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Mondrian Soho, Soho 

9 Crosby Street
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 389 1000
Fax: 212 389 1001
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Not to discount the power of true love, but if Jean Cocteau's 1946 La belle et la bête is indeed Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz's design inspiration for the lush Mondrian Soho, we're liable to believe that Belle stayed for the castle as much as for the Beast. What the 270 "sleeping chambers" lack in size (even two-bedroom suites top out at 320 square feet), they make up for in fantastical romance: a platform bed flanked by chrome lanterns, crystal goblets arranged on a mirrored silver tray, gray-wisped white marble bathrooms. Everything is swathed in periwinkle toile on dreamy white set off by rich blue carpeting that would make Yves Klein jealous. Book a high corner room to optimize the floor-to-ceiling windows with uptown or downtown vistas—from the shower. Malin + Goetz products, Geneva stereo cubes, and an iPad as magic mirror (a temperamental portal to hotel services) round out the little luxuries, while Pabst in the minibar keeps things real. This balance, as much as the hotel's east Soho location, draws a deep-pocketed style-monger crowd that can appreciate the drama of entering through a tunnel of ivy into a blue-tinted mirrored wonderland. Businessmen with expense accounts also apply at Imperial No. Nine, Top Chef Sam Talbot's buzzy seafood joint housed in a conservatory off the lobby. The staff is friendly and model-attractive, if aloof. Lest no one greet you at the door, check-in is up a flight of marble stairs, daily Equinox gym passes (there's also a well-equipped gym in the basement) at the ready.—Justin Ocean

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