It's the Little Things
by Sue Apfelbaum, 02/06/2013
Photo: Kate Glicksberg
Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel
851 Sixth Ave., 212-564-4567, Chelsea, Manhattan
First impressions of the Eventi could easily be informed by its highly visible public spaces—the outdoor courtyard and 30-by-16-foot LED screen that streams artist videos and sports, perhaps, or the street-level arcade of eateries—but step inside and experience an elegance that's far more sophisticated than outward appearances would imply. Fun, yet understated design details abound—note the lobby's peek-a-boo painting behind the reception desk and the curiosity cabinet, which hotel designer Colum McCartan installed in collaboration with diorama-artist Lori Nix. Artwork by Barbara Nessim lends charm to each of this Kimpton hotel's 292 guest rooms and meeting spaces. Light—of the natural and artificial varieties—also plays a prominent role, with floor-to-ceiling windows in all rooms and more kinds of lighting fixtures than you could count. The fifth-floor Veranda deck provides a peaceful outdoor space where guests can enjoy daily wine receptions and views of the Freedom Tower.