Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood is a distinctive mix of old artists’ lofts and cool fashion boutiques and ModernHaus manages to embody the best of both. The hotel towers above Grand Street, offering exceptional – and rarely seen – views from 114 well-appointed rooms. If you can tear yourself away from the oversized windows, there are several stylish bars, including one on the rooftop near the swimming pool, and enough original artworks to make ModernHaus feel like a private gallery.
Where is ModernHaus?
Situated at the southern edge of SoHo, the hotel is a one-hour drive from JFK airport. Several major Metro lines (1, A, C, E) are right around the corner and the Hudson River Greenway, ideal for walking, running and bicycle rides, is just a few blocks to the west.
Every one of the hotel’s guestrooms enjoys an interesting vantage point on the surrounding neighbourhood (sometimes all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge), through enormous windows that flood the spaces with natural light. A combination of hardwood, concrete pillars and Modernist furniture (think sharp lines and blue velvet) ensure interiors are both cool and comfortable. The slate-tiled bathrooms have generous rain showers.
Restaurants and bars
This hotel shines with dining and drinking options. Jumpin Jacks is a coffee lounge by day, offering excellent breakfast fare (try the carrot cake overnight oats) and plenty of places to settle down with a book. By night, it becomes a hip, banquette-lined cocktail bar. Veranda is the latest production by George Mendes (of Michelin-starred Aldea), a European-fusion restaurant housed in a stunning pergola that can be opened to the sky. Along with Veranda’s two bars, there’s yet another on the hotel’s rooftop: Jimmy, its aesthetic inspired by Picasso’s Blue Period, where guests gather around the swimming pool on warmer evenings.
Travel for work
Jumpin Jacks offers a tranquil atmosphere to get some work done and staff are happy to print on request. For larger meetings and arranged events there’s The Signature Room, which sports a private dining room and terrazzo bar.
Spa and gym
The hotel’s 24/7 gym features the usual suspects when it comes to equipment, plus a good range of free weights, a Peloton bike and Technogym elliptical. The gym is on the 17th floor and the outlook over downtown SoHo is well worth an early-morning workout. The hotel also partners with local vendors to offer various outdoor wellness programs.
What you need to know
A friendly and responsive concierge texting service means help is only a few taps away, no matter where you are in the city.
Best for: Fashion and art-savvy urbanites
Number of rooms: 114 rooms
From: From US$450 per night
Wi-fi: Free and fast
Parking: A paid parking garage is nearby
Address: 27 Grand Street, New York
Telephone: +1 212 465 2000