The Whitby Hotel
What We Love
- Posh yet playful interiors designed by one of London’s arbiters of style
- Having a cocktail at the handsome bar, decorated with myriads of hanging baskets made in Britain
- Being steps away from 5th Avenue and Central Park
- The hotel’s 130-seat private cinema, which shows classic movies every weekend afternoon
What To Know
- Standard rooms are quite spacious for New York City, starting at 330 square feet
- There’s a small but well-equipped gym open 24 hours
- Kid-friendly property offering cribs, rollaway beds, and entertainment in the form of children’s books, board games, and DVDs
The second New York City property from trendsetting UK hoteliers Tim and Kit Kemp is as chic as expected. Their hospitality group, Firmdale Hotels, includes some of London’s most Instagram-worthy addresses. Ms. Kemp, an accomplished interior designer, is known for her smart layering of boldly colored textiles, wallpapers, and artworks, creating atmospheres that are both cozy and theatrical. The Whitby’s 86 individually styled rooms, some with large private terraces, have warehouse-style massive windows framed by patterned curtains and are furnished with curvaceous upholstered headboards, rolled arm settees, and handpicked framed art. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, book the spectacular Whitby Suite on the 16th floor, which comes with two master bedrooms, a spacious living room, and two elegantly appointed terraces overlooking Midtown’s skyscrapers. Common areas display a distinctively British décor, especially the ground-level bar and restaurant, where a myriad of woven baskets from England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland hang over a 30-foot pewter counter. Afternoon tea is served all day long at the adjacent orangerie, a present-day version of an Edwardian salon.
In the Area
Located on West 56th Street at Fifth Avenue, The Whitby is just three blocks away from Central Park. A few steps north of the nearest entrance is The Pond, an idyllic body of water that includes an island inhabited by birds and turtles, as well as seasonal flower displays. After this dose of nature, get a culture fix at MoMA, one of the world’s top museums, home to a collection of 200,000 must-see works of modern and contemporary art. Then head to nearby Bergdorf Goodman, the city’s most luxurious department store whose top-floor BG Restaurant offers stunning views of the park and tasty American and French classics. Book lovers shouldn’t miss Bauman Rare Books, a time-honored, gallery-like store featuring tomes dating back to the 15th century. Come nightfall, feast on one of New York City’s famous steaks at Quality Meats, a stylish restaurant designed by the award-winning firm AvroKO.
How to Get There
booked the hotel based on reviews. Never stayed in this hotel before but it's fabulous. New York hotels are hit and miss. This was a bullseye and the people are so courteous and welcoming. The rooms are very well maintained and clean. The rooms are also very quiet. I would come to this hotel again.
This hotel has it all! Charming decor, truly helpful staff, fabulous bar, lovely courtyard for breakfast or tea and the most incredible location. I almost don’t want to tell people about because I want to keep it a secret. It’s that special.
I usually stay at the Nomad in Flatiron. Business required that I stay uptown and the Whitby is a friendly, stylish choice. The staff are amazing. The location perfect if you need to be uptown. The food and ambiance are top notch. My room, while in the back of the hotel and looking across an alley at a wall, was large for New York, perfectly appointed and super comfortable. The bed and linens were conducive to a great night’s sleep. I met colleagues both for breakfast and cocktails and the food and service matched the stylish nature of the hotel. I will absolutely return and can recommend it to the most discriminating traveler.
I have stayed at the Whitby before and LOVED it so this time my friend and i decided to visit and treat ourselves to afternoon tea. How splendid it was! This hotel has got it going on. The food was first class (they now offer a healthy afternoon tea as well as traditional), the staff were attentive and friendly and the ambience, wonderful. I made the foolish mistake of staying elsewhere this visit but I won’t be repeating that mistake again, this is one of the most comfortable, unpretentious and impressive hotels in all of Manhattan. Highly recommend!
Just a few steps from Central Park, 5th Ave, Columbus Circle, this hotel is super well located but stay low profile. However, if you spend time to experience all the details here, you will find everything is well presented and balanced. The room is nice, the service is top class, breakfast is just right to start the day. I will be very happy to stay here again next time I am back to NYC.