IHG’s wellness brand dresses up this pocket of the Garment District, where some corners are a throwback to the city’s gritty past. Immaculate rooms, modern décor, and a state-of-the-art athletic studio give travelers good reasons to consider this sleek, if not Zen-like, EVEN hotel.
While the hotel isn’t on a charming brownstone-lined street, the location sure is convenient for getting around the city and coming and going. Walk to Penn Station (a major transit hub that offers subway service, Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Railroad), the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Times Square, the Javits Center [sic] and Madison Square Garden in less than 10 minutes.
Besides the 1, 2, 3, and A, C, E trains at Penn Station, EVEN Times Square South is minutes from the Herald Square Station, which has eight additional subway lines. For green space, the High Line is southwest of the hotel and Bryant Park is about a 15-minute stroll away. Shoppers can experience hours of retail therapy at the Macy’s and H&M flagship stores nearby.
Staying true to the brand, EVEN features a smart design with a multi-level reception space that has great flow and Zen-like qualities from the get-go. A sleek lobby with a curvilinear desk and a live plant wall are a preview of what’s to come. Natural materials, including wood, sand, and stone, contribute to the contemporary yet earthy theme. Colors are mostly neutral but patches of bold orange, magenta, green and turquoise perk up the palette. Pithy phrases such as ‘Stress, you are so outta here’ adorn surfaces in random places, keeping the mood light and laid-back.
The staff is friendly, down to earth and happy to honor special requests. Expect a state-of-the-art athletic studio, including Peloton bikes that live stream classes; bleacher seating to view sporting events on TV; a lounge meets game room with ping pong and foosball tables; as well as several nooks for relaxing or reading. Rather than stocking bottled water, the hotel keeps flavored waters on tap in the lobby, 24 hours a day.
A small business center makes printing boarding passes a snap, and complimentary copies of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and IBD Weekly are available. For a fee, parking is available across the street.
Rooms aren’t large but adequate in size. Layouts feature either king-sized or two doubles beds (by ultra-comfortable brand Beautyrest), which are dressed in eucalyptus fiber linens. Some of the taller rooms feel loft-like. Sky-blue ceilings, cork flooring, and color-changing lights are unexpected and unique design elements.
If you’d rather exercise in private, rooms come with a yoga mat, resistance bands, core exercise block, and guests can view training sessions through HDTV. Feel pampered in the bathroom with a rainfall showerhead and EO body products. Other in-room amenities include a mini-refrigerator, safe and a Keurig coffee maker.
While the menu at Cork & Kale is limited, it’s convenient and healthy for a quick bite, glass of wine or cocktail. Dinner consists mainly of appetizer-type dishes. Heading the line-up are chicken wings, a hummus plate, chips and guacamole, and a yummy cobb salad. If you’re craving heavier fare, head to nearby Koreatown, or stroll five or 10-minutes north to the Times Square area where food and beverage options are endless. Also in the neighborhood are Italian favorites Il Punto and Tavola, as well as several popular steakhouses.
Like the evening menu, breakfast is light and healthy. A hearty bowl of oatmeal, sausage and sun-dried tomato frittata, and egg sandwiches provide protein and carbs, whilst fresh orange juice, coffee and tea give an energy boost on an early morning. Cork & Kale also sells a selection of snacks to go.
Double rooms from $195 (£145) in low season; and from $391 (£290) in high. Breakfast not included, budget $20 to $25 (£15 to £18.50) per person. Free Wi-Fi.Yes. Rooms with two double beds would accommodate up to four people. Cots are available (one max per room).