SoHo is one of those neighbourhoods that will always have a big draw. The picturesque streets, the shopping, the restaurants, the pastel fire escapes – it’s NYC romance at its finest. Yet few hotels in SoHo hit the mark on cool factor, amenities, and overall luxury like ModernHaus SoHo does. Perhaps it’s due in part to their incredible collection of contemporary art which exude luxury dotted humbly about the property from ModernHaus brainchild, Thor Equities Group director Jack J. Sitt’s collection. Or perhaps it’s the breathtaking rooftop with soaring 360 views of lower Manhattan (not to mention the gorgeous pool). Maybe it’s the delightful American fare at Veranda, from Michelin-starred chef George Mendes.
Whatever it is, ModernHaus surely is the city’s new *it* hotel. Conveniently located at 6th and Grand the 114-room hotel was inspired by the Bauhaus art movement and breathes new life into a neighbourhood reemerging after the pandemic. Sitt is the driving force behind it. He lives only a few blocks away and has meticulously had a hand in every aspect of the property from its design all the way down to the hotel slippers. The art? Ever changing and personally curated from his personal collection including works by Harland Miller, Nicolas Party, KAWS, Hans Hartung, and a new piece from iconic SoHo artist George Condo entitled Pandemic which hangs in a light filled corridor near the lobby and hotels greenhouse inspired indoor/outdoor restaurant.
“Every element has been created in pursuit of greater connectedness between the guests, the city, and SoHo’s heritage. The building’s art and design reflects, and is inspired by, its immediate surroundings,” says Sitt. Yet there is a sense of calm and serenity throughout the space, a rarity in most NYC hotels. Indeed the hotel boasts more outdoor space per room than any other hotel in the city, which in a time of social distance only adds to ModernHaus’ overall glow. There are countless lush outdoor areas where guests can sneak away and enjoy a little moment of tranquility, take a meeting next to a life sized KAWS, or enjoy multiple indoor lounge spaces over excellent food, cocktails or coffee.
Jumpin Jacks is perhaps the most breathtaking, especially on a sunny day afternoon at dusk when light streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows over the luxurious furniture and lush green plants. Aptly named after Sitt, the space offers all-day lighter fare including an exclusive coffee program with a rotation of high-quality roasters, and an intimate cocktail bar which emerges at night.
There are ten different types of guest rooms available, all of which feature natural light, staggering city views, vibrant artwork, ample storage, and Le Labo bath amenities. We had a chance to sneak a peek inside the Gallery Penthouse up on the 16th floor, with room enough for an entire family with a 1,300 square foot floor plan including a separate living and dining room space, a gracious soaking tub and a 12-person dining table.
We could not imagine a more perfect home away from home in the city. We’re already looking forward to our next visit.