Eventi Hotel: (Almost) Live in NoChe
Story and images in the middle below by Ed Salvato; image of the third floor pre-function room above and at the bottom of the outdoor plaza courtesy Eventi Hotel
This boutique hotel consists of 292 rooms, including 53 suites, occupying the first 23 floors of a brand new 54-story tower, (photo left), on 6th Ave at 30th Street in an unnamed neighborhood of Manhattan north of Chelsea and just south of Macy's. Call it NoChe, but this hotel along with its restaurant (a China Grill is scheduled to open in October in the second floor; until then the hotel will have a small restaurant and it will offer room service), small gym, and other amenities represents the most exciting and modern development in this area -- finally ready to go "live" -- and may be the harbinger of other good changes to come to the 'hood. One of the most interesting features is a 20,000 square-foot public plaza just behind the hotel (between 30th and 31st Streets) with its signature 20-foot LCD screen, which can show movies, live concerts, sporting events, etc. See the rendering at the bottom of this posting.
Eventi is also really stepping forward with technology. Hotel guests may listen to the movie on that screen via an iPhone or iPad app and a headphone. A hotel app will also allow guests to order room service and later conduct all sorts of other businesses with the hotel, all from the convenience of their hand-held device The hotel offers free WiFi throughout the hotel and in the plaza available for free by signing up for Kimpton's In-Touch loyalty program. (Take note laptop-toting, free-WiFi-seeking locals.)
Art enlivens the entire hotel from public spaces to the bathrooms, including this sketch (photo right) of a head in a head in one of the rooms. Lighting is a key design feature. The rooms are handsome, and feature plenty of outlets for charging all that indispensable electronic gear the modern road warrior carries and ample shelving in the bathroom for hair and skin-care products. All rooms on the east side of the hotel have views of the Empire State Building.
The rates range from $299 for a standard room up to $5,000 for a suite (which isn't that bad considering the size of these units and their views). To celebrate the opening of Eventi, the hotel is offering a special “Grand Opening Promotion” which features 15% off the retail rate and is based on availability. The package is valid from opening day (May 14) for a limited time. Visit www.eventihotel.com for more information.
If you're planning a visit to New York and you love dog-friendly and gay-friendly Kimpton Hotels (or would like to find out why so many people do), check out Eventi. Note: Kimpton Hotel offers an in-touch loyalty program with special deals and offers for gay and lesbian guests.
(Below: a rendering of the very cool outdoor plaza the hotel is scheduled to open October 2010.)