I’ve mentioned this several times before, but I love hotels. The Whitby Hotel caught my attention because of its affiliation with Kit Kemp, interior designer and owner of the Firmdale Hotels, which the Whitby is a part of.
The Whitby is the newest hotel in the boutique hotel brand’s portfolio. The majority of their properties are in London and to my advantage, two are in New York City. Being a mainly London based brand, it’s no surprise that both of the New York properties serve afternoon tea. Just another reason why the Whitby Hotel caught my attention.
The Whitby is located in Midtown Manhattan, just three streets away from Central Park and right around the corner from Fifth Avenue. It’s a very centrally located property within walking distance to many more of New York City’s main attractions, making it a perfectly situated hotel for visitors.
Inside the Whitby Hotel is the Whitby Bar and Restaurant and The Orangery. Both locations serve afternoon tea. I’d recommend having tea at The Orangery, a beautifully decorated room with a garden feel. I especially love those blue chairs.
The Whitby serves a special Bespoke English Breakfast Blend, which is made exclusively for Firmdale Hotels. Currently, there are only three options of tea that come with the traditional afternoon tea package: the breakfast blend, earl grey and chamomile.
Other options are available for a supplement of $2.50. Personally, I’d stick with one of the three teas that come with the package. This concept seems to be a thing across all of their hotels in London and New York.
I had the Traditional Afternoon Tea. Other options at the time of writing include a Healthy Afternoon Tea.
The Savory – (four varieties per person)
It looks like the Whitby updates their menu regularly. Mine didn’t have any of the traditional cucumber or salmon tea sandwiches.
Instead, I had two fried empanada like items that came with two different sauces.
The Scone – (two scones per person)
One plain and one fruit scone came with a generous serving of clotted cream and two flavors of preserves.
The Sweet – (four varieties per person)
Similar to the savories, the desserts also had some different sauces that the macaron and moist cake sat on.
I was kind of obsessed with the beautiful tea ware and plates. All are made by Wedgwood, and a special edition called Mythical Creatures designed by Kit Kemp. You can even purchase the plates or teapot (which I loved the most!) online.
Service was very slow. I was prepared for that as a friend who had been before warned me. However, staff are friendly.
WiFi is available for guests of The Whitby Hotel.
Social Media Aspect
Though each individual Firmdale hotel isn’t on social media, they have a main account that is active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I particularly enjoy following their Instagram to fill my feed with interior design goals.
I wasn’t particularly wowed by the food. So I’m wondering what it’s like in their properties across the pond. I’m especially curious about afternoon tea at Ham Yard, which has been awarded with a best afternoon tea award, beating out even The Ritz London!
So while food wasn’t great, I did enjoy the ambiance, and still think Kit Kemp is the coolest.
Cost: $55 for one Traditional Afternoon Tea
Tea Time: Daily 11 – 6 pm at the Orangery at The Whitby Hotel
18 W 56th Street
New York, NY 10019