My Weekend “Away” In New York At The Kimberly Hotel
If there’s one thing New York City does really well, it’s eschewing the cookie-cutter chains that dot much of the American landscape, especially when it comes to hotels (okay, maybe not banks and certain coffee shops, but that’s another story).
If you’re coming here and are tired of staying at traditional hotel chains, then The Kimberly Hotel, located in Midtown on 50th Street just off Lexington Avenue, is the place for you.
This newly built, independent hotel is home to posh suites, walk-out balconies, two restaurants and one of the best-known rooftop bars in the city. And for a reasonable price, The Kimberly Hotel is a great option for those looking to enjoy some of the best New York has to offer, without breaking the bank.
I was recently invited to stay the weekend — one very cold, cold January weekend — at the hotel to check out what the property has to offer, and to show off my nascent skills as an indoor photographer. The following hopefully gives you a small introduction as to what it’s like to stay here.
The Kimberly Hotel will welcome you with its old-world lobby and large circular aquarium, a throw-back to the days when hotels didn’t all look like they had started their life in a Portland neighborhood (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
There are two restaurants within the hotel, Bistango, a newly opened Italian restaurant serving fine pasta dishes and a killer cheese and cured meat tray, and Ibis, a 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean restaurant featuring grilled meats, fish, and vegetables delicately paired with fresh herbs and spices (plus live piano music).
Upstairs features a hip crowd (they let me in because I was a guest), artistically inspired cocktails and a small-plates menu. It also serves one of the best brunches I’ve had in a long while. If there is a better view in the city to take in while you sip on your Manhattan, I don’t know about it.
Of course, this being a hotel and all, The Kimberly Hotel doesn’t hold back when it comes to their suites. The beds are covered in luxuriously fluffy linens and pillows, freshly laundered bathrobes await you in your closet, and the hotel itself offers enough varieties of rooms — from one-bed traditional rooms to full-blown multi-room suites — to fit any requirement.
You’ll also receive a complimentary copy of the New York Times delivered to your door every morning. Rooms also include satellite T.V., plush couches and writing desks for you to sit down and blog about your experience (okay, maybe that’s just me). Also, the rooms have kitchenettes with a microwave, fridge, sink, coffee maker and utensils, along with two complimentary bottles of water.
Needless to say, with views like these from nearly every room, chances are you’ll be spending more time gazing out the window than glued to the T.V.
Here at The Kimberley Hotel, you will be sure to turn any hectic trip into a fun, and relaxing adventure, ensuring that you’ll be ready to book another stay, even before you’ve left.
Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at TheExpeditioner.com.