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When we walked past Ham Yard Hotel last week, we could spot furniture behind the large factory-style windows, signalling Firmdale’s future flagship is making good progress. From the fabric on the chairs to the bold patterned curtains, there was no mistaking Kit Kemp’s style even from a distance, and now we have a whole set of images to back that up.
They come alongside a planned opening on June 1, which means we’re in the homestretch until the time we can check out the 91 bedrooms and suites, eat in the restaurant, drink at the bar, and knock over some pins in that bowling alley. Images show a number of different designs: from bold blue / yellow / white and a rich chocolate brown with gold and cream (above), to vibrant pink and purple and a more subdued grey (below). Reservations have also opened.
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Kemp states that the new 90-room property will be "all-new build similar in style to Crosby Street Hotel, with the large, warehouse-style windows rising to 15 stories". Some suites will have private terraces and facilities will include another screening room (there's already one at Crosby Street.)
We've loved the Crosby Street Hotel pretty much since it first opened back in 2010 so when we heard that London-based Firmdale Hotels was working on a second hotel for New York City, we got crazy excited.
Detes are scant but we do know that the hotel is already under construction at 20 West 56th Street, just off Fifth Avenue and just a few blocks from Central Park, not to mention Bergdorf Goodman, FAO Schwartz and The Plaza.
The Real Deal reported on hoteliers Kit and Tim Kemp's lease signing for the property back in February yet we're still waiting on more details about the rooms (how many?), the amenities (will there be an uptown screening room and film club?) and most importantly, the opening date (late 2014?)
However big or small the hotel will be, no doubt Kit Kemp will use her signature accents of "bold colours and textures" to do up the guest rooms. Embrace tasteful floral patterns, Midtown! The hotel, like all other Firmdale hotels, will also have its own logo. For example, Crosby Street features a girl in purple boots walking her dog. With Central Park so close by, the new hotel should have no problem drawing from it for inspiration. Perhaps something to do with The Pond?
Last week, we promised you a closer look at Dorset Square, the newest of Firmdale Hotels. How would the return of Tim and Kit Kemp to this property after a decade of absence (they previously owned the hotel) stack up against the group's perennially popular Covent Garden and Soho Hotels?
Like we said, we're pretty confident that fans of Kit Kemp's style will feel at home here. If you prefer your hotel to be a stark vision of white-on-white and concrete floors, or need facilities like a spa or fitness centre, go elsewhere, but for a modern British townhouse with a twist, Dorset Square might be just the address.
Set on the leafy square from which it takes its name, the hotel is close to Marylebone High Street, just north of Oxford Street and the famous West End. Being the site of Thomas Lord's first cricket ground, cricket is a theme you will see throughout the hotel, including the logo of two cricket bats and a ball.
With only 38 rooms spread over the floors of a Regency-era townhouse, Dorset Square is very much that: a townhouse hotel, which you'll experience from the airy ground floor drawing room to the twisting hallways and individual rooms upstairs.
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Well, lookie here. Another new hotel opening in London just in time for the Summer Olympics.
The hotel itself has actually been around for a while but it recently got a renovation from fairy godmother (and Firmdale's owner) Kit Kemp. Kemp has integrated her signature accents of "bold colours and textures" as well as pretty-looking fabric patterns (she makes floral look not just acceptable but desirable) and original art.