Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
A very "uptown" hotelier brings his luxe rooms and attentive service to a much hipper location.
Actually opened by Trump's son, Donald, Jr., and not The Donald himself, it's fitting that this hotel is in a cooler, "younger" neighborhood than the New York real estate projects for which the name Trump is known. Sitting on the western edge of SoHo in downtown Manhattan, the sleek glass Trump SoHo Hotel opened in Spring 2010. The blocks surrounding the glass tower may be a bit of a no man's land, but just a few blocks away is the thriving heart of SoHo, a cobblestoned neighborhood known for its abundance of clothing stores and art galleries.
The lobby, full of clean lines and earthy materials, is at once both striking and imposing: The dim lighting, abundance of wood, and soaring ceilings give the space a dark, masculine feel. The entrance doors soar upwards for almost two stories, dwarfing everyone who enters. Which isn't to say that David Rockwell's design isn't tasteful and sophisticated -- it is. The walnut wood that lines the lobby is seen throughout the hotel, as is beautiful, brown hand-stitched leather and dark stone. On the second floor is a library, designed to be an extension of the lobby, complete with fireplace, couches and armchairs, and colorful Taschen coffee table books.
The plush guest rooms here are really the standout, though, all with floor-to-ceiling windows, gorgeous bathrooms, and top-of-the-line technology. The furniture is by Fendi Casa (the first time the company has outfitted a hotel) and the beds have custom-made Bellino linens.
The hotel clearly aims to become a nightlife destination spot with Koi -- a hip Japanese fusion restaurant with locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Bangkok.
On the western edge of SoHo, a short walk from its shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Once industrial and warehousing districts, then gritty, underutilized areas where starving artists flocked to set up cheap loft and studio spaces, SoHo and TriBeCa have since been transformed into two of New York's premier neighborhoods -- characterized as much by destination shopping (SoHo), luxury loft apartments (TriBeCa), and fine dining (both) as by the well-preserved cast-iron architecture and cobblestoned streets that evoke their industrial past. Though these abutting neighborhoods have lost much of their edge since the days when only the artists appreciated their gritty beauty, both still draw the young, hip, beautiful, and moneyed in droves -- and together they embody New York's haute bohemian downtown shopping and nightlife scene.
Like in many luxury hotels, the rooms here are the stand-out feature. They're all at least 422 square feet, have floor-to-ceiling (many with breathtaking views of Manhattan and the Hudson River), and top-of-the-line technology.
All rooms have:
World-class spa and pool deck, plus an impressive amount of meeting space
Donald Trump's first hotel in downtown New York has the attention to detail and hands-on service you'd expect from a Trump property, but the slightly hipper vibe and great SoHo location cater to a younger set. The luxurious spa and seasonally open pool are the hotel's main features. Koi serves Japanese food in a sleek space, and is known for its celebrity sightings.