For our most recent NY visit over the MLK weekend, we opted to try this newest offering from the Morgans Hotel Group, again using a flash sale from our favourite private website. Although we have stayed at the Mondrian in Los Angeles, this was our first NY Morgans stay (we have visited the Royalton and Hudson, however). Morgans hotels are well-known for their contemporary, sometimes quirky style, often in partnership with French designer Philippe Starck, and their active lounge/bar scenes. I would say they cater mostly to a younger crowd, and are not particularly family-oriented. They also are perhaps less known for their service.
The Mondrian Soho is situated in the southeast corner of Soho, just a block away from Chinatown and a Holiday Inn. Jil Sander, Derek Lam and the famous Opening Ceremony boutiques are steps away. The only other Soho hotel we have stayed at is the Mercer (an Andre Balazs hotel), which is more centrally located within Soho, as is the Soho Grand. The James and Trump Soho hotels are on the southwest edge of Soho. Soho is a tourist destination mainly because of its high calibre shopping opportunities, as well as its art galleries, restaurants and bars. Most businesses are situated in historic cast iron buildings; the area is a National Historic Landmark.
The Mondrian's main entrance is on Crosby street, with another entrance on Lafayette. It seems to be one of the taller buildings in the area, if not the tallest, and thus commands nice views from its upper floors. One enters the hotel via an ivy-trellised walkway alongside the greenhouse-like restaurant (Isola). The hotel's interiors were designed by architect Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, inspired by Jean Cocteau's film "La Belle et la Bete" (Beauty and the Beast). I found the hotel's colour palette of white and shades of royal blue quite lovely. The ground floor features seating areas, a bar with a private room beyond it concealed behind bookcases, and the aforementioned restaurant Isola Trattoria and Crudo Bar. The reception desk is on the 2nd floor, where there are also meeting rooms and 2 whimsical outdoor decks. The top floor (penthouse) also has rooms for private events as well as a large outdoor terrace. The small fitness centre is in the basement. There apparently is a lounge called Mister H somewhere in the hotel, but we did not see it. Service overall was quite friendly and surprisingly non-judgmental, as service from beautiful young people can sometimes be.
The room we booked was a Deluxe One Bedroom Suite, about 350-400 sq. ft. Standard rooms are a compact 200-250 sq. ft. Our suite featured a sitting room with a sofa, chair, large HD TV, the hotel's signature chrome desk with an iPad from which you can access hotel info as well as numerous newspapers), minibar with whimsically labeled selections, and both an orchid and succulent plants. The bedroom had a king bed with storage drawers underneath, chair, bedside tables with a large iPod player/clock, and another TV. The bathroom had a small sink area that was open to the bedroom, with the toilet and large marble shower enclosed behind opaque glass. There was a thermostat in each room that gave temperature readings about 10 degrees apart. The floor-to-ceiling windows (that can open a bit) allowed in plenty of light; our views were to the east, where we could see glimpses of the East River as well as 3 bridges--Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn--plus the Lower East Side. Aside from some nearby street construction that continued until about 10pm, noise was surprisingly minimal, and the windows quite noise-suppressing and cold-insulating (it went down to the 20's during our stay). Our package included Wifi, which was pretty speedy.
We had cocktails and crudo one evening at Isola, and it was very nice, but a bit pricey. The nights we stayed at the hotel, there did not seem to be nearly as much of a bar scene as at other Morgans hotels; in fact the outer bar was closed. There are many restaurant options in Soho--we particularly liked Andrew Carmellini's The Dutch (on Sullivan at Prince), and you can't go wrong with Keith McNally's venerable and atmospheric Balthazar Restaurant a few blocks north on Crosby at Spring. We in fact gorged ourselves at restaurants throughout Manhattan, since our visit coincided with Restaurant Week.
Overall, the Mondrian is a solid, stylish lodging choice in this part of town. I would certainly like to try the James in the future, having enjoyed their Chicago property in the past, but I prefer the Mondrian's Soho location to the other Morgans hotels' locales.
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April 30, 2013
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review. We love your knowledge of our properties and the fabulous neighborhood that is Soho.
I want to take the time to comment on a few of your observations regarding our property.Our hotel is in fact the tallest building in Soho. We didn't place any artwork in our rooms and instead installed those fantastic floor to ceiling windows which are meant to display the NYC view as art. Our restaurant, Isola, is now offering a wonderful weekend brunch menu which has become extremely popular with our locals. Perhaps next time you join us, you will be able to experience Isola during the busier hours when the restaurant really comes to life.
We hope you will be staying with us again soon. Thank you again for your posting and I do apologize for the delay in my response.
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