ModernHaus SoHo is a home run: not least because its capacious rooms come with sublime skyline views (yes, every single room). Bauhaus-style aesthetics and museum-worthy artwork (by Kaws, George Condo and Harland Miller, to name a few) fill every corner, reflecting its edgy SoHo surroundings. The prime Manhattan location, moody Jimmy bar and 18th-floor pool parties mean that those wishing for a wild weekender in New York City need look no further.
12 noon. Earliest check-in is 3pm. Contact the hotel directly to purchase a guaranteed early check-in, if available.
Double rooms from £219.83 ($299), including tax at 15 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $4.00 per room per night on check-out.
An à la carte breakfast is on the haus when you book through us – served 7–11am in the chic Jumpin Jacks café.
The museum-worthy artwork filling every corner of ModernHaus is from the personal collection of Jack Sitt, who oversaw the renovation of the hotel, including a seven-foot totem Kaws sculpture and a Harland Miller tapestry trio.
The rooftop pool is currently closed for the winter season, and will reopen in spring 2022.
At the hotel
WiFi, fitness center, bikes to borrow, rooftop pool. In rooms: TV, Nespresso machine, tea-making facilities, mini fridge, triple-filtered water, Frette linens, robes and slippers, Le Labo toiletries
Our favourite rooms
There are no bad views at ModernHaus, but the dual-aspect skyline vistas from the corner studios are particularly special.
Skyscraper-level swims are encouraged at the rooftop pool, which is open 8am–4pm in summer. But the pool isn’t just for getting your laps in: Jimmy is famous for its weekend rooftop pool parties, fuelled by boozy watermelon frosé.
There’s a fitness room on the 17th floor (getting a sweat on is much more compelling with this view, trust us). It’s equipped with TechnoGym equipment, free weights and a Peloton bike; or you can practice your vinyasa flow high above the city at a rooftop yoga class. ModernHaus has partnered with Aire ancient baths for those wanting a unique wind-down: spend an afternoon relaxing in candlelit thermal baths, followed by a deep tissue massage.
Allow plenty of suitcase space for all your boutique buys and Bloomingdale’s bags (fashion lovers should probably just bring an extra case).
There are rooms in each category that are wheelchair accessible, or suitable for hearing- or vision-impaired guests.
Very. Opt for the VIP (very important pet) offer ($75) for head-to-paw pampering for your pooch: including a dog bed and bowl, treats and 25 per cent off at nearby Pup Culture. See more pet-friendly hotels in New York.
We’re suckers for a circular table, especially when it means you have even more room for baskets of warm sourdough.
Sleek silhouettes year round, but balanced with oversized blazers in winter.
Veranda is a gastro-melting pot glass-greenhouse restaurant heralded by Michelin-starred chef George Mendes. The menu is seasonal, with nods to the cuisines of India, Mexico, the Middle East, and most notably Portugal, the ancestral home of chef Mendes. You’ll hear a lot of chatter about the piri-piri chicken, which is charcoal grilled and served with a green-herb dressing; and the bread basket – a lockdown sourdough-baking spur that actually paid off. The dining room gives a low-flying bird’s-eye view of the city, but the interiors are just as easy on the eye: wood panelling, strings of fairy lights and millennial-pink plant pots. Down on the third floor of the hotel is Jumpin Jacks, a chic all-day eatery and NYC coffee-culture staple. Pick up a cold brew and pastel de nata during the day, or grab a table at night, when the space transitions into an intimate cocktail bar.
Jimmy is the hotel’s main bar, known for drawing the crowds of Manhattan to its pool on weekends. Paint the town blue with a night spent lounging upon fire-side modular-blue leather sofas: the interiors are inspired by the moodiness and monochromatism of Picasso’s blue period. The floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of Midtown, Wall Street, and the Hudson River, but in summer you might head out to the open-air roof deck and settle in for the night on a cushy chaise longue. Wherever you’re sat, try the boozy watermelon frosé – a mix of Beluga vodka, Elouan rosé, and watermelon liqueur.
Dinner is served until 10pm in Veranda and Jumpin Jacks; Jimmy calls for last orders at midnight.
You’re more than welcome to refuel on your own time with in-room dining – be it a morning smoothie or three-course dinner – available from 6am to 11pm.
ModernHaus’s discreet entrance is on a quiet side street just off SoHo’s Sixth Avenue.
The closest airport is domestic hub Newark, a 45-minute drive from the hotel, but most international flights touch down at JFK. Contact our in-house travel team to book your transfers.
Canal street subway is a six-minute walk round the block; and longer-distance Amtrak trains run in and out of Penn Station, a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
We wouldn’t recommend it (unless you’ve got your yellow cab licence), especially as subway travel from the hotel is cheap and easy. If you’re desperate to steer through New York’s streets, however, then you can park up at Wooster Street Parking – a short, two-block walk from ModernHaus.
Worth getting out of bed for
SoHo earned National Historic Landmark status for good reason – its cast-iron buildings and cobblestone streets are filled with creative spirit. Combine culture and card-tapping at MoMa Design Store, or update your wardrobe at the hip boutiques and iconic Bloomingdale’s.
Indulge in champagne and a three-tiered seafood platter at Balthazar on Spring Street: a romantic brasserie that has become synonymous with SoHo. Make your brunch reservations at Public, a vast, loft-like space on Elizabeth Street serving stacks of sweet-and-savoury french toast. Osteria Morini’s truffled mascarpone ravioli is drizzled with melted butter and studded with prosciutto – reason enough to book one of the 98 seats available in the informal dining room. La Esquina is a favourite of grungy-glam New Yorkers in the know; come here for perfectly executed Mexican food in a restored 1950s diner car. If you're looking for a romantic dinner setting, ask for a cosy lamp-lit cover at Raoul’s, a small French brasserie serving platters of fruits de mer, crepes and moules frites.
Cronuts can be found at Dominique Ansel Bakery, where the cookie shots are just as delectable as they look. Joe’s Pizza has been going strong since 1979 – one bite of pie will explain why (but do expect to queue). Café Habana is just around the corner on Prince Street, serving Latin American and Mexican cuisine – try the corn on the cob (topped with cotija cheese, chilli powder, lime and mayo), washed down with a spicy cucumber jalapenõ margarita.
‘Life is short; drink early’ is the motto at locally loved Spring Lounge, so start your evening here with a beer, to a backdrop of shark paraphernalia. Here on a budget? Visit on Wednesdays for free hotdogs (5pm–7pm) and on Sundays for free bagels (from noon until sell-out). Sneak down the flight of stairs that leads to the wine bar at Peasant on Elizabeth Street: the cave-like atmosphere and flickering candlelight might have you thinking you’re in Tuscany, not the heart of SoHo. No New York boozer has been plying patrons with alcohol for longer than the Ear Inn. The building itself dates back to around 1817; stop in these days for chicken pot pie and a prohibition ice tea.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Bauhaus-style hotel in New York City and unpacked their MoMa store purchases and boutique buys, a full account of their Lower Manhattan break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside ModernHaus SoHo…
The city’s best shopping, dining and culture are on your doorstep when staying at ModernHaus, but you needn’t really leave the block: the hotel has one of the best pool bars in the city, plenty of open-air terraces (the most outdoor space per person in the area, in fact), and a Michelin-starred chef. The busy thrum of downtown Manhattan is very much on your doorstep, and yet rooms are pin-drop quiet, with skyline views no matter your budget. Interiors are edgy and art-filled (much like SoHo itself), but with residential touches and home-comforts that give ModernHaus an almost condo-like feel.