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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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).
How to Get There
Excellent service, staff was very courteous and thoughtful, took great care of us. Central location walking distance to Broadway, Empire State Building, many great restaurants. Comfortable, clean room with enough space to enjoy being there. Delicious room service.
We had a very nice stay at the Kitano. We went to the city for our anniversary and decided to stay over night here. Check in is at 3 but we got there at 130 and were turned away at first but the manager called me over and gave us a room. I thought that was extremely wonderful and professional of him. He was very kind and was all about making us happy. The room is ok. The room had a cool view and was pretty clean. I am fanatical about cleanliness. I did find a couple of things that were missed but most hotels do. The toilet seat was really cool along with the heated towel rack. It was very quiet and the bed was comfortable as well. We had a nice stay here and were happy with our choice.
Booked this hotel through Trailfinders. V good location and very smart hotel. Didn’t get chance to visit the bar or the restaurant but did manage a trip
to Maybellines the chocolate shop within the hotel which was lovely . Great view of the Empire State from the bedroom window and it was only a short walk away as was Central Station Hotel staff very courteous and reception area very smart . Would stay again