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
- READ MORE: Where to eat, play and shop in NY
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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 come to New York City for work meetings and this is the only hotel I stay at! Absolutely AMAZING!! The staff is attentive and very friendly! I highly recommend and always look forward to coming back to this hotel!
This was our second visit to this hotel, but the first visit was around four years ago so it has been some time. This Kimpton is waaaay on the west side of Manhattan, and for those readers not familiar with the island, know that there isn't an awful lot that is comfortably walkable from this location (other than Gotham West Market, the cruise terminal, or a bunch of car dealerships). However, since it's so close to the Hudson River, you do get the benefit of some lovely views. Nevertheless, quick cab rides will get you to all kinds of stuff.
We prefer boutique hotels these days, and this is a nice one. The building is a former printing factory, and the newly renovated rooms are comfortably industrial chic. You'll notice a number of nods to the building's history as well as to its location near the piers of the Hudson. Now that Kimpton is part of IHG, my hubby's IHG Ambassador membership resulted in us getting a large, airy Junior Suite. This meant that we had huge windows, a king bed, a vanity area, a sitting and dining area, and a bathroom that you could do cartwheels in. There were lots of good things about this suite. For example, the fridge wasn't one of those where when you move an item they charge you, so I was able to get some of our own bottles of water, sports drinks, etc. in there. The bed was comfortable, the HVAC worked well, the lighting was nice, and the colors were calming (whites and tans with pops of navy and black).
There were a few issues -- when we first arrived, inches from our room's door in the hallway was somebody's used wine glass with a napkin stuck in it. Also, when we pulled back the sheets on the bed, the fitted sheet had some stains on it, even though it clearly had been laundered. Of course we called down to the front desk and these things were rectified while we were out at dinner. Details matter to me, though, and I would have expected these oversights not to have happened. Speaking of details, while another thing I like about Kimptons and this place is that they have big glass containers of water with cucumbers, oranges, etc. in them so that you can sit in the lobby and have a little refreshing moment. We went to do this and found that both of the urns had barely any water in them (we managed to squeak out two small glasses). The front desk staff were maybe five feet away and we had to go and tell them about this. The containers were clear glass and all it would take is a glance over there once in a while to make sure they are filled by someone. To me, a hotel is truly excellent when amenities they offer are always available when they should be, without asking. Again, it's the details.
The staff we encountered were pretty much all really nice to talk with.
While not the hotel's fault, fyi, when we were there we were woken up very early by some very loud construction jackhammers at a property adjacent to the hotel. So if this is important to you and you are looking to book in the near future, you may want to inquire about the construction going on nearby.
The rooftop lounge and the restaurant lounge (both I reviewed separately) are worthwhile visits.
This hotel is my favorite in NYC and I choose to stay here everything I visit. The service, the atmosphere, the rooms, and the location are all excellent. It’s extremely consistent and I’ve been happy every single time I’ve stayed. Im a runner so I love the Hudson path to run on each morning. It’s so close to Mid Town yet just off the beaten path on 11th to be much quieter and less congested.
The one thing that I didn’t love this time was the expensive breakfast as everything is a la carte. The bill added up quick.
With that said, I’m still rating five stars and will come back to stay at Ink48 again.