The Crosby Hotel opens officialy today

At NY for Insiders we are always on the lookout for new stylish hotels in Manhattan, and I was very pleased to visit The Crosby Street Hotel today. Open on preview mode for a week, and officially open today, the hotel is simply lovely. Owned by husband/wife-builder/designer team Tim and Kit Kemp, the Crosby is the 7th hotel of a chainlet of luxury small boutique hotels in London.

The décor has a curiously organized clutter feel to it, which results in an incredibly cozy but totally un-kitsch charm. From artworks collected around the world, to the large plank flooring and the warehouse style oversized windows, the very textured and sometimes quirky good taste is in every corner.

What makes this hotel feel like your second home away from home is the attention to details: from the bespoke toiletries by Miller Harris to the personal details and furnishings in each of its 86 rooms to the pleasant drawing room that faces the courtyard (reserved for guests only.) Other amenities include a 99 seat movie theater with the funkiest and most comfortable Poltrona Frau orange wide cinema chairs. Guests can peruse the Blue Ray DVD collection for their private screening.

The hotel was built following the strict rules of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Until the end of October the hotel is offering a promotional rate of $495 for all rooms. Starting in November, regular rates will be in place: superior room for 525, luxury $650, deluxe 695. For a real splurge, you can have one of the three Crosby Suites, on the 9th, 10th or 11th floors. That space is a kingdom in itself of 1,100 sf of an impeccable living room, bedroom and incredible Soho sunset views for 3,000 a night.

To get a feeling of this unique hotel, try out their restaurant on the ground floor which opened its doors to the public today! Whimsical fabrics, peculiar art pieces, great lighting, large French doors that open to the sculpture internal garden makes the dining room look, hmm, stimulating. At least when I was walking around, I felt a curious appetite to experience more of that agreeable ambiance.

The hotel’s location is in the heart of bustling SoHo, but smartly tucked on a quiet block. How great to see such an inviting and creative atmosphere in a neighborhood that was in need of a breath of fresh air in the hotel department (the other alternatives in SoHo are the tiny rooms of Soho Grand and the stale Mercer Hotel – which, I just have to say it, is a tad past its best). Let's welcome this imaginative Brit to the hood.

79 Crosby Street, btw. Prince & Spring

212 226 6400