Alice Walker, American Author
Soho Grand Hotel is one of the highly recommended hotels in New York, with its prime location, eclectic decorations, and great attention to detail that is appreciated by those who consider it their second home in the city. It is actually the first luxury hotel in SoHo, and considered to be the most dramatic still. It perfectly blends in with the arty spirit of the district with its unique decors and pet-friendly establishment.
All of the hotel’s 363 rooms offer a city view and decorated with furnishings inspired by rock icon Lou Reed. The newer rooms have a flat-screen TV, as well as DVD players and free Wi-Fi access. Although some of the rooms are compact, all provide comfortable beds and linens, luxurious robes, and top of the line bathroom supplies.
Guests loved the small details and extra services provided too, like flowers in the room, free chocolates, complimentary fruits, lounge credits, and a free glass of champagne. A personalized welcome card is given, and each room has an umbrella for the guest’s use, an iron, and even a goldfish, which, according to some solo guests, provided a much-welcomed company. Hotel Website
At the hotel’s Grand Bar and Lounge, guests can enjoy American cuisine and top NYC cocktails. It is especially alive at night, when it attracts a crowd for its music and ambiance. Its restaurant, called The Yard, has a selection of cocktails and light meals, while its Gallery has modern artwork on display.
Guests can also take advantage of Soho Grand’s 24-hour gym and business center, free bicycle use, and a full-service salon. The concierge desk is also open anytime for those who need guidance on where to go in the city.
What sets Soho Grand apart is its accessibility to many major tourist attractions, from the iconic SoHo locations to the Empire State Building, various parks, and even Ground Zero. It is also just a few minutes away from popular communities like the TriBeCa, the Financial District, Little Italy, and Chinatown.
The district where it is located is an icon in itself with its long history of being an artists' refuge. The new Museum of Contemporary Art is located in SoHo, as well as the Museum of Modern Art Design Store and other world-renowned art galleries. It is also home to high-end establishments, including gourmet restaurants, stylish shops, and huge mansions.
Even though Soho Grand is far from inexpensive (this is New York!), there are several ways to cut expenses short, and one of these is to take advantage of its special rates and packages. Booking directly through their site ensures the best rate, but there are also complementary upgrades as well as seasonal offers that are much appreciated especially by returning visitors.
Given its accessibility to top shopping establishments, Soho Grand offers a shopping package, too, with features ranging from boutique discounts to a customized shopping trip, a personal shopper, a makeover, and gourmet snack. Those who are staying in New York for just a weekend will find this a perfect complement to their tour.
There are many things to do and see in New York, and staying in Soho Grand Hotel can only make every visitor’s stay all the more memorable. Photos provided by the property.