Paula Goldstein

Soho Grand

with Paula Goldstein www.voyagedetudes.com
  • Where:New York

  • Why:To rejoin the working world at Purple’s NY HQ after hiding from civilization on honeymoon.

  • When:June 2013

  • Who:Me, myself, and I...even if every 3rd person asked where my husband was.

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Highs & Lows

  • The staff are knowledgeable and helpful and many have been there for years. Always a warm welcome when you arrive, I feel like an old friend of the doormen.

  • There is a wonderful dog park, which is a total bonus to me as I really miss my canine company when I travel.

  • The bar in the lobby is perfect for both a breakfast meeting and a Friday night party.

  • The downlighting on the mirrors gave me a fat complex… it’s the mirrors, I promise.

  • They don’t have sex toys in the mini bar anymore...

  • The rooms can be a bit dark.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury hotel / home away from home.

  • Vibe

    Wealthy travelling businessman meets fashionista in the elevator and their dogs fall in love kind of vibe...

  • Location

    Soho

  • Rooms

    353 rooms

  • Music

    Whatever Mr. Rojas or their team of hipster DJs have deemed cool at that given moment, so take notes.

  • Year Opened

    1996

  • Designed By

    Helpern Architects.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, plus a great spa with yoga classes. Although, I always pack my training gear and in 6 years of staying here I have never made it inside.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, there is always great & comforting food to be found in the lobby bar. This summer, go outside and find Gilligan's in the yard – it’s pretty wonderful, especially when you mix watermelon daquiris with jet lag… then everything is wonderful.

  • Bar

    Yes.

  • Wifi

    Yes.

  • Children

    I haven’t seen many children, but that is probably due to the unsociable (or overly social) hours I keep. That being said, it’s a wonderfully comfortable place with great staff and I would be more than happy to stay here with children.

  • Price

    Get your boss to pay.

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