By Shari Hartford
It’s not often that I extol the virtues of chain hotels. But I have never stayed at a Kimpton that didn’t meet my high standards. I love their excellent staff, attention to detail, quirky décor, and yes, those signature animal print robes. Add in free wine in the evening and I’m sold.
70 Park Avenue is a welcome addition to the Kimpton group. Conveniently located on quiet 38th Street, the hotel reaps the benefits of its midtown location, without the hustle and bustle. While there isn’t a restaurant in-house, the neighborhood options are plentiful. And, the recently opened lobby-level Silverleaf Coffee & Tea, offers beverages, baked goods and light fare.
My room had everything you would want in a hotel accommodation: very comfy bed and pillows, a sleek bathroom with a shelf for stuff (that seems like a given, but actually in today’s renovations, some hotels are forgetting about practicality and going for a minimalist look), and a wardrobe instead of a closet. There was ample good lighting and an electrical outlet in the nightstand. Hurray! Someone used their head and realized that we want to plug in our devices next to the bed, not across the room.
When I rode the elevator the next morning with a couple of adorable four-legged guests, I realized that 70 Park was pet friendly – no extra fees or size restrictions.
All in all, 70 Park Avenue is a place to put on your short list for the family coming into town for the holidays. It’s cozy, friendly and stylish.
For more information, see 70parkave.com.
Shari Hartford is the former managing editor for Diversion magazine, where she wrote about travel in the northeast and cruising. She is currently a freelance writer and editor based in her hometown of New York City.