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There's tons of hotel news flying around today and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so here is a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.
· Mondrian Soho Is Really No Mo' But Morgans Won't Go Down Without a Fight: In June, we heard whispers that the Mondrian Soho was in danger of losing its Mondrian name. And now, it's official. A Delaware court ordered parent company, Morgans Hotel Group, out of the hotel. However, Morgans isn't going without a fight. NY Daily New's Confidential column got a hand on some of the court filings between Morgans and property owner, Suchin Downtown Realty, and it's ugly.
Morgans has alleged that the hotel owners cut costs, including the elimination of an extra generator which really could have come in handy when Sandy happened and by skimping on the size of the penthouse suite. Meanwhile, Suchin says that Morgans mismanaged the property, causing it to place last in REVPAR results compared to its competition.
Right now, Morgans is appealing the decision and apparently, it's business as usual at the hotel. Rates start this weekend at $409 a night.
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We've all been there with our jobs--so annoyed and frustrated and sick of the same damn BS that we've wanted to set it on fire and walk away. Ok, maybe we all haven't had that last thought but a hotel security director at the YOTEL in Times Square did and he acted on it too.
Fire marshals arrested Mariano Barbosa, Jr., over the weekend for setting fires at the Yotel in "an attempt to make the hotels less popular and his job more manageable." The NY Times reports further saying:
It appeared to fire marshals that Mr. Barbosa had grown tired of patrons at the hotels’ bars and parties, said a fire official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation. “He desired that the incidents would be blamed on the clientele, and if that was the case maybe they would curtail the parties, and the venues would be more manageable,” the official said.
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To quickly get you up to speed, OTK Associates (one of the largest shareholders of the Morgans stock), has sued fellow board members to stop them from doing a deal with Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa company and from recapitalizing assets. It’s an extremely complicated situation but a Delaware court recently ruled in favor of OTK, who is now trying to replace the exist boardmembers with picks of their own.
In their recent letter to shareholders with their boardmember suggestions, OTK Associates revealed that foreclosure proceedings began in January for the Mondrian Soho. But that's not all:
In February 2013, the owner of Mondrian SoHo, a joint venture in which Morgans Group owns a 20% equity interest, gave notice purporting to terminate our subsidiary as manager of the hotel. It also filed a lawsuit against us seeking termination of the management agreement. We intend to vigorously defend our rights to continue managing the property under our management agreement and related agreements, but we cannot assure you that we will be successful.
You already know, the Trump Soho ticks off all the boxes of a sleek luxury hotel. Soho nabe? Check. Fendi Casa furniture? Check. Bathtubs with killer views? Check. Special events for Fashion Week? Check. Models AND sushi? Check and check. Yet despite all these cool requisites, the hotel is actually very kid-friendly.
We detailed our surprise last summer with their Lather Baby toiletries but they've upped the ante since then, adding a Hop Skip blue whale faucet cover for bath time along with Go Fish baby shampoo and bubble bath, a loofah glove, squeaky toys for babies and a step stool for those sorta-older kids who need just a bit of help inside the shower. Trump even has children's robes in three sizes along with kid slippers.
New York Fashion Week brings all sorts of interesting people into town and the city takes on a frenetic, well-dressed energy. If you think you may need a little help getting your glam on, the Trump SoHo is setting up a free pop-up beauty bar open to the public on September 6th the day of Fashion's Night Out.
From 5-8 pm, The Spa at Trump SoHo will host a makeshift beauty section on the 7th floor next to its chic poolside Bar d’Eau. Gals (and guys, too!) can prep for a night on the town with complimentary makeover treatments . As they get pampered while sipping on free prosecco and nibbling on small bites, they can also do a bit of shopping and purchase the makeup and skincare products on hand by Kate Somerville, SpaRitual and more, as well as items sold at the Trump’s spa.
Here’s what’s for free on the Beauty Bar menu:
*Hair touch ups: blow dry, flat iron, curling iron, up-do (no wash)
*Makeup touch ups
*Nail polish change
We say if you’re in the area, this is something to jump on! It certainly beats trying to do a frantic, free makeup application at Sephora, right? What, you’ve never done that?
Summer's here and school's out which means your summer travel plans may involve schlepping the little ones along with you. Same goes for new parents who aren't quite ready to compromise their jetsetting lifestyles. While it definitely requires more planning and more organization, a dream vacation can still be had. All this week, we'll be looking at a few hotels that are making it not just fun but easier for families to have a summer trip to remember.
One of the greatest things about New York City is that you can find pretty much anything you want at any time of the day from vintage clothing and rare books to exotic cuisine, late-night party spots, outdoor recreation, entertainment for all tastes and something as random as a nail salon open past 9pm. And everyone delivers, even the grocery store.
So when it comes to families staying at The Soho Grand, it shouldn't be a surprise that the hotel has equipped the guestrooms with all the necessary basics for babies including a crib, a diaper pail and a Maclaran Volo stroller. Yet this is the first time we've seen a hotel go all out for babies, beyond plush crib bedding and a stuffed animal (the Soho Grand has one of those too, a soft cuddly teddy bear.)
We always love a good turndown here at HotelChatter, particularly the over the top ones found at luxury hotels where they turn down the lights, close the blinds, fold back the sheets, lay out a soft linen on the floor next to the bed, place mints and bottled water on the nightstand and position slippers properly so that upon waking you can swing your legs over the side of the bed and slip your feet into them with no fuss.
But at 60 Thompson the other night we were pleasantly surprised not so much by the skill of the turndown but simply by the two small brownies from local shop, Fat Witch Bakery, placed on the bed, next to a breakfast room service menu. Yum yum.
The turndown did include softened lights, two bottled waters on the nightstand and folded back sheets but we had to hunt for the slippers in the closet. Still, there's something so forgiving about a brownie before bedtime.
We snagged a room at 60 Thompson, thanks to HotelTonight for about $363. Yup, you read that right. We told you rates in NYC have been crazy recently. However, rates do fluctuate so if you're flex with your dates you too can enjoy Fat Witch brownies in bed at 60T for well under $300 a night.
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It may be a week yet until we can spend the night at the Mondrian Soho, but the place is already hosting thanks to Fashion Week parties at the appropriately buzzy Mr. H, Armin Armiri's "Chinatown-themed" nightspot that's soft opening the hotel with a hefty dose of fashion celeb cachet.
Saturday night's Prabal Gurung after-party saw Mondrian's chef Sam Talbot in the crowd, as well as Barbara Bush and J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons. (The neon "no prostitutes" sign is probably the most-Twitpic'd and Tumbl'd design feature of the still-to-open-to-plebes bar.)
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We're not saying it's easy to open a hotel in New York City, but, damn, The Nolitan just can't seem to open a hotel in New York City. The hotly anticipated Kenmare Street boutique was most recently meant to open in March—but now it won't open until at least April 4.
Indeed. A late-last-night check of opening rates revealed that there's no availability until that date, and we don't suspect that's because the hotel has miraculously sold out all of March since last we checked (a few days ago). But wait, it gets worse.
The rate for that so-called first night? A cool $425 minus five percent if you're willing to pre-pay. That's a far cry from the $289 introductory rate promo'd on the Nolitan's home page. And here we thought economics dictated a discount when dealing with an uncertain future.
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Today Soho's James Hotel finally gets a restaurant, a little over five months since opening on Grand Street. It's David Burke Kitchen, a 95-seat basement space that compliments the rooftop bar, Jimmy. The menu, embedded below, presents "wholesome and hearty modern American food," including Burke's signature potted meats and vegetables as well as Soho rarities like bison tartare and Vermont rabbit.
What's worse than the two-week delay, just two weeks before the opening? A little bait-and-rate-switch on The Nolitan's website, where prices are promised "from $289." Sounds good, seeing as the last times we checked, the best deals we could find were $314 and $337.50, respectively.