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Hotel Eventi Hotel 5 star
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851 Avenue of Americas NY 10001 New York United States New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Staying at the Eventi is one of the best hotel experiences you can have in New York - the hotel just oozes coolness. But not that snooty, exclusive, look-at-me type of cool you find in some properties. This is genuine, fun, down-to-earth cool which makes the hotel such an enjoyable place to stay. Every element of the hotel has been well conceived from the spacious, funky rooms to the buzzing, good quality restaurant, from the professional spa to the most personable of staff. This well located, modern hotel has an identity of its own which is hard to beat for the money. Highly recommended!

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    Location 7.95 /10

    The Eventi is positioned ideally at the very heart of midtown Manhattan on Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) at 30th Street. Within walking distance from the hotel is the Empire State Building, Penn Station, Madison Square Gardens, Times Square and the trendy district of Chelsea with its independent boutiques, markets, restaurants and bars and animated nightlife. From here you can easily get to any other part of Manhattan or indeed New York as there are several subway and train stations within just a few blocks of the hotel. JFK is 17 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 15.

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    Guests have a choice of five category of guestroom and six types of suite. All of the guest rooms are appointed in a similar fashion, the higher prices of those classed in a higher category justified by their superior surface area, views from a higher level or situation on the corner of a building. They feature a queen or king bed jazzed up by the orange plaid and cushion with a tall, soft, grey headboard behind it. The room's furniture includes a long, well-lit desk next to which is a drawer unit containing the fully-stocked minibar, a desk chair upholstered in a printed fabric which seems to depict the gardens of a large estate, another white leather armchair in the corner of the room and of course a closet containing umbrella, iron and ironing board, safe and bathrobes. Amenities include a 37" flatscreen television, iPod docking station, cordless phone and adjustable reading lights at the bed and the armchair. The spacious white marble bathroom boasts a double fixture walk-in monsoon shower, a long vanity with Etro toiletries, hairdryer and a Japanese style wooden bench on which your towels are placed. Not only is the room tastefully appointed, but it is also pleasantly functional. A yoga kit can be supplied to the room upon request and upon entering the room you'll be met by the sound of classical music.

    The one-bedroom suites have a separate living space with a sofa bed, coffee table and funky rugs while their bathrooms have double vanities and both tub and shower, with the premier suites enjoying a jacuzzi tub. The four signature suites have each been designed separately and are among our favourite rooms in New York in terms of design and décor. The Veranda suite for example has a salon which features a dining table for up to six people, beautiful leather armchairs next to a deep, comfy sofa, a contemporary rocking chair, a Hollywood light (which looks like one off a film set) and pretty watercolour paintings on the walls. The bedroom has an ottoman at the foot of the bed with a black and white yoga image on its side as well as a gorgeous deep red leather armchair with carved armrests and a matching pouffe. The Eventi suite has similar features with the addition of a library with sliding ladder, a bar complete with stools and even more 'objets' such as vases and wine racks. The suites also have access to the long public terrace but this can be divided up to create private areas.

    Overview 9.70 /10

    The exterior of the Eventi is quite distinctive in that the windows of its first three floors, before it becomes a tower, are coloured green, orange and violet. The inviting lobby is paved with a deep red coloured marble with white veins and has two separate seating areas, one to the left against the front window and another larger, cosier one to the right. This latter features a gas fireplace, a selection of deep sofas and armchairs and stylish coffee tables with flower arrangements. It's here where, during the wine hour, you can chat to other thirsty guests in a thoroughly convivial atmosphere. But perhaps the finest feature of the entrance hall is the mirror-fronted reception desks which meet you as you walk in the door, or rather the beaming people behind them. Check is a perfectly pleasurable experience, the reception team striking up conversation quite naturally, and any subsequent time called upon they are nothing less than courteous and efficient. The partially covered mock oil painting behind the reception is a nice feature, as is the complimentary tea and coffee station where guests can get their caffeine fix each morning and the 'Forgot it? We've got it!' programme where the hotel will supply travel essentials if forgotten at home.

    The eco-friendly Spa @ Eventi is a cute little wellness centre with good facilities and, most importantly, a completely relaxed ambiance. You'll receive a warm welcome from the delightful staff in the reception area with its glass desk and display of Kirstin Florian products, unique to the Kimpton brand. All of the packaging is recyclable and uses soy ink while the products themselves are also environmentally-friendly. The facility has two smart massage cabins and another for facials as well as a changing rooms and a relaxation area with soft music and wingback chairs with reading lights. The treatments menu may not be as extensive as in many other hotel spas, however there are several specialist therapies such as one for the expectant mother, another for those wishing to get over their jetlag and one especially for gentlemen. There is a fitness centre attached to the spa too with the latest machines for a full workout.

    We found the hotel to be in a fine general condition, clean and a lively (but not much so). Access to the rooms is a simple exercise and you'll have no trouble finding your room from the lifts down the well-lit, wide corridors.

    Food and drink 9.70 /10

    In Bar Basque, the Eventi can brag one of the trendiest hotel restaurants around with its patriotic (red and black) décor, long, bright terrace with retractable roof and, most importantly, excellent regional cuisine and wines. The eatery, which serves breakfast, dinner and a tapas menu at the bar, was conceived by Syd Mead, set designer for films such as Blade Runner, Tron and Mission Impossible 3, and is like no other setting we have seen before. Futuristic, warm and lofty, it is filled with designer furniture, coloured spotlights and the sound of guests enjoying their food. The restaurant is divided into three parts: the interior section with which is dimly lit, more suited to romantic encounters; the terrace which is much brighter and whose roof comes off in the summer; and the bar at the end of the space which also has an inside and outside section. One unique feature of Bar Basque is the EnoMatic machine, a kind of wine vending system which allows customers to take their glass up to a display of 32 different wines and serve themselves. While this is an innovative idea and aesthetically successful, it does take the romance out of ordering wine in the more traditional sense.

    The food itself, while slow in coming, is worth the wait. The croquettes are a good (and delicious) idea to start as is the superb jamón ibérico while if you are feeling ravenous go for one of the seafood appetizers such as the scallops or mackerel in escabčche. Next comes either the speciality mains such as the seafood paella or the crispy suckling pig or you can choose something from the grill, for example whole sardines or lamb chops with your choice of sides (to die for mashed potatoes, calasparra rice, seasonal veg). The portions are copious and the service is polite although not the most efficient we have come across. However the overall experience is a positive, comfortable one and can be prolonged into the night at the bar.

    For something a lot less formal head next door to the FoodParc where several different concessions offer gourmet fast food in food court type setting. You have the choice between burgers, sandwiches, dumplings and dim sums, pizza, smoothies and coffee which you can enjoy inside or out back in the courtyard if the weather allows. If you can't wait to queue up then simply order at one of the screens and then take your lunch to the tiered seating which leads up to Bar Basque. This is not the place for a quiet, relaxed lunch though - loud music and big crowds at midday see to that.

    To know

    The Eventi, which opened just under a year ago in May 2010, is part of the Kimpton hotel group which has four properties in New York, one of which is another of our favourites, The Muse. Very much in the same mould, it offers lots of unique extras such as the wine hour from 5pm where guests can try the month's red and white wines free of charge. This is a great chance not only to relax in the comfy lobby seating area but also to get to know some of the other guests - something which rarely occurs at other hotels.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

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

    advantage

    • Funky décor
    • Spa
    • Staff
    • Wine hour
    • Restaurant/bar

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