This boutique hotel defines what the neighborhood of SoHo is today--once pioneering, now expensive, and always creative. As new properties crowd the field, this hotel’s low-key sophistication stands out. The staff is professional, polished, and more experienced than you'll find at other fashionable hotels.
Contemporary, comfortable rooms have concrete ceilings, minibars inspired by old travel trunks (very neat), and skyline views out of large windows. Black-and-white photography showcases New York in the 1940s and 1950s. Pet goldfish are available by request (this is not a joke).
This property has two penthouses, both with a 1,200 square foot terrace (more than double the size of many NYC apartments). So, if staying in large penthouses is your thing, you should do it here.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Space can be tight in the smallest rooms--check out the corner king rooms that have big windows on two exposures for extra light and space.
Frette towels and bathrobes fill up the attractive bathrooms, which are decorated with sleek subway tiles and artistic wall coverings. The bathrooms are fancy, which is no surprise, given the rest of the hotel.
The Grand Staircase leads to the Salon, a surprisingly big and bright space with lots of comfy seating. At times, it can feel like the living room of the neighborhood.
The Club Room serves three meals a day, which is cool. However, The Parlor (The Club Room’s back room) is reserved for hotel guests during the day and is an oasis of low-lying velvet sofas and leather armchairs--with a fireplace. A great seasonal pleasure is Gilligan’s, a large outdoor space where you can have a drink or meal and hang out on teak lounge chairs.
Located at the southern edge of the neighborhood (closer to Canal Street than the heart of SoHo), this hotel is a convenient starting point for exploring several downtown neighborhoods (including Tribeca, Greenwich Village, and Nolita) on foot. Subway access is nearby with the A, C, and E trains at Canal Street. Taxi and Uber service are also widely available.
Burgers are topped with aged cheddar and crispy onion rings at Black Tap (4-minute walk), a casual restaurant with craft beers and milkshakes. Also, the ever-popular Keith McNally restaurant Balthazar (10-minute walk) hasn’t lost an ounce of its appeal over the years. Rub elbows with locals over an early morning breakfast or reserve a table in the evening for classic French bistro fare. Take a walk up West Broadway to Sadelle’s (7-minute walk), a bakery and restaurant focused on the New York tradition of smoked fish and hot bagels.
If you’re feeling flush, check out the Brandy Library (6-minute walk) a fancy bar with shelves lined with diverse bottles of spirits. Walker’s (5-minute walk) dates back to the 1880s and is one of Tribeca’s last neighborhood watering holes. Also, they are known for pouring an excellent pint of Guinness, which is always good.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Free bike rentals allow guests to explore SoHo on two wheels. This property has 353 rooms but maintains the feel of a cozy little boutique property. We love the bright salon, providing a place to relax or people watch at any time of day. The SoHo Grand has style but lacks pretension--which is rather refreshing in this part of town.