No surprise, the hotel world in New York City has taken a beating last year. But from the industrial ashes, Modern house in SoHo, which occupies the former James Hotel, is rising, and on May 1st, its doors opened to a revitalized city. While we’re still getting acquainted with the idea of ââgoing back to the Big Apple, one of his newest items seems like the perfect way to get back in the act.
According to Jack J. Sitt of the Equities Group, the 114-room hotel offers a Michelin-starred culinary restaurant, over 11,000 square meters of outdoor space and, above all, a museum-worthy art collection of modernist paintings and sculpture. Selected from Sitt’s personal accomplishments, guests can stroll through works by Alexander Calder, George Condo, Nicolas Party, Kaws and others. Really, through the art collection alone, the only way to achieve higher quality modern art is to sit at MoMA.
Could it be that the past 12 months of social distancing have rubbed off on the property’s hospitality group? A strong argument in favor of âyesâ could be the fact that the hotel has more outdoor space per room than any other downtown Manhattan hotel, and one could argue that more fresh air circulates in the property than in Central Park. When the hustle and bustle of a revitalized city overwhelms you, retreat to the numerous planted lounge facilities that have been cultivated throughout or dine in the greenhouse-inspired Veranda restaurant with a fully retractable roof outdoors Food when the weather is nice.
With great awe of the chefs, we were thrilled to hear about the new role of George Mendes. Formerly at the helm of Flatirons Aldea, for which he earned Awarded a Michelin star in 2013, it has now made itself comfortable under a massive retractable pergola that corresponds to its size. As the son of Portuguese immigrants, known for his cookbooks as well as his cuisine, Mendes may have weakened the influence of his parents’ native cuisine, but his presence remains on the more American menu. Look no further than the signature dishes of delicious scallops or a whole fried branzino fish for two to prove that his legacy has made a significant impact on his work.
While the modest number of rooms is spread across 10 categories, the focal point has to be the Gallery Penthouse, which is on the 16th floor and offers guests Instagram-worthy views of the Manhattan Bridge and Freedom Tower. Its 1,300-square-foot open layout includes a 12-person table, ideal for strategy meetings and all kinds of celebrations.
At first light, for breakfast or for cocktails, there are Jumpin Jacks, which are decorated in coffee tones. When night falls, there’s the legendary Jimmy, a Lower Manhattan classic that shows off its new facelift, patterned after the Picasso Blue Period and towering 18 stories above the city. To round off the package, guests can use a 400 square meter fitness studio with peloton bikes. Each room has Le Labo bath products, underfloor heating, glass-enclosed bathrooms and more.
Call it PTSD after a year inside, but this new modern home sounds like the way back to staying in New York. Sure, you are steps away from all the attractions and energy of SoHo, but the property exists as an independent ecosystem, from an award-winning restaurant and chef to a legendary club. If you’re just looking for peace and quiet after a long day, enjoy a fine drink with an influencer-worthy view of the New York skyline. Whether a place to go out or to stay, the modern house is a worthwhile reason to get to know the city that never sleeps anew.