Irony and the Eventi Hotel in NY

October 6, 2011

Admittedly, my first stay at the Eventi happened before the hotel had been debugged. It was just too new and not comfortable in its own skin. My stay that time was not up to par, and neither was the reaction to the constructive feedback I emailed in (that would be none…the reaction that is). I am happy to report that things are better now. It seems that GM Thomas Mathes has his ducks in a row and the Eventi is operating more like a proper Kimpton.

NY was full, 70Park was all booked up, my company had an client event 2 blocks away, and so I had to eat my words and come back to the Eventi even though I intended not to. I’m actually glad that I did.

Bad: the Acela down from Boston had no wifi. Good: the walk from Penn Station to the Eventi was only a block. Close enough to drag the suitcase.

The staff at the front desk was attentive and very friendly. I especially like the really tall elevator guy. And there a handwritten note in my room from Thomas welcoming me back with a bottle of wine, some fresh fruit, and sparkling (!) water. Very civilized.

I ditched my gear in room 2204 and headed the few blocks to the Iroquois Hotel where you can find Lantern’s Keep. Not a bad mixology joint, but really not quite attaining its own level of hype. Brandon was happy to experiment, but no Torani Amer on hand (and not much of a clue about bourbon when it comes right down to it)? I did not have a drink worth recording here which means that I’m still on the lookout for a bar to top the Raines Law Room in NY. (Please post suggestions if you have some.)

Though very similar to my first room at Eventi, room 2204 is slightly more spacious with a much better layout and a superior bathroom. I’m sadly resorting to pictures taken with my phone until I replace my camera. (Sorry.) Here is one of the all marble bathroom which includes a bathtub and a shower with complicated controls and multiple shower heads. Good stuff indeed!

A view down the hall from the entranceway.

These bits suck, but you get the idea. The extra room in this suite is not very big, but there is a door between the rooms.

In the end, the Eventi earns high marks and five showerheads for its outstanding bathroom design and personalized service. My compliments to the management team for making the Eventi hum.

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