A "jewel-box" guest room at the Mondrian Soho

A glass-covered, 25-story hotel in Soho is the sort of development that gives preservationists nightmares. But the Mondrian Soho isn’t looking to take over the neighborhood. “We’re in a part of Soho that has maintained its charm and has a lot of unique retailers, not chains,” says Marc Gordon, president of Morgans Hotel Group. “To fit within that context, what’s inside our building is really special, too.”

The 253 “jewel-box” rooms, with huge mirrors and floor-to-11-foot-ceiling windows, capture dramatic views in all directions. (Being one of the tallest buildings in Soho does have its perks.) This dreamlike feel extends to Sam Talbot’s sustainable seafood restaurant, Imperial No. 9, set in an “enchanted garden building” with huge trees and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling. The as-yet-unnamed speakeasy, which is modeled after a Chinatown watering hole, strays from the theme, but we’ll let it slide. 9 Crosby St., 212-554-6120

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