The Kitano New York
What We Love
- The feeling that you’re the hotel's only guest
- The quiet and discreet service of the multilingual staff
- Live jazz at the Bar Lounge Monday through Saturday (and at Sunday brunch)
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What To Know
- The hotel’s respect for quiet won’t suit everyone; partiers should look elsewhere
- There’s no on-site gym, but guests can work out for free at the New York Sports Club on Madison between 35th and 36th streets
- There are some smoking rooms
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Inspired by Japanese custom and design, the Kitano makes privacy and peace a priority. Owned at one time by the Rockefellers, the 18-story building is now all sleek lines and modern decor, with an impressive art collection. The lobby’s bronze dog, a sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero, is said to give guests luck in money (just rub its tongue).
Bed and Bath
The 149 rooms feel serenely modern yet warm thanks to the soft color scheme of cream and pale gold and the sunlight streaming through the large windows. Expect small but meaningful perks, such as free green tea and spacious closets filled with bathrobes and slippers. The marble bathrooms are large, with deep tubs and detachable showerheads, towel warmers and bath products by Gilchrist & Soames.
Service by the multilingual staff is discreet and helpful, and the hotel doesn’t even allow housekeeping carts for fear of the clutter and noise. Public areas, including the hotel’s 70-person Bar Lounge, are more lively, with evening jazz Monday through Saturday. The traditional Japanese restaurant, Hakubai, is a hidden gem on the hotel’s lower level, serving decidedly nonfusion dishes to an upscale clientele (including, we hear, the mayor).