The Kimberly Hotel
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The Kimberly is in a good location, just off Lexington on 50th St. It was ideal when we stayed there for our purposes: close to the office building and conference hotels we needed. It is also far enough away from Times Square to keep the streets out front from being too crowded. Restaurants and bars are easy to find, particularly on 2nd Avenue.
The best part of the Kimberly is the rooms are all suites, but the cost is closer to a standard hotel room. We had a large living room, with desk, sofa, and wing chair, plus a small round eating table with four chairs. The bedroom was not large (this is New York), but we had a king-size bed, end tables, chest of drawers, and a bench. There is plenty of storage space, with three closets and more drawers in the dressing area.
The "kitchen" however was woefully under-equipped. While we had a small refrigerator and microwave, the only dish-ware consisted of coffee mugs, drinking classes, and teaspoons. No plates, no bowls. I did not expect a full kitchen, but I did expect more serving possibilities.
The service was generally very good. When we checked in, three people were helping one other person, and no one acknowledged us for a while. Then they seemed to be surprised that we hadn't been helped. In fact, one woman asked me, "Have you been helped?" I said, "No," and she said, "Oh!" then picked up the phone. She stood with her back to me briefly. However, this was a minor incidence, and we were happy with the service after that.
Would I stay there again? Certainly, if the price is right and I can't find anything better. It was very good value for the money in New York. My husband used to stay at the Kimberly, when his firm's offices were close-by, but it was never his first-choice hotel. I think I feel the same way. Good, but I'm sure I can find Excellent.
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We stayed at the Kimberly onver the Christmas holidays because our regular New York Hotel, The Beacon at 75th and Broadway, was already booked.The Kimberly is in a great place, just two blocked down from Park Avenue and the Waldorf Astoria. It's located in the best part of east midtown. It's within walking distance of Rockafeller Center, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Times Square. Central Park is just 9 blocks away.The block has alot of great hotels. The San Carlos, the Benjamin, and East 50 and are in the same block -- and all owned by the same hotel group.
My wife and I stayed at the Kimberly for 3 nights over the Labor Day Weekend. The room was more than satisfactory- well appointed, clean, and comfortable. Our only complaint was the sleeper/sofa which looked okay but was uncomfortable to sit on. The kitchenette was very nice and everything worked. The hotel didn't seem very busy and we never really had to wait for an elevator. We paid 167$ a night which, for New York, is good for a one bedroom suite that isn't a dump. Additionally, the location is excellent- a block from the subway and within walking distance of most midtown attractions and the theater district. We would stay here again, definately.
I stayed at the Kimberly with my daughter last summer -- I selected it for the convenience of having separate sleeping areas. Plus the price for the suite was very good, especially when compared to what other nice hotels charge for one (usually cramped) room. I took the bedroom, and my daughter took the fold-out sofa, and we were both comfortable.
Excellent Value in the Heart of it All!
We stayed at the Kimberly for a week this August. My husband and I shared a suite with our 2 children ages 8 & 15. Everything was great.
Spacious, clean and in a very good area; close to everything! All of the staff was very helpful. I would definetely stay there again!
We stayed here in April of 2003. There were three of us and we had a suite. The only good things I say about this hotel is the rooms are large and the staff is nice. The condition of the room we had however was very poor. Almost everything in the room was worn; there was a hole in the couch, the coffee table in the living room was broken, there were stains on the rug, the doors on TV armoire in the living room didn't stay open, the TV in the bedroom made a buzzing noise and the rooms just felt dirty. You can not sleep on the sleep sofa bed, we ended up leaving it closed and the person just sleep on the couch, it was more comfortable that way. The beds aren't really comfortable either. It also takes forever to get an elevator, there are only two. Also, you can here noise from the club downstairs. I called the hotel and specifically asked about that after reading other reviews on this site. I was told that the suites were high enough up that it would not be a problem. They were wrong. We were on the 'quiet' side and on the 15th floor, I could still here the music from the club. I would not stay there again.
Not that great
I wouldn't go back. The rooms were tacky- horrible decorations and I found the staff at Olicia and some in the hotel very snobby.
Excellent hotel with good service
Four of us stayed three nights at the Kimberly Hotel. The location is near the Waldorf-Astoria. We had two double beds, large living room with pull out sofa and full kitchen with dishwasher. We ate breakfast in every day and one dinner. The hotel has a complimentary three hour cruise with lunch that was wonderful. Our sofa bed was lumpy and if we had said something the hotel would have supplied a roll-a-way. I would highly recommend the Kimberly.
Better than expected
The hotel was definitely better than expected. It was more like a little apartment away from home than a hotel. If you're looking for a space and privacy, this is the hotel for you. Everyone from the doormen, the concierge, the front desk staff, and to the cleaning staff were very helpful and friendly. The only exception was the room serivce - it wasn't worth the money.
Very nice very small bathrooms
we liked the kimerly very much, the people that work there are extremely nice as are the rooms. we paid 219 for a suite with a nice size living room, small kitchen, med size bedroom and an extremely tiny bathroom. would stay again, at the price it is well worth it.. the location is fantastic the only drawback being the tiny bathroom.. otherwise a nice place to stay.
The Kimberly is terrific!
The Kimberly is a small, personal hotel with nearly all suites--quite roomy at 600+ sq. ft.!--and great rates. The neighborhood (E 50th) is convenient and loaded with choices. The staff is personal and helpful and there's a business center and free access to a nearby health club. We've stayed there twice and are grateful for this affordable, well-equipped oasis of comfort.