Crosby is a quirky cobbled street in the middle of SoHo, tucked away enough to feel like an insiders’ secret, but sufficiently central for the buzz of nearby galleries, bars and restaurants. The first outpost of London’s fashionable Firmdale group (that includes the Covent Garden, Soho and Charlotte Street hotels), Crosby Street Hotel is an antidote to the pared-down, monochrome minimalism which has become so popular in New York City hotels.
Crosby Street Hotel’s 86 rooms and suites are a clever mix of modern and vintage styling. Eclectic pairings of commissioned art and sculpture with antique pieces, pattern and texture combine in such a way that the hotel brings a real vibrancy of colour to this SoHo address.
Rooms are bright and luxurious, with granite bathrooms and exclusive Miller Harris toiletries. They’re also a good size by Manhattan standards, and convey a sense of further spaciousness by the birds-eye views of SoHo life from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline from the top-floor suites are absolutely spectacular.
Way down on the ground floor again, beyond the bar and restaurant, is a peaceful courtyard garden. Food in the restaurant is modern New York brasserie fare – think spaghetti squash with fried duck egg – served up to a glamorous, celebrity-studded clientele against an ultra-stylish backdrop.
- Afternoon tea in the residents’ sitting room
- Floor-to-ceiling windows in each room
- The fabulous Kit Kemp interiors
- The location
- The service in the restaurant – charming but can be a little slow
Need to Know: Crosby Street Hotel
Number of rooms: 86 (including 17 suites).
Check-in/check-out times: 2pm and 11am
Room service: Yes, there’s 24-hour room service
Swimming pool: No
Dogs welcome: Yes, pets are welcome
Eating and drinking: The Crosby bar and restaurant serves up mainly modern American dishes paired with an extensive wine and champagne list in a handsome space consisting of sky high windows and doors, grey oak wood flooring and a long pewter bar. In keeping with its British roots, traditional afternoon teas are available in the bar and leafy courtyard all day.
Near to? Perfectly located on the cobbled streets of SoHo between Spring and Prince Streets and just one block behind Broadway, you’ll have everything you need on the doorstep. Marc Jacobs on Mercer Street is nearby, the infamous Balthazar restaurant is across the street and a short hop away is Greenwich Village for galleries, vintage shops and an unrivalled nightlife.
Getting there: Journey times in New York are fairly dependent on traffic - travelling to JFK can take anything from 45 minutes to an hour and 45 minutes. LaGuardia airport is slightly closer and takes around 30 minutes. There's a set fare from Manhattan to the airports. Spring and Prince Street subway stations are just a short walk from the hotel.