Art & History
Brief History of Kitano
The Kitano's history dates to the 19th century when the building 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 Kitano Hotel, 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 Hotel New York on the cutting edge of the city's hospitality industry. Its commitment to excellence, customized services and rare blend of the traditional Eastern and modern Western themes and designs, make The Kitano Hotel New York the top choice for distinguished travelers.