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Penthouse + obscenely expensive chocolate = sweet suite
That Donald Trump – he may have controversial political views but he doesn’t half know the value of chocolate. What is the value? $260 for 1.5oz, apparently.
Because only the finest chocolate will do for The Donald, Trump SoHo has launched a package celebrating what purports to be (and almost certainly is) the most expensive pure chocolate in the world: To’ak (us neither, it's from Ecuador).
The going rate for a 1.5oz bar of To’ak is $260, but the hotel is upselling it for its Sweetest Thing To’Ak Tasting Package. It’s really pretty sweet, if you let yourself entertain the idea of blowing half your annual salary in a night. You’ll get:
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The rooftop bar, where classes will take place
How are your chakras today? Did you eat your breakfast mindfully this morning? If you answered positively to both those questions, go forth and have a blessed day. If you didn’t, you may need a little help. And Trump SoHo wants to be the one to do it.
The hotel’s spa just launched its summer fitness program, and is starting meditation courses along with more standard classes like sunrise yoga and aqua aerobics. Craig Hunter is the man to lead the meditation – classes are 45 minutes long and will “walk participants through various forms of traditional and contemporary meditative practices”. Does that sound like a lot of faff and not much time to get deep into a meditation? Possibly, but this might be a chance to work out the style that works best for you, plus he will also include “creative cycles of breath work”.
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We went through a series of updates last week after we initially reported the new owners of the Mondrian Soho were trying to kick out operators Morgans Hotel Group (in the middle of the night, no less) and rebrand the property as the NoMo Soho Hotel.
By the end of the day, a court had ruled Morgans should remain the operator, but the hotel's owner, Alex Sapir, isn't giving up. Like, at all. Here's what the statement he put out about the struggle to get the NoMo up and running:
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A while back we gasped when we heard that the Mondrian Soho, due to a litany of problems, would essentially be no mo'. (Meaning, no more.) And now, thanks to its new owners, that day has come--except there's a twist we did not expect.
The Mondrian Soho has been officially rebranded into the NoMo Soho Luxury Hotel. #NotAprilFools
Here is the official announcement for the now independent luxury hotel:
A Partnership between ASRR Capital, Alex Sapir and Rotem Rosen’s publicly traded Israeli Company, and Gerard Guez has announced the launch of a new independent luxury property, NOMO SOHO. Formerly known as the Mondrian SoHo and located at 9 Crosby Street in Downtown Manhattan, NOMO SOHO, which is in the process of transitioning management, will pay homage to its historic neighborhood while bringing a distinctively modern hospitality experience to Manhattan.
As an abbreviation for “nostalgic + modern,” the term NOMO sits at the intersection of vintage and cutting edge, both associated with the style of its location. The property and its namesake celebrate the original spirit of the area—known for its artistic origins, cast iron architecture and cobblestone streets—while blending the culture and fashion of today’s digital age.
ICYMI, Gerard Guez is the founder of Buddha Bar restaurants, but he is also working hard as a hotelier, as evidenced by the Buddha Bar Hotel in Paris.
The 263-room hotel will now be a part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts new Lifestyle collection, while Graham Leslie, the hotel's chief executive and head of hospitality will oversee the relaunch of NoMo which will include new amenities, new programming, new partnerships and new restaurant and lounge menus throughout the year. But we don't think the guest rooms will be touched. At least not right away.
Room rates at the NoMo SoHo (sorry, this still kills us) start at around $609 a night.
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Hotel art: it’s sometimes expensive, usually exclusive, and normally kept well within the hallowed lobby walls.
Not so at the James New York, which has just unveiled a mural on its façade on Sixth Avenue. Created by Paul Wackers, a Brooklyn artist (below), and done in conjunction with the trendy Grey Area art boutique, “Slow Dance and the Daylight” is the first external artwork for any of the James properties.
The last time we heard about the Greenwich in TriBeCa, it was offering to bring you a Christmas tree direct to your suite. Now, more
suite sweet news: the hotel has opened a new, top suite: the TriBeCa Penthouse.
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If you find yourself in New York over the holidays, The Greenwich Hotel (Robert de Niro’s TriBeCa hotel) doesn’t want you to be green with envy of those sitting around their fresh Christmas tree at home.
The 88-room hotel -- where no two rooms are alike -- will either set up a fully-decorated tree in your suite based on your ever-so-particular decorating style or, for some true down-home fun, will set up a tree-trimming party in your suite.
Once you’ve decorated the tree, head down to the cozy drawing room where the kids can have some hot chocolate from Locanda Verde and you can have a hot toddy – just to loosen up those vocal chords for carol-singing, of course.
Rates at the hotel this week start at $575 -- let's face it: this is the definition of last minute.
[Photos: The Greenwich Hotel]
Last week, news about new hotel brands for Millennials came fast and furious. While the momentum has died down a little bit, there's still news percolating out there. Like this bit about a Tommie Hotel from Thompson Hotels opening in Tribeca on Hudson Street next summer. [Insert clapping hands emoji right here.]
Yes, we've known about this property since Tommie Hotels were first announced in May 2013. But it's always been the other Tommie Hotel on E. 31st Street that we've been checking up on, each time getting slightly depressed that Spring 2016 seems like forever away.
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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]
As of last night, a a 1950's-inspired Italian beach club has taken over the penthouse rooftop at the Mondrian Soho. But there will be cocktails and gelato to go along with the party beats.
Sonny's Soda Shoppe is an homage to the Italian resort town,Forte Dei Marmi, and is decked out in classic Italian umbrella stripes with a 30-foot photo mural of the Tuscan coast from designer DeVinn Bruce that.
And what's a trip to Italy--either real or inspired--without ice cream? Indeed Sonny's Soda Shoppe will serve rotating flavors from delicious gelateria Laboratorio Gelato, signature pizzas and snacks by Isola executive chef Victor LaPlaca ($10 a slice; $18-20 a pizza); and market fresh Italian cocktails, "Gelato Floats", and frozen Limoncello by mixologist Julio Torres.
The soda shoppe will open from Wednesday to Friday from 6pm to 12am and from Friday to Sunday from 4pm to 12am.
[Photo: Mondrian Soho/Instagram]
After a long winter in NYC, it may seem like the warm weather will never come. But ladies visiting The Trump Soho can at least pretend it's summer vacation, by purchasing the hotel's new spa bag, filled with poolside accessories.
Called the ViX Valise, the canvas tote designed by the swimsuit brand, ViX Paula Hermanny, includes a caftan, flip-flops, a towel and a Bia bikini which is adorned 24k gold-plated hardware. The valise costs a pretty penny at $468 but it does save you from the hassle of hunting for a bathing suit during your stay. Most importantly, it has a cover-up too so you don't have to re-purpose your sweaty gym shirt and shorts when visiting the Trump's outdoor pool on the 7th floor.
Room rates at The Trump start around around $560 a night on the weekends. But can go much higher when the warm weather (hopefully) arrives.
[Photo via Trump Hotels]
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.)