Earlier in the summer, I spent a night at the Kimberly Hotel with a friend who was in town on business. Long story short: there was rooftop drinking, views of the Chrysler building, and a suite that was about triple the size of my Upper East Side apartment. Needless to say, I had been itching to return to the Kimberly for weeks. And, because I’m sooo selfless and willing to do anything to gather information for my readers, I decided that a mid-week New York staycation at the Kimberly needed to happen, tout suite.
Scenes from the Kimberly, round one.
So, last Thursday, I packed by bag and headed to midtown for a staycation from my day-to-day routine. After two separate stays at the Kimberly, I can now officially say that this midtown hotel holds the key to my heart. Let me break it down for you:
1. Room Size
Though the Kimberly has a good amount of traditional guest rooms, the majority of the rooms they offer are suites equipped with separate sitting areas and kitchenettes. This means that my Luxury One Bedroom Suite on the 30th floor was quite literally triple the size of my studio apartment about forty blocks away. The bedroom alone, fitted with a king-sized bed and windows that offered a panoramic view of midtown, was larger than what I call home every day.
Photos courtesy of the Kimberly
After dinner, I was so happy to come back to my palatial size room and plop down on a full-sized couch. This may seem commonplace to non-New Yorkers, but I’m usually eating dinner off a coffee table while sitting on floor cushions. My suite at the Kimberly might as well have been Versailles.
I’m a sucker for amenities. If there’s a shampoo I like, I’ll take it, and if there’s a terry cloth robe involved, you know I’m wearing it. There’s just something about kicking your feet up in an oversize white hotel robe that does something for the soul. …No? Anyone else? Bueller?
The Kimberly’s amenities didn’t disappoint. Oversized robe? Check. Neutrogena soaps and shampoos worth taking? Check. Hairdryer, scale, fully stocked mini-bar? Check, check, check. Just heavenly.
3. The Extras
Because I was only staying in the hotel one night– which, for me, meant enjoying my king-sized bed as long as possible– I had little interest in exploring the extras, like the Fitness Center. That is, until I learned the owner of the Kimberly is also the owner of the New York City Health and Racquet Club. As a guest of the hotel, you have the ability to utilize any of the Health & Racquet Clubs around the city (of which there are nine). If working out isn’t your thing (aheeemthelazytravelers), guests also have special access to the NYHRC PRIVATE YACHT.
Photo courtesy of the NYHRC
Ya heard me. The yacht. NYHRC’s yacht sets out during the summer months for three-hour-long sails around the city and reservations are only available to members of the club or guests of the Kimberly. If that alone isn’t enough to sway you, then we’re no longer friends.
4. The view
The clincher has to be the Kimberly’s views. Mostly all of the suites and guest rooms boast amazing views of midtown, AND the majority have covered outdoor balconies. When was the last time you saw that in Manhattan?
Perhaps its most popular attraction is the Kimberly’s rooftop bar and terrace, Upstairs. Situated on the penthouse level, Upstairs offers 360-degree views of Manhattan, including a stellar view of the Chrysler building. It’s equipped with heated floors and a glass retractable roof so that you can enjoy the space year round and at any time of the day. In the mornings, guests can enjoy the buffet breakfast at Upstairs, and in the evenings, the space turns into one of the city’s most happening happy hour locales.
If you’re coming to New York, whether for business or fun, the Kimberly is one of your best bets for places to stay. It’s central location, spacious rooms, and unbeatable views are only a few of the reasons this hotel has been holding its own against the thousands of other New York City hotels. Also, did I mention the rooftop bar?