Paula Goldstein

Soho Grand

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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Gilligan’s is the pop-up eatery that will take over the Soho Grand’s Yard for the summertime and its rather wonderful. I recommend a combination of pizza and watermelon Margaritas.

These beds have helped me through many a near-death hangover…I cannot recommend them enough.

The wonderful wallpaper in the bathrooms. Meet Alice, Fred, Nigel, Boris and Elizabeth, who has curly hair.

Welcome room service man! What do you mean I look very excited by my 6am breakfast? Me bored due to Jetlag never.

Because in London I live on the ground floor and rarely travel above a 3rd floor, I always have to take many obligatory pictures of “I’m on the 12th floor look at the view - LOOK!”

And for the morning after the night before, I recommend grapefruit brûlée and green-stuff juice and lots of coffee, all which the Soho Grand provides with a smiling face.

I’m not really sure it’s socially ok to sit in the dog park to look at dogs when I miss mine while I’m travelling… but I still do it and recommend it as therapy.

The Soho Grand Bar has an elegance, which means I still feel like a lady 4 margaritas in.

The Soho Grand has a special cocktail menu that is based around 51 whiskeys in America. I’m not a huge bourbon drinker, however, even I found a tipple or 2 to enjoy.

Le lobby c’est chic and great for meetings.

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

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

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.

  • 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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