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Soho's Mondrian, Opening in November, All Glassed Up

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After a few delays, the Mondrian Soho Mondrian New York?the new Soho luxury hotel that's not Trump Soho or the James New York?seems pretty sure about a November opening: It's in gigantic letters on the hotel's brand spankin' new website. We've been keeping close watch on the Lafayette Street tower, in part because its 25 stories of fritted glass make it big and shiny, and also because the neighbors sure are worked up about it. The website is lacking in the renderings department, which is a shame, because this one's going to be a bit wacky. However, there are some interesting details.

The entrance to the hotel will actually be through a courtyard on the quieter Crosby Street, making it even more of a rival to the nearby Crosby Street Hotel. Rooms on opening night are going for $374 for a standard queen room to $1,499 for a 400-square-foot deluxe suite. Here's what to expect:

Designed by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz, the 270-room hotel will feature an indoor-outdoor bar and restaurant offering layers of experiences from a lush enchanted garden to informal social seating. Inspired by the Jean Cocteau Film, "La Belle et la bete", the hotel will seduce and inspire guests through distinct environments from the lobby courtyard to the jewel-box rooms. Chef Sam Talbot will introduce his interpretation of modern day east coast seafood and the bar will offer a selection of handcrafted cocktails.An in-house Top Chef alum?! That may even be a better celebrity connection than the Crosby Street Hotel's awkward eye contact with Kelly Ripa. Looks like we've got ourselves a Soho showdown!

· Mondrian New York [Official Site]
· Mondrian Soho coverage [Curbed]