Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Escape Routes: Mondrian Soho, New York

110224 STANDARD-3934.jpg
110224 LOBBY VIGNETTE-4458.jpg
Garden 2.jpg
Imperial 9.jpg
Mondrian_Soho_120910 58807c.jpg

New York. It’s hard to find something new to rave about in a city that claims it already has it all, but in the heart of Soho is a hotel that’s generating a loud buzz. And, ever willing for a jaunt to our favourite spending spot, Stylist went to see what all the fuss was about.

An ivy-clad tunnel dotted with fairy lights and lined with glass lanterns leads you to the painfully chic Mondrian Soho Hotel (its older sister hotel, The Mondrian in LA and its poolside cocktail spot, The Sky Bar, have been attracting everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio to Beyoncé and Jay-Z for years). This brand new East Coast outpost takes French fairytales as its inspiration, so guests enter a world of plush royal blue carpets, blue and white floral wallpaper and grand antique mirrors. But with floor-to-ceiling windows, an iPad in every room, Malin+Goetz toiletries and the marble bathroom hidden behind jewel-toned doors, this Benjamin Noriega Ortiz creation (the interiors genius behind the homes of Lenny Kravitz and P-Diddy) is firmly rooted in the 21st century.

Why it’s hot

Positioned on Crosby Street, bang in the middle of Soho, you’re perfectly placed to explore the independent boutiques that have made this slice of the city so cool. Start at the Opening Ceremony boutique – the first thing you see as you step out of the hotel – then explore Legacy, a vintage store just a stone’s throw away. Spend some time browsing the eclectic collection of curios at De Vera (18th century religious relics sit alongside Japanese lacquered homeware and Georgian jewellery) then, for a slice of culture, visit contemporary art gallery The New Museum. Even the exterior is worth the walk, resembling a stack of white boxes sandwiched between typical New York apartment blocks.

Eating and drinking

The hotel’s 150-seat restaurant Imperial No. Nine has opulent chandeliers hanging above the room’s centrepiece, a long table reaching from one end to the other with a collection of large apothecary type jugs and jars towering above the clientele. Seated among these wonderfully theatrical surroundings, the food was the best we tasted during our six-night stay. Nine offers a “share” style of eating, where everyone at the table dips into each dish. Needing no extra encouragement we ordered the slow-cooked octopus, jalapeño sofrito, seared scallops with little neck clams, and the Gloucester cod, all seriously good. And chef Sam Talbot’s speciality pudding, salted caramel ice cream with sweet popcorn powder, was divine.

If you’re after a midnight cocktail, stay in and order Imperial No. Nine’s No1 cocktail – a blend of elderflower, champagne and cucumber foam – or head to nearby The Backroom, one of New York’s best speakeasy bars. With all the hushed excitement of hidden staircases and secret knocks, it’s disguised as the Lower East Side Toy Company on Norfolk Street. The cocktails come in teacups and the Twenties-style chandeliers, flock wallpaper and tin ceilings make this the perfect hangout for Manhattan socialites.

Photo opportunity

Borrow bicycles free of charge from the hotel and explore downtown Manhattan – the perfect place to capture the city at its best. But for the classic skyline shot, simply pull open your blinds; rooms offer breathtaking panoramas.

Rates start at £190 per night for a superior room, and are based on availability. To book call (+1) 212-389 100 or visit mondriansoho.com

Related

Silvena Rowe Cake.jpg

Pistachio cake with white chocolate frosting

Childrens-books.jpg

The books we never outgrow

HERO FINCHES.jpg

Beautiful birds

Comments

Latest...

Behold the world's friendliest places to visit

One of Britain's loveliest cities has topped the list. Can you guess where it is?

03 Sep 2015

“I ditched my draining city existence for a lifelong holiday in Italy”

Here's how you can do it too...

02 Sep 2015

The most and least affordable places to visit on bank holiday weekend

And five beautiful British getaways you can book now

28 Aug 2015

Need a break? Try one of the world’s “seven wonder” treasure hotels

From an Australian castle to a resort carved among caves…

18 Aug 2015

New Lonely Planet superlist: world’s top ten most intoxicating sights

From the Taj Mahal to the Temples of Angkor

18 Aug 2015

Ten of the world's most spectacular beaches

Your one-stop cure for back-to-school blues

17 Aug 2015

Could one-hour flights from London to New York be a reality?

New aircraft to travel even faster than the Concorde

10 Aug 2015

Photographers share “views from my window” in cities around the world

See the world like a local

04 Aug 2015

The most wanderlust-worthy women to follow on Instagram

Ultimate holiday inspiration

23 Jul 2015

We debunk ten travel survival myths and reveal the true techniques

22 Jul 2015