Crosby Street Hotel where James Bond stay in New York

In a building designed to blend in with the 19th Century warehouses that surround it, you’ll find 86 rooms and suites spread over 11 floors. Each has floor-to-ceiling windows and is studded with Indian antiques. Discreet chintzy touches are speckled among the otherwise urbane furnishings.

The first-floor Meadow Suite has its own roof terrace planted with native American grasses – appealing to celebrities with eco-concerns such as Richard Gere. The top-floor suites offer the same level of glamour but more privacy and better views.

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The first US hotel from the British Firmdale group, it offers guests their own drawing room with an honesty bar where they can help themselves to drinks. There’s also a private cinema, a surprisingly rare asset for a New York hotel. It helps bring in a good supply of celebrities – Lindsay Lohan and Emma Stone have been here for screenings in recent months.

On the roof is a herb garden and four chickens named after boroughs of New York City – Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan – housed in their very own mock-Tudor hen house.

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Particularly nice is the shaded courtyard at the centre, typical of a hotel that’s more about serenity than being part of a scene. In good weather it acts as an offshoot of the hotel’s restaurant.

Location report: The Crosby Street Hotel is in Nolita which, in acronym-loving New York, stands for North of Little Italy. It is in the heart of downtown Manhattan and is surrounded by the loft apartments of the rich and famous – Samuel L. Jackson has an apartment across the road. It’s a stone’s throw from Balthazar, the French-style brasserie that has served as SoHo’s celebrity refuge centre for more than a decade. A few steps away is Elizabeth Street, home to some of Manhattan’s most desirable boutiques.

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Key attraction: Lots of New York hotels decide to include abit of art in the lobby, but at Crosby Street it’s a set of papier-mache dogs decked out in the Beano, underlining that, at heart, this is a posh, slightly bohemian part of England in downtown New York.

It’s hugely popular with British actors – including Jude Law, Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz. Alexa Chung and Carey Mulligan have also booked in for a taste of home. In the news: Demi Moore holed up here late last year after the collapse of her marriage to Ashton Kutcher.

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In April, one of the hotel’s chickens, Brooklyn, escaped from the hotel, only to land on the roof terrace belonging to Kelly Ripa, a TV talk-show host who lives next to the hotel. It was rescued and returned to its coop, but not before making headline news in celebrity and roof-terrace-obsessed New York.