The Whitby

New York, NY


For Firmdale Hotels’ second New York property, Stonehill Taylor designed a new, 97,000 square foot building in Midtown Manhattan featuring interiors by Firmdale co-owner and visionary designer, Kit Kemp. In keeping with the surrounding architecture of the neighborhood, the structure has an elegant limestone façade, however the building’s distinctive form shaped by extensive balconies broadcasting the hotel as a destination of which to take note. Several suite balconies and terraces lend the 18-story building a distinctive shape that gradually scales back as the building rises. With over 20,000 sf of amenity spaces, the program includes the Drawing Room, The Orangery, and a Dolby-certified theater and function space. To accommodate the expansive public spaces, three floors of below ground programming were created, making the site one of the deepest excavations in Midtown Manhattan.


  • NYCxDESIGN Awards, The Whitby, Hotel Finalist


  • AHEAD Awards, The Whitby, Best Suite Winner


  • AHEAD Awards, The Whitby, Best Urban Hotel – New Build Finalist


  • Surface Travel Awards, The Whitby, Small Hotel Finalist



  • Wallpaper

    Thursday October 4, 2018

    New York is a city not exactly short of a good hotel. Featuring 86 bedrooms and suites scattered across 16 floors of a purpose built building designed by Stonehill Taylor, The ...

  • Hotel Business Design

    Friday November 17, 2017

    Kit Kemp has a unique perspective concerning The Whitby Hotel in New York City. Along with her husband, Tim, Kemp is co-owner of London-based Firmdale Hotels, which debuted The Whitby ...

  • Sleeper

    Friday October 20, 2017

    Architects Stonehill & Taylor have created a handsome limestone newbuild with expansive steel frame windows, in uenced by the surrounding architecture, particularly that of nearby Fifth Avenue. Thanks to the ...

  • Commercial Property Executive

    Wednesday October 18, 2017

    The London-based hotel company recently introduced The Whitby, an 86-key boutique hotel property at 18 W. 56th St. in Manhattan. Stonehill & Taylor is behind the architectural design of the 16-story ...

  • Hotel Business

    Wednesday October 18, 2017

    The new 97,000-sq.-ft. building’s architecture was designed by Stonehill & Taylor. The firm also is the architect of Firmdale’s Crosby Street Hotel in Manhattan.