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New York is a fantastic city to visit for any reason or no reason (and this time we had a reason as you will see). The Eventi, because of its location, makes a good base of operations. Thing is, after having been to the Eventi many times, the place still feels corporate and soulless and the property seems to have no recollection or any memory at all of NPS stays. Not sure why.

This time, NPS was doing the complicated free night reward thing. The Kimpton twitter fairies did a formidable job shaking loose a free night at the Eventi and then did what they could to combine the reservations. Which meant we were able to stay in the same room for our two days running. That was good. The no maid service until explicitly requested in the afternoon? Not so good. The Eventi front desk even turned off the keys requiring a trip downstairs. Service much? Nope. Strike one.

We were assigned 2217. This “city view” room is on the south side of the building and has views down 6th Avenue. You can see both the Empire State Building and Freedom tower from the room. The view is very nice.

The Empire State Building in purple for NYU Graduation

We arrived late at night after one of the worst United Express flights ever. It never ceases to amaze NPS just how bad United can be when it is bad. Commute air should not be flying props in 2017. Sorry. Just no reason.

Having an amenity in the room with a personalized note and two tiny bottles of sparkling water was nice. Later on night two we had to order up our own water for $26. Inner circle people don’t like that nonsense. Strike two.

Greetings

Dual view, South and East.

New York is always pretty at night.

2217 is all one bed dominated room

The bathroom is nice but not too fancy as far as the Eventi goes. The room category NPS usually stays in has better showers.

Shower 2217

Up early, we headed to Yankee Stadium for NYU graduation.

Cum laude!

NY was exceptionally hot as was the stadium!

After our sweltering morning in the direct sun, we changed scenery by chartering a 41 foot sailboat and sailing in NY harbor and up the Hudson. Awesome!

No fun was had (at all)

Dinner at Il Buco was fantastic as always.

Day two featured a great brunch at Cafe Orlin.

The plan was to switch hotels after brunch and before the second graduation ceremony. Sadly, the drunk driving incident at Times Square had traffic snarled by the Muse. We hopped the subway uptown.

NPS is very sorry to say that the staff at the Eventi was entirely unhelpful in arranging to get our bags taken to the Muse (during a 7 hour window). We were forced to come back at 9:25pm and pick them up after dinner. Good hotels do better than this. Minus twenty Eventi staff! Strike three. And you’re out at home plate.

We did manage to find one very helpful bellman who stashed our champagne in the employee fridge. Now that was creative and a huge help.

Radio City

So you see, the Eventi has this corporate bureaucratic approach that just grates and causes a constant barrage of swings and misses. The staff seems friendly enough, but impersonal. The lack of a creative, helpful solution to a pretty easy bag moving problem is telling.

The Eventi’s stylish open restaurant and lobby as well as its prime location almost makes up for the IHG (not very Kimpton) feel, but not quite. Three showerheads and a mandatory training program for the Eventi.

NYC and the Eventi

November 13, 2016

It’s New York City, where this building is.

Sadly our view from 1104 looks like this instead of like that.

Eventi 1104

Eventi 1104

We’re staying for several days here at the Eventi, and we were really hoping for an even better room (height and view-wise). Sadness.

1104 is a nice room category at least. We’re happy about that. It is kind of weird that this hotel seems to have no memory of which rooms it assigns. I know many other kimpton properties that do a better job with that (say, hotel marlowe in boston).

Without further ado, 1104.

Eventi 1104

Eventi 1104

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The fruit amenity was actually almost completely consumed! But still water?? Really? Seems to us here at NPS that the “infrastructure staff” is not quite as stellar as the “front desk/downstairs staff” here at the Eventi.

No cheese for you.

No cheese for you.

The bathroom is super fantastic with a great shower.

Eventi 1104 shower highly recommended

Eventi 1104 shower highly recommended

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Two meals at the restaurant/bar downstairs were particularly noteworthy. NPS is not a fan of hotel restaurants (even at Kimpton properties), but an exception can be made for the eventi.

Of note in NY this trip. Dinner at Il Buco (the old one). Dinner at Ramen-Ya. Lunch at Tac-N-Roll. A cocktail at Pegu. Drinks at Lantern’s Keep with Natasha and Natalie. Heisenberg the play.

HIghline tree

HIghline tree

The end of the line

The end of the line

Lantern's Keep cocktails

Lantern’s Keep cocktails

On the stage at Heisenberg

On the stage at Heisenberg

And the Whitney was outstanding as always.

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A very high four showerheads and an upgraded database to track rooms with for the Eventi.

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Eventi in the City: NY

March 11, 2016

The Eventi has done fantastic things to their lobby: new bar, open design, coffee shop, street level buzz. It is an important upgrade.

Karma-wise, though, NY is much less personal than the Palomar in DC. It’s the people who make all the difference. Everyone was friendly enough, but NY has so much throughput and staff turnover that nobody recognizes anybody. Oh well.

I was in 1515

1515 Eventi mini-suite

1515 Eventi mini-suite

The Eventi mini-suite design is compact, and spacious for NY, but pretty small by the rest of the world’s standards.

1515 sitting area

1515 sitting area

As always, it was nice to have a note and an amenity from Kimpton. Thanks you guys! The olives were particularly good at 1am after a visit to Lantern’s Keep for a 10:30 meeting.

The Roman Highball
2 oz cynar
.75 ginger syrup
.5 lime
1/2 egg white
shake vigorously. pour in highball and add seltzer

1515 bed pod with view of empire state building

1515 bed pod with view of empire state building

Blue today

Blue today

The shower design at the Eventi is particularly fantastic.

Awesome glass and marble palace of a shower

Awesome glass and marble palace of a shower

With a bench, because you NEED a bench in the shower

With a bench, because you NEED a bench in the shower

One of those never used tubs

One of those never used tubs

Dinner in tribeca at ROC was fantastic as usual and enhanced by the summer-like weather.

Five showerheads for the Eventi (highly recommended) but more wished for personal touch.

The Eventi: NYC

February 20, 2015

The corporation has ditched the apartment in NY. Which means we now have to stay at the Eventi or 70Park when we’re in NY. Life is so hard!

It’s cold this week. Less than ten cold.

NPS is situated in 2304 on the top floor with a clear view of the back side of NY. See how cold it is?

Frozen city.

Frozen city.

2304 Eventi sitting room

2304 Eventi sitting room

The comfortable bed in 2304 bedroom dominates

The comfortable bed in 2304 bedroom dominates

Of course, we’re here for the showers. The marble clad Eventi design is great.

Two headed marble shower complete with bench

Two headed marble shower complete with bench

After our late-ish arrival, a welcome package made its way up. Thanks Christopher. Sparkling water.

Reward for Kimptoning

Reward for Kimptoning

In other NYC news, we hit Quality Meats for a nice dinner spiced up with way too much Pappy 23. Ouch. Then Roc Restaurant in Tribeca (a family place where they know us now and we speak some Italian). Get the oxtail ravioli. The Brandy Library is a superior place for a relaxing nightcap.

This NY run was fantastic. Five showerheads for the Eventi.

Oh, and we flew Jet Blue up here in our quest to avoid United at all costs. Jet Blue was fine, but JFK is not all that convenient.

It was one of those days. Plenty of time to get to the airport, no real rush. But somehow my belt did not get the memo and I arrived in NY beltless—for a big meeting with lots of senior banking execs flown in from all over the world?! Horrors. (They were all wearing French cuffs and pocket squares.)

Kimpton attempted to bail me out when the massive belt oversight emergency was broadcast to the world over the @noplasticshower twitter feed (follow us here). [BTW, it turns out that @kimpton does a better job realtime monitoring twitter than @kimptoninnyc! Hmm. It also turns out that Kimpton emergency coordination better accomplished by central emergency services (in san fran maybe?) than by Kevin the concierge in NY.]

Thing is, there was no time to lose. So we uber’ed to two hotels and a mall on the way to the financial district. JC Penny belt it is!

About 20 minutes before my meeting downtown, a twitter DM arrived from @kimpton emergency services who, of course, had managed to pick me up a belt! It was waiting in my room when I got back after the meeting, dinner, general carousing, and shutting down a bar. Super amazing great, but just a smidge too tardy. Thanks anyway Eventi staff (and double thanks to @kimpton central emergency services)! You guys are the best.

Not only was there a belt, there was also a nice snack and some sparkling water. The water probably saved us from certain death by dehydration. Thanks Rebecca.

Thank you Kimpton for beltifying the emergency!  Super kind.

Thank you Kimpton for beltifying the emergency! Super kind.

Another great authentic Italian meal at Roc in Tribeca. It seemed like the after dinner grappa (moscato) was a good idea, but it completely dissolved our resolve to make an early night of it right there on the spot. And then the lemoncello.

So instead of heading in to harbor, we simply walked over to weather up for some delicious beverages and a bourbon lesson.

By that time we were on a roll and managed to uber on up Lantern’s Keep where I believe we stayed until they ran out of fernet branca. Oh woe is us. We did determine that barman bob is no longer working at Lantern’s Keep , and I am sure that we met the current barmen, but we pretty much don’t recall.

Thursday morning was blinding and way too early. But rally we did for another busy day at the office.

Bright.  Ouch.

Bright. Ouch.

BTW, our secret noplasticshowers spy contingency is with us this trip. That may explain why the bathroom is so messy and there is a yoga mat on the floor.

Glass shower in 2104

Glass shower in 2104

Two shower heads in the shower.  And plenty of water pressure.  Ahhh.

Two shower heads in the shower. And plenty of water pressure. Ahhh.

Who knew that there were yoga mats?!

Who knew that there were yoga mats?!

We strolled down the high line to NYU from midtown. The high line is beautiful in every season.

Thursday evening was capped with a relaxing visit to the Brandy Library.

Anyway, the eventi is feeling more homey in NY even though there is the apartment, and it is in NY! Must be the Kimpton vibe. Five showerheads and some much needed sleep.

By now loyal readers know that noplasticshowers has packed up the tent and is not flying anywhere in December, but the blog can live on through careful spycraft. That is, by sending proxies into the breach! Go proxy go.

Our first attempt at these shenanigans involves NY city and the Eventi hotel.

The Eventi is really close to Penn Station. That’s a major plus when you train into town on the Acela.

The Eventi somehow magically determines who our spy is (through the twitters) and greets her with fruit, cheese, sparkling water (!!) and a note. Plus two. Houston, our spy has been outed!

Uh oh, the spy welcomed by name with sparkling water.

Uh oh, the spy welcomed by name with sparkling water.

Room 815 is the king suite variety. But it is uncharacteristically messy.

Noplasticshowers does not mess up its table like this usually.

Noplasticshowers does not mess up its table like this usually.

Does the bathroom art appeal to our agent as much as it does to us? Why, yes, it does.

Bathroom art looks mighty familiar.

Bathroom art looks mighty familiar.

Unfortunately the spy thing is not working out. Here is a picture of our noplasticshowers secret agent outing herself! Don’t look now, it’s a mirror selfie.

Secret agent overtly covets the marble sinks.

Secret agent overtly covets the marble sinks.

Finally, and most importantly, the shower is certified non-plastic by our agent.

This shower is not plastic---at all.

This shower is not plastic—at all.

Five showerheads and a big thank you for not putting our secret agent in the gulag but rather treating her like a member of the Kimpton family. You guys rock.

Fortunately, our agent somehow avoided the wiles of oh so dapper barman bob at Lantern’s Keep this trip out. That was a close one!

Eventi, NY, NY

October 5, 2013

A very quick trip up to NY was once again hijacked by barman bob at Lantern’s Keep. Holy cow, bob is trying to kill me (and all of my friends)!

Because of bob, the amenity left by the crack staff at the Eventi came in particularly handy. Here’s what was left in the morning.

Sparkling water was a necessity.

Sparkling water was a necessity.

Some pictures of 1804 are in order.

Sitting area.

Sitting area.

Sleeping area.

Sleeping area.

Showering area

Showering area

No plastic anywhere, sparking water to drink, some cheese that seems to work just fine at 3am, super great front staff (a huge improvement from the growing pains days way back when), I must be at a Kimpton!

It was a typical starbucks kind of morning, though morning happened at noon.

Customer 42

Customer 42

Eventi NY

Eventi NY

Five showerheads for this abbreviated stay at the Eventi. Watch out for bob.

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.

Eventi NY, NY = non-event

September 15, 2010

The Kimpton chain has a new hotel in New York City called Eventi. The hotel is not quite finished being built—no bar yet, a half-constructed restaurant, and a severely undertrained staff. But somehow they have generated a bit of buzz?! Kimpton’s marketing machine is outstripping their actual operational performance. That’s a bad sign for a growing chain.

I decided to try Eventi to see if I could avoid the Marriottization of 70Park. Nope.

My “executive suite” is over-named and under-sized. Here’s a shot of the non-bed room of the suite (which must me less than ten feet wide). Calling this room a suite is pushing it even by NY standards.

I was not pleased with the room, and the staff didn’t really care. In fact, it’s not clear that they are even paying attention to their Kimpton in-touch data at all. None of my preferences were acknowledged, for example…not even a morning paper.

There is good news about the Eventi on the shower front. My all marble bathroom was of higher quality than the “suite” and is sizable for NY. There’s a little cubicle for the toilet. It’s a mystery why a marble toilet cubicle gets a plastic toilet seat, but it does, and it’s a common enough phenomenon out there in hotel land.

The shower itself is very nice with two showerheads in its design (one a ceiling soaker), but not quite enough water pressure to work properly. Nevertheless, it’s a nice shower with a little bench and an open feeling.

As always it is difficult to capture the bathroom in bits with a camera.

In final analysis, the Eventi will not make my list of top hotels in its current state even if it is around the corner from the corporate apartment. Three showerheads and a non-event for this place.

The Muse was so great compared to the Eventi on this trip, it’s hard to know where to start. You may recall that the Eventi could not help moving our bags uptown, so we ended up doing it ourselves at 9:25pm. Shortly after fetching our bags we arrived at the Muse and were greeted by name by the staff who was waiting for us (and apparently even beginning to wonder what had become of us).

So incredibly personal, friendly, and warm! Special thanks to concierge Daniel Mitchell for putting our champagne on ice as we unpacked for our way too short visit to the Muse.

The room, whose number is lost in the sands of time, was great.

Welcome to the Muse!

Super great bathroom featuring an awesome glass shower with a built in bench.

Drive up service window.

Anyway, the Muse helped us finish our NY run in style. Five showerheads and a glass of bubbly for the Muse!

Koons street art in NY

Radio City

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