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Mondrian Hotel on Lafayette Street is a Go

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  Site Where: 150 Lafayette Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10013
June 28, 2007 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

The NY Post reports today that the Mondrian Hotel on Lafayette Street in SoHo is official.

Rumors about the Mondrian SoHo popped up back in April and we didn't doubt them for a second with Mondrians popping up all over the country.

So what will the East Coast Mondrian have to offer?

The ultra-hip inn at 150 Lafayette St. will have 270 guest rooms, a glamorous restaurant, ballroom, exercise club and a penthouse suite with outdoor party space, reports The Post's Braden Keil. The developers, Morgans Hotel Group and Cape Advisors, say they plan to open their spinoff of the glamorous Hollywood original in late 2009.

This is all really good news for Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears because now they have a place to run to during a Manhattan Meltdown.

This is bad news for DeNiro, Pomeranc, Balazs and any other hotelier with a new hip hotel opening in downtown.  The more hotels does not mean the merrier hoteliers.

Related Stories:
· New Mondrian [NY Post]
· Mondrian NYC Hotel Rumored On Lafayette Street [HotelChatter]

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Mondrian NYC Hotel Rumored On Lafayette Street

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  Site Where: 150 Lafayette Street [map], New York City, ny, United States, 10013-3116
April 17, 2007 at 12:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Down By The Hipster is reporting that the old Chinatown Dialysis Center on Lafayette is set to become the Mondrian Hotel NYC.

That's right, the Mondrian is coming to Chinatown. The project represents Morgans Hotel Group's triumphant return to New York City. Crazy right? We know. The work is being overseen by the conversion experts at HTO. They even have a permit! The hotel will definitely have some big name restaurant and nightlife establishments, but no contracts have been signed with anyone.

This sounds about right. Since the beginning of the year Morgans, and more specifically, Mondrian, have made it perfectly clear that they will be expanding fast and furiously. Well, let's make one thing clear--unlike Yotel or aloft they aren't just firing off expansion press releases without opening hotels.

Back in January Morgans renovated and reopened the James Hotel as Mondrian Scottsdale, and now it appears they are readying a Mondrian Hotel in downtown NYC.

What does this mean? DeNiro, Pomeranc, and Sean MacPherson better ready themselves for some more competition.

Related Stories:
· Rumored Mondrian NYC Map [HotelChatter]
· Mondrian Hotels [HotelChatter]
· Psst...DBTH Has a Secret [DBTH]

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Weekend Hotel Happenings: Yoko Ono Learns Kung Faux

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  Site Where: 2 Avenue of the Americas [map], New York, ny, United States, 10013
February 23, 2007 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel: Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York

When: Saturday, February 24th: 9pm-late

Where: The Sanctum @ Tribeca Grand

What: A party in honor of NY Comic Con featuring the musical stylings of Shitake Monkey, a guest DJ set by Yoko Ono spinning, and Kung Faux episodes in the screening room from 9pm - 11pm. New episodes starting every half hour.

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Furniture Designer Seeks Hip, Inexpensive NYC Hotel

January 12, 2007 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

A reader recently emailed us with this question:

I will be coming into NYC in May for ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) and I would like to stay in a hip hotel that isn't overpriced.

Well, that isn't an easy feat. You see, hip in Manhattan-speak translates roughly to $400-$450 a night. But if you were wondering where we would tell our friends to stay, here's what we suggest.

· W Union Square: The place has a great restaurant, Olive's and a hip nightlife with Underbar. It's also in the heart of Union Square which is less touristy than say, Times Square. But our main reason for suggesting this hotel is that the rooms are fairly large here. So that $400 rate you fork over will go for some extra breathing room.

· THOR: It's in the hot Lower East Side neighborhood and it oozes hip with decor that will certainly impress a contemporary furniture designer. But since the fair is taking place at the Javits center on the West Side, this might be too much of a trek.

· Speaking of West Side, there are plenty of options in the Meat-Packing District. While abhorred by natives, this is a good area for tourists who want to be in the middle of the downtown action. There's the Gansevoort which will dazzle you with its rooftop views (although the Euro-trash may make you sick). A little farther north is the probably more affordable Maritime Hotel. The trade-off there is the Murphy beds.

· 60 Thompson: While the rooms here are cramped, the hotel has a killer location in Soho and hip nightlife.

· Incentra Village House: a cheap alternative to the Gansevoort at $175 a night for a double. But you will forgo all hipness and coolness here.

So say we, but what say you all?

Help our furniture designer friend choose NY Downtown with your carnal hotel knowledge.

Related Stories:
· Downtown NYC Hotel Scene Map [HotelChatter]

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2006's All-Star Map Hotels

December 29, 2006 at 11:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

2006's All-Star Map Hotels

This year, HotelChatter launched its first ever Google mash-up maps. Three to be exact and each map had a stand-out hotel we are awarding as the All-Star Hotel.

On the Hollywood Hotel Star Map, the Hollywood Roosevelt stands out because its celebrity scene has been off the hook since the day it opened. Then this year the whole Amanda Scheer-Demme fiasco happened. But even when her VIP club Teddy's reopened again without her, celebs still flocked to the place.

When it came to do a map for NYC, we chose only the downtown hotels because let's face it, who wants to stay in Midtown? The All-Star here is The Hotel on Rivington or THOR. How could we ignore the hash-hammock suggestion from the "Director of Luminous Detail" Nemo Librizzi? Then we found out from our Super Secret Insider that I-bankers are worse guests than touring rock stars. The hotel also rounded out its year by opening up a members-only lounge, the restaurant and the eclectic boutique Annie O. Of course, how could we forget the place has see-through shower windows?

On the Viva Las Vegas map, picking an all-star was difficult because all of the high roller hotels in Vegas we profiled are big stand-outs. But we're going to go with THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. The Alain Ducasse restaurant on the top floor is superb and the strip views are unbeatable. When you venture outside of this boutique hotel within a hotel, hit up the pool area where an employee named Moses is in charge of parting the water at the giant water park.

Don't forget to submit your favorite Las Vegas Hotel Story.

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Incentra Village House: Meatpacking Alternative

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  Site Where: 32 Eighth Avenue [map], New York, ny, United States, 10014
December 4, 2006 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel Maven carlottavalez wants you to know staying in the Meatpacking District doesn't have to suck. Er, or at least you don't absolutely have to stay at at the Dennis Rodman of hotels. Here is her alternative. Enjoy.

Okay so I'm not sure any celebrities have actually ever stayed at Incentra Village House, a modestly priced Meatpacking hotel (for New York, $175 per night for a double), but it certainly has starred in an endless number of Greenwich Village exterior shoots and it is a damn fine alternative to the Gansevoort--for what it is worth.

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Introducing The Downtown New York City Hotel Scene Map

October 3, 2006 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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Back in 1998 Big Punisher rapped about "Uptown Baby", but we're here to talk about Downtown Baby today. In the fall of 2006 current hip hop fare is completely unlistenable, but Downtown NYC hotels are all the rage.

Screw those stuffy old historic hotels in Midtown and by Central Park. These days whether you are a local, a tourist, or a business traveller, more and more people are sneaking a peak at downtown Manhattan hotels, and we put together a list and mash up to prove it.

We tried to make our hotel map list--wait for it-- as helpful as possible. Important info like room rates, square footage and nearest subway stop are included. Of course, we also added a bit of our own flavor-- Map-Making Moment, Who you might find in the lobby, and Hotel Bar vs. Hotel Restaurant, are all, shockingly items we added from our rigorous research and experience over this past year.

This map obviously is not your run-of-the-mill "Manhattan hotel rooms for under $200" list. After all, these days, $200 won't even get you a night on Central Park bench--though it might score you a room here. But, hey, where else can you find out where those "gritty" Gen X'ers on the Lower East Side are most likely to put up their parents for a night.

This map is alive--let's keep it that way. Add comments to the stories, photos to the HotelChatter Photo Pool, and send us tips when the mood strikes.

Note: If you are having Google bubble problems on the map, close out and then reopen. You may have to open and close the bubbles a couple of times.

Related Stories:
· HotelChatter's NYC Downtown Hotel Scene Map [HotelChatter]

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NYC Downtown Hotel Map :: Soho House

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  Site Where: 29-35 9th Avenue [map], New York, ny, United States, 10014
October 3, 2006 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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New Yorkers love exclusivity and the Soho House is no exception. The UK version of the members-only clubhouse opened in the Meatpacking district in 2003 with the offering of 24 hotel rooms for outsiders to book. However, exclusivity often comes at a high price so this isn't quite the hotel of the people.

Room Rules
Each room is named with play like the Playpen, Playroom, Playhouse and Playground and feature exposed beams and brick walls of the former warehouse. But this isn't some hard-edge meatpacking district place. The rooms get swank with some crystal chandeliers, antique furniture and oriental rugs, along with hi-tech amenities.

The Playpen bedrooms give you more room than the Soho hotels at 325 sq ft while the Playground gives you 950 sq ft to accommodate your anglo-phile obsesssion.

In the larger rooms (the Playroom and Playground) there are freestanding baths while the Playpen has a spacious walk-in shower. Cowshed hair and body products are the toiletries provided for guests, hand-made and shipped straight from England. Or so they say...

Three Day Average
The Playroom was available on Oct. 29 and 30 for $595 a night. But always check their last minute New York deals for cheaper rates, although it's not always guaranteed.

Only in NYC Amenity or Service
A possible sighting of Gwenyth Paltrow, Madonna or Stella McCartney and their spawn at the teeny tiny rooftop pool. Or maybe a dead baby doll.

Map-Making Moment
Of course, it's the Sex and the City episode when Samantha crashed the pool area.

Hotel Bar vs. Hotel Restaurant
You have to be a member of the Soho House or a guest to use the hotel restaurant and bar and this in itself is pretty pricey (Memberships costs $1400 a year, if you can get in). Then once you can actually use the restaurant or bar, you have to fork over a lot for the bill. So in this case, neither place wins.

Who you are most likely to see in the lobby:
High brow members only, thank you. Well, members and their chosen guests. Make that, members, their chosen guests, and Luscious--an attractive, well spoken prostitute.

Subway Stop:
If you can afford to stay at the Soho House then you wouldn't be caught dead riding the subway.

Quickest route uptown
Your Town Car or chauffered Rolls.

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NYC Downtown Hotel Map :: Maritime Hotel

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  Site Where: 363 West 16th Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10011
October 3, 2006 at 11:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

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The Maritime Hotel is on the border of the Meatpacking District and Chelsea on 16th street and Ninth Ave. Once the headquarters of the National Maritime Union in 1966, the hotel keeps the nautical theme intact from the porthole windows to the "marine blue" lobby carpet and the teak wood paneling.

Room Rules
There's not a whole lot of room options here. You got either the standard room which averages about 300 sq ft and comes with a faux Murphy bed or the penthouse with its terrace suites. On the bright side each room has complimentary WiFi, flat screen LCD television and DVD player, and bathroom amenities by C.O. Bigelow.

Three Day Average
For our selected dates, a standard room was going for $395 a night.

Only in NYC Amenity or Service
The porthole windows.

Map-Making Moment
Definitely the hotel's Model Night during Fashion Week.

Hotel Bar vs. Hotel Restaurant
Fortunately, the Maritime Hotel has not done kitchy nautical-themed restaurants or bars here. They have two restaurants--La Bottega and Matsuri--both of which take advantage of the huge outdoor patio aka the Cabanas Rooftop bars. In case that isn't enough, there's also a regular old Lobby Bar. But the piece de resistance here is probably the Hiro Ballroom which can be rented out for special events. On side of the wall is a 20 foot bar; on the other side is banquette seating.

Who you are most likely to see in the lobby:
Models. Male models, female models. Lots of models, oh, and John Stamos.

Subway Stop:
The A,C,E or L at 8th Ave.

Quickest route uptown
A,C,E.

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NYC Downtown Hotel Map :: THOR

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  Site Where: 107 Rivington St [map], New York, ny, United States, 10002
October 3, 2006 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

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The Hotel on Rivington or as the blogosphere likes to call it, Thor, is either the big eyesore in the Lower East Side or the first great sign of neighborhood gentrification, depending on how you feel about that stuff. The place is now about 2 years old but we still aren't sick of it.

Room Rules
Advertised as "larger-than-average" the Thor rooms have Tempurpedic mattresses from Sweden, flat screen TV, motorized curtains and heated tile floors in the bathroom. The Regular rooms are supposed to be 30 percent more than the average NYC hotel room at 300 sq ft, while the 3-story penthouse suite has a grand total of 2,500 sq. ft. for your pleasure.

Three Day Average
For our selected dates, the regular King rooms are going for $350 a night, plus $96.66 in taxes.

Only in NYC Amenity or Service
It's a toss-up between the eclectic Annie O boutique store and the voyeuristic see-through bathroom windows.

Map-Making Moment
Again another toss up between the moment real customers entered the place and Nemo Librizzi's hash hammock suggestion.

Hotel Bar vs. Hotel Restaurant
We haven't heard much about the THOR restaurant but the member (and guests) only lounge hasn't won rave reviews. Mainly it's too cramped for people to even stand around in.

Who you are most likely to see in the lobby:
The Midwestern parents of "gritty" LES Gen Xers, rock stars and i-bankers.

Subway Stop:
The F train at Delancey Street.

Quickest route uptown
The F to the 6 at Bleeeker which takes you up the East Side. Change at Grand Central for the shuttle over to Times Square.

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NYC Downtown Hotel Map :: The Mercer Hotel

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  Site Where: 147 Mercer Street at Prince Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10012
October 3, 2006 at 11:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

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Before there was Hotel QT, The Standards and The Raleigh, Andre Balazs opened The Mercer Hotel way back in 1998. It took Balazs eight years to open the darn thing after investment hurdles and trying to accommodate historical landmarks (the building is over 100 years old and was originally an office site for John Jacob Astor II.) But those eight years paid off as the hotel is still a chic boutique hotel to visit today.

Room Rules
Props to the Mercer for including the exact square footage for each type of room on their web site, ranging from the 280-sq-ft Courtyard room to the gigantic, 1,375-sq-ft Penthouse and Courtyard Suites.

Three Day Average
There were no available rooms for our selected weekend but Oct. 22 to 24 showed a Mercer Room (300-sq-ft.) overlooking Mercer Street available for $495 a night. This may seem low for the hotel but remember, it's a weeknight.

Only in NYC Amenity or Service
Complimentary guest passes to the Crunch Gym or World Gym around the corner.

Map-Making Moment
The unforgettable Russelle Crowe Phone-Throwing Temper Tantrum.

Hotel Bar vs. Hotel Restaurant
Without a doubt, Mercer Kitchen.

Subway Stop:
The N,R at Prince St.

Who you are most likely to see in the lobby:
Youngish couples in love and a bit of the Hollywood crowd.

Quickest route uptown
The N,R train will take you into the heart of Times Square.

Related Stories:
· Loft Life at Soho's Mercer [IHT]

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NYC Downtown Hotel Map :: 60 Thompson

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  Site Where: 60 Thompson Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10012
October 3, 2006 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

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Currently Jason Pomeranc's only completed hotel in New York right now, 60 Thompson has managed to stay afloat in the boutique hotel scene, largely with its prime Soho location and by providing a killer nightlife.

Room Rules
The rooms are filled with goodies like Dean & Deluca snacks, toiletries from Fresh, linens by Sferra and complimentary WiFi. However, the standard rooms are tiny. They range from the Queen Superior (probably because only a queen-sized bed can fit in the room) to the King Deluxe. Things get a little roomier when you book a King Suite which has a balcony or the 1,000-sq-ft Thompson Suite.

Three Day Average
For our dates selected the Queen Superior was available for $539 a night.

Only in NYC Amenity or Service
The members-and-guests-only rooftop bar, Above 60, offers kick-ass views of the city without a crush of Eurotrash and B&T-ers.

Map-Making Moment
60 Thompson became an "It" spot when it first opened in 2001 but we still like it that Charlie Sheen got kinky with some prostitutes there back in '04.

Hotel Bar vs. Hotel Restaurant
What the hotel lacks in room size, they make up for in the restaurant and bars. Kittichai serves contemporary Thai cuisine which is a fave among locals while the Thom bar and Above 60, provide exclusive places to sip your expensive but tasty Lychee martinis. So, we consider this restaurant-bar face-off a tie. (Note: Above 60 is closed in the winter.)

Who you are most likely to see in the lobby:
Nick Lachey sneaking a Christmas tree up to his suite.

Subway Stop:
The 1,9 at Houston.

Quickest route uptown
The 1,9.

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