Sleeping Around NYC: Ink48
A Kimpton hotel with a view in Hell's Kitchen
By Shari Hartford
After 35 years as a print magazine editor, I easily wax poetic about typefaces, the smell of ink and the noise of great printing presses churning out pages and pages of glossy fashion and important words.
In 1930 there was a printing house nestled in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. Fast forward to 2009 when Kimpton hotels took over the stately building and over the next few years completely renovated it to become Ink48 – the name an homage to its roots. There are also public rooms with names like Garamond, Helvetica and Courier to complete the association.
A lobby is just a lobby, but here the lobby is a living room. As comfortable as your own home, settle in, enjoy the flavored waters, wine hour, computer charging tables or just people watch. Pets are welcome at Ink48 and bicycles are available for guests to explore the city. The friendly staff is always on hand for directions.
My room-for-the-night was an interesting combination of comfort, utility and open concept. The king- bedded accommodation, with the now requisite top-notch linens, numerous plugs, fab lighting and unobstructed view of the Manhattan skyline also had a glorious soaking tub mere steps away from the bed and a glass shower visible in the room. For privacy, the toilet was contained behind a door. Weird setup? Perhaps, but yet very comfy.
The spectacular rooftop bar, The Press Lounge, is open during the season and serves light bites, in addition to a panoramic view. For a more substantial meal (or room service) visit Print, New York’s newest specializing in seasonal, sustainable, farm-to-table fare.
If all this eating and looking has tired you out, head to the in-house Elemis spa for the best, and most luxurious, facials and massages in Hell’s Kitchen.
I’ve always loved Kimpton hotels…each one is unique to its geographic area. Ink48 holds up its share of the bargain…unique and memorable.
For more information, visit ink48.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.