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70 Park Avenue, New York City, New York

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New York, United States, North America
70 Park Avenue at 38th Street
Midtown East
New York City , New York
Tel: 877 707 2752 (toll-free)
Tel: 212 973 2400's insider take:

Owing to a location in mostly residential Murray Hill, Manhattan's first Kimpton hotel is too far north to share in downtown's cachet and too far south to be in the thick of Midtown's bustle. It's best suited to travelers looking to be close to—but not amid—the action. In 2003, the 205 guest rooms profited from an overhaul by Jeffrey Bilhuber, whose celebrity clients have included David Bowie and (gasp) Anna Wintour. The results: streamlined blond wood furnishings, woven wallpaper, and silky cream and celadon fabrics. Plasma TVs, L'Occitane products, and irons round out the in-room extras, though you'll probably have to do-si-do around your partner to get around an open ironing board in the small rooms. There's Wi-Fi throughout, and two laptops are available for guests' use in the dimly lit, minimalist lobby, with its modular leather sofas. Silverleaf, the on-site tavern, is a good place for a martini (or a light meal: grilled salmon, crab cakes), but strolling four blocks north, to tip a few at Grand Central's Campbell Apartment, is an equally excellent idea.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
With the arrival last fall of the Kimpton group's first New York property, Park Avenue appears to be lightening up. How else to explain a nightly wine hour held in the hotel lobby for guests and their dogs? Every one of the 205 rooms in this Murray Hill hotel comes with a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and free Wi-Fi Internet access, while the decor—by celebrity designer Jeffrey Bilhuber—has enough warmth to please even the technologically disinterested. The hotel's Silverleaf Tavern gets decadence just right (for carnivores only).—2005 Hot List

When to go: Rates are lower in summer, but the city is at its prime in the fall.

Which room to book: Corners on the higher floors afford views of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings

Amenities: Bar/lounge, 24-hour Room Service, Wheelchair-accessible

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