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Hotel Mondrian SoHo Hotel 4 star
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9 CROSBY STREET New York, United States of America -
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The fourth and latest of the city's Morgan's properties, the Mondrian SoHo is arguably the most spectacular and the least New York-like of the lot. With design by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz based on Jean Cocteau's 'La Belle et le Bête', the hotel gives off a vibe that you'd expect to find on the coast rather than in the city. It feels fresh, airy and light and has some wonderful public spaces. Some of its rooms are on the small side, but this is compensated by exquisite design, a high standard of amenities, some spectacular views and a brand spanking new Italian restaurant. A hotel perfect for couples wanting to explore Downtown Manhattan, the Mondrian is the perfect trendy base.

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    Location 5.34 /10

    With some of the city's most exciting neighbourhoods on your doorstep, the Mondrian SoHo is the perfect base from which to explore Downtown Manhattan. Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo, the Bowery and the Lower East Side are all well within walking distance while other areas such as the East Village, City Hall (also for the Brooklyn Bridge) and FiDi are either a long stroll or short cab ride away. The immediate vicinity is a haven for independent stores, restaurant and bars and you'll certainly feel part of the neighbourhood staying in this residential area of the city. JFK is 18 miles away, La Guardia 10 miles and Newark 13.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The Mondrian doesn't have any guestrooms; instead it has 263 'sleeping chambers'. These are divided into five different categories, although the main differences are only in the size and how far they are up the 23-storey building. As in the lobby, the accommodations feature exclusively white and blue aside from the chrome desks and wall lamp mounts. The small standard rooms have either a queen or king bed topped with three signature cushions. The chrome bedside tables bear a Geneva iPod docking station and cordless telephone, while on the desk of the same material is an iPad which guests can use to order room service, ask concierge a question, make housekeeping requests etc. As well as a fully stocked minibar and snack tray, you'll find a collection of beautifully cut glasses with other amenities such as a safe iron and ironing board and umbrella in the closet. The bathrooms, which are partly fitted out in grey-vained white marble, feature walk-in showers with regular heads, Malin+Goetz toiletries, hairdryer and a large antique mirror. One simple but vital detail for us was the presence of a small shelf in the shower on which to place the bottles of gel and shampoo ? something that is more often than not missing from hotel bathrooms.

    The larger rooms have extra seating in the form of comfy armchairs upholstered in the same signature motif as the bed cushions, while 1-bedroom suites have a separate living space with its own flatscreen television (although we feel you could certainly get more for your money in terms of space and amenities elsewhere, but without the slick design). At the top of the hotel are the four penthouses which feature a private balcony and double shower in the bathroom.

    Note that rooms from the seventh floor upwards have a great view of the city as opposed to one of the buildings opposite which is the case of rooms lower down.

    Overview 9.70 /10

    There's something quite haunting (and daunting) about the entrance to the Mondrian SoHo on Crosby Street. The tall rusty gates covered in climbers and with lamps hanging between each of their columns indicate something far more sinister than is the reality. To the left of the plant-covered path up to the entrance proper of the hotel is a gravel area with young trees and some seating for those days when the weather permits al fresco drinking. Once through the tunnel-shaped walkway, which is also adorned with fairy lights, one enters the main lobby. Very much something out of a fairy tale (if not a delftware dream), the lobby features solely the two colours of white and a slightly violet blue. Across the hard floor space, whose ceiling is painted with the rose vine design leitmotiv, are a series of velour wingback chairs, soft leather seating around the base of huge white pillars, intricately detailed drum-shaped stools, the trademark Morgan's lanterns and fun ceiling lamps covered in fluff. After admiring the welcome hall, guests go up one floor to the reception desk where they check-in amongst a similar, yet smaller set-up. We're not huge fans of being obliged (or being felt obliged) to leave your bags with a bell boy while you then register somewhere else as this all but forces you to dig into your pockets. There's no denying though the beauty of the surroundings.

    Also on the first floor of the hotel are two terrace spaces either side of the building. One features an astroturf surface with garden furniture while the other, despite its paved flooring, has a warmer feel with dark wood seating and red seats and cushioning.

    The hotel's fitness room, located in the basement, features top-of-the-range machines for both cardio and weights workouts, although there is no natural light coming in. Water, towels and fruit are all provided on a complimentary basis. Those guests staying in room categories deluxe and above are entitled to a free-of-charge VIP pass at one of four Equinox locations. They can also take advantage of a 15% discount on all spa services at the centre. All of the hotel's guests can help themselves to a rental bike without charge. These are available on a first come, first served basis.

    Access to the rooms is swift and uncomplicated and the corridors wide and absolutely spotless (although a little too sombre for our liking). They are decorated with large antique Alice in Wonderland-style mirrors and that rose vine motif on the wall while at some of the windows are cushions for quiet contemplation. A word of advice: when looking for your room, look down rather than at eye level as the numbers are printed on the doorsteps!

    Food and drink

    The brand new restaurant at the Mondrian, Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar opened on 3rd August 2012. Replacing the seafood eatery Imperial No. 9, this new coastal Italian number will also take its place under the stunning greenhouse adjacent to the ground floor lobby. Native Sicilian chef Victor LaPlaca draws his inspiration from the Amalfi Coast, the Italian Riviera and from the cuisine he grew up on living on the Mediterranean's largest island. LaPlaca, who has spent the last 17 years opening up restaurants with Todd English, will be picking out the finest seasonal ingredients, the freshest market fish and the finest olive oils, salts, fruits and citruses for his modest, yet mouth-watering menus.

    Alongside the food menus will be a highly considered beverage list put together by spirit aficionado Steve Olsen. His cocktail menu features, amongst others, several variations on Negroni, Aperol Spritzer and gin and tonic. He has also painstakingly assembled a wine list comprising 18 drops by the glass (from coastal Italy, Sicily, Greece, Spain and the south of France) and over 100 by the bottle. There will also be a selection of local and European beers served in chilled glasses known as cañas.

    In terms of the space's design, there are two heavy influences: the lush landscape of the Bobboli gardens in Florence and the private Italian estates that line the country's coast. Suspended over the heads of diners will be a contemporary glass sculpture by artist Beth Lipman.

    Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar will serve all three meals, and stays open until 1am on the weekend.

    Mr. H is the hotel's exclusive after hours bar, inspired by neighbouring Chinatown. Oriental carpets, multiple mirrors, bird cages and plush cushioned sofas are just some of the luxurious features of this highly selective spot, where even the guests are not guaranteed entry (something we strongly disapprove of). But if you do manage to get in (doorman's discretion) then you are sure to have a unique evening amongst some glamourous company.

    To know

    The hotel opened at the end of February of 2011. It does provide wifi, however this costs $10 per day. There are 20 guestrooms adapted for guests in wheelchairs.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Animals allowed

      (under 11.5kg)

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Design/décor
    • Downtown location
    • Views
    • Public spaces

    disadvantages

    • No guest priority for Mr. H

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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