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Quiet, relaxing, 205-room hotel with a free daily wine hour that attracts mostly business travelers.
70 Park Avenue may be a subdued, business-friendly hotel four blocks from Grand Central Station, but it's far from boring: It's also part of of the Kimpton boutique hotel chain, and delivers on all of the brand's boutique hotel hallmarks. There are free nightly wine hours in the glam lobby; pets are welcome (note the food and water bowls tucked into a lobby corner); and free morning coffee and tea are served. It's these little extras that help transform what could have been a standard business hotel into a homey boutique well-suited for both business and leisure guests.
The major renovation completed in 2011 also contributed to this transformation. The previous decor didn't quite live up to Kimpton standards, but now rooms are bold, sultry and sophisticated. The lobby and the "living room" (the section of the lobby with plush seating and a fireplace) also got a stylish makeover.
In addition to the standard towel-reuse programs and energy-efficient light bulbs, 70 Park Avenue makes considerable green efforts, including the use of safe cleaning products and recycling programs.
70 Park is one of the very few New York hotels to actually participate in green programs. For starters, the hotel does not use ammonia or bleach-based cleaning products, and promises that all cleaning agents are nontoxic and environmentally safe. All materials are made from 100 percent recycled paper and soy-based inks, and it makes an effort to recycle about 60 percent of its waste.
Quiet section of Park Avenue with close proximity to midtown offices.
70 Park Avenue obviously sits right on Park Avenue, just south of Grand Central Station, on the corner of Park and 38th Street. The doormen can hail cabs quickly and easily on this well-traveled street. Park Avenue is safe and, in this part of town, pretty quiet. It is New York, though, so don't be surprised to hear the random siren at night.
There are numerous restaurants nearby, especially on Madison Avenue (one block west). Curry Hill, the nickname for a small subsection of Murray Hill, is a three-block stretch of -- you guessed it -- Indian restaurants and shops.
30 to 90 minutes from three airports.
New York City has three nearby airports: JFK, La Guardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Getting into town from JFK or LaGuardia is usually more convenient than from Newark, but travel times are heavily dependent on the time of day and traffic conditions. From JFK, a taxi to anywhere in Manhattan costs a flat rate of $45 and takes around an hour in average conditions. From LaGuardia, a metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan costs about $40 and can take 30 minutes if traffic is light, three times that if it's bad. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 plus tolls and can take more than 90 minutes. It's customary to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.
Those looking to save some cash can use the privately run shuttle buses that are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. Public transit is also available for as little as $7 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairways.
For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.
Stylish, sultry rooms with iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and -- in many -- small but sleek bathrooms
Rooms have sultry contemporary decor with deep purple bed runners, metallic accent pillows, shiny silver lamps, and faux velvet wing chairs. There is also dark textured wallpaper that looks vaguely like wood.
Technology features include 42-inch flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. Bathrooms are sleek but small -- in some cases very small.
A fitness center, in-room spa services, and a nightly wine hour
Like at all Kimpton hotels, the 70 Park staff offers kids a welcome pack. The standard rooms are not especially large, but there are also connecting rooms available for families, as well as rooms with two double or queen-size beds. Rollaway beds are available upon request for a fee, but aren't guaranteed and do not fit in the Queen Deluxe Room or rooms with two double beds. Activities for families are limited nearby; most will require a subway ride from nearby Grand Central Station.
Pets under 40 pounds are welcome, and at no extra cost.
Pets get the royal treatment -- doggie manicures and pedicures, squeaky toys, robes, and a bed are all available. There are no extra fees for bringing a pet -- unlike at many hotels in New York, such as the W chain -- but owners are responsible for damage caused by their animal.
Popular tavern off the lobby
A relaxed, 205-room Kimpton hotel, 70 Park is located in Murray Hill, four blocks south of Grand Central Station and Midtown' East's corporate towers. Rooms have sultry contemporary decor -- think deep purple fabrics and silver metallic accents -- and free coffee and evening wine receptions are offered in the glam lobby. The hotel offers all the features expected from a Kimpton, including in-room spa services and a fitness center, while eco-friendly and handicap-friendly initiatives help make it a a comfortable, conscionable option.