When it comes to hotel chatter, there are two hotels in New York that have received most of the attention lately, The Ace and The Standard. However, The Crosby St. Hotel, which opened around the same time as the other two deserves a little love as well. While The Ace is plaid shirts and PBR, The Crosby St. is pinstripes and Pimm’s Cups. If Sir Paul Smith could morph himself into a hotel, I believe the result would be very similar to The Crosby St. Chic, stylish, colorful and very British.
The Crosby St. opened in October of 2009 in New York’s Soho neighborhood and is the first American installment for London based Firmdale Group. The Firmdale also operates six properties in London including the Haymarket, Soho, Covent Garden, Charlottoe St., Knightsbridge and Number Sixteen.
Built on what used to be a parking lot, the exterior of The Crosby looks more like a new (and very nice) warehouse. However, the interior, designed by Kit Kemp, is an explosion of color, humor and personality. The Crosby is a dandy of a hotel.