Soho is a hotbed of galleries, restaurants and designer shops, many of which have loyal followings. At 46 stories, Trump Soho is hard to miss. You can see it from blocks away. The area is always bustling; people loiter until the wee hours of the night since many restaurants and bars close at 4 am. If you’re looking to spend your money freely, you’ll find many establishments at which to do so.
Famed New York interior design firm The Rockwell Group designed the 391 rooms and suites. Like other Rockwell-designed properties, Trump SoHo’s accommodations are contemporary and spacious. Rooms start at 422 square feet with the two-bedroom terrace penthouse topping at a little more than 2,300 square feet.
The color scheme is uniformly neutral. The Fendi Cada sofas, chairs and headboards are encased in dark or cream leather. Beige is once again the color of choice for the walls and drapes. The bed is enveloped in stark white Bellino linens and the hand-tufted wool rug was decidedly plush enough for my weary feet. Bathrooms feature hand-stitched leather, marble, Turkish Marmara stone, custom-designed fixtures and a separate tub and rainforest shower. It took me a few minutes to get accustomed to the remote-controlled heating/lighting/electronic system.
The two-story lobby mixes walnut screens with oxidized bronze and leather to make a modern yet decadent entryway. Ceilings are covered in Venetian plaster and large columns evoke memories of stately New England mansions. Meander through the landscaped, block-long Urban Plaza; I found it to be surprisingly tranquil considering how decadent the rest of the property is.
Eating and drinking
The hotel includes an outpost of Miami’s Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, which serves northern Italian cuisine with a local twist. Although the eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s best at lunch when you won’t be fighting the throngs for a table.
Kastel is the hotel’s dark lounge-cum-nightclub. If you’re a hotel guest, head here on the early side as a strict door policy is enforced after 10 pm. The seasonal Bar d’Eau is best enjoyed during the warmer months as it overflows onto the Pool Deck near the spa.
I wanted a relaxed time so I headed to The Library. Here, I enjoyed a coffee while admiring books by Taschen. It was infinitely better than the headache-inducing Kastel.
The mosaic-tiled pool deck is the place to be in warmer months as you can relax in a private cabana or play bocce. The Spa at Trump is the only spa in the city with men’s and women’s luxury hammams. If you’ve never been to a hammam, you’re in for a treat. The spa features Kate Somerville products and treatments, a favorite of Hollywood stars. The fitness center has a good number of Technogym equipment. Guests can rent the spa suites on the eighth floor for private and couples-only treatments.
Service is friendly if a bit stiff. Everything runs efficiently. Say what you will about Trump, but his employees are trained well.
Who stays there
Bankers, fashionistas and people with money to spare. It’s neither for the shy nor those who wish to be incognito.
No special discounts apply. Head here in the late summer or late winter.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Stag / hen parties
- Celebrity spotting
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Nightlife options
- Spacious rooms
- Service is stiff
- A bit gaudy