The Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel

by Richard Brower

In the middle of Manhattan, there is a gorgeous, sophisticated building that celebrates art. It’s not one of the many museums you might be thinking of, it’s the Kimpton Hotel Eventi. Located on 6th Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets, just walking into the lobby envelops you in sophisticated art without the pretense. Just steps from Herald Square, Penn Station and Madison Square Park, you really are in the center of New York at the Eventi.

The lobby of the hotel is sophisticated and playful at the same time. A painting of the sky is mounted to the ceiling above the sitting area to encourage loungers to lay down as if they’re relaxing in a field on a warm summer’s day. Art peeks at you from behind curtains and doors, as if the Metropolitan Museum of Art decided to play hide and seek.

The staff at the Eventi are what you would expect from a Kimpton property, superb and friendly, making sure you feel like they’re your friends rather than service employees. Many larger hotel chains seem to bring staff that exemplify fake, forced friendliness. At the Eventi, people are genuine and it does feel as if you’re being welcomed into a lavish friend’s home. Again, the juxtaposition of sophistication and down-to-earth friendliness abounds.

The 292 rooms, including 53 suites, are exquisite; and if you’re lucky enough to have one facing East, chances are you’ll catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building, which is located a few blocks away. The design is post-modern minimalist, while being comforting and “homey” as well. I must admit, getting up in the morning for meetings is quite a challenge when you’ve spent a night in the extremely decadent beds.
Bar Basque is the hotel’s restaurant and club. There is a retractable all-glass wall and roof that transforms the space for outdoor dining during nice weather. The venue looks out upon the public plaza and Big Screen – a 35 foot high LED screen that showcases visual art, movies and sport events. The food and drinks at this hot spot are incredible and the décor seems out of this world. It simply is a must for any New York visitor.

From the moment you walk into the hotel’s lobby throughout your entire stay, you will sense the juxtaposition between the sophisticated and down-to-earth. The cosmopolitan, artistic feel will consume you and make you feel like you stumbled upon something truly special. During the daily wine hour on their spectacular Midtown terrace, you can mingle, make friends and share in this one of a kind experience. There are countless hotels in New York, but none deliver these experiences like the Eventi.

Special Note:  the Eventi is the site of our upcoming LGBT Marketing Conference on April 27, 2012



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