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