|KIT KEMP (image via Design Hotels.com)|
In the late 90's, when I would have to be in London, whether for work or play, I would regularly stay in what was the new hotel at the time: "Number Sixteen" in the heart of South Kensington - probably one of my favorite sities in the world.
|Number 16 - Dining area. Detail and Entrance|
Every room had it's own design scheme, and the cozy Lounge are Dining areas where guests could help themselves and simply write down whatever we had taken to eat or drink (oh, English manners!), was a great place for a bussiness meeting or simply to hang out.
|Number 16 - Rooms|
The true meaning of Boutique Hotel is what this designer has acheived, allowing the guest to feel as though they were not a tourist...but instead part of the very lucky few to live in the fabulous city of London.
With treasures found across the globe, and interior design schemes that many private homes would desire, the Kemp's have brought their style and great customer service as they "cross the pond" to with the expansion in the heart of NYC: The Crosby Hotel.
CROSBY STREET HOTEL
The Firmdale group counts seven properties and plan to open another hotel in midtown Manhattan, plus a chic new London hotel/condo project; they're also are revamping London's Dorset Square, the first hotel they ever worked on.
Here are some of my favorite rooms from the other locations on their portfolio:
|Haymarket Hotel - Public Areas|
|Haymarket Hotel - Dining|
|Haymarket Hotel - Rooms|
THE SOHO HOTEL
CHARLOTTE STREET HOTEL
COVENANT GARDEN HOTEL
So as you can tell, I was having a real hard time choosing my favorites as I think I could literally "die" for each of these rooms. Who wouldn't want to curl up on any one of these beds? Or have some tea in any one of these drawing rooms?
To be honest, I think I will just have to start booking some trips to London in order to give myself an excuse to stay in as many of these rooms as possible, and can't wait for what else this team decides to share with us here in NY!
Until then..one can dream!
More about Kit Kemp (whose own home was recently in Elle Decor) the Firmdale Hotels can be found at www.firmdale.com. Most images via this website as well as DesignHotels.com
Hotels in the Firmdale group:
The Soho Hotel
Covent Garden Hotel
Charlotte Street Hotel
Crosby Street Hotel