New York’s Eventi Hotel Will Lend You a Laptop – PC Magazine
At most hotels, you can call down to the front desk to order a toothbrush. At the Eventi in New York, you can order a MacBook.
Just south of Macy’s, in a neighborhood full of fashion and new-media firms, the Eventi is unique in offering a “business bar,” a lending library of electronics for its guests. We took a look, and found that while you’re not grazing from the absolute latest gear, there’s a lot of good stuff to borrow. If you like ‘em, you can buy ‘em, of course.
The Business Bar
The business bar came about as an extension of the hotel’s “Forgot it, we got it” service, which lets Eventi guests order up basic toiletries, said Joseph Poteet, the hotel’s marketing manager. Apparently, enough people called down asking for laptops that the hotel decided to buy some.
Eventi guests can request the gadgets at the front desk or call down for them, and can keep them until they check out, Poteet said. The hotel has gotten good enough at demand management that it isn’t often entirely loaned out.
The Eventi is part of the Kimpton chain, and the business bar is one of several Easter eggs the hotel offers. (Kimpton is a boutique chain, and everything’s supposed to be a little quirky.) You can order a pet goldfish from a big tank downstairs, which the housekeeper feeds, for instance, and there’s an “evening wine hour” in the lobby, where you can put yourself in a state to forget about feeding the goldfish. The hotel lends out bikes, too, but I suggest you try that one before you go to the wine hour.
What’s at the bar?
The laptops are the biggest-ticket items, often requested by international business travelers, Poteet said. The Eventi offers up a pair of chunky, 2009-era MacBook Pros with Core 2 Duo processors. Those MacBook Pros are the only laptops available, by the way. They’re set up so that you have to create a new guest user to use them, and the user account gets deleted when you check out. Still, though, I’d treat them the way you treat public computers, and not do anything on them that you don’t want someone else seeing. There are no in-room printers, but the concierge will print stuff for you.
All of the bar’s cameras were lent out when I visited, but they stock GoPro 3 action cams and Canon Rebel DSLRs. For tablets, I saw several iPad 2 units (those are from 2011), as well as original iPad minis. Poteet said the hotel also has Kindle and Nook tablets, although he didn’t specify which models.
Logitech and Beats accessories feature heavily in the Eventi’s library. I saw a Beats Pill speaker and Beats Executive headphones, as well as a Logitech K480 multi-device keyboard and UE Megaboom Bluetooth speakers. Kimpton has a tie-up with Logitech, so you should expect to see more new Logitech accessories appearing.
The business bar also has a special “tween package:” two PlayStation Vita handheld gaming systems, each with three games, and a pair of SpyNet night vision binoculars.
The HDMI ports on the back of the room TVs are open, so you can plug in your PC or smartphone to play Netflix. Rooms can also borrow Apple TVs, Poteet said.
The Eventi (eventihotel.com) is at 851 Sixth Avenue at 29th Street in New York. Book online or by calling (866) 996-8396; rates start around $225.