I am one of those people who is madly in love with Kimpton. I am Inner Circle, the highest level of the Kimpton loyalty program (known as Kimpton Karma), but my love affair began long before I attained this level and will continue long after. It is not about the freebies for me, it is about the Kimpton personality, the hospitality, the #KimptonLove! I felt devastated when I heard of the IHG acquisition, like I’d lost a best friend, but I’ve been told by many people at Kimpton (including Gabby, the lovely manager of the Eventi) to trust the process, so I shall.
Onto the topic at hand…
I had a free night to use at Kimpton, earned from my various stays, and chose a “staycation” right in my own New York City. I have been to the Eventi Hotel many times for events but I have never actually stayed there. I arrived and was greeted at the Lobby, and given the keys to my room. Jason at the front desk apologized because there were no suites available – he said that there were many families in town this weekend to see the Christmas festivities.
The room was not a jaw-dropping suite, but it was still perfectly lovely. It was perfectly Kimpton – perfectly clean, with all those perfect little Kimpton touches.
The view from our room was pretty cool:
Even the hallways and carpeting were nice – everything about the hotel was artful and luxurious, yet subtly so:
Of course we had to hit the famous Kimpton Wine Hour. It was on the 3rd floor. The room was pretty cool. Surprisingly, it was pretty empty – only a few guests were there. Nor was there anyone to serve the wine. Everyone was cordial and helped themselves. A server showed up at around 5:40 pm. Kimpton later apologized profusely – apparently there was some confusion as to who was supposed to work the wine hour. That’s alright, it all worked out fine.
Won’t Run and I went to hear some music downtown and then devoured a humongous lobster at a Spanish restaurant in Chelsea.
The next morning we drank coffee in the lobby, and worked out at the hotel fitness center (review to be posted soon).
We ate breakfast at Humphrey’s Restaurant on the second floor. The restaurant is bright and airy, like a spring garden! You can see the famous Eventi television screen out the window. We each chose the breakfast buffet at $26 per person (yes, this is New York City….). The food was delicious and the staff was very helpful! We were also treated to a refreshing green health drink, made from wheat grass, kale, ginger, cucumber and a cornucopia of other vegetables. I’m not big on “green” drinks but Won’t Run enjoyed it. Here are some photos of breakfast:
I enjoyed my short stay at the Eventi. Even though it’s a larger hotel, it still has the boutique “Kimpton” feeling. The location, though not prime, is safe and within a few streets in any direction, of quality stores and restaurants, as well as subways, the New Jersey Path Train, and Penn Station.