New York City’s Newest Hotel, Kixby Is Officially Open
In Midtown Manhattan the newest hotel, Kixby, made its official debut this month. Home to the flagship location of Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, the Lot 15 bar and lounge, and The Lookup Rooftop, Kixby is set to be a destination for locals and visitors alike.
Housed in a historic Beaux-Arts building, Kixby is the passion project of co-owner and managing partner Justin Arest, whose family has operated a hotel on the site since 1995. Partnering with Richard Born and Ira Drukier, the hospitality veterans behind BD Hotels (Bowery Hotel, The Jane, Pod Hotels), and the acclaimed Rockwell Group to design the hotel’s public spaces, Kixby brings a taste of old-New York and modern sophistication to Herald Square.
While Kixby Is New, Some Staff Have Been Welcoming Guests for 25 Years. In its previous life as the Hotel Metro, the hotel earned a loyal repeat clientele from around the world. Many on the hotel’s team, including its general manager, head of housekeeping and director of sales, have been with the property for 25 years and will stay to welcome guests at Kixby. Arest’s partners in Kixby are Ira Drukier and Richard Born of the renowned BD Hotels, which owns some of New York’s most stylish lodgings.
A namesake character will also animate Kixby. Mr. Kixby is a compilation of the known and imagined characters that have lent themselves to Kixby’s history. He was a resident of the original Collingwood and tended bar there in the early 20th Century.
Local lore paints English-born Mr. Kixby as a fabulous raconteur, pioneering artist, and inventive mixologist — a dapper, whimsical, slightly rakish presence. Kixby takes inspiration from his name and his spirit; its understated luxury blends Beaux-Arts splendor with clean, modern style that embraces and energizes guests from the minute they enter.
Bedrooms feature a stylish palette of periwinkle blue and charcoal gray. For the hotel’s clean-lined furniture, Arest sought out a unique source: Amish and Mennonite craftspeople in Ohio, who worked with him to customize the Kixby’s solid oak furniture. The cleverly designed dressers conceal a hotel safe and a mini-fridge.
Side tables, next to the hotel’s plush beds outfitted in MATOUK linens, feature two electrical outlets and two USB ports each — a thoughtful detail that’s often overlooked in some hotels. Even the numbers on each room have been hand-selected by Arest; crafted in solid brass, they also capture the hotel’s fusion of classic and modern. Bright, elegant marbled bathrooms feature Brizo fixtures with rain shower heads and hand showers, as well as lighted mirrors, bath amenities by New York-based apothecary MALIN + GOETZ and luxurious bathrobes made by Frette.