For effortless accessibility to this big-ticket sights from town, The Whitby’s place in Upper Midtown is hard to conquer. It is a mere two blocks south of Central Park and two blocks north of the Museum of Modern Art, along with six blocks from The Rockefeller Centre, together with all the theatres of Broadway only beyond. Iconic stores and department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales and Barney’s are just two blocks off, and highly rated restaurants abound: at a three-block radius alone, you are going to find Nobu, Ma Peche, The Modern and Benihana.
Design & personality
Interior designer Kit Kemp and her husband Tim, founders of the Firmdale Hotel collection – that also comprise New York’s Crosby Street Hotel, along with The SoHo and Covent Garden Hotels at London – think resorts should be “living items, not stuffy associations,” and “a celebration of art and style”. Here they have shot the Crosby Street and improved upon it: The Whitby is this a riot of rich, tactile fabrics, elaborately-printed backgrounds, crockery hung such as portraits, giant murals and sculptures as to be recognized as a gallery in its own right. There is a leaflet behind reception with information about every art and its founder, if guests be interested to discover more.
Service & facilities9
Digging down 60 feet to the floor has awarded The Whitby two grand floors of cellar area, such as 2 130-seat creening rooms, plus a Reading Room with 2,500 novels, which functions as both a silent workspace for guests along with a personal dining/party room. The 24/7 fitness center comes with state-of-the-art treadmills, spin bikes and ellipticals, also there is a same-day laundry support for post-workout kit. Service in the worldwide team is extremely careful but un-fussy, and everyday ideas about current exhibitions and appeals are published and left in every area.
The 87 bedrooms around 16 flooring are all individually designed, with over 150 distinct fabrics, meaning every feels exceptional. The standard rooms are spacious by New York standards, using seductively comfortable BeautyRest beds, floor-to-ceiling paned windows, elegant armchairs and ottomans, the touch mannequin on a rack, and minibars stashed discreetly in walk-in cabinets. All baths feature two big square post-war-style countertops and RikRak goods, and each room from Junior Suites up has a standalone silver bathtub, in addition to a walk-in marble shower. Many suites on higher floors feature extensive private terraces, in addition to living rooms with fireplaces and sofas.
Food & beverage
The buzzing Whitby Bar serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea into a combination of resort guests and company and style types in the area, who fill up the space especially at dinner hour, carrying a spoonful at the very long pewter bar or in one of those tables, together with armchairs, sofas and banquettes.
The light-filled Orangerie includes more of an official restaurant setting, but equally spaces function a creative, upscale menu that includes grilled octopus with borlotti beans ($17/#13), seared scallops and blue crab ($36/#28) and Brussels sprouts with miso apple along with lardons ($10/#8).
Dinner and breakfast brunch includes a self indulgent continental selection ($25/#20) of fruit, yoghurts, several granola and seed alternatives, in addition to hamburgers; English breakfast ($30/#23); a healthful Power Breakfast ($34/#26), and an à la carte menu using hanger steak and eggs ($32/#25) and merguez, leek and fontina frittata ($19/#14). What’s served on highly covetable china from Kit Kemp’s Mythical Creatures Wedgewood collection.
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