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PREVIEW: review coming soon Right in the heart of New York's SoHo, this boutique design hotel draws a hip, in-the-know crowd, and is the city's most forward-thinking eco-luxury hotel

Eco


Overall eco rating


PREVIEW: review coming soon, but here's what we know based on preliminary research. Ratings are provisional.

This Manhattan hotel has no grounds to speak of but maximises the roof and courtyard to bring a little bit of nature into the heart of the Big Apple.

The indoor environment has also been prioritised with daylight, fresh air and air quality (not to mention architecture and interior design) maximised and guests will benefit from this.

The thoughtful construction paid attention to where materials were sourced and reused or recycled the majority of construction waste.  The energy and water systems exceed building code requirements (and are estimated to reduce water and energy consumption by 20% and 11% compared to a code compliant building).

People

The Crosby Street Hotel is in a nice neighbourhood and unlike some hotels is actually a hangout for glamorous Manhattanites – the hotel also hosts its fair share of charity fundraisers and contributes generously behind the scenes as well.

  • Firmdale, the UK based group that Crosby Street belongs to, work with local and international charities
  • Crosby Street is still to select a local partner but in London, projects planting Trees for Cities and providing food and clothing to poor and homeless people in central and west London
  • Firmdale has sponsored construction of a primary school in Uganda including books and furniture and is sponsoring pupils to learn and funding teacher training
  • Runs a Sunday night film club for residents and locals with an imaginative repertoire of films including shorts

Animals & nature

The imaginative green spaces at the Crosby Street Hotel are a triumph – and give a helping hand to Mother Nature and the hotel’s chef. 

PETA assessment of cruelty free credentials of cleaning products and toiletries to come.

  • One suite features its own American woodland meadow courtyard with native wild flowers and lower watering needs
  • 12th floor is home to a kitchen garden (supplying melons, blueberries and herbs) and a chicken coop
  • Several other outdoor spaces for guests to enjoy – a surprising amount of public outdoor space and greenery has been incorporated
  • Green housekeeping and pest control

  • Still need to investigate what chemicals are used in the hotel and how food is procured

Environment & buildings

The Crosby Street Hotel is the first to obtain LEED Gold certification in NYC.  You don’t get a Gold standard from the US Green Building Council for nothing but the award is largely in recognition of the inspired roof garden and meadow and attention paid to the indoor environment.  There are other successes in terms of the sustainable construction process and incorporation of above average energy and water saving features but these are not as notable.

  • Awarded LEED Gold by US Green Building Council – the first hotel to achieve this in NYC
  • Care taken in construction to reduce waste and ensure unwanted materials were reused or recycled
  • Large proportion of the materials used in the build are from within 500 miles and have a high recycled content
  • 20% less water compared to a baseline building
  • Building energy systems expected to be 11% lower than a comparable baseline building due to careful design and set up
  • Includes efficient lighting and air conditioning
  • Internal environment has plenty of daylight and fresh air
  • Choice of paints, glues, carpets, etc. do not give off harmful chemicals and ensure good internal air quality

  • We recognise that operating in Manhattan is a constraint but the hotel’s efforts in energy and water arguably do not match up to the special effort put into creating the gardens and internal environment

Reviewed by Tim Starley-Grainger


Luxury


Overall luxury rating*


PREVIEW: expert review coming soon, but here's a taster. Ratings are provisional.

The scene

In the heart of New York’s SoHo, perfectly positioned between trendy downtown and touristy midtown, this 86-room hotel is the ideal base for exploring the city’s sights and nightlife. Tucked down a cobbled side street filled with chic boutiques, it’s also blissfully quiet, despite its central location. Other guests are mostly hip professionals on city breaks or business trips.

  • In the heart of New York’s SoHo
  • Near great restaurants and nightlife, and not far from tourist sights
  • Down a cobbled street with upmarket boutiques

  • Attracts a trendy crowd, which can make the less trendy uncomfortable

The style

Award-winning interior designer Kit Kemp styled each room individually, refreshingly adding a splash of colour to many of the rooms, a refreshing change from the palette of neutrals so ubiquitous in hotels these days. Furnishings are all different, too, with a mix of modern and antique. Every room has king-sized beds and huge, floor-to-ceiling windows. Our favourite, though, is the Meadow suite, with its own private meadow-filled terrace. Beyond the bedrooms, the hotel’s Crosby Bar and Terrace is a hip place to hang out and designed with rich hues and one-of-a-kind artworks.

  • Every room is unique, with its own individual style and furniture
  • The main areas feel decadent, with rich tones and one-off artworks
  • The bar and restaurant is a city hotspot
  • The Meadow Suite has its own private meadow-filled terrace
  • Excellent city views from the Crosby Suites on the 9th, 10th and 11th floors
  • A secret bonsai-filled sculpture garden for guests

  • Some rooms can feel a bit feminine, so if this bothers you, look at the photos online and choose a different one.

The facilities

A hip restaurant and bar, secret garden, cosy drawing room and private cinema make this buzzy hotel the choice for creatives and trendies. There’s a gym, too, if you need a workout, and a range of games and movies to entertain the kids, although, let’s be honest: rowdy children will not go down well here, but hipster teens will absolutely love it.

  • Cosy drawing room and secret sculpture garden, both exclusively for hotel guests
  • A scenester bar and restaurant
  • Concierge and valet
  • Gym, DVD library
  • Private screening room with films for guests on most Sunday nights
  • No spa, but a treatment room for massages and facials

  • No spa or swimming pool

We love

Fantastic location down a quiet cobbled street, filled with chic boutiques, in handily central SoHo

Each guestroom individually designed

Decor is anything but business bland - refreshingly original

The secret courtyard garden and intimate drawing room are rare luxuries in New York hotels

The restaurant and bar are properly sceney and popular with locals

You might not love

No spa or swimming pool

People who favour classic, grand hotels should look elsewhere

Reviewed by Jill Starley-Grainger


Crosby Street Hotel

79 Crosby Street New York, New York 10012

USA
+1 212 226 6400

Standard room rates from £335

Eco

Luxury*

"A good pedigree (owners Tim and Kit Kemp's London hotels, including the Haymarket and the Knightsbridge, are some of that city's finest); a great location (on Crosby between Prince and Spring); a tidal wave of buzz" GQ

"There are also whimsical touches, like the upholstered dressmakers’ mannequins that pop up in each room to do double duty as both sculptures and silent valets" Vogue

"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" Conde Nast Traveler

"In the middle of SoHo, on an atypically hushed street, interior designer Kit Kemp has created an astonishing place that will send you home desperate for new curtains" Sunday Times Travel Magazine