Bloomingdales and legendary Parisian-influenced bistro Balthazar are almost opposite, while the chic boutiques of Mercer Street and Greene Street are one block away.
Crosby Street Hotel opened in 2009 as the first overseas outpost of Firmdale Hotels by master English hoteliers Kit & Tim Kemp, the team behind eight London boutique hotels, including Ham Yard and Haymarket Hotels.
There are 86 rooms and suites over 11 floors, all designed individually in Kemp’s quirky, eclectic style, combining her love of surprise with careful selection of texture and colour. It’s New York design – industrial-style, full-height windows and wooden floors - mixed with a few English eccentricities - and it works a treat.
Acid green and shocking pink furniture, whimsical fabric animals and large fireplaces combine to create interiors that feel edgy yet intimate.
Just for fun: Cardboard cut outs of cows sit on a junky sideboard painted orange in Suite 907
There’s a private garden, a rooftop meadow, a large gym and a 99-seater screening room with orange leather chairs.
Get the look
“Wing chairs on either side of the entrance to the restaurant are covered in old, bold Suzani fabrics to make a unique and interesting feature,” says Kemp. “These antique designs inspired my Suzani Fabrics for Chelsea Textiles (chelseatextiles.com).”
“A fun home-made art installation of old telephones made into lighting or a collection of old Fifties coloured balls made into lamps create atmospheric lighting and are a talking point,” says Kit.
Hidden design gem
Kit points out two hidden gems: “The Catherine Cuthbert vases in the hallway with witty shapes and writing saying ‘cut here’ have single stems of flowers inside. Also, the cardboard cut-outs of cows sitting on a junky sideboard painted orange in Suite 907 are just fun.”
“Try the Meadow Suite which opens up to your very own private wildflower meadow,” says Kit.
Crosby Street Hotel, 79 Crosby Street, New York. firmdalehotels.com.