• Mondrian SOHO – NYC

    9 Crosby St
    New York, NY 10013

    (212) 389-1000

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    Rate: Starts at $375 USD per night 

    Booked ViaJetsetter

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    When we come to New York, we spend a majority of our time in SOHO, East and West Village, Tribeca or the Lower East Side. We’ve stayed many different places, but the Mondrian SOHO is the perfect location if you’re planning on spending time in any of these areas.

    The Mondrian sits on Crosby Street which is a relatively quiet street. If that’s possible in NYC. As you approach the hotel, it’s impossible to miss as it has a large greenery covered arched walkway at it’s entrance. It seems like thousands of people stop here everyday to get their photo taken in front of it.  Check in is actually on the second floor, above the bar.  It’s accessed by either elevator or stairs.  Doorman service is primarily on the Crosby Street side of the hotel, although you can also enter on Lafayette.

    It’s an easy walk to anywhere in SOHO and Chinatown from here, as well as to the East or West Village.  Within a block or two, there’s great restaurants, bars and shopping.

    Rooms here face either Crosby Street or Lafayette Street which is on the opposite side of the hotel. Rooms on the Lafayette Street side tend to be quieter as there’s less traffic and the hotel sits further off the street. There are only about 12 rooms per floor, so traffic in the halls is somewhat limited.

    We stayed in a one bedroom suite. Rooms at the Mondrian are typical NYC sized, so don’t expect a lot of space. But of course you’re in New York, so who spends any time in their rooms anyway? Bathrooms are on the small side, but the shower has ample room and large windows. No tubs in most rooms here. Sinks sit outside the bathroom area. The one bedrooms suite has a small sitting area with decent sized sectional that’s mostly separated from the sleeping area. There’s a small closet, with just enough room to get around both sides of a king bed.  You gotta love blue, because that’s the theme at the Mondrian SOHO, but it’s tastefully done.  Rooms are well furnished.

    Facilities & Service:
    The service here was very good.  We had a sink issue in the bathroom that took a couple of calls to resolve, but it did get resolved.  There’s a separate concierge desk for local information.  Housekeeping did a great job of keeping the room spotless and at leaving extra towels when asked.

    The beautiful glass covered restaurant sits on the first floor in front of the hotel.  Resembling a large greenhouse, it’s chandeliers and front patio are exceptional.  We dined in for breakfast one morning and the food and service were great.  The breakfast menu is a bit short on selection, but you’ll easily find something that fits your needs.  There’s a crude and cocktail bar on the first level as well, where we had very good drinks and appetizers.  We didn’t get a chance to check out the rooftop bar, but we will on the next trip.

    Pros: Location and comfy rooms are the hallmark of the Mondrian SOHO.

    Cons:  You will spend a bit more here, but it’s the location that makes this an easy choice.

    Look for specials on various luxury discount sites, like Jetsetter, Vacationist or Luxury Link. Sometimes, discounts can be substantial.







  • Trump SOHO – NYC

    246 Spring Street
    New York, NY 10013

    (212) 842-5500

    Subway: Spring St.

    Deluxe King Room:
    Rack Rate: $595 per night + tax
    Our Rate: $399 per night + tax
    (PrePay Rate)

    Booked ViaJet Luxury Resorts

    Reviews: TripAdvisor

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    We really liked the Trump SOHO.  The website gives you the impression that the hotel is much larger than it really is.  With about 8 rooms per floor, it’s not huge.  But, it has everything anyone could need and it’s close to shopping and great places to eat.

    Location: You can’t beat the location of the Trump SOHO.  At the intersection of SOHO, Tribeca and the West Village, it’s close to just about everything you could ever want to do.  It’s also the tallest building around, so you can’t miss it.  From LaGuardia in average traffic, it’s about 35 minutes via the Williamsburg Bridge.  Subway stops are less than 3 minutes walk.

    Rooms: Rooms here are very spacious for NYC.  At just over 400 sq feet, the bathrooms are almost as big as the room itself.  Well laid out, there’s a good sized desk, full size sofa and floor to ceiling windows.  We were on the 22nd floor, so we had views across SOHO to the Lower East Side and the Williamsburg Bridge.  You could also look towards midtown and see the Empire State Building.  There’s a large soaking tub, dual vanities and walk in shower.  Closet space is the only things that’s limited here.  If you’re bringing more than 4-5 days of clothes for two that need to be hung, you may be disappointed.  You can control everything in the room via the TV remote control including heating/AC, curtains, etc.  WIth only 8 rooms on each floor, noise outside the rooms is minimal.

    Facilities: The hotel has a great spa and the only personal Turkish Hammam’s in NYC.  We’ve covered that in a separate review.  The lobby has plenty of seating areas and there’s also a great on-site restaurant, Quattro and also a bar called Kastel that turns into a night club after 11PM.  We didn’t try Quattro, but we did visit Kastel earlier in the afternoon for happy hour.  It opens at 5PM and is fairly small.  If you had 100 people in here, you’d be claustrophobic.  Drinks were phenomenal, but a bit high priced even for NYC.  Average prices were $18-$25 each.

    Staff: Staff were nice and helpful.  Bar staff were very helpful and always made sure we had what we needed.  Housekeeping was prompt and we received turn down service every night.

    Pros: Good service, large rooms and location, location, location.

    Cons: Even with 4 elevators, there can be a bit of a wait during busy periods.  Cab drivers have a hard time finding the hotel, so it’s a good idea to make sure you take the cross street address with you when you’re out and about.

    IAH TIP:  Jet Luxury Resorts “owns” a block of rooms with better rates than booking with the hotel direct.  They also have great last minute deals.