After living in NYC for almost ten years, I am still excited when an amazing new spot opens where I can go for cocktails with the girls, a celebratory dinner with my husband, or to impress a new business contact. Last week, I went to the Mondrian Soho, the latest hotel from the Morgans Hotel Group. I'd been meaning to go since it opened, but am so glad I finally made it. Morgans hotels have always been my favorites...from the Delano in South Beach to St. Martin's Lane in London, I am always a fan of the incredibly chic vibe they create.
The Mondrian has that same insanity in its decor (the lucite furniture you don't really see until you're actually sitting in the chair, the oversized everything in the lobby...), but is actually a bit toned down from its predecessors and is so, so lovely. The entrance to the hotel is found through a low-lit, vine-covered path, next to a little miniature garden area. The main bar (there is a "bar side" and a "restaurant side"), called Imperial No. Nine, is just breathtaking. With a ceiling entirely made of two massive skylights and some of the largest, most sparkly chandeliers I've ever seen, you are instantly transported away from Crosby Street in Soho and into a bit of a wonderland. The bartenders are friendly (what?!), the drinks are fairly priced (again, what?!), and I wanted to hang out in the double swing under the canopy all night.
I need to go tour the rest of the hotel (hint: if anyone wants to get me a gift, I would happily stay overnight a mere neighborhood away from where I live!), but in the meantime, I know I'll find myself there again and again. I can only imagine what those skylights and chandeliers will look like when it's snowing outside...