New York is a trove of fancy hotels – the Four Seasons, The Plaza, and St. Regis to name a few. Even though many of these upscale properties are located in the Midtown area (23rd to 59th), downtown’s evolving hotel scene means that travelers in search of a luxurious place to stay can revel in the stellar restaurants, hip shops, and overall coolness that comes with the city below 23rd Street. That said, I want to share my wonderful experience at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, where I stayed for one night this past summer.
As Firmdale Hotel’s very first project in New York City (and the US), the Crosby Street is unlike any other hotel I’ve stayed in to date. Lauded British designer Kit Kemp owns the Crosby with her husband and hotelier Tim, and the pair has done an excellent job tailoring the aesthetics and services of the hotel to reflect the neighborhood while maintaining that English sensibility.
Kit Kemp is a master when it comes to curating a room, and it’s obvious from the moment you enter. How do you know when a space is well designed? It feels good as soon as you cross the threshold. A well designed room functions and is aesthetically pleasant, and the Crosby Street Hotel nails both flawlessly.
I was fortunate to stay in a one-bedroom suite (probably larger than my apartment on the Upper West Side) with a captivating city view. I had everything I could ever want in a hotel room! A king bed, desk, plenty of natural light, a living room, two TVs, a spa-like bath, and the list goes on. I did tour some of the smaller guest rooms and they felt equally alluring and were by no means small. Rather, the smallest room is 350 square feet, which is large by New York standards.
The beds are dreamy, and you’ll feel like you’re coming home to your very own New York apartment every day that you stay here. (When I checked in, I thought “Do I really need to go back to my Upper West Side apartment?”)
Chill out in the guests-only garden or perfectly decorated drawing room, which boasts an honor bar. Sip a tasty cocktail or savor a delicious meal in the Crosby Bar. Work out in the well-equipped gym. Watch a movie in the film screening room.
And the service? Service at the Crosby Street is personal and far from stuffy – you won’t find any attitudes here.
And the details live in every nook and cranny, and you’ll notice all of them, especially the art, some of which is playful, and some takes on an international feel (ideal for New York City). You won’t be able to take your eyes off the countless conversation pieces that fill this hotel.
Is the Crosby Street Hotel high end and expensive? Yes, it is. But for travelers in search of a special place to stay for a special occasion (birthday, honeymoon, anniversary, etc.), or those who adore luxury whenever they travel, it doesn’t get much better than this. When it comes to fancy hotels in New York, it’s those little details that set the very best apart from the rest.
For more about this hotel, read my detailed review of the Crosby Street Hotel in The Telegraph.
Crosby Street Hotel
79 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012
I review hotels for The UK Telegraph. All rooms and meals are complimentary.