New York City has no shortage of hotel rooms; there are over 100,000. But finding a room that feels both personal and spacious is no small feat. Enter: The Kimberly Hotel. If you want to feel like a local in New York City, book a stay here. The property was originally built to be apartments, but the owner had a change of heart at the last minute and decided instead to open a hotel. Rooms here are seriously spacious, and the suites feel like an apartment with a kitchen area that has a mini fridge and dishware. But possibly the best perk? All but 10 of the 154 suites offer a balcony with incredible views of the city skyline. Here’s our review...
What You Need to Know
The hotel rises above the city sidewalks and guests enter a lobby area (which is particularly lovely during the holiday season). A rather interesting feature is the 23,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, filled with tropical fish. The spaces feel grand, but personal with a concierge and friendly check in. There are two on-site restaurants (in addition to a lounge) that encapsulate so much of what NYC is known for: Empire Steakhouse, a classic New York City steakhouse that even locals appreciate for a special occasion (they have over 100 varieties of single-malt scotch); Bistango is where you’ll want to go for incredible handmade pasta and lovely Italian wines; and The Upstairs at The Kimberly, which is fantastic for pre- or post-dinner drinks with a view. The property has a small, but very well-equipped gym and room service.
One of the few hotels in the city where you’ll spot locals, the rooftop lounge, appropriately called Upstairs at The Kimberly, is an almost-hidden gem to sip craft cocktails with pinch-me views of the city. You’ll find all sorts of travelers here--from families to couples--mostly because the property offers so much extra space. The mostly-suite hotel has a sliding glass door that opens to a balcony with sitting areas--a serious rarity in New York City. The location of the hotel--on 50th between 3rd Avenue and Lexington--makes this an ideal location for business travelers, shoppers, and those who want to see New York’s most famous landmarks. Come dinner, expect to see chic patrons in the steakhouse or sipping wine outside at Bistango. Well-heel travelers will appreciate the L’Occitane bath amenities and Fretté linens.
Who Will Love It
Anyone who is looking for a bit more space (without sacrificing style), but still wants to be in the middle of NYC’s action. The Kimberly also features two duplex suites with spiral staircases located in the Townhouse section of the hotel. There’s a one-bedroom suite with two bathrooms and a two-bedroom suite with two bathrooms, both have kitchenettes and separate living and dining areas. Another rarity for New York City hotel rooms – windows that actually open.
Who Might Not
While it’s nearly impossible to get bored in New York City, young children might not find much entertainment within the hotel (not counting that aquarium).
There are a few: The Kimberly Hotel has become almost famous for its feather beds, draped in Fretté linens and dressed with fluffy down comforters and pillows. The rooms here are some of the largest in New York City, with balconies. But the Upstairs at The Kimberly takes top bill. The views are incredible, with a close-up look at the Chrysler Building that shines brightly in the backdrop.
Included in the room rate is two bottles of water daily, in-room wifi if booked directly on the website, and--through February of 2021, a continental breakfast served at the year-round rooftop lounge.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
Valet Parking is $55 for a car and $65 for an SUV. Luckily, there’s no reason to need a car in New York City.
How to Get a Deal
Check out The Kimberly’s offers page where you can book Staycations, Presidential Suite packages, Winter-specific deals, and the Work from a Hotel Suite package, all at a discounted rate. The hotel has recently introduced a new dining program called the En-Suite at The Kimberly, allowing diners to use empty suites in the hotel as their venue for a group of up to four people. Diners will be able to choose from a prix-fixe menu at Bistango or directly from the menu at Empire Steakhouse. This is ideal for a staycation or anyone who wants to have an elegant meal in New York City in the privacy of a hotel suite.
In the Neighborhood
The hotel is within walking distance to the city’s most popular attractions. You’ll find Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, and the shopping on 5th Avenue right outside the door.
Plan for about a one-hour transfer between the hotel and any of New York City’s major airports using public transportation. A taxi or ride share will take longer and cost a lot more (think $15-$20 for a combined subway and train ticket vs. $80 for a car, including tip) but spares you the hassle of lugging a suitcase through New York City.
Nearest Public Transit
The 4, 5, 6, and 7 subway lines, which can connect you to all other points in the city, are accessible at Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street, a five-minute walk to the hotel.
The Bottom Line
The ideal Midtown location for exploring New York City, plus spacious rooms that feel more like an apartment, The Kimberly Hotel is a fantastic place to stay if you want to feel like a local in New York City.