Tim and Kit Kemp are the parents of the Crosby Street Hotel, which marks the first American venture of their celebrated Firmdale hotel group, London based. The impressive 11-story construction was built from scratch on the site of a former parking lot in downtown New York, right in the heart of SoHo, famed epicentre of Manhattan chic. The interior look is classic Kit Kemp – elegant and quirky yet entirely cosy. Each of her 86 individually designed rooms and suites comes fully equipped with flat screen LCD television, DVD/CD player, iPod docking station, WiFi and custom-made Miller Harris bath products, while the top-floor headline suites offer the additional luxury of uninterrupted, 360-degree skyline views.
This impressive list of facilities is rounded off by a luxurious private screening room – a perfectly-executed Firmdale trademark sure to be as big a hit in New York as it has been in London.
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The quick and impressive success of Tim and Kit Kemp’s Firmdale Hotels can be in large part attributed to a single factor: Kit Kemp’s inborn eye for design. Jumbling genres, combining eras and mixing antique pieces with state-of-the-art technology, the self-taught designer follows no rules but her own. Colourful and eclectic, her signature style strikes the perfect balance between classicism and modernity, elegance and comfort. Each and every one of her spaces is memorable, and no two of her rooms look the same.
Unusual pieces tend to be the starting point for a new hotel’s scheme, and sculptures and paintings feature heavily throughout the Firmdale properties.
The Crosby Street Hotel achieves a distinctly American flair without abandoning its British roots. In keeping with the neighbourhood’s industrial history, the hotel facade has been kept minimalist. The exterior of brick, stone and glass pays homage to the surrounding urban landscape, while the floor-to-ceiling warehouse windows are an obvious nod to the iconic SoHo loft look.
The best part of all? Everything is built with sustainable materials and energy-efficient technology – green luxury at its best. In fact, the Crosby Street Hotel is one of the most environmentally responsible hotels in the entire United States, well-poised to receive Gold LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the US Green Building Council.
The Crosby Street Hotel is nestled in the centre of SoHo, between Spring and Prince Streets and one block behind Broadway. The Crosby is surrounded by shopping and entertainment opportunities in all directions as well of some of the best galleries in New York.
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