The hotel's history actually dates from the 19th century when it was owned by the Rockefellers and known as the Murray Hill Hotel. In 1973, the property was purchased by the Kitano Group and opened as the Hotel Kitano, the first Japanese owned hotel in New York City. A welcome gesture was made by Mayor Lindsay by presenting the “key to the city” to the hotel.
Mr. Kitano was instrumental in planning the reconstruction of the hotel and in developing the unique concepts of hospitality which have positioned The Kitano New York on the cutting edge of the city's hospitality industry. Its commitment to excellence, singular services and rare blend of the traditional East and modern West, make The Kitano New York the choice of the most distinguished traveler.
Within walking distance of Grand Central Station, Broadway theatres, The Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue shops and The United Nations. LaGuardia Int'l Airport: 8 mi/12.5 km, 30 minutes. JFK Int'l Airport: 16 mi/26 km, 45 minutes.
Room Description: 149 guestrooms including 18 suites, each highly appointed with 2 dual-line speaker phones with data port, high-speed and Wi-Fi, private safe, minibar, Japanese green tea, towel warmer, bathrobe, slippers, Gilchrist & Soames bath products, umbrella, daily newspaper and sound-proofed windows.
Leisure: Sightseeing and tours can be arranged by the concierge for all the popular New York City attractions. For sports enthusiasts, the vast New York Sports Club is located 3 blocks from the hotel and offers all of the latest athletic facilities complimentary to hotel guests.
Leisure Travel Services and Amenities
Concierge on-site 7:00am to 11:00pm daily for show tickets, tour & dining reservations
Babysitting service thru Concierge
17-hour room service (6 A.M. to 11 P.M.)
Complimentary passes to New York Sports Club (offsite)
CD Player/Clock/Radio (MP3 player connectible)
Languages spoken by staff
Japanese / English / German / French / Spanish
Hakubai Japanese Restaurant
Hakubai serves traditional Japanese favorites at lunch and dinner. The distinctive Kaiseki cuisine is noted for exquisite presentation as well as its delicate taste. Seats include 44 dining seats, 5 counter seats, and 3 private tatami rooms that consist of 16 seats, 6 seats, and 4 seats. Hakubai is open seven days a week for lunch (11:45 am to 2:30 pm) and dinner (6:00 pm to 10:00 pm).
THE GARDEN CAFÉ
The Garden Café accommodates 45 guests for lunch and dinner or 50 guests for cocktail receptions. Light modern setting offering International menu that features contemporary continental cuisine. The café is open seven days a week for breakfast (7:00 am to 11:30 am on Mon-Fri, 7:00 am to 11:00 am on Sat, Sun, Holiday), brunch (11:00 am to 2:30 pm on Sat & Sun), lunch (11:30 am to 2:30 pm), midday menu (2:30 pm to 5:00 pm) and dinner (5:30 pm to 10:00 pm). Available as well for private and semi-private functions. The Garden Café's main entrance is at 40 E. 38th Street.
The Bar Lounge, on the mezzanine overlooking the Lobby and Park Avenue, offers New York's most sophisticated cocktail hour. The bar lounge seats 35. Guests can enjoy a selection of canapés, accompanied by libations that include rare malt whiskeys as well as the finest Champagne and Sake. Fine menu selections are available from The Garden Cafe and Hakubai Restaurant. Live Jazz at the bar lounge is held every Wednesday through Saturday. The Bar Lounge is open seven days a week from 5:00pm to midnight.
*PLEASE NOTE: Extra beds fee is $40.00 per night. Rollaway beds may only be placed in Premier rooms or Suites.