In the heart of fabulously fashionable SoHo, but on a discreet cobblestone street, this red-brick façade and blue-lit exterior promises a flashy boutique hotel. Inside, though, it’s all sumptuous elegance: soaring ceilings, dark-wood furniture, subtle grey, mauve, red and white tones, and contemporary art on the walls. The English influence in the only American hotel of the UK’s Firmdale group is evident in the popular afternoon teas – steak and stilton Cornish pasties, spiced gingerbread English trifle – and in the floral-patterned wallpaper and decorative sofas of designer Kit Kemp’s fresh, light-filled interiors. The 86 rooms all have floor-to-ceiling warehouse windows (the upper floors with stunning Lower Manhattan views); the second-floor Meadow Suite also has a private terrace garden. Downstairs, the spacious Crosby Bar goes from serving English breakfasts and those teas to cocktails and dinner, some ingredients coming from chef Anthony Paris’s 12th-floor rooftop garden and urban chicken coop. Another highlight is the swanky state-of-the-art 99-seat cinema used for film-festival screenings and a Sunday-night film club.
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