The James New York- SoHo
What We Love
- Resident art collection — original works by local and international artists on floors three to 17
- Such funky farm-to-table delights as the lobster steak and the monkey bread dessert at David Burke’s subterranean kitchen
- The eco-conscious water filtration program: Each room is offered a free carafe of triple-filtered water daily
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What To Know
- The mezzanine-level Treehouse Bar has a low-key scene with house cocktails and light eats
- Corner King Studios and One-Bedroom Apartments have skyline views to the north and east; Deluxe Guestrooms face west to the Hudson and a dingy stretch of Canal Street
- The rooftop pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day; there are seasonal DJ parties and brunch on the The Garden by David Burke, weather-permitting
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Artsy Soho loft. Although its façade is a muted glass and cement structure, the hotel’s minimal-chic common areas are a prelude to the modern guestrooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the second-floor lobby with natural light, and fashionable lounge chairs, iron chandeliers with globe-encased Edison bulbs, and a curated playlist make for a stylish midday seating area. Peppered throughout are wooden garden boxes — from the entryway to the outdoor The Garden by David Burke — and artwork highlighting Soho’s creative history, including Sarah Frost’s wall mural of repurposed computer keys.
Bed & Bath
The 114 guestrooms and apartment-style suites evoke the expansive interiors of a Soho loft, with tall ceilings, handsome dark wood floors and hidden closets and seating areas with Midcentury chairs and dimmer-switch floor lamps. The bathrooms add sex appeal, with cocoa-brown tiled hardwood floors and a peek-a-boo glass wall that looks into the bedroom and out at the Manhattan skyline. Shy bathers, don’t fret: An electric curtain offers privacy with the flick of a switch. Bath amenities are peppermint-infused organic products by Intelligent Nutrients.
Chef David Burke creates farm-to-table cuisine in the subterranean kitchen, with such comfort dishes as pork chop crowned with cumin bacon, mango chutney and parsley onion rings, and monkey bread for two, which is a coma-inducing dessert of banana caramel, whipped cream and maple pecan ice cream. In the summer, crowds gather for weekend brunch and late night DJ parties on the Urban Garden deck. Although small, the seasonal rooftop pool — and a Grilled Pineapple Mojito (caliche rum, grilled pineapple, mint and lime) at JIMMY’s bar — offer respite after a day of shopping in Soho, as does the finger food at the mezzanine-level Treehouse Bar.
In the Area
Near Chinatown and Tribeca, The James is a great jumping off point at the southwest corner of Soho for exploring the best of lower Manhattan. Start the night with an Afternoon Delight (St. Germain elderflower liquor, Bison Grass vodka, rosé wine, a splash of soda) at the Treehouse Bar or take it up to JIMMY’s happening rooftop bar for a mixed elixir and 360-degree views. Broadway is one of the city’s main catwalks and also Soho’s chief retail artery; snag such designer tags as Lacoste, Armani Exchange and Topshop, or venture along the cobblestone side streets for Versace on Mercer, Liebeskind Berlin on Lafayette and Alexander Wang on Grand. Afterward, mull over some ceviche at La Esquina’s hidden brasserie, a sushi box at Blue Ribbon or the steak frites at French brasserie Balthazar (if the price tag is too hot for your wallet, snag a free morning Balthazar pastry in the hotel’s lobby).
How to Get There
Great hotel for soho area, very walkable. The staff are friendly and Jonny Houston was a very accommodating. Rooms are small but clean. Roof top bar was a great place to have drinks and views of the city.
Hi-tech room with innovative glassed-in bathroom, which makes the bedroom and the bathroom seem open. (There is a privacy screen.) Exemplary staff. Scones and coffee in the lobby in the morning, along with today's newspaper.
I adored this hotel and the location. It's just steps away from SoHo shopping and dining and there's a great coffee shop across the street. The rooms are very modern with excellent bathroom space. You can't beat the natural light from the large windows! I hope to come back soon.