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The first export from British boutique hotelier Firmdale, the Crosby Street Hotel wears its origins with pride, from the pages of Brit comic book The Beano used in the lobby's art to pedestal sinks stamped "Made in Great Britain" in the bathrooms. Anyone familiar with Kit Kemp's interiors at the Soho, Haymarket, and Covent Garden hotels in London will recognize her trademark pairings of bold stripes, subtle florals, period dressers, and modern artwork in the Crosby's 86 individually designed rooms. The floor-to-ceiling windows with cushioned window seats are custom-made for classic (and surprisingly open) NYC views of roof gardens and lots of low-rise, 19th-century cast-iron architecture, especially from the upper floors of the 11-story building. Things are toned down in the granite-tile bathrooms, which have roomy showers—for the addition of a tub and bidet, book one of the hotel's 11 suites. Downstairs, there's a lush drawing room in scarlet with lots of artwork of dogs (small, well-behaved pets are welcome), a pretty courtyard with a petrified tree at its center, a well-equipped gym, and a cinema (dinner-and-a-movie events are held on Sunday nights). The Crosby Bar (and restaurant), which serves classic American and British dishes, is an eccentrically styled space with psychedelic crystal lights, a wall of vintage telephones, and a touch of taxidermy. Not surprisingly, it's frequented by arty professionals who, along with visiting Brits and clotheshorses on a Soho shopping mission, look likely to remain the Crosby Street Hotel's main clientele.—Nicola McCormack
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Firmdale Hotels (London's Covent Garden, the Haymarket, among others) has brought its hip British style to downtown New York. On a quiet, cobbled SoHo street, the newly built 11-story brick structure feels simultaneously sceney and sequestered. A lobby dominated by a jumbo metal sculpture of a man's head crafted by Jaume Plensa gives way to the brightly hued Crosby Bar on one side (complete with cheeky Queen portraits) and a guests-only drawing room with an honor bar on the other. There's a large terrace with potted plants out back and a screening room in the basement. The decor is smart and urbane: Striped fabrics show up in the public spaces and 86 rooms, on exquisitely upholstered sofas and armchairs, headboards, and curtains that frame floor-to-ceiling windows with views of SoHo's water towertopped warehouses. Dressmaker mannequins fitted in matching fabrics adorn the large accommodations, and gray marble bathrooms have flat-screen televisions at the foot of the bath (the smallest have walk-in showers only). Room service comes from the bar, which serves afternoon tea and cocktails to an assortment of families, fashion types, and girlfriend groups but suffers from slownessour reviewer's full English breakfast arrived cold.2010 Hot List
Which room to book: Splash out on a suiteNo. 1007 has a vast living room with a dining table and two Chesterfield sofas; the Meadow Suite opens onto its own wildflower meadow.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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