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Printing house-turned-hotel in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, with killer skyline views from a swoon-worthy rooftop bar
In a former printing house, the aptly named Ink48 opened in 2009 with a subtle nod to its past: The PRINT Restaurant, Press Lounge, and various font-themed floors all play off the same motif. The David Rockwell–designed Kimpton hotel has a contemporary look, punctuated by midcentury modern furnishings, a graphic floral motif and zany carpeting. Hallways are lined with glossy photographs of the New York skyline — but do yourself a favor and witness it in person from the 17th floor.
Bed & Bath
Each of the hotel’s 222 guestrooms has sweeping city or Hudson River vistas, best enjoyed from the 400-thread-count Frette linen-wrapped beds. Refresh in the luxe bathrooms, which come outfitted with separate rain showers, C.O. Bigelow amenities and Kimpton’s signature animal-print terrycloth bathrobes. Guestrooms range in size (starting at 275 square feet), but splurge on the Hudson Suite for an airy, open-plan layout, two 37-inch flat screens and unobstructed views of the Hudson River.
Executive Chef Charles Rodriguez is responsible for the seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine at the sultry restaurant, PRINT. Go for dinner (and order the goat cheese gnocchi and Mountain View Farm crispy duck breast), but make time for a cocktail and skyline gawping at the rooftop Press Lounge. Unwind with a trip to the on-site InkSpa, which offers a whole menu of massage, facial and waxing treatments, or work up a sweat on one of the hotel’s free cruiser bikes or at its 24-hour gym. (Bonus: loaner headphones are available if you forgot to pack a pair.)
In the Area
While Ink48’s 11th Ave location means you’re removed from Times Square or downtown’s shopping scene, there’s no dearth of activity nearby. Take advantage of the hotel’s proximity to the Hudson with a stroll (or bike ride) along the river, in the adjacent Hudson River Park, which extends all the way down to Battery Park City. History buffs will love the nearby Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, famous for housing the eponymous WWII aircraft carrier at 46th street’s Pier 86. Afterwards, grab a casual bite at Tehuitzingo, an unassuming Mexican deli known for making some of the best tacos in town. Wash it all down with craft brews at Pony Bar, and the next morning, don’t leave without stopping for a pastry at Sullivan Street Bakery (the chocolate almond croissant is a must).