Janet Mercel

The Whitby

"Gypset luxury in midtown Manhattan"

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The Whitby The impossibly photogenic suite bedroom

The impossibly photogenic suite bedroom

The Whitby A chic entry is just the beginning

A chic entry is just the beginning

The Whitby Sigh. A perfect view from the

Sigh. A perfect view from the "living room"

The Whitby In-season black cherries were the perfect welcome touch

In-season black cherries were the perfect welcome touch

The Whitby I can see a successful cocktail party unfolding in this space...

I can see a successful cocktail party unfolding in this space...

The Whitby Luxury in bloom- full, fresh bouquets

Luxury in bloom- full, fresh bouquets

The Whitby Whimsical stuffies made from repurposed hotel textiles are also available upon request to take home

Whimsical stuffies made from repurposed hotel textiles are also available upon request to take home

The Whitby The devil is in the details

The devil is in the details

The Whitby What New York suite is complete without a luxury marble bathroom?

What New York suite is complete without a luxury marble bathroom?

The Whitby In case the mini bar isn't cutting it

In case the mini bar isn't cutting it

The Whitby A writing desk to catch up on all those missed correspondences, if you must

A writing desk to catch up on all those missed correspondences, if you must

The Whitby The perfect start to an evening at the theater

The perfect start to an evening at the theater

The Whitby Bohemian hoarder chic is alive and well in The Whitby Bar

Bohemian hoarder chic is alive and well in The Whitby Bar

The Whitby Infamous good taste in every corner

Infamous good taste in every corner

The Whitby Our private terrace: pomme frites and champagne with a million dollar view

Our private terrace: pomme frites and champagne with a million dollar view

The Whitby From the elevator to the gym to the bathrooms and hallways, there are no boring spaces here

From the elevator to the gym to the bathrooms and hallways, there are no boring spaces here

The Whitby Perfect, iceberg-cold martinis. Would repeat

Perfect, iceberg-cold martinis. Would repeat

The Whitby Every routine made better by this bathroom

Every routine made better by this bathroom

The Whitby Breakfast in bed meal prep

Breakfast in bed meal prep

The Whitby The bubble bath experience of dreams

The bubble bath experience of dreams

The Whitby Tea in bed? Yes please

Tea in bed? Yes please

The Whitby Morning balcony views, the only acceptable way to wake up

Morning balcony views, the only acceptable way to wake up

The Whitby Classic Kit Kemp textile merch

Classic Kit Kemp textile merch

The Whitby Taking in those dahlias one more time

Taking in those dahlias one more time

Highs & Lows

  • Design enthusiasts rejoice. No one does high end patchwork chic like Kit Kemp. There is no design stone left unturned here

  • The suites are so roomy and comfortable, they would happily serve as a regular pied-à-terre if you had cash to burn, but I'd use for a small, splurgey cocktail party

  • Given it's the middle of midtown, there's no vista from the terrace, but across-the-street views of Aman New York, up 5th Avenue and other luxe properties make you feel like you're in exactly the right place

  • The Whitby Bar and Orangery menu is comfortingly, expensively solid. You could take fancy clients, family, brunchers, just for happy hour- everyone will be glad

  • The staff was a wonderful team of warm, real people. The one odd note was a bartender who wanted to share his political, incel-y thoughts on women's rights until we asked him to stop. Could have done without that weirdness

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    City Lifestyle Hotel

  • Vibe

    Boho luxury

  • Location

    Mid-midtown on W 56th Street

  • Rooms

    86

  • Pre-Arrival & Arrival Experience

    Honestly one of the best front desks I've seen in awhile. Real people, super warm

  • Future Forward

    Firmdale hotels are CEMARS certified, a greenhouse gas emission program. Longterm plans to reduce energy consumption and landfill waste. Awarded multiple sustainable development awards. Recycling and split waste options, glass bottles. Their downtown sister hotel, Crosby Street, was the first hotel in New York to attain the GOLD Standard status under the LEED rating for environmental building

  • Music

    Jazzy world beats

  • Year Opened

    2017

  • Designed By

    Kit and Tim Kemp are behind the ownership, and the British studio is a highly regarded textiles, homewares and design firm

  • Health & Wellness

    Even the full indoor gym gets the Kemp design treatment, fully decorated and vibey

  • Food

    This is a luxury hotel, and that is just what you'll find ($36 smoked salmon and eggs for breakfast). The bar and Orangery restaurant menu is high-end English American (roast turkey breast, beef fillet) but the real draw is the Afternoon Tea with cucumber sandwiches, chiffon cake and scones

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Given that this is a quietly fancy spot in midtown, the bar scene is not exactly raucous, but it's a fabulous place for a happy hour martini, and every Friday is Negronis & Live Jazz with The Sam Taylor Trio

  • Minibar & Retail

    There's no shop but all the luxe details are for purchase- the trademark candles, textile totes, bath salts are all worthy take aways. There was an elegant, curated full bar set-up in suite, in addition to the high-level mini bar options (splits of champs, etc.)

  • Accessibility

    Time and attention paid to a range of abilities in common areas and rooms; there's a designated email for specific inquires

  • Pet Friendly

    Yes! Dog beds and bowls available

  • Children

    Definitely. That afternoon tea is a big draw for little ones

  • Price

    Pricey, glamorous, top level

  • Tel.

    (212) 586-5656

  • Website

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