Mondrian Takes ManhattanFebruary 2, 2011 By: David Eisen Luxury Travel Advisor
The hotel landscape in New York’s SoHo is getting ever-more crowded—and we couldn’t be happier! The Latest: Mondrian SoHo, the fourth Manhattan hotel for Morgans Hotel Group, which opened the Morgan Hotel in 1984, deemed by many to be the first true boutique property. (How can you argue? Ian Schrager was a founding member of the hotel group.)
The Details: The group’s third Mondrian (Los Angeles and South Beach are the others), it will open on Crosby Street, in March, in an area that is now teeming with luxury hotels (think The James New York, Trump SoHo, SoHo Grand and Crosby Street Hotel).
The hotel’s design, spearheaded by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, who also worked on Mondrian Los Angeles, draws inspiration from cinema: specifically Jean Coucteau’s 1946 French fantasy film La Belle et la Bête, known for its grandeur and fairy tale set design. This feel greets guests right at entry: guests enter the hotel through a green garden topiary façade and find themselves in a lobby adorned in a powdery French blue color palette. Note: Morgans Hotel buffs will appreciate the lobby’s seating groups, which have a whimsical feel reminiscent of other Morgan’s hotels.
The French tale theme is extended into the hotel’s accommodations, which include four suites with terraces. Rooms, which Mondrian likes to compare to “jewel boxes,” feature large dramatic windows and marble foyers. Best of all may be the 10-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows offering great looks of the city.
The top accommodation here is the 1,170-square-foot Penthouse on the 25th floor (think dramatic north-facing views of the Empire State Building). There is also an additional 2,000 square feet of south-facing terrace space.
Travel advisors can contact Mondrian SoHo’s Director of Sales Michael Bridges (firstname.lastname@example.org; 212-554-6120).
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