Mondrian SoHo, Morgans Hotel Group’s third Mondrian and debut hotel property in downtown Manhattan, officially opened this week. Morgans selected Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, the visionary behind the re-imagined Mondrian Los Angeles, to create Mondrian SoHo in collaboration with the company’s renowned in-house design team. Benjamin has previously produced projects for such clients as rock star, Lenny Kravitz, best-selling Mexican author, Laura Esquivel, celebrity portrait photographer, Mark Seliger, media mogul, Michael Fuchs, and entertainment and media purveyor, Sean “Diddy” Combs.
Noriega-Ortiz’s design for the hotel draws inspiration from Jean Coucteau’s 1946 romantic French fantasy film “La Belle et la Bête.”
A powdery French blue colour palette unifies the hotel interior and a custom carpet adorned with a rose vine design provide entryway to the jewel-box guest rooms, whose interiors features large dramatic mirrors, 10-foot ceilings and floor-to ceiling windows. No decorative art is hung in the rooms as the views are intended to be adornment enough and set the tone and scene for the guest.
Noriega-Ortiz’s dream-like theme continues into the design of Chef Sam Talbot’s highly anticipated sustainable seafood restaurant, Imperial No. Nine. Accents to the restaurant’s garden-inspired space include a dramatic glass ceiling, crystal chandelier collection, potted plants, natural ficus trees, and over-sized hand-blown glass sculpture centrepiece by acclaimed artist Beth Lipman.
The hotel has 270-rooms, including four suites (each featuring a terrace) and a grand Penthouse on the 25th Floor with dramatic one-of-a-kind views of lower Manhattan.
Special features in all rooms include:
* iPad with virtual concierge program providing one touch access to hotel services including in-room dining, housekeeping, wake up calls, valet parking/bellman, internet, hotel information, transportation options, maps and directions.
* Malin + Goetz amenities (Ape to Gentleman approved) – ‘head-to-toe’ daily treatments include a Peppermint Shampoo, Cilantro Hair Conditioner, Bergamot Body Wash, Vitamin b5 body moisturizer and Rum Soap.
* Minibar with Retro candy selection from Economy Candy, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, River Keeper Water, and an intimacy kit.
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