Dog-friendly hotels NYC: The Crosby Street Hotel
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The first thing I should tell you about the Crosby Street Hotel is its excellent central location in New York. It’s behind the busy main street of Broadway, and in between Spring and Prince metro stations. In short, it’s an ideal vacation spot and one where you can also get a good night’s sleep.
Its popular position in SoHo sets the scene perfectly. Surrounding streets within close proximity of the hotel thrive with independent cafes and restaurants. Walk one way to browse local shops; walk the other to merge with regular New Yorkers and the mainstream.
The Crosby Street Hotel NYC belongs to Firmdale Hotels, a British company that have 10 boutique hotels in their portfolio. Eight are in London, and the other 2 are in New York. Co-owner and creative director, Kit Kemp, has accumulated countless accolades for her interior design and it’s easy to see why. Their London luxury boutique hotels include Charlotte Street Hotel and the Covent Garden Hotel, both holding a 5-star rating. Similar to their New York counterparts, they’re in central locations and within easy walking distance of London key attractions.
The Crosby Street Hotel experience
It’s hard to miss the Crosby Street Hotel. A large black cat sculpture stands proudly outside on all fours, poised to welcome guests inside. It’s one of many animal-themed décor you’ll see around the building and there’s good reason for this.
Once inside its main entrance, you step into the lobby. On first glance, it resembles more of a gallery than a hotel guest area. There are even more eye-catching animal sculptures to delight visitors, illuminated by plenty of natural light.
With 86 rooms and suites in total, no 2 are exactly the same. The interiors reflect Kit’s personal style, which I’d describe as a mixture of modern English and romantic.
The Crosby Street Hotel has 13 types of accommodation, all following the ethos of ‘elegant, comfortable and colourful’ design. Rooms differ in size and budget, and there’s something to suit all sorts of travelers. As well as luxury and deluxe rooms, there’s also luxury junior suites and at the top end, 2-bedroom suites.
If you’re a solo traveler and new to the city, you may be interested in joining a local tour. I did several whilst in New York, and learned from a local guide, while also meeting some lovely people too.
Crosby Street Hotel deluxe top floor room
One feature I tend to associate with New York properties is the abundance of warehouse style buildings. The deluxe top floor room combines a warehouse style with its floor-to-ceiling windows, with the stylish comforts of a luxury boutique hotel. Its grid panels allow for plenty of natural light, and a stretching view of Manhattan from the 11th floor.
Measuring at 360 sqr ft, the deluxe top floor room is a generous size for NYC. An understated elegance runs throughout the room, with no detail left unturned. The most striking feature, however, is the matching headboard attached to the king-sized bed and mannequin. It’s a trademark of each room, and following the hotel’s design concept, no 2 sets are the same. As the photos show, the designs are bold, colourful, and unique to the Crosby Street Hotel.
The marble and granite bathroom gleams upon entering. Our room had 2 basins — perfect for couples and families — and a large walk-in shower. The choice of toiletries also reinforces the boutique experience, with shampoo and conditioners from RIKRAK by Kit Kemp. If you love the combination of lavender and eucalyptus, you’re in for a bath time treat! All rooms come with complimentary WiFi, flat screen TVs and Bluetooth Bose speakers.
Crosby Street Hotel deluxe 1-bedroom suite
Spacious, light and with high ceilings, a deluxe 1-bedroom suite is large enough to accommodate a family, couple or friends. Like the deluxe top floor room, it’s kitted with full length windows and a unique headboard and mannequin set.
Where the suite’s different is the added extras inside the room. Each 750 sqr ft suite has its own dining room and living area. The bedroom opens onto the living room, and the sofa can double up as a bed. It perfectly emulates the feeling of a home away from home, and is so comfortable, you won’t want to leave.
The bathroom’s a gorgeous mix of granite and oak, with a deep bath tub and 2 basins. As with the deluxe top floor room, you’ll also find here the exclusive range of RIKRAK by Kit Kemp toiletries.
Guests staying in any of the bedroom suites are also treated to a few extra privileges. These include, in-suite check-in, an unpacking service either on arrival or departure, fresh flowers, and a welcome gift.
“The most striking feature, however, is the matching headboard attached to the king-sized bed and mannequin.”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
“…the Crosby Street Hotel is dog-friendly, and more than welcoming to guests and their pooches!”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
Dog-friendly hotel in New York
I sadly don’t have a dog of my own, but it’s no secret that I’d love one, or two, someday. Good news then that the Crosby Street Hotel is dog-friendly, and more than welcoming to guests and their pooches!
The signs that its owners love dogs are everywhere. From the dog sculptures in the lobby, to dog paintings in the drawing room and lifts, the theme is evident!
The dog-friendly hospitality also extends to the bedrooms, where dogs are given their own blankets toys, and treats.
The Crosby Bar
It’s hard to miss the colourful Warhol-esque mural of Queen Elizabeth II as you enter the Crosby Bar. The mural pays homage to the hotel’s British roots, but is also fitting as it relates to an impressive achievement. Firmdale Group won the prestigious Queen’s Award in 2018 for their outstanding achievements in international trade, and quite deservingly too.
Although the name has ‘bar’ in its title, it serves everything from breakfast and brunch, to coffee and cocktails. The Crosby Bar also serves a decadent afternoon tea — another long-standing British tradition. If you happen to visit during summer, be sure to book a table on the Crosby Terrace. It’s only open during the warmer months, and is a leafy oasis for guests to enjoy the New York sunshine.
The Crosby drawing room and sculpture garden
Just when you think the hotel can’t impress any further, you come across 2 more exceptional guest areas. The drawing room is my idea of a perfect living space, and size. Deep sofas in an array of multi-colour hues and patterns, and carefully selected pieces of art adorn the long room. It’s a place where you can take some solace, read a book, or have a quiet drink at the bar.
A leafy sanctuary for guests to enjoy, the sculpture garden is an outdoor space, with ample seating and shaded spaces. Despite being in the middle of busy SoHo area, I heard little noise from beyond the hotel’s walls.
The Crosby Street Hotel screening room
Why go to the cinema when it can come to you? From all the boutique hotels I’ve ever visited, I’ve never seen one with its very own cinema.
“The drawing room is my idea of a perfect living space, and size.”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
The Crosby Street Hotel state-of-the-art screening room has 99 seats with 3D digital capabilities. Every Sunday, they have a film club that’s open to guests and the public too. You can choose from a 3-course dinner and movie ticket, or a cocktail, bar plate and movie. Sadly, the room was being used for a private event when I was there, so I couldn’t take any photos.
What do you think of the Crosby Street Hotel? Does this luxury boutique hotel appeal to your inner flashpacker? Let me know in the comments below!