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
- 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
Had a great stay at the James Soho for a week - we stayed on floor 14 and the view was lovely. The location is great for a more quiet and genuine NY experience, streets away from fantastic restaurants (Carbone, Cipriani's etc) as well as shopping.
Very close to canal st subway which is very well connected.
We enjoyed the complimentary coffee and biscuits fresh every morning in the lobby so we could get going quickly!
There is a club in the hotel so lobby and lift is quite busy near the weekends but couldn't hear any noise in the room.
The king deluxe room was great for 2 people, shout out to our maid Camille who went above and beyond even organising makeup!
Great stay.... very cool spot with great service. High quality all around. Great location in SoHo. I had a snafu in my travels and arrived at hotel off a red eye from Seattle at 8:30am... they shuffled things around and got me into a room so I could shower before my first meetings. Huge thanks. Kenny in the front set me up with rides when I needed... super friendly and helpful all around. Highly recommend.
Having had a dreadful flight, including luggage being sent to Tel Aviv instead of NY, I was very much in need of a fabulous hotel, and I certainly found it! As a frequent traveller to NY, I have stayed in many hotels in Soho and Tribeca, and the James is now my new favourite. My beautiful corner room with floor to ceiling windows had the best view of downtown - waking up to the Freedom Tower glittering from the sunrise right from you bed is an experience not to be missed, so comfy with a great bathroom. The staff are amazing. A special mention to Kenny, (an absolute legend!), Johnny, Rebecca and Yu On.. What a great team. They all made my trip so special, and could not do enough to help. Great gym, great food , and love the wine and cheese hour in the lobby - a great addition, met some really lovely people there. The location is perfect for whatever you are planning to do, with many of NY's best areas within walking distance, and several subways stations on your doorstep. Can't wait to go back when the rooftop is open! Have already booked my next stay :)
The hotel is clean, nice and in a great location. Rooms are a good size for New York.
My problem was that I was surprised with a $45 daily resort fee which I wasn’t aware of. The fee is supposed to be for pool and other services (it was freezing outside, impossible to use the pool).
When I complained they showed me that the fee was stated on the original booking, it was there but after tons of information and in small letters, it’s clearly a scam so people wont see the charge when comparing prizes. Beware.
I would highly recommend this as the hotel is spacious, modern and lots of light and I loved the wall to wall windows in the room. The staff is friendly and were always available to help with recommendations.