Kimpton Ink48 Hotel
What We Love
- Views of the Hudson River and cityscape from the rooms and roof deck
- Nightly lobby wine hour (5 to 6 p.m.) and morning coffee bar (6 to 9 a.m.)
- PRINT Restaurant for its standout farm-to-table fare
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What To Know
- Located on 11th Ave., the hotel is out of the way from most attractions and transit: Utilize free bikes to scoot about town instead
- Pets stay free — be sure to grab extra doggie treats at reception
- WiFi is free when you sign up for Kimpton Karma Rewards
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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).
How to Get There
I've read a number of reviews rating this hotel less than perfect. I fear that a few of them hinge on things that are "New York being New York" rather than the quality of the hotel itself. Every hotel in the city suffers from street noise. I should know, I've stayed at almost 50 of them over the last 7 years. The hotel is also a converted warehouse...which invariably poses some challenges. What distinguishes this hotel from all of those others are the little things. The coffee in the lobby in the morning and water/wine in the evening. Getting a text message from the front desk within a few minutes of getting to my room to make sure that everything is in order and asking if I need anything. Continued follow up over my stay, whether in person or by text. Requests for things like a toothbrush or extra towels took moments and were delivered with a smile rather than the feeling that it was an inconvenience. Add this to the location in a great part of the city with restaurants for every taste, the west end of the theater district and the Intrepid museum, one can't help but feel very immersed in what makes New York City the destination it is.
Overpriced. No AC last night of stay. Manager should have apologized. If you cannot get coffee service in AM...what can you get right? Would never stay again. Supposed to be the hip place. Kimpton no longer an option.
Wow.. what a beautiful hotel!! Our room was overlooking both the city and the Hudson River - it was absolutely spectacular. The staff at reception were beyond friendly and were more than happy to help us with questions from a broken zip to how to order takeaway to the hotel. Our only issue would be the doormen - they didn’t help us once, even when lugging round heavy suitcases they didn’t offer to open the doors. We did witness them open the doors once and this was when a “celebrity” came into the hotel and they were on hand straight away! The drinks on the rooftop were quite expensive but I wouldn’t really expect anything less in a New York. Aside from that, it was amazing and I would definitely visit again.
... but the street noise and very loud a/c will likely keep us away. Sad, as we normally really like the Kimpton Hotels.
The breakfast bar part of the hotel has excellent coffee, juices and croissants, however.
The rooftop deck is quite spectacular, but with genuinely crummy, indifferent service.
I am a travel agent and chose The Ink48 hotels because of it's location and style which fit my honeymooners requests perfectly.
The contact I had with Akil, the concierge Coordinator was fantastic and I know he did everything he could to make my customers stay a memorable one and they sent me messages whilst there saying how beautiful it was.
Thank you Ink48 and especially Akil, I will certainly be recommending you to my future customers.