I was unsure about where to stay on my recent NYC trip, but thank goodness I found Ink 48. This is a hidden gem of a hotel in Hell's Kitchen. I was concerned about distance to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park. Once I arrived I was put at ease and came to realize that the location is ideal. The buzz of Times Square is about 4 blocks away so you don't have the all night noise and sound - yet I could see the lights from my 5th floor cityview room. The walk between the hotel and Times Square is safe and enjoyable (for a 35 year old at least). The walk is filled with shops, clubs, and many very friendly restaurants. There is fun stuff in the hotel's neighborhood as well. I loved jogging in the morning on the Hudson trail system. All day and night there are people out and about on the trail and it seemed very safe. The Daily Show tapes a few blocks north, so if you are going to see the show there is no better hotel to stay. The Intrepid was a fun place to visit and it is almost next door. The subway station at 50th is a very easy walk so getting to anywhere in the city with a short walk and riding the train is possible. No need for a cab if you're willing to take the train.
The lobby was very inviting and the staff was super friendly. I wish I had my cat with me since the hotel is pet friendly - water bowl and treats in the lobby for them. The design of the hotel is very loft like. The pictures accurately represent the lobby and the rooms. The place is very well maintained and clean (except for the windows which were dirty on the outside). The window in my room opened a bit which was nice as the weather was ideal. The bed was big, comfortable, and clean. The bathroom - well I took pictures of the shower and tub because I want to remodel my master bath to be just like Ink 48's bathroom. The tv had all the good stations and the ipod docking was nice. I signed up for the Kimpton rewards which entitled me to free wireless internet. Great benefit and since I now like the Kimpton brand it should be helpful.
The only problem I experienced on the stay was that I never got to go to the rooftop garden. As I was gone most of the day doing tourist stuff, my time for the garden bar was early evening or bedtime. Every night of my 3 night stay there were special events going on hosted by outside parties. It was a big disappointment as I figured after walking around all day, but before leaving for supper, it would be a nice place to relax. The hotel should allow an area to always be open to guests of the hotel.
Overall rating is 5 stars - this hotel deserves it!
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