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The best hotels in SoHo offer the luxuries of an Upper East Side property with the convenience of charming cobblestone streets, quaint restaurants, cozy cafes and diverse art galleries at your fingertips. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and book a room at one of these superior hotels.
It may be obvious from the name, but the most lavish property in the area is Trump SoHo New York. Located on a quiet patch of Green Street, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is just a few blocks west from the clamor of Broadway and within walking distance to Tribeca and Greenwich Village. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the complimentary in-house car service that will take you anywhere you wish within a 20-block radius. While most hotels in the SoHo area are not known for having great views, if you request a room on a high floor of this 46-story glass tower (the Duplex Penthouse with private terrace is on the top), you’ll be treated to impressive views of the cityscape and the Hudson River. Even the smallest guest room is a little over 400-square-feet — generous in comparison to some downtown hotels — and feature seating areas, spacious bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows which do wonders for opening up the space. One-bedroom suites have additional luxuries such as a sliding hearth separating the sleeping quarters from the living space and spa-like bathrooms equipped with soaking tubs, rainshowers and Turkish Marmara stone on the walls. You won’t have a problem finding a place within the hotel to wind-down at the end of the day. Kastel — the main bar at Trump SoHo New York is a great place to get a drink (such as the signature Trump-Tini made with the Donald’s vodka and garnished with a 24k-gold leaf), dance, people-watch and listen to nightly entertainment in the form of various DJs and live musical acts. For something more low-key grab a seat by the roaring fire in The Library and flip through one of the TASCHEN art, fashion and design books that grace the tables. If cooling off is more your speed, indoor-outdoor Bar d’Eau — an extension of the pool deck — boasts a cascading waterfall, private cabanas, a Bocce court and (of course) cool cocktails. A major perk at this luxury hotel is the opulent 11,000-square-foot Spa at Trump. Decorated with mosaic tiles, Turkish kettles, lanterns and mesh chandeliers, the Four-Star facility is the only spa in the city to offer traditional Turkish hammams. An experience here looks and feels so authentic, you may forget that you’re in New York City.
If a residential vibe is what you’re after, book a stay at the Crosby Street Hotel, where the charm of the English countryside meets the sophistication of New York City. The 86 individually designed modern guest rooms and suites boast plush beds dressed in Frette linens, white marble bathrooms and industrial floor-to-ceiling windows. We fell in love with the Meadow Suite, which has doors leading onto a vast private terrace garden furnished with lush greenery. Along with classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned or a Whiskey Sour, the Crosby Bar and Terrace (complete with a lovely sculpture garden) is open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. For a more entertaining experience, take in dinner and a movie (classics to new releases) at the Sunday Night Film Club in the hotel’s state-of-the-art cinema.
The sleek and stylish 60 Thompson is luxurious without being intimidating. The rooms at this boutique hotel were designed by famed interior designer Thomas O’Brien and feature such nuances as dark-wood beds, marble bathrooms and gourmet mini-bars. For the ultimate SoHo experience, book the Thompson Loft, complete with a four-post king bed, living room with fireplace, private balcony and 250-square-foot rooftop deck featuring unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. If that’s not an option, you can still head up to the trendy A60 rooftop lounge (open only to members and hotel guests) for the same cityscape perspective — and a cocktail or two. The SoHo hotel is also home to Kittichai restaurant, where locals, foodies and chefs visit for artfully prepared Asian fare such as Thai seafood bouillabaisse and braised lamb shank in mussamum curry.
Located in a landmark Romanesque revival building, The Mercer is the first hotel to provide its guests with a loft experience, making the property truly feel like a home away from home — only trendier. The sister property to Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, the boutique hotel is a place to see and be seen. When you want to lay low, retreat to your pad, one of 75 loft-like rooms and suites complete with high ceilings, large windows, hardwood floors, leather upholstered chairs and couches and oversized marble tubs. With a name like The Mercer Kitchen, even the restaurant at this luxury SoHo hotel has a residential vibe. World renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is behind this casual eatery offering dishes such as raw tuna and wasabi pizza and aged sirloin steak with gingered shitake mushrooms and caramel soy infused sauce. When it comes to extras, the hotel can accommodate everything from packing transportation services, to personal trainers and in-room spa services and everything in-between. As the saying goes, it never hurts to ask.
The first hotel to open in the neighborhood, SoHo Grand hasn’t lost its edge and remains one of the most coveted boutique hotels in Manhattan. The space was designed to feel like its warehouse neighbors, complete with massive windows, concrete pillars and cast-iron accents. The 353 rooms and suites (and 2 lavish Penthouse Lofts) feature neutral color schemes, leather accents, Egyptian cotton linens, original artwork by the Howard Greenberg Gallery and stunning views of downtown Manhattan. Modern conveniences include flat-screen plasma televisions and iPod docks and speakers and 21-inch iMacs and an iPads pre-loaded with the Hotel’s carefully curated downtown Neighborhood Guide if you’re staying in one of the suites. The boutique hotel is owned by pet-products company Hartz Mountain Industries, so you’ll find special touches for your furry friends such as room service, on-call veterinarians and a pet-limo service (really). No pet, no problem. You can have a gold fish delivered to your room to keep you company during your stay. Or, make some new friends in the Grand Bar & Lounge (a.k.a. “Soho’s Living Room”), a favorite among celebrities like Uma Thurman, Kevin Spacey and Heidi Klum.