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The Eventi Hotel in NYC


The Eventi Hotel in NYC

Eventi's dramatic reception area, with its red velvet curtain and peek-a-boo mural, suggest New York's Theater District.

© Kimpton Hotels.

Eventi in a Nutshell:

One of the city's new breed of design hotels, Eventi opened in June 2010 on Sixth Avenue (only out-of-towners refer to the street as Avenue of the Americas). Its public spaces seem designed to turn strangers into friends; there's mingling in its FoodParc, BeerParc, outdoor plaza, guests-only veranda, and beside Bar Basque's do-it-yourself wine dispenser. As appealing to business travelers as vacationers, Eventi features several popular elements of its parent company, Kimpton Hotels. The daily wine hour from 5 to 6 pm, the pet-friendliness, and the element of cool are all here. Perhaps you should be as well.

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Accommodations at Eventi:

Eventi's modern, sophisticated style trumps Kimpton's signature funhouse decor. Guest rooms start on the 6th floor, go up to the 23rd, and have floor-to-ceiling windows. Whether facing east or west, they overlook an urban tableau of gritty buildings that evokes the opening credits of a film noir. Premiere suites have separate bed and living rooms. King rooms measure 300 square feet, with ceilings that stretch to 9.5 feet. Units are well-designed for work and play (wi-fi is free to guests who join Kimpton InTouch, also free). We like the eco-sensitive design, Frette linens, and marble bathrooms with Etro toiletries.

Dining at Eventi:

There are two Eventi eateries: FoodParc is an urban, high-tech (order via touchscreen) version of a suburban mall food court with four food stands. Once patrons gather their grub, they can eat indoors or out. New York Magazine described Bar Basque as looking "like some recently refurbished, postmillennial version of an old Tunnel of Love amusement-park ride" but gave props to chef Yuhi Fujinaga for delivering a "tightly focused and surprisingly well executed" menu, adding, "The only problem is the boom-era prices." If neither place suits your taste or budget, you've got 24,000 other NYC restaurants to sample.

Destination Weddings at Eventi:

Eventi's light-filled Ventana ballroom is a flexible space that can hold more than 400 guests. It can also be divided into smaller spaces. Should you need a more intimate room, there are 16 to choose from, including ones with outdoor terraces. The unique thing about the grand ballroom is that it overlooks the big screen project, a huge outdoor screen that plays a mix of video art and cable TV. Couples who make a wedding video can have it projected onscreen, with sound piped into the ballroom. Wedding catering is done through China Grill Management, which offers a broader menu selection than the on-site eateries.

Romance at Eventi:

Eventi maintains a clubby, guests-only outdoor veranda on its fifth floor where you can have drinks and food delivered via room service. Couples considering a honeymoon or romantic getaway can opt for a package such as "I Swing for Love," which includes accommodations, a two-hour class for two at The Trapeze School on West 30th Street between 10th and 11th avenues, a T-shirt, and dinner for two at Bar Basque. Note: Eventi is LGBT-friendly. New York state voted in favor of marriage equality, and same-sex couples who want to marry and honeymoon at Eventi will be welcomed.

Activities at Eventi:

An urban hotel, Eventi contains a three-treatment-room spa and 24-hour fitness center with Precor equipment. There is no pool. So the hotel basically cossets couples in comfort until they emerge to explore Manhattan together. Transport to the city's popular spots via subway, bus, and taxi is readily available. Have wedding cash burning a hole in your pockets? Eventi is four blocks from Macy's Herald Square, the brand's flagship and the world's largest department store. The Empire State Building, where you can observe the city from its 86th floor, is a few blocks beyond. It's a memorable spot for a kiss or a proposal.

Nearby Eventi:

Don't expect to find New York sizzle in the immediate area. On a walk you'll pass pizza joints and small stores that sell cheap wholesale imports before you reach something interesting. To the east is Koreatown, praised by foodies and known for affordable fare. At Madison Square Garden, four blocks away, you may score tickets for anything from a major concert to a sporting event. (NB: Buy from the box office only; scalpers often hawk counterfeit tickets.) Or head west toward the river to experience the High Line, New York's unique elevated urban park. En route you'll pass downtown art galleries.

Drawbacks at Eventi:

Some couples may consider Eventi's location less than desirable. It's not in a particularly bad or unsafe area; it's simply undistinguished. We also weren't enamored with Eventi's dining options. FoodParc, with its noise, crowds, and go-get-it-yourself system is hardly romantic. Nonetheless, casual couples may like FoodParc and its spirited companion, BeerParc, "a seasonal selection of brews and bites" on the large outdoor plaza. One other cavil: Bar Basque's futuristic design doesn't compensate for inadequate ventilation; we visited when the restaurant was closed and the aroma of last night's dinner still lingered.

Is Eventi Right for You?:

If innovative contemporary style, luxury touches, and views from up high are requirements, Eventi can meet your needs. The median age of visitors is around 35. Art lovers will appreciate Eventi's collection of original, sensual, textured work by the highly respected artist Barbara Nessim; it enhances public spaces and guest rooms. Video art, an overhead photo mural of Central Park in the lobby as well as a curiosity cabinet with a Narnia mural, and whimsical effects elsewhere in the hotel, including a glass cabinet filled with illuminated lampshades (but no lamps!), express Eventi's fresh, creative character.

Eventi Info and Reservations:

851 Avenue of the Americas (aka Sixth Avenue) between 29th and 30th streets
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-564-4567
Official Hotel Web Site

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