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Wedding Bells (East) - - Destinations -

The Big Ap­ple is a city that is al­ways elec­tric and evolv­ing. It only takes a New York minute to feel caught up in the city’s en­ergy once your feet hit the streets to ex­plore its many neigh­bour­hoods and bor­oughs—from Soho to the Meat­pack­ing District, Chelsea to the newly hip Mid­town. It’s the pace of the city and all the amaz­ing food, en­ter­tain­ment, shop­ping and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences that make it such a ro­man­tic spot.

When it comes to choos­ing your honey­moon ho­tel, a prop­erty of­fer­ing an in­ti­mate, quiet and luxe stay is likely top of your list and we have found the ul­ti­mate spot: the Whitby. Opened in Fe­bu­rary 2017, the Whitby is a sis­ter prop­erty of the Crosby ho­tel, both Amer­i­can out­posts of the Lon­don-based Fir­m­dale Ho­tels. The sig­na­ture of Fir­m­dale is the in­cred­i­bly eclec­tic-yet-cozy stylings of in­te­rior de­signer Kit Kemp, who co-owns Fir­m­dale with her hus­band, Tim. The cou­ple’s phi­los­o­phy: “Ho­tels should be liv­ing things not stuffy in­sti­tu­tions.” This is ex­actly what you will en­joy at the Whitby.

Tucked away in the heart of mid­town at West 56th and 5th Av­enue, the ho­tel is truly a sanc­tu­ary in one of the buzzi­est parts of Man­hat­tan (you will ac­tu­ally find your self breath­ing a big ‘ah­h­hhh’ the mo­ment you en­ter the lobby). In­cred­i­ble art pieces and fab­rics cre­ate a colour­ful cozy lobby, lounge, bar and restau­rant on the main floor. Spread over 16 floors, each of the ho­tel’s 86 rooms are in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed by Kemp, and boast floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows for in­cred­i­ble city views and a feel­ing of airy dreami­ness. For a just-mar­ried splurge, book a ju­nior ter­race suite where you can en­joy ro­man­tic breakfasts in an oa­sis of zen in the big city. Other plea­sures to en­joy at the Whitby: tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea and a retro film screen­ing in its pri­vate theatre. Once you check in, you won’t want to leave! The Whitby is a won­der­fully im­mer­sive, lux­ury ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence that will def­i­nitely leave you pos­i­tively smit­ten.—Ali­son McGill

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