A second Firmdale hotel arrives in New York

The Whitby features Kit Kemp’s trademark bold decor and has a plum location on West 56th Street

A bedroom at New York’s The Whitby Hotel, the latest property from Firmdale Hotels
A bedroom at New York’s The Whitby Hotel, the latest property from Firmdale Hotels

Seven years ago, Firmdale Hotels co-owner Kit Kemp took her ebullient brand of hospitality to New York’s Lower East Side; Crosby Street Hotel (www.firmdalehotels.com; from $825) has been teeming with fans since. They’ll be pleased to hear that Kemp’s second New York outpost debuts just after the new year: The Whitby Hotel (from $795) boasts a mint location on West 56th Street, putting a good dozen of the city’s top restaurants, theatres and cultural venues within a 10-minute walk. The 86 rooms will showcase Kemp’s love of bold colour and even bolder contrast, along with the now requisite Firmdale cinema (this one with 130 seats) and enfilade of private event rooms.

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