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Hotel 70 Park Avenue Hotel 3 star
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The very first Kimpton hotel to see the light of day in New York, 70 Park Avenue is a smart hotel with a great location which has recently been renovated to bring it (almost) up to date. Its rooms, which have recently been partly renovated, are still not quite as impressive or as spacious as those in its sister properties, but they are nicely appointed and want for nothing. The restaurant and bar provide an added pull to a property which is largely patronised by a business clientele, although there is no reason, unless you are looking for something particularly trendy/luxurious, not to consider 70 Park Avenue as a tourist.

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    Location 8.73 /10

    If you haven't guessed already, the hotel is situated along Manhattan's Park Avenue, at number 70 surprisingly enough. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, you are perfectly placed, with Grand Central just minutes away meaning you can get anywhere you want in the city with ease. Also on your doorstep is Bryant Park, Times Square and New York Public Library, while a little further away yet still within walking distance is the world famous shopping along Firth and Madison Avenues, the theatres of Broadway, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and, for the more courageous, Central Park. JFK is 17 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 17.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The majority of the guestrooms at 70 Park Avenue are much of a muchness with similar décor and layout with just the square footage and bed size increasing as you climb the category ladder. Around a quarter of the rooms have two double beds while many are connecting, useful for families. The beds, above which is a framed quote saying "I take a deep breath and hold a piece of sky in my mouth" hung on the feature wall, are dressed in Frette linens and have a purple/violet plaid across them with a silver roll cushion and regular cushion with a silvery gold faded effect propped up against the pillows. The metallic theme is also seen in the smart bedside tables and their bulbously bottomed lamps as well as the golden spiked pieces attached to the wall. The desks, which now have a glass writing surface since the renovation, are positioned at the foot of the bed and above them you'll find a 42" flatscreen television. The rooms also have at least one wing back chair (some also have a smart pull out black sofa with white piping) and an occasional table while other amenities include a telephone, iPod docking station, a minibar unlocked upon your request, a safe, umbrella, iron and ironing board and the animal print bathrobes found in all Kimptons. The bathrooms, some of which are a little snug, have low bathtubs, long mirrors above the marble-topped vanities, a make-up mirror, custom Etro toiletries and a hairdryer.

    The suites enjoy a larger surface area as well as living areas (some of which are separate) and the most spacious suites have jacuzzi tubs and private balconies. The largest suite, the Park Avenue, has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and can be divided into two separate rooms.

    There are a total of 10 guestrooms which are suitable for guests in wheelchairs.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Housed in a building dating from the Second World War on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 38th Street, the hotel stretches 17 floors high and has 205 rooms. Its lobby is small but nicely formed with low ceilings and pillars and is centered upon a sunken seating area. This latter is composed of two U-shaped couches whose seat cushions are covered in plastic which doesn't make for the most comfortable surface! At the front of the hall is the usual Kimpton complimentary citrus-infused water, while to the other side of the business centre is another seating niche around a fireplace. Both the reception desk and the hotel's two elevators are at the back of the lobby. Although it has been recently done up, you can't help but feel there is something a little dated about the space.

    While the hotel doesn't have its own wellness centre, it does offer a series of in-room treatments such as massages and wraps using the groups preferred line of products from Kerstin Florian. However, given the size of the standard guestrooms, you'd probably be better off opting for the full service spas in one of the other Kimpton hotels in the city. For those who want to continue with their fitness regime while away from home then you can head to the modest gym where you'll find a few cardio machines as well as free weights and water, towels and headphones at your disposal.

    While the hotel is perfectly clean and tidy, there are a few signs here and there that it is ageing, for example in the paintwork. The corridors are a little dull although they are wide enough to comfortably pull your luggage through and the indications to the rooms are clear.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    Adjacent to the lobby is the hotel's restaurant and bar, Silverleaf Tavern. The outlet is particularly popular amongst local business people thanks to its happy hour between 5pm and 7pm during the working week where many cocktails, wines, beers and snacks are priced at very attractive prices. The materials used in the bar itself are somewhat shimmering and regal while the ceiling is composed of top lit glass panels etched with the black silhouettes of tree branches. There's a flatscreen television, presumably to show sports events, and swing music in the background. The rest of the space has a slightly medieval feel, particularly the communal table above which hovers a chandelier. Elsewhere, leather banquettes and high tables with stools complete the furnishings along with a carved central column and some large scale black and white detail shots from around the city. While this is not the trendiest of places, certainly for a Kimpton, it is well worth taking advantages of the place after a day of sightseeing or meetings before heading out to dinner. Silverleaf does serve food in the evenings, but there is nothing on the menu that looks especially inspiring or original. Breakfast can also be taken here, with a choice of continental or hot dishes available.

    To know

    70 Park Avenue is part of the Kimpton hotel group which has four properties in New York, one of which is another of our favourites, The Eventi. Just like its sister properties, the hotel has a wine programme whereby each month a different red and white wine is offered every night to guests, free of charge in the lobby. This is a great chance not only to relax in comfort, but also to get to know some of the other guests - something which rarely occurs at other hotels. 70 Park Avenue was the first of the group's hotels to open in NYC back in 1999.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, golf, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Recently renovated (April '11)
    • Location
    • Staff

    disadvantages

    • Showing its age in parts
    • No wellness facilities
    • Some small rooms

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Laëtitia V. Laëtitia V.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in décembre 2010 Posted on 2011-11-09 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Hotel trés bien situé, proche de la gare central et du grand magasin Macy's pour les adeptes du shopping!! Le personnel est très acceuillant

      • Advantages

        Situation Petit déjeuner sous forme de buffet compris (rare à New York)

      • Disavantages

        légèrement bruyant même en hauteur, mais c'est New York!!!

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      • Overall Score 7.14/10
    • Ernestina B. Ernestina B.  
      4 Opinions
      • Package deals in marzo 2011 Posted on 2011-05-03 In coppia - Una settimana o più (Camera con vista)

        siamo stati in quest hotel 4 notti, molto carino situato al centro di manhattan sulla 5th avenue quasi..molto accogliente ottima colazione!

      • Advantages

        colazione ottima, posizione centralissima ottima vista.. confort letto.

      • Disavantages

        scarsa un po la pulizia bagni piccoli ma a new york è difficile trovare stanza di grandi dimensioni.

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      • Overall Score 7.86/10
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