This Chelsea skyrise spans an entire block and offers a chic art-laden lobby, outdoor cinema screen, stylish rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, breathtaking views and luxurious marble bathrooms. The sprawling, newly expanded ground floor features bars, three restaurants, alfresco dining and a world-famous chef.
Situated in the heart of Chelsea, on Sixth Avenue between 29th and 30th, Kimpton Hotel Eventi is four blocks east of the High Line and steps from the gallery and flower district. It’s three short blocks from Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, and shops such as Macy’s Herald Square. Penn Station is four blocks away.
Style & character
The mammoth modern façade of this boutique hotel gives way to a spacious yet intimate living-room lobby, with soothing cream and chocolate tones, patterned carpets and tufted leather banquettes as well as soft lighting characteristic of Japanese designer, Keisuke Nibe. Contemporary works of art line the walls or hang suspended from the ceiling, like the light installation made of electrical cord in The Vine restaurant. My favourite space is the elevated living room in The Vine, featuring a fireplace and leather sofa, leading to a hidden bar available to book for parties of up to 20 people, lined with vintage books.
Service & facilities
Whether you need tickets for a helicopter tour or Broadway show, the concierge staff are pleasant, poised and well-informed. A small fitness centre contains cardio machines and free weights; the adjacent spa is famed for its exotic frangipani body wrap. The hotel also features an enormous loft-style event space with exposed brick and a retractable roof. There is no rooftop bar for regular guests (only for events), but there is an open-air veranda on the fifth floor, where, weather permitted, they hold the complimentary cocktail hour from 5pm to 6pm.
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Standard rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with dramatic city views, sumptuous tones of chocolate and taupe throughout, spacious all-marble bathrooms, a minibar and tasteful abstract nudes on canvas or plexiglass by Barbara Nessim. Premiere suites are designed for lingering, with their dark hardwood floors, pocket doors, two television sets and pullout sofa. After a long day in the city, soak in the marble jetted tub or relax under the walk-in rain shower. All east-facing rooms and suites boast views of the Empire State Building. Modern amenities include TVs, iPod docking stations and recessed lighting on dimmer switches.
Food & drink
Indulge in the complimentary cocktail hour before dining at one of the three restaurants. Executive chef Laurent Tourondel is behind the success of L’Amico — with its rustic-contemporary interior, open kitchen and copper-clad wood-fired ovens. Don’t miss their pizza, with puffy, slightly charred dough, and gourmet toppings like mushrooms, truffle paste and fontina. For Portuguese small plates and craft beers, head to Lupolo.
The Vine serves all-day fare by Tourondel and classic cocktails with a twist, like the margarita with fennel pollen-citrus salt. Breakfast is also served here: expect a breakfast bar with hot dishes such as eggs and bacon as well as scones, mini baguettes and charcuterie. You can also order à la carte until 11am.
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