Posted on July 16, 2011

Travel Review: The Kimberly Hotel in New York City

In my other life I am most definitely a travel blogger.  We love to travel and I am always looking forward to the next time I get to pack my suitcase.  I enjoy sharing reviews of places we have traveled with site Trekaroo, and this year am honored to have been granted the elite rank of Superoo.  As I Superoo, I get the chance to… yep.  Travel.  Last weekend Trekaroo sent us to New York City to check out a hotel the Sunday brunch cruise that they offer.  Check out our hotel review below!

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When it comes to staying in New York City (Manhattan, to be exact) the closer you are to the sites, the better. Location is key in NYC – and we were certainly treated to prime location during a recent weekend stay at The Kimberly Hotel, located at 145 E. West 50th Street in Manhattan. A short walk away from the shopping wonders of 5th Ave (Tiffany, Saks, FAO Schwartz, etc) and Rockefeller Center, the Kimberly Hotel worked great for us as home base.

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This all-suite hotel features well-appointed rooms; rooms that, in my experience, are pretty spacious for NYC.  Our suite had a separate living room (with balcony) and a small dining area/kitchenette. The kitchenette had everything but a stove – there was a sink, microwave, small refrigerator, dishwasher, toaster and coffee maker (coffee was provided). The cabinets were stocked with plates, water and wine glasses, bowls and silverware.

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The bathroom had a standard tub/shower and some complimentary toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, Q-Tips, cotton balls, makeup remover cloths, bars of soap, etc). We would have loved a little more counter space in the bathroom, but there were some shelves under the sink area that helped to make up for that.

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Our family of two adults and one 3 year old had plenty of room to unwind and relax after a long day of sightseeing around the city. Our daughter slept on her portable tot cot (though a crib was available had we requested one) in the living room while my husband and I slept in the bedroom. The balcony turned out to be such a nice amenity as we were able to sit out there and chat/watch the city after our daughter went to bed.

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Parking – Valet parking is available for $30 a night – $40 a night for oversized cars (which our SUV ended up being).

Staff – We really enjoyed the staff – especially the doormen and bellhops. They were so friendly and funny. One of them referred to our daughter as “princess” whenever he talked to her, and she LOVED that. Concierge was able to help us find a restaurant that delivered – we called out for dinner on Saturday night after a long day of touring the city.

On-site amenities – At the actual hotel you will find a fitness room, restaurant and a rooftop lounge. In-room room service is also offered, though we did not partake.

Off-site amenities – All guests staying at this hotel get complimentary entrance into the New York Health and Racquet Club a few blocks down the street. The club has a full gym and pool. You are also invited to enjoy a harbor brunch or sunset dinner cruise on the club’s private yacht (note: additional fee applies to go sailing and you must make reservations).

We spent our time in the city walking all over the place – over to Central Park and then up to Times Square with a bunch of shops in between. Sunday we enjoyed the Brunch Cruise (look for a separate review on that).

Recommendations: Check –in took a bit longer than we anticipated. After a long (4 hour) drive in rush hour traffic, we arrived tired and ready to relax in our room at 8:30 pm. We were told that our room wasn’t ready yet due to some maintenance work and we could go take a walk/get dinner/etc until it was ready. It was thankfully ready when we returned about an hour later. Normal check-in time at the hotel is 3 pm, so it would have been great if the issues with our room had been resolved prior to our arrival at 8:30.

When we arrived in our room around 10 pm Friday night we found that the rugs in the bedroom and hallway were pretty wet – as if they had just been shampooed. A minor annoyance that we remedied by throwing towels on the floor to walk on.

Final thoughts: While my husband and I frequently visit New York City for both business and leisure, this was our daughter’s very first visit. We were thrilled that The Kimberly Hotel’s location was so central to everything we wanted to do. It was very easy to reach everything on foot thanks to the close proximity of the hotel to so many popular NYC attractions. We also noted the quiet nature of the street and surrounding area where the hotel sat. It was a much more peaceful atmosphere than many other tourist-clogged parts of the city.

We would recommend this hotel for a city stay – especially to families who want some space to stretch out and feel comfortable. The spacious suites provided more than enough room for us. We left the city feeling like we saw so much, yet were reasonably well-rested thanks to the comfort level of the room!

Disclosure: The Kimberly Hotel provided our family with a complimentary stay at their hotel in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own.

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