Seibu Prince Hotels & Resorts, a hospitality company with a collection of hotels, resorts and other leisure facilities within Japan and across the world, has unveiled The Prince Kitano New York following a years-long renovation.
Formerly known as The Kitano Hotel New York, the refreshed property now sits within The Prince portfolio, the company’s flagship hotel brand. It is the company’s first in the continental U.S.
“Following years of success in Japan, the opening of The Prince Kitano New York is an important landmark in the next chapter of Seibu Prince Hotels & Resorts,” said Yoshiki Kaneda, president/CEO, Seibu Prince Hotels & Resorts. “The brand has built an incredible reputation through decades of championing omotenashi, which has brought authentic Japanese hospitality to travelers around the world. With the opening of The Prince Kitano New York, we hope to deliver this unique guest experience to one of the greatest cities in the world and propel the brand further into the global spotlight.”
Located at 66 Park Ave., the hotel is near Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and other landmarks. The property has a legacy dating back to the 19th century when the building was owned by the Rockefeller family. In 1973, it found new life as The Kitano Hotel New York, the first Japanese-owned hotel in New York City. The hotel built a loyal following in subsequent years, welcoming not only leisure travelers around the world but also politicians, business leaders and dignitaries from Japan and beyond.
To spearhead the redesign of several signature spaces throughout the property, the company tapped global architecture firm Modellus Novus, which has worked on other high-profile projects such as Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s restaurant Tatiana at Lincoln Center; HBX, Hypebeast’s flagship store in New York City; and the upcoming opening of Michelin-starred restaurant concept COTE in Singapore. As a result, the lobby, restaurant areas and guestrooms have been revitalized with a modernized yet timeless look, reflecting the enduring esteem and heritage of the property.
The lobby, which acts both as a central socialization hub and as a passageway to the many destinations within the hotel, was refined with new elements nodding to the property’s Japanese influence. Upon entering the building, guests are greeted by a dog sculpture made by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The bronze sculpture, having welcomed generations of guests who established a tradition of petting it for good fortune, was shifted to the lobby’s entrance. Akari Light Sculptures from Isamu Noguchi illuminate the space while celebrating modernist, Japanese craftsmanship. Rice paper accents, blue suede chairs, pea green velvet pillows and eggplant-colored carpets introduce bold textures and colors yet work in harmony to create a comforting, classic ambiance.
The hotel has 150 accommodations with 109 guestrooms and suites refurbished as part of the reopening. Reaching up to 968 sq. ft., the revamped rooms feature a warm color palette, lush fabrics and unique artwork. Guests can book the Deluxe Junior Suite, which features spacious layout, modern amenities and custom furniture with high-quality design details, such as Dark Emperador stone finishes, hair-on hide leather upholstery and Spanish marble countertops.