By Susan Farewell
Manhattan’s SoHo (South of Houston) has long been popular for visitors to New York City. In fact, it’s pretty safe to say, the former-industrial-turned-gallery district -turned-trendy neighborhood makes most people’s short list of sites to see in NY.
But SoHo is a great destination in and of itself. With its warren of narrow cobbled streets, its one-of-a-kind shops, its eye-opening galleries and its bustling bakeries and cafes, it has all the makings of a great--and very romantic-- weekend getaway.
An indication of just how attractive this neighborhood is for visitors is the presence of the Trump SoHo™, a sleek symbol of modernity, which opened last April on Spring Street. Designed by the cutting-edge architectural firm, Handel Architects, at 46 stories, it’s the highest point in the neighborhood and a reliable beacon for anyone confused by the webwork of streets.
With no other neighboring buildings competing in height, it offers extraordinary views of all of downtown and surrounding neighborhoods from many of its rooms and suites, all of which were designed by the Rockwell Group. Any one of them makes a great base of operations for exploring the neighborhood.
Be forewarned though…the rooms and suites (a total of 391) are all VERY sexy and as beckoning as the SoHo streets are, you may find yourselves tempted to just stay put. Some of the suites have freestanding bathtubs, from which you can watch the sunset beyond the Hudson River. All of them have a contemporary New York design and are furnished with Fendi Casa pieces. And beyond the rooms themselves, the hotel has much you’ll want to dip into, including an intimate library filled with rich coffee table books, a spa with his and her hammams, and a northern Italian restaurant, Quattro (sibling to Quattro in Miami’s South Beach). More than enough to fill a weekend. Save the rest of New York for another visit.
Photo Credits: Trump SoHo Hotel New York