Soho hotel guide: The best places to stay in the area

The Soho hotel scene is booming—recent boutique openings have brought more beds to the sought-after patch.

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The Soho hotel migration began back in the ’90s with the opening of the SoHo Grand, followed by The Mercer. The wealth of restaurants and shops in the locale have made it a popular place to stay, and several design hotels, including The James New York and the Mondrian SoHo, have debuted in recent years.

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Crosby Street Hotel

  • Critics choice

In 2009, Britain’s hospitality power couple, Tim and Kit Kemp, brought their super-successful Firmdale formula across the Atlantic with the 11-story, warehouse-style Crosby Street Hotel. Design director Kit Kemp’s signature style—a fresh, contemporary take on classic English decor characterized by a sometimes audacious mix of patterns, bold colors and judiciously chosen antiques—is instantly recognizable. Like its British cousins, Crosby Street has a carefully selected

  1. 79 Crosby St, (between Prince and Spring Sts), 10012
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The James New York

  • Critics choice

Art is the new hotel buzzword, but displays are usually limited to some eye-catching lobby installations or forgettable in-room prints. Not so at the James, which maintains a substantial showcase of local talent. The corridor of each guest floor is dedicated to the work of an individual artist, selected by a house curator and complete with museum-style notes—which makes waiting for the elevator a lot less tedious. This is one of many thoughtful touches at the stylish Chicago

  1. 27 Grand St, (at Thompson St), 10013
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The Mercer

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

Opened in 2001 by trendsetting hotelier André Balazs, Soho’s first luxury boutique hotel still has ample attractions that appeal to a celeb-heavy clientele. The lobby, appointed with oversize white couches and chairs, and shelves lined with colorful books, acts as a bar, library and lounge. The loftlike rooms are large by New York standards and feature furniture by Christian Liaigre, enormous washrooms and Face Stockholm products. The restaurant, the Mercer Kitchen, serves

  1. 147 Mercer St, (at Prince St), 10012
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Mondrian SoHo

Designed by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz, who created cool cribs for Lenny Kravitz and gave the Mondrian Los Angeles a glamorous makeover in 2008, Mondrian SoHo has a distinctly un-Gotham vibe. An ivy-covered passageway leads to the 26-story glass tower, set back from the Crosby Street. Inspired by Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête, Ortiz has created a fanciful interior in which lobby coffee tables have talons and floor lamps are shaded with petite parasols. Trippy, saturated-blue

  1. 9 Crosby St, (between Grand and Howard Sts), 10013
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60 Thompson

The first property of the nine-hotel-strong boutique chain Thompson Hotel Group remains one of its best. Despite its inauspicious kickoff date of 10 September, 2001, this stylish spot has been luring film, fashion and media elites since it opened. Its expansive second-floor lobby, done up in dark wood, leather and tasteful shades of beige, brown, cream and gray, sets the tone for the rooms, from its modest doubles to its spectacular duplex, the Thompson Loft, which is often

  1. 60 Thompson St, (between Broome and Spring Sts), 10012
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SoHo Grand Hotel

The SoHo Grand, which pioneered the downtown hotel migration in 1996, is fresh from a revamp. The original designer, Bill Sofield, whose subtly sexy, sophisticated style is favored by Tom Ford, recently introduced new custom pieces to the elegant brown-and-beige guest rooms, including travel-trunk-inspired minibars and natty houndstooth tuxedo chairs. Bathrooms feature charming wallpaper by the late illustrator Saul Steinberg, whose work was a longtime staple of The New Yorker,

  1. 310 West Broadway, (between Canal and Grand Sts), 10013
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