When you set foot in an EVEN hotel for the first time, you might find your initial reaction is to gaze, peek and poke around a bit, and wonder if you've stepped out of the present and into a futuristic building from a scene in Logan's Run.
If you're a senior, you may think the EVEN is just for Millennials. A quick glance will reveal a twenty and thirty-year-old crowd to be sure. But you'll also see guests who have been around for a least 4-decades or more.
The EVEN is, well, it's just different from other hotels. EVEN's are designed to provide an environment that promotes wellness and healthy lifestyles for their guests. And from what we've seen, they are a stroke of genius by the International Hotel Group (IHG).
The EVEN Hotel in New York's Garment District
Hop off a train 1.5 blocks away at Penn Station for a quick walk to the EVEN at 321 West 35th street. Or just take a taxi, Uber, or subway depending on where you are and what's convenient for you. Yes, the location of this hotel is that convenient.
A gleaming steel gray high-rise building presents square block siding and the distinctive EVEN orange, blue, green, and brown rectangular logo. What does the logo mean? Some may divine diversity. Others may think balance.
You'll find out what it means to you once you stay here. EVEN brochures assert captions by each color as:
- Orange: Keep active
- Blue: Rest easy
- Green: Eat well
- Brown: Accomplish more
Keep your equilibrium at an EVEN hotel:
Reception, Game and Dining areas
At the entrance, a floor-to-ceiling stone wall behind the reception desk melds with peekaboo glass to a game room on the opposite side. Check-in is flawless. The staff at the EVEN focus on a stress-free stay for you.
Sit and Chat
For some guests, no visit to an EVEN would be complete without a sit down with new friends in the come-and-sit-down chat common area behind reception. Here you'll find four crescent-shaped wooden stair seating areas. Red, blue, and gray throw pillows mingle with counterparts presenting stripes, blocks, and mixed patterns.
Stand and Play
At an EVEN there's always time to play. An open area recreational room is around the corner from the sit and chat area. Those up for ping pong or a game of rock'em, sock'em soccer will find themselves right at home.
Eat, Read, Work and Relax
The chat space overlooks a dining area that doubles as a low-intensity business center. Pillars throughout present a pebble stone wall face held in check by a sheet of an industrial-strength half an inch round grate wire squares. Remember, IHG doesn't want you to experience too much stress while we're here.
Dining tables double as eating and set-your-laptop up workspaces. Hungry? No servers lurk here. There are two smart card pedestals where you can order off a digital menu and pay with your card. Someone from the kitchen will bring your meal out to you. Or, if you're in a hurry, self-serve food from a machine nearby provides a quick fix.
Forgot to bring your computer with you? Don't worry. Two gleaming iMacs await you on a circular table nearby. And there are two sofa chairs facing a table with tiers of newspapers for those looking to sit, read, think and relax.
Everything at this hotel exudes balance. And that's what IHG wants for you. It wants you to find your equilibrium and preserve your health while you are here.
Oddly enough, every room number in this hotel in even. Don't take our word for it. Take a gander at the sign below.
Keep your equilibrium at an EVEN hotel:
Wellness Rooms Just For You
The unique, EVEN approach continues in guestrooms. Cork floors are the coolest feature we've seen in any hotel. Who wants to walk barefoot on a cold hard cap floor to the shower? Nobody. Cork is an insulator. It keeps floors warm.
Who wants to feel their bones jar every time they step on the floor? Nobody. Cork is a cushion for your tired feet and frame as you walk around the room.
Who wants to worry about bacteria and bugs in a hotel room? Nobody. Cork is antimicrobial. It'll soak up bacteria and microscopic insects. It's also hypoallergenic. It repels dust, hair, and other small particles to promote clean living.
Rooms at the EVEN present an air of compact comfort and efficiency. A sliding glass door with mirrors facing the bed separate the bathroom from the sleeping/work desk/workout area.
A comfy king-size bed, in our case, sits at the opposite side of a rectangular room. Want to watch TV in bed? A wall high swing arm lets you rotate the TV out so you can watch it before you snooze off.
Need a workout after a tough day about town? IHG has you covered. You don't even need to leave the room to work out. The cork floor beckons you to use the medicine ball and floor-to-ceiling exercise bar with cables, ropes, and floor mats in your room. And if you're not sure what to do with this in-room equipment, EVEN supplies a 1″ thick manual chock full of tips you'll find useful.
But what if you're a workout addict who loves to engage with others so inclined? You'll be happy to learn this hotel has a complete workout room with the latest equipment.
The EVEN Workout Room: Walk in and Strut Out
How to Deal With That After Hours Hunger
But what if you're hungry after hours? This EVEN hotel has one of the best short-order restaurants in any hotel anywhere based on our experience. The food from the Cork & Ale restaurant is fresh and tasty projecting a thoughtful presentation. And the most expensive item on the menu is $15.00! Take a look at the menu below.
Go and try an EVEN! Why? Because these hotels are just plain cool! If you like the features we cite here, you'll find an EVEN of great comfort in your travels.
But, EVEN's may not be for everyone. If you prefer extravagant, marble splendor, check out IHG's Intercontinental Hotels. We stayed at an IHG Intercontinental in Buenos Aires in late 2017 and it was a gorgeous hotel with every amenity a traveler could ask for.
Where Are They?
IHG has 6 EVEN hotels now with 10 more in the pipeline. Current hotels are in the United States.
EVEN Hotels New York – Times Square South
321 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001
Hotel Front Desk: 1-212-3560034