Many Hideaway Report readers share my high regard for the London-based Firmdale Hotels group. Each of its eight boutique properties in the British capital possesses a distinctive flair, chiefly the result of co-owner Kit Kemp’s exceptionally creative, contemporary-English interior design. (My particular favorite is the Covent Garden Hotel.) Firmdale’s first overseas venture, the Crosby Street Hotel, opened in 2009 in New York’s SoHo district. It has now been joined by a sister property, The Whitby Hotel, housed within a purpose-built structure that boasts a choice Midtown location, just off Fifth Avenue on West 56th Street, three blocks from Central Park and close to high-end shopping (Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Tiffany, Cartier), the Theater District and the Museum of Modern Art.