Equal parts fairy tale, opulent opium den, and downtown high-rise the new Mondrian SoHo brings an eclectic mix of fantasy and luxury to the edgier part of the neighborhood. The 25 story, 270 room hotel is the third Morgans property to be branded under the Mondrian name- joining its LA and Miami counterparts, delivering a signature sleek, trendy and exclusive vibe. I had the opportunity to tour the hotel during its soft opening.
La Belle et la Bete
The overarching theme of the hotel is based off the enchanted world of Beauty and the Beast. Extravagant chandeliers drip from rose motif ceilings. Seductive lighting, ornate whimsical furniture, and saturated French blue corridors create a decidedly grown up fairy tale ambiance. In the evenings, candlelit lamps lead the way to the hotel entrance and line the white marble staircases. Just as in the Beast’s palace, fresh roses are strewn throughout the space and further incorporated into the decor, carpet and linens.
Sam Talbot’s new restaurant, Imperial No. 9, is an extension of the theme. Imagine the room where Belle sat down to dine with the beast- an extravagant glass sculpture centerpiece runs through the center of the room, referencing the elaborate nightly feast from the story. During the evenings, Imperial No 9 is lit with crystal chandeliers and candles, creating a warm yet seductive ambiance. During the day, the dramatic glass roof provides natural lighting creating the effect of an outdoor garden.
Paying homage to neighboring Chinatown, Mr H, the hotel’s intimate VIP nightlife space, is inspired by 1920s Hong Kong glamour with just the right touch of authentic grittiness. It reminds me of the decadent, forbidden opium dens from the turn of the 20th century often frequented by the upper class.
While the public areas are meant to transport you to a fantasy world, the the private living spaces do just the opposite- showcasing the present. Each room opens to panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond. Rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, including in the bathrooms. Imagine taking a shower while overlooking the evening or morning skyline! In fact, the city is the main attraction on the guestroom floors. The hotel is absent of any art and every window, opening, and frame is meant to showcase the urban view.