I spent a night at the brand-new Kixby Hotel in Herald Square — here are the key differences between room types to consider before booking

 

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  • The boutique
    Kixby Hotel
    is one of the newest additions to Herald Square in
    Midtown Manhattan and recently opened its doors in a historic
    building that dates back to 1901.
  • The hotel’s rooms and public spaces underwent an
    impressive redesign, meant to evoke a members-only club feel, using
    rich colors and textures. Rooms are quiet and calming, and the
    hotel’s bar has an excellent drink program headed up by industry
    pro.
  • I stayed in a Lux King room with 10-foot ceilings,
    which starts at $295 per night. Standard Classic room start as low
    as $140. Both offer value considering the newer rooms and central
    location, and differ based on size and style.
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There’s something about New York’s soul that thankfully refuses
to disappear in historic buildings, even after the most
comprehensive facelift to facades and interiors.

This felt especially true as I walked into the newly-unveiled

Kixby Hotel
, located just off of Herald Square, a buzzing
transit hub and former industrial playground for publishers and
printing houses. The hotel has a long reputation for hospitality,
and was originally home to the Collingwood, a widely regarded
luxury hotel, before morphing into a few other hotel iterations
over the years.

I spent the night in a Lux room, which was comped for review but
starts at $295 (though I’ve seen cheaper deals online for as low as
$235 in slower periods and midweek travel). It’s the elevated
offering above a standard Classic room, which is priced between
$140 and $200 nightly.

Both are comfortable and clean but come with a few key
differences. The Lux is newly renovated and best-suited to those
who prefer a design-forward aesthetic and have the budget to pay
for it. The Classic, however, is a great deal considering it’s
actually larger than most Lux rooms, but has less impressive design
and feels a touch dated in comparison.

The hotel also impressed me with its buzzy bar Lot 15, and the
adjoining restaurant, Black Tap, which is an NYC cult favorite for
their over-the-top milkshakes and burgers. Between the two, I found
little reason to leave the property during my stay, and wouldn’t
hesitate to recommend the property to staycationers, business
travelers, or visitors in search of unique boutique lodging with a
historic Midtown address.

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The lobby at
Kixby
is striking. I was surrounded by modern decor, trendy
velvet, and shiny accents, but that air of classic New York City
remained with exposed marble staircases and black lacquered
railings that were reminiscent of a pre-war New York apartment
building.

The hotel’s spaces, especially the bar Lot 15, were designed
with the spirit of “Mr. Kixby” in mind, a fantastical
interpretation of a real-life character, Kexby, an Englishman who
took up residence at the Collingwood and served as a bartender in
the early 1900s. He’s remembered for his reputation as an artist,
storyteller, and sartorialist who was audacious in his craft.

Hotel rooms are divided into two classifications: Lux and
Classic. Lux rooms are newly renovated while Classic rooms are a
bit more traditional, and last updated about six years ago. I was
able to view both and found each to be well-appointed with many of
the same amenities such as Keurig machines, rainfall showerheads,
and flat-screen TVs.

Though, there is a major difference between the beds. Lux
mattresses are Serta Plush Platinum Suite with Matouk linens, while
Classic rooms have non-name brand pillow-top mattresses. The former
caters more to a design-minded traveler, while the latter offers a
more approachable stay for families and guests that prefer value
over aesthetic.

I stayed in a Lux King, which felt like a stark but welcome
contrast to its busy urban surroundings. It was light and airy
though was relatively small at approximately 160 square feet.
Thankfully, it did not feel cramped due to soaring 10-foot
ceilings. 

Despite the Lux being the upgraded offering, the cheaper Classic
room is actually more spacious, clocking in at 230 square feet. As
such, the Classic offers tremendous value given the added space and
lower price tag.

The bed was comfortable, save for the pillows, which were all
too thick and hindered my sleep. If you’re particular about
pillows, I recommend calling the front desk to request one that
suits your tastes. I found out after the fact that the front desk
accommodates pillow requests. Otherwise, the room was quiet with no
noise from the halls or, surprisingly, outside.

I found the bathroom to be less spacious respective to the rest
of the room, but the rainfall showerhead and Malin + Goetz
toiletries made up for it. 

The view from my room was less than spectacular and revealed
mostly brick buildings, and my minibar was very limited in terms of
offerings.

The hotel’s bar Lot 15 is led by an industry veteran, serving
excellent drinks and solid bar bites.

Black Tap, a popular burger spot flanks the lobby, offering
burgers and Americana fare, though most people come here for the
out-of-this-world milkshakes that beg a spot on your Instagram.

There’s also a small but well-appointed fitness center featuring
Peloton machines alongside yoga mats and free weights. It’s a tight
space but has everything you need for a quick workout.

If you’re visiting in warmer months, try the aptly-named rooftop
bar, The Lookup. It’s a gem in Herald Square with some of the most
breathtaking views of the Empire State Building in the entire
city.


Kixby
is well-placed on the west side of Midtown Manhattan,
close to the Empire State Building, Herald Square, Madison Square
Garden, and the Macy’s flagship store. It’s also close to Penn
Station, for easy transit options both in and out of the city.

If you’re not dining or drinking on property, check out Gelo
Honrade’s fantastic drink menu at Osamil, a widely beloved Korean
bar and restaurant on 31st Street, or Lost Hours, a hidden cocktail
den with great cocktails and bites.

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On
Trip Advisor
,
Kixby
is ranked 112 out of 508 hotels, which isn’t bad for a
newly opened hotel. In fact, it’s pretty impressive. On
Booking.com
, the hotel has a general score of 8.4 and a very
high location rating of 9.5 out of 10.

Many reviewers who previously stayed in Lux accommodations
praise the room, as well as the hotel’s extremely convenient
location.

Most negative feedback relates to issues during a previous
construction period with problems related to air conditioning,
water, and cleanliness. Some cited poor interactions with staff,
however, I never experienced that myself.

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reviews, compare prices, and book Kixby on Trip Advisor

Who stays here: A younger set, split between
business travelers and savvy tourists, mainly from Europe, who book
for the hyper-central location, boutique style, and on-site food
and beverage scene.

We like: The thoughtful design of the common
spaces and the newly-updated Lux guest rooms.

We love (don’t miss this feature!): The
cocktail offerings at Lot 15 which are available year-round, as
well as The Lookup rooftop bar. Both are run by impressive female
leaders.

We think you should know: Black Tap is cool,
but can be noisy with loud music, even at breakfast. Also,
Kixby
is not a pet-friendly hotel, though they do allow service
animals.

We’d do this differently next time: I would
request a more comfortable pillow. I, unfortunately, woke up with
an achy neck and shoulders, but of course, pillow preferences are
personal.


Kixby
 is a place to experience prime New York City action from
a central base, in a landmark building that pays homage to its
character and history.

Accommodations are boutique and rooms tend to be small,
especially in upgraded rooms. Visitors who want elevated, newer
rooms with premium mattresses should choose Lux rooms, but will pay
more for less space. Classic rooms have a slightly older, more
traditional design, but are cheaper and boast significantly more
square footage.

Either choice promises to be convenient in terms of location,
with thoughtfully-curated spaces, and great dining and drinking
on-site.

Book
a room at Kixby Hotel, starting at $140 per night

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I spent a night at the brand-new Kixby Hotel in Herald Square — here are the key differences between room types to consider before booking