Here's a video room tour so you can see for yourself what we're talking about. (And we have a separate video of the bathrooms too.)
Some more observations from our little taste of Trump SoHo during the media preview last night ...
—From the bites available at the party, we'd say the food is good, not amazing, at Quattro Gastronomia Italiana—but the space wowed us more than the menu. This could change once we experience the restaurant in 'real life'. But they should keep the waiters. They were friendly—and good looking.
—Watch for the tables on the balconies with a view of below to become the most coveted spots at Quattro. Think of Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show, but much more fabulous.
—Likewise, The Library promises to be a popular spot if you claim a spot early. The shelving filled with Taschen books will make fans of shelter magazines cry. It hangs above the lobby, but being on the mezzanine gives loungers a space away from the rif-raff. (By the way, the books are for guest-use, not for sale. But there is a Taschen book in each guest room. Currently: New York Interiors.
—The rich/raw design maxim that Rockwell implemented is best seen in the lobby, with its double-height ceilings and mix of furnishings. We loved the row of shiny lounge chairs with individual lamps along one wall.
—The lobby bar, Kastel, will be open to guests and the public until 10 p.m., when it switches to guest-list only, with a separate entrance from Varick Street to limit lobby traffic.
—As we were touring the show rooms on the 26th floor, we overheard Don Trump, Jr. telling Lockhart Steele (of Curbed) that Trump SoHo would have the highest rate downtown. Also: "Not many downtown hotels have Central Park views."
—The higher price-point 'Deluxe' rooms begin from the 21st floor. It's all about the views—which are the most amazing from the corner 1-bedroom suites.
—All rooms have bathtubs, separate toilets, wet bars and microwaves. The standard rooms are big by New York standards, and feel much lighter and more airy than the room renderings had us thinking all that time.
—The pony-hair benches cost $5,000 a pop.
—"This is not Mr. Donald Trump," was how the look and feel of the hotel was described to us. "It's Ivanka."
—For now, Quattro, The Library, and Kastel will be open. The 'urban plaza', and everything on the seventh floor—the spa, the pool, and Bar D'Eau, will open in time for summer.
During the opening period, the standard rate is $389 a night. But for just one hundred more you can upgrade to a suite. And as our video shows, the sweet views make the suites a very sweet deal indeed ...
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