Hotels in New York City are a dime a dozen - there are currently 191 hotels in Manhattan alone. So, when a new hotel opens in the city, the secret to its success is to make sure it stands out from the rest.
Such is the case with Kimpton's Ink48, which opened in September 2009 and is located on the corner of 48th St. and 11th Ave. Overlooking the Hudson River, Ink48 is situated in an old printing house, a history that is not lost on the new digs. The hotel combines an ultra-modern design with their printing house history to create a environment where guests are encouraged to "make their mark". Meeting rooms are named after fonts (Helvetica, Courier, Garamond), the top-of-the-line restaurant is called PRINT, and the breathtaking rooftop terrace is cleverly called the Press Lounge.
Although the print theme runs throughout the hotel, its effect is simple and subtle -- the interior design, on the other hand, is the hotel's shining point. Designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell, Ink48 is unique, rich and comfortably modern in its style. Guest suites either overlook the Hudson River or the city skyline, and have high ceilings meant to emulate a New York City loft. The hotel's penthouse suite is a 1,100 sq. ft. wonder, complete with a massive terrace and an outdoor deep soaking Jacuzzi.
With a prime location in New York's Hell's Kitchen area, the hotel has a variety of amazing restaurants and nightlife within steps of the front doors -- if you're not sure what you're in the mood for, visit Restaurant Row a few blocks away to peruse the choices. And if you feel like staying local, head up to the rooftop Press Lounge for some late night drinks -- with modern vinyl wicker furniture outside and sleek Barcelona chairs inside, the terrace offers the most stylish outdoor environment in the city.