The Kimberly Hotel offers a suite experience for travelers wanting a prime Midtown Manhattan location and easy walking distance to museums, attractions, restaurants, and shopping. The decor is European chic, without being too fussy, and the old world feel is accompanied by the expected modern luxuries.
The lobby of The Kimberly is dominated by a cylindrical tropical fish tank. It’s said that fish tanks provide a calming environment that reduces stress. After a long day of traveling, shopping or sightseeing, grab a table alongside the tank, watch the colorful display, and the let the big city stress slip away. It’s also a great spot to grab a glass of wine and some conversation, or a cup of coffee to plan out your day.
Suites come in various configurations, and for the most comfort and room, opt for a 1-Bedroom King Suite. The living room holds a sofa bed, kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator, and a balcony with peek-a-boo views of the city skyscrapers. Some balconies also have a sitting area. The living room is spacious enough to hold a business meeting, yet comfy enough for a family to spread out and relax. The sofa provides additional sleeping space. The kitchenette is well stocked and offers Wolfgang Puck coffee, but let me down with packets of powdered creamer. Two complimentary bottles of water are provided daily.
The bedroom had good lighting, handy for reading the complimentary New York Times that is delivered daily (except Sunday). Plug-ins are easy to find and convenient for re-charging your gadgets overnight. Robes and slippers were in the closest, and an electric shoe shine machine could help you freshen your look before heading out for the day.
Just off the bedroom was a large bathroom with sufficient room for two people getting ready in the morning. Lighting was good, mirrors well placed, and products upscale. Some rooms have jetted jacuzzi tubs.
A concierge desk is located adjacent to the elevators and is stocked with maps and travel brochures. The concierge was as helpful with Broadway tickets and fine dining reservations as he was with a recommendation for a burger joint and subway directions. No intimidating big city attitude, just practical advice tailored for your preferences.
But you don’t come to New York City to spend all your time in your hotel room!
The Kimberly is an easy walk to the shopping and activities of Rockefeller Center and the impressive shops along Fifth Avenue. A major subway stop is located at Rockefeller Center, giving you connections to Times Square, the Financial District, and the Upper West Side.
The hotel has been named to the Top 100 Hotels Around the World, has been named one of the Top 3 Business Hotels in the U.S., and received a Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Award.
The Kimberly is located at 145 East 50th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenue) in Midtown East. Fall rates start at about $350/night, with a variety of promotions available during slow weekends. Rates drop of substantially during winter, and increase substantially during peak holiday times. You can also check rates on Expedia or Travelocity.
Photo credit: Fish tank courtesy of The Kimberly, the remaining are the author’s.
The author received a complimentary stay at The Kimberly.