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We try IHG’s new EVEN ‘wellness’ hotel brand in New York – is it worth a visit? (Part 2)

This is Part Two of our review of IHG’s new EVEN ‘wellness’ hotel brand, specifically the EVEN New York – Midtown East

Part One which looks at the room and its slightly OTT range of fitness equipment is here. Part Two below focuses on the dining, drinking and well-being elements of the hotel.

The EVEN New York Midtown East bar

Behind reception was an area with a bar and the very informal restaurant area, called Cork and Kale.

EVEN Hotel New York Midtown East review

There was also an outdoor terrace with plenty of seating, although it sadly lacks any kind of interesting view.

EVEN Hotel New York Midtown East review

Breakfast

As I had booked on points, breakfast was not included in the cost of my room.  If you book a room with breakfast the IHG website states that you will receive ‘full breakfast’.  As there is no buffet here and all items are cooked to order from a menu, it is not clear what ‘full breakfast’ entails.

EVEN Hotel New York Midtown East review

Options included egg and bacon brioche rolls, quinoa and spinach breakfast hash and egg white and avocado wrap. I went for the egg and turkey sausage sandwich ($12) which I enjoyed. Classic breakfast items such as porridge, yoghurt, croissants and bagels are also available.

EVEN Hotel New York Midtown East review

There was a good selection of teas and coffee which you can make yourself.

EVEN Hotel New York Midtown East review

There was also a freshly squeezed orange juice maker, which I can never resist, as well as various other cold drinks in the fridge next door.

EVEN Hotel New York Midtown East review

The restaurant also had a small evening menu comprising of the usual US dishes but with a healthy angle. There are vegetarian and gluten free options, too. However, I could not find a reason to eat there at night when there was so much choice around the city.

The gym

As you might expect from a hotel that prides itself in ensuring you are able to stay active, EVEN New York Midtown East has a large 24 hour fitness centre with three or four of each kind of training machines.

EVEN Hotel New York Midtown East review

There was also a table tennis table in the fitness centre which you don’t see very often.

EVEN Hotel New York Midtown East review

Conclusion

The EVEN Hotel New York – Midtown East was a very enjoyable place to stay.  It is situated in a convenient and safe part of the city. The hotel is relatively new and has modern, clean and good sized rooms with very comfortable beds.

Whilst I didn’t make any use out of the in room fitness equipment, I’m sure there are plenty of people that would appreciate the effort made to ensure you can continue with your exercise regime whilst away. For me, this was a bit of a gimmicky element but IHG should be applauded for trying something different. It was all done in a reasonably subtle way and certainly didn’t detract from my enjoyment of staying there.

The public areas are described as ‘natural, relaxing spaces’ on the IHG website. I would say they were pleasant enough but I didn’t feel the need to spend longer than necessary in them.

Price-wise this hotel sits somewhere in the middle compared to its competitors with room rates varying from $150 to $350 plus taxes depending on the day and time of year. Using IHG Rewards Club points will cost you 45,000 points per night throughout the year, which is at the lower redemption end for Manhattan IHG properties. During peak times this would be good value as you would be achieving over 0.5 pence per point at current exchange rates.  On cheaper nights cash is the better option.

Either way, considering such the value I received for the standard of hotel, I would be happy to stay there again.

You can find out more about EVEN Hotel New York – Midtown East on the IHG website here.

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Comments

  1. Oliver E says:

    I stayed here for thanksgiving last year on points & got an upgrade. It was a very nice hotel I have still kept the water bottle and the staff seemed to be fantastic. I would 100% stay again

  2. William PH says:

    We stayed at the Seattle Even last weekend. It’s only been open for a couple of weeks, and reception thought we were the first people in our room. Car park was almost empty (self park, no valet), and no crowds around. I used the impressive gym, and my wife used the yoga mat and appropriate TV channel to work out in the room. We had the super healthy breakfasts both days. Breakfast coffee was excellent. Staff were still finding their feet – took them some time to work out when Sunday breakfast would start, but they were very helpful and positive. Very friendly.

    The location was good for us – close to South Lake Union ( we could see the seaplanes taking off from the lake) and easy to get to the centre of town on the shuttle/tram.

    I didn’t like the shampoo/bath gel – four dispensers on the wall rather than bottles , but overall liked the concept. Fresh, modern. Definitely not a luxury hotel, but a step up from a HI Express. About the level of an Indigo but going down the health route.And I have a nice new water bottle.

    Would be happy to use one again, but not sure how big the market will be for the concept.

    • mark2 says:

      Glad to hear that you had excellent coffee in Seattle; we found that most places served Starbucks coffee. The only decent coffee that I had in Seattle was in a French bakery, ironically a few doors from the first Starbucks shop – now a museum.

  3. george says:

    this is an excellent review

  4. I’ve got 6 nights booked at the Times Square South Even Hotel in November. I’m hoping that’s as good as this one.

    I found it cheaper to buy points with the 80% free offer than to pay the cash rate!

  5. I like this idea but I’m not entirely sold on the delivery. Business travel has repeatedly interrupted my exercise routine in the past, which is very detrimental given how hard I find getting back into my routine. For this reason I now insist on hotels with at least some kind of gym facility if I am away more than one night. A larger, better equipped gym is a good thing.

    But I do agree the in-room items seem gimmicky, especially given the lack of space to properly use them. I think this effort and money might be better spent on the main gym or additional communal items. For me a small weights rack in the room would be lovely, as I need both weights and a bed for my physio routine, but I admit this is probably not a requirement for many people. Perhaps having a wider variety of equipment people can take (or request be delivered) to their room might be more practical.

    The healthier food options also sound like a real plus. I typically use business travel as an excuse to break my diet (full English breakfasts and Burger King lunches – a big shift from a diet consisting largely of fat free Greek yoghurt!), so having some unusual yet healthy alternatives would be very welcome.

    I would consider an EVEN, and would love to see them build on the concept.

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