Image: Morgans Hotel Group
January 29 2011
The city that never sleeps seems also to churn out new hotels on a 24/7 basis, and Manhattan once again leads the news with a long-awaited opening destined to add buzz to SoHo in a few weeks’ time. The Mondrian SoHo (first picture, www.morganshotelgroup.com; from $469) is the newest sister to the much-storied (and long since faded) Hollywood property of the same name, where back in the day even hotel guests scrambled to make it past the red velvet rope on a Friday evening.
This one’s über-chic Crosby Street address (courtesy of a lovely little courtyard fronting the 25-storey glass tower that’s actually on Lafayette) is a definite bonus; the slick, slightly cheeky design – lots of high-gloss metal and lacquer finishes, oversized lighting, storage spaces in quirky places – won’t be to everyone’s taste (but for them there’s the zanily cosy Crosby Street Hotel, www.firmdale.com; from $572, just down the road). The Mondrian’s parent company, Morgans Hotel Group, pioneered boutique-chic hotels in New York in the 1980s when Ian Schrager was at its helm; whether this will see it regain a prime place in its hometown remains to be seen.
Second and third pictures: the drawing room and the Meadow Suite of the Crosby Street Hotel.