Fodor's Expert Review
This whimsical boutique hotel is the first branch of a UK chain to open in the U.S. and has a colorful design, all handpicked by co-owner Kit Kemp. Each of the rooms is individually designed, with fun patterns and colors, big warehouse style windows, and a cozy, residential feel. The location is smack in the heart of the action in SoHo.
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Cozy cushions provide a place to relax by the floor-to-ceiling windows in the colorful, bright rooms. Design is playful and rooms are filled with sunlight. The high floors have windows with views over the rooftops of SoHo, and those rooms are particularly special for this reason.
Tip The Meadow Suite has a private terrace for guests seeking outdoor space.
Luxurious bathrooms in marble and granite have glass walk-in showers--upgrade for a deep soaking tub. Seriously, this place is relaxing.
A somewhat small check-in space is supplemented by comfortable, colorful drawing rooms that are reserved for guests only. In addition to the couches that fill these rooms, extra relaxation space is provided with the guest-only sculpture garden. You have so many chances to relax in this hotel that it's almost overwhelming (but it's not, because it's too relaxing).
The Crosby Bar, with oak floors and a long, pewter bar, has a fun cocktail program and outdoor garden. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and cocktails are all served.
You Should Know This hotel lacks a destination restaurant, which is fairly common in upscale New York hotels.
From the stylish SoHo block where this hotel sits, exploring downtown on foot is easy. All of the shops and restaurants of SoHo are on the hotel’s doorstep, and the neighborhoods of Nolita, NoHo, and Greenwich Village are all within walking distance. Several options are available for subway access, including the B, D, F, and M trains at Broadway/Lafayette, the 6 train at Spring Street, and R, W trains at Prince Street.
One bonus of staying here is beating the crowds to Balthazar (2-minute walk). This French brasserie is popular all-day long, and is a place to rub elbows with New Yorkers over an early morning coffee and pastry. Pizzas, meat, and fish are all prepared in a wood-fired oven at Pasquale Jones (4-minute walk), an Italian restaurant that has earned a reputation for its wine list. For an affordable meal in an often expensive neighborhood, order a range of tacos at Tacombi Fonda Nolita (6-minute walk).
The drinks list at Brinkley’s (4-minute walk) is locally minded, with a dozen options for beers brewed in New York State on draft. New York wines and signature cocktails are also served in this unfussy, fun gastropub. For some of the neighborhood’s best cocktails, squeeze into the snug space at Mother’s Ruin (4-minute walk).