 rooms - All rooms and suites come with floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, minibars, and yoga mats. Beds are dressed with Frette linens and marble bathrooms have rainfall showers. The most basic King Room, is 275 square feet, which is huge for NYC and can have views of the Empire State Building. I stayed in this room my first experience at this hotel, with the ESB view from my bed. For this stay, I decided to upgrade to the City View Deluxe Room and it was well worth it as a corner unit up to 300 square feet. I felt like I was going to my NYC apartment each night! The bathrooms are one of the best I have stayed in the city. A gorgeous rain shower, marble throughout, lots of room to dress as well. When I took my shower later in the morning, water was very hot and pressure was excellent.

9/10 Food & Drink : This hotel has 2 amazing restaurants titled The Vine and L'Amico with Executive Chef Laurent Tourondel and both have fantastic dining choices. I have had wonderful breakfasts at The Vine and dinners at L'Amico and would stop in even if not staying at the hotel. The Vine is open Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch and Dinner and L'Amico is open for Lunch, Brunch and Dinner.

Family Friendly: Yes. Adjacent corner rooms join to create larger suites. Cribs are available upon request and are complimentary.

Access for Guests with Disability: Yes. ADA-accessible rooms are available. Some of these rooms include showers with grab bars and added facility, and some include a roll-in shower. The hotel will work with you based on your needs.

Overall Value: $253 - $575 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room) Join the IHG Rewards Club to receive free WiFi and credits towards spa and mini bar.

Overall Rating: 8/10

In the Vicinity: A seven-minute walk will bring you to the beautiful Madison Square Park, home to Shake Shack, Eataly; and many wonderful shops. Nordstrom Rack is right next door to the hotel, which can be very dangerous. Gregory's Coffee is at W. 31st and 6th Avenue a great place for amazing coffee, quick breakfast and charge for your phone. Museum at FIT is right around the corner at 7th and W. 27th Street. The amazing location of this hotel, you can walk everywhere and not really have to use a subway or cab which is the best way to see NYC!

Hotel prices are at their lowest in the months of January and February; their highest September and October. Sunday nights are the lowest prices for hotel rooms, in most cases. My go to places for checking prices for hotels are TrivagoTrip and Travelzoo. Always remember to check the hotel's website itself, they are really trying to have you book direct and sometimes offer specials or a discount with AAA that is cheaper than the websites I mentioned above. I am also finding that if you book on your mobile device, you can save some money as well. I actually got a better rate via my mobile phone than using my AAA discount online direct at the hotel. You should really do some research on your price for hotel a few different ways, and ALWAYS book a room that you can cancel, you never know what may happen in the future. You also want the ability to change hotels if you should find a better option closer to your date of arrival. 

Resort fees are something I am seeing at more New York hotels, about 82 of the over 400 hotels in New York City now charge. These fees can run you between $30 to $60 per night for your stay. They list services such as newspapers, in room coffee or WiFi for these fees, and if you book with a hotel that has this fee, you are obligated to pay it. When checking your prices, be sure to look for the small print if there is an additional resort fee and make your decision whether you want that additional charge. Some of the hotels in New York City that charge the fee are: Park Central Hotel $40.16, WestHouse New York $53.93, Avalon Hotel $22.95, Royalton Park Avenue $40.00, The James New York Soho $45.90, The James New York NoMad $38.11, The Warwick $25.00, The Benjamin $38.11, The Quin $21.78, Crowne Plaza Times Square $34.43, Hotel 48Lex $60.00, The Redbury New York $32.66, The Knickerbocker $34.43, The Viceroy Central Park $29.00. These prices are as of 03/25/18

Remember to take into account for your total cost the NYC Hotel tax of 14.75% plus Daily $2.00 per room occupancy fee.


Would I reserve a night at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi again ? This is my second stay at this hotel, and for 3 nights you can really get a feel for a hotel. The Eventi is becoming one of my favorite hotels in the city. It is rated 5 star, however you can get a good deal on a room, especially if you check on the Kimpton website directly. Join their IHG Rewards Club as it is free and you get some nice perks. The rooms are gorgeous, bathrooms sublime, views can be so wonderful. My biggest issue was the room was not ready at 10:30 am when I arrived, and they wouldn't send me a text or call when the room was ready. I attended the wine hour which was nice but had no small bites with the wine. The doormen could be a bit more helpful getting cabs and with bags, something that is very standard in a 5 star hotel. I feel their customer service could improve greatly, but I love the location so with the prices very good, will stay again. I am testing more options in this area at the moment.  

Disclosure: This stay was paid for by me. I will always state at the end of each review whether my stay was paid for by myself or if I was hosted by the hotel. I will honestly tell you about my experience at this hotel, not being swayed in any way by Complimentary services. I know you trust my opinion, and it is important to me to be as honest as possible.  All opinions are my own. Thank you so much.

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