The Kimberly Hotel & Suites
What We Love
- The lobby centerpiece: a framed letter from former President Jimmy Carter (a frequent visitor)
- Chrysler Building views from the black-and-white roof terrace bar
- Weekend brunches with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys
- Frette linens in all guest rooms
What To Know
- You can make dinner reservations and airport limo bookings from a touch screen monitor in your room
- Though there’s a standard gym on the premises, guests receive complimentary passes to the New York Health and Racquet Club (about a block and a half away), which contains a swimming pool and squash courts
- In-room Wi-i is available for an additional cost
- Guests are invited to a complimentary sunset cruise on the hotel’s private yacht from May to September
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
No single spot better reflects this midtown institution’s eclectic soul than the 3,000-square-foot, Versailles-meets-The Velvet Underground rooftop lounge Upstairs, anchored by a rubbed bronze bar counter and playful Moooi furniture. (Heated wooden floors and a retractable roof ensures year-round access.) The celebrated 1980s-era hotel, which underwent a comprehensive overhaul in 2011, flaunts its ornate, Louis XV-esque accents—Persian rugs and ormolu in the lobby; English countryside and French provincial-themed rooms—with such wild abandon that it’s refreshing in a city of hotels where minimalism usually reigns. That unabashed indulgence is also on full display at the Empire Steak House, a restaurant reminiscent of a 1920s opera house complete with banquettes and crystal chandeliers. The only reminder you’re in present-day NYC is Bistango, the airy, lobby-level trattoria where diners feast on antibiotic-free meats, sustainably sourced seafood, and one of the city’s more extensive gluten-free offerings.
In the Area
With so many dining and drinking options onsite, you won’t have to pick from Midtown East’s meager nightlife options. During the day, however, you’ll find yourself in an enviable zip code: opt for a guided tour of the nearby United Nations (offered seven days a week), or visit the Museum of Modern Art, which is within walking distance, as are Fifth Avenue boutiques and some of the city’s most photogenic churches including St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A more underrated oasis: the 1/3 acre semi-tropical atrium and lily pond inside the Ford Foundation Building (open to the public), only ten minutes away on foot.
How to Get There
This hotel looks like it was decorated in the 1970s with a strong influence from Elvis’ Graceland - down to the shoe buffer machine in our room. I was surprised there was no coin slot for magic fingers on the beds. We found it nostalgic, and kind of hilarious. You could see it being a location in Scarface or American Hustle. That said, our suite was huge by NYC standards - a full sitting area, kitchenette, balcony and 4 large closets. The three of us had plenty of room to spread out. It was very clean. Our double bedroom was like a tomb - no light creeping in & no street noise whatsoever. We all slept like logs. All staff was extremely friendly. The location is very convenient - especially for theater goers. I would absolutely stay here again. I’d rather stay in a retro-style hotel than many of the new modern hotels that are cheap-looking and get worn out so fast.
I’ve stayed at the Kimberly a few times now and it never disappoints. The attention to detail, care of the staff, and overall feeling you get in this hotel keep me coming back. The rooms are very spacious, something you just don’t get in many hotels in NYC. To top it off they also have a wonderful rooftop bar, with a great NYC crowd, not just tourists.
I love everything about this hotel! The suites are spacious and well-appointed. The bed and pillows are comfortable. The sheets and towels are luxurious. And the staff is incredible.
Also: the water pressure is excellent. The heating is great. The offer both daily maid service and turn-down service. And the location is fabulous!
The hotel seems to attract and older and genteel clientele (which describes me), and I've greatly enjoyed visiting with the other guests.
If you are coming for the theaters, they are easily walkable from here. And the various old-school (that is, mom-and-pop) restaurants on 2nd Ave. are always a treat. Check my reviews on Yelp or send me a message if you want to know where to eat.
Book this hotel for your next stay in New York. You will not be disappointed.