I spent one night in the Kitano on my way home from an international trip. Having previously lived in the city I wanted a quiet hotel with easy east-side subway access (Grand Central is a few blocks away).
Wary of tiny NYC hotel rooms I booked a premier room. I didn't realize I'd been upgraded to a junior suite until now; the check-in agent should have told me as upgrades always make people feel good! The suite looks exactly like the photos on the hotel's web site and is very large for 1 or 2 people. The room was quiet and the bed (and especially the pillows) extremely comfortable. I had no problem getting the room quite cold, the way I like it, and the water pressure in the shower was amazingly powerful. Like another reviewer I appreciated the electric kettle and green tea. (If you want coffee but want to avoid Starbucks there is a Joe's in Grand Central or Aroma Cafe on 42nd.)
The hotel is in a residential area but easily accessible to Grand Central and the Empire State Building on foot; a short subway ride puts you at Union Square or SoHo. There's many great restaurants nearby, including Wolfgang's for steak, Artisanal for a bistro with a huge cheese selection, and Saravanaas in Curry Hill for amazing south Indian vegetarian (81 Lex at 26th - don't go to the imitators).
I didn't interact with the staff too much, the but desk agents and bellman were friendly and welcoming.
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