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310 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Coming up to its fifteenth anniversary, the Soho Grand looks as good as ever. This trendy downtown hotel, in an equally modish part of town, has everything for the modern day traveller with well appointed rooms with city views, fashionably exclusive restaurant and bar, original décor and artwork throughout and a young, hip staff team at your call. This, together with several quirky details which give the hotel a unique identity, make of the Soho Grand a pleasant base from which to explore both the alternative local area, but also the New York that we are all so familiar with, having visited the city or not. We recommend this property for all types of traveller from coupes, to friends to families.

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    Location 4.99 /10

    The hotel sits on West Broadway, between Grand and Canal Streets in the trendy SoHo district of Manhattan. It's ideally situated for exploring downtown, surrounded by cool shops, restaurants and bars and next to the CanDo and FiDi areas of the island, home to Battery Park, Wall Street, ground Zero and the waterfront. A short taxi ride away are the equally hip Meatpacking, Chelsea and Greenwich Village districts of Manhattan, while to get further afield you can just hop on the subway at one of several stations around the hotel to get uptown or over to Brooklyn. The Holland Tunnel, which leads over to Jersey City is just several minutes away. JFK is 18 miles away, La Guardia 11 miles and Newark 13.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The vast majority of the hotel's 353 bedrooms are guestrooms, with a few suites and penthouses also available. The guestrooms are all pretty similar, with the amenities remaining pretty uniform. The major changes are the square footage (although there is very little difference between most of them) and the views. Being one of the tallest buildings in the area at 16 storeys, there are great views from the higher floors on all sides of the building; To the north you have the Empire State Building, to the south, Tribeca and the Financial District, to the east the city and the East River and to the west the Hudson River and New Jersey beyond. The standard rooms feature either a queen or king bed with a studded dark leather headboard. Flanking the bed are marble-topped wooden bedside tables with an iPod dock while at the foot of the bed is a multi-draw unit on wheels with corner protectors on top of which is a flatscreen television and DVD player. The room also holds an occasional table with a great steel-framed leather chair whose back is laced up the centre with cords. The minibar is concealed within a unit which recalls the trolley flight attendants march up and down aeroplane aisles and there is a closet behind whose curtain you'll find an iron and ironing board, bathrobes, umbrella and safe. The bathroom features a fun printed wallpaper with hand-drawn birds in black and white, lending a childish element to the space and has a bathtub with shower, old-fashioned fittings, Malin + Goetz toiletries and a Soho grand mug. Some of the rooms enjoy extra square footage in the room and bathroom, while others are simply decorated in slightly darker shades. There are 10 suites of up to 75m² located on the private 16th floor which boast ebonised ash wood flooring, iMacs in the living area and separate showers in the bathrooms. The most spacious accommodations are the two-bedroom penthouses which enjoy custom furnishings and terraces with stunning city views.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The entrance to the hotel is where you will be greeted by the doorman and have your luggage taken off you before heading past the concierge desk and upstairs to the lobby proper. You'll notice that the surroundings, designed by William Sofield, all contain elements that you'd expect to find in the streets outside: the glass-bottle staircase, cast iron railings and the tall concrete pillars all reflect the urban make-up of the area in which the hotel finds itself. We are certainly fans of this concept, even more so when juxtaposed with other design features such as the various dog statuettes, soft floral displays and giant ornamental bird cages in the seating area to the right of reception. This latter is appointed with comfy sofas, turquoise leather armchairs and foot rests and tall lamp stands and has soft music diffused into the background. The reception desk, which you see immediately as you come up the stairs, is remarkable for the large framed doorway behind it, crowned by a simple clock. The staff here is extremely pleasant and helpful and smartly turned-out to boot.

    The hotel has a small 24-hour fitness room equipped with top quality machines for a full workout. There is also a full-service hair salon in the form of Privé which as well as offering hair styling, make-up sessions and manicures and pedicures, also has massage and facial facilities which staff will happily perform in the privacy of your own room for an extra charge. Guests at the hotel receive a 20% discount on all services.

    The hotel's public spaces are kept clean and are in good condition. Along the wide, well-lit corridors outside the lifts, you'll find a bowl of apples on every floor, while tea, coffee, newspapers and ice are also available for your convenience.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The Grand Bar and Lounge serves an American cuisine throughout the day both in the lobby seating area described above and in the dining room to one end of it. There is a full range of breakfast fare in the mornings from set menus to à la carte eggs and sides of sausage and bacon, from waffles and pancakes to cereals and yoghurts. The lunch and dinner menus offer both nibbles and light snacks such as salads, pizzas and sandwiches as well as heftier fare including roast chicken leg or Arctic char to be followed by mouth-watering desserts such as NY cheesecake and butterscotch pudding. The wine list stays faithful to home soil with selections from France, Italy and Spain. Brunch is served is served on Sundays.

    The bar area at the other end of the hall to the dining room is decked out with copper-topped tables, weathered mirrors and wooden seats and stalls with studded leather seats. Here, from 5pm, you can enjoy both wine by the glass and a range of cocktails as well as snacks from the bar menu. Make sure you get here early though as it gets pretty packed, especially at weekends. The same goes too for the new (November 2010 opening) Club Lounge, an exclusive area favoured by celebrities and which hosts DJs in the evening. This is an exceptionally cosy room with chesterfield corner couches, a fireplace and low, studded leather tables. The brilliant mirrored photos on the walls depicting Hollywood greats past and present were done by a local artist, one of many that the hotel likes to support.

    To know

    The Soho Grand, which opened back in 1996, was one of the first boutique hotels to open in the then newly popular SoHo district and was the first new-build property in the area for over a century. There are a number of quirky amenities at the hotel, especially ones involving animals, that mark it out from others. For example, during the summer, there is a dog bar installed outside the hotel where pooches can lap up water to keep themselves cool. In addition, for those guests who can't bring their pets but miss them terribly, the hotel will loan you a goldfish and bowl to keep in your room for the duration of your stay. Also on loan at the hotel are a selection of DVDs and a fleet of Electra Townie bicycles during the autumn, spring and summer.

    Equipment

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

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    advantage

    • Trendy location
    • Original décor
    • Restaurant/bar
    • Privé hair salon
    • City views

    disadvantages

    • Distance from some main tourist attractions
    • Size of some rooms

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