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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Summer 2014: SoHo, New York

June 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM | by | ()

The view from The Soho Grand

Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city, starting with New York. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in New York City? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try in the Soho section of town. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.


THE MERCER HOTEL: The Christian Liaigre-designed rooms at Andre Balasz's most exclusive hotel have not changed much in ten years but it's the hotel's ultimate location in the heart of Soho, coupled with their extreme pride in privacy, that makes this place one of the best in the city.
Room Rate: $500 a night on weekends.
Address: Corner of Mercer and Prince

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The Mondrian Soho Will Be No Mo', Thanks to New Owners

Where: 9 Crosby Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
June 23, 2014 at 8:57 AM | by | ()

This has been a long time in the making. The Mondrian Soho will officially be no mo' now that the property has some new owners.

The NY Post reports that real estate bigwigs Rotem Rosen and Alex Sapir in a partnership with Buddha Bar founder/owner Gerard Guez, have bought the Mondrian Soho hotel for $205 million. The hotel was previously owned by a financial institution that took over the property when it was in foreclosure.

The hotel will remain a luxury boutique hotel but no name or brand has been designated. However, anybody can see that this will clearly become the Buddhar Bar and Hotel New York. After all, Guez, already operates three Buddhar Bar and Hotels in Paris, Prague and Budapest.

That excites us tremendously but we're also a little sad, since Mondrian just opened their breezy new rooftop soda shoppe called Sonny's. Hopefully, we'll have one last chance to try it this summer. Rates at the Mondrian this weekend start at $295 a night.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]

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Lindsay Lohan Was Living (and Smoking) at The Soho Grand for Nearly Two Months

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  Site Where: 310 West Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
March 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | ()

Now, isn't this interesting? We learned from Lindsay Lohan's new reality show, "Lindsay" on the OWN Network, that the troubled star was actually living at the Soho Grand last fall for nearly two months before she was finally allowed to lease the apartment she wanted.

See, what makes this interesting is that we have Soho Grand at the very top of our list of hotels where Lohan isn't welcome. Back in 2007, Lohan had a drunken outburst that ended in her being carried back up to her room and then eventually escorted out of the hotel.

Granted, we published that story before Soho Grand took her in so somewhere over the course of the next few months, Soho Grand had a change of heart. (We suspect more likely the OWN production company convinced the hotel to take her in and showed them the green too.)

But throughout last night's episode, Lohan kept talking about how hotels remind her of her old lifestyle and bad habits and so she was desperate to get out of the hotel. (In a previous episode, before moving to a new room, her personal assistant had to make sure the minibar was empty.)

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How Suite: The Broome NYC to Open Its 14 Rooms on Valentine's Day

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  Site Where: 431 Broome Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
January 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

We've looked at insane Valentine's Day packages, considered a few of the sensible ones and rolled our eyes at the predictable amenities hotels will roll out over the next few weeks. But we think we've finally found the one.

It has everything we love--a boutique sensibility and size, with new, never-been-touched beds and an ideal location in the heart of SoHo. It's called The Broome NYC and it's opening on Valentine's Day.

The Broome, at 431 Broome Street, has just fourteen rooms spread through a five-story building, originally built in 1825. The room categories range from a standard queen to deluxe along with a junior suite and a penthouse suite. Amenities include furnishings by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, plush-top mattresses, Bellimo sheets and Samsung SmartTVs. The starting room categories are small but the penthouse has a 400-sq.ft private terrace for a reasonable amount (just $500 on opening night.)

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Things Are Getting Nasty Behind The Front Desk at The Mondrian SoHo

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  Site Where: 9 Crosby Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
September 30, 2013 at 1:43 PM | by | ()

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.

Check out more interesting hotel news after the jump!

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This Hotel Security Guard Was Setting Fires in NYC Hotels and Here's Why

September 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

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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Will The Mondrian Soho Be No Mo'?

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  Site Where: 9 Crosby St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
June 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

On Friday, a letter sent to shareholders of Morgans Hotel Group detailed some frightening behind-the-scenes financials for the uber-trendy Mondrian Soho Hotel as well as other key Morgans properties.

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.


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Trump Soho Doesn't Play Around With Their Kids Amenities

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  Site Where: 246 Spring Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
January 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM | by | ()

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.

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Trump Soho's Free Beauty Treatments For Fashion's Night Out

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  Site Where: 246 Spring St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
August 24, 2012 at 1:04 PM | by | ()

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?

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A Crib With a View at The Soho Grand

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  Site Where: 310 West Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
July 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM | by | ()

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.)

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Turndown Time: Fat Witch Brownies on the Bed at 60 Thompson

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  Site Where: 60 Thompson Street, New York, NY, United Kingdom
June 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM | by | ()

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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What's A Cheap Hotel Near NYU?

Where: 5 Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10003
August 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

HotelChatter Questions: In which, the intrepid HotelChatter editors and our hotel maven readers answer hotel questions that pop into our inbox. Have a question for us? Send it along. Think you have a better answer than we gave, or better yet, want to give a vote of confidence to our answer? Comment away below.

Here's one question from a reader whose daughter begins at NYU this fall:

"Since you have the inside NY Hotel scoop, do you know where to find any of the good promotional codes for the hotels you suggested?  Also is it better to book on-line or call and negotiate since I will be [in NYC] 7 nights. Lastly, if I wanted to stay right by NYU - Washington Sq, where would you recommend?

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