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New York’s SoHo district, if you didn’t already know, is a happening place. Hot on the heels of the just-opened James hotel comes the Mondrain SoHo. Its quirky design is inspired by Jean Coucteau’s 1946 movie, La Belle et le Bête, though the nightclub, Mister H, has more of a 1930s Shanghai bar feel. There are 270 rooms, several of which have marble foyer and bar areas for entertaining, though the four suites are even better suited for events. We’d grab the 25th-floor Penthouse – one of its two large terraces has great views of the Empire State Building. For larger dos, consider the Gallery, which can take 72 banqueting-style or 125 for cocktails, and the Gallery Terrace (also 125 standing).
April sees the opening of Ian Shrager’s new Istanbul Edition, in the Levent neighbourhood. The 13-storey tower (billed as an ‘Urban Resort’) has a variety of different options for functions, including flexible meeting studios, a Private Screening Room and a 3,000sq ft events space. There’s also a beautiful Gold Bar, inspired by traditional Turkish tea rooms. However, we’d grab the huge Penthouse for a cocktail party, with its unrivalled views of the city.
It seems that barely a day goes by without a new Ritz-Carlton hotel opening its doors. The latest still managed to create a stir, though. Occupying floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is the world’s highest hotel. There are six dining areas including The Chocolate Library (a chocolate themed lounge) and Ozone, a contemporary restaurant and bar on the 118th floor. Events space includes the 930m sq Diamond Ballroom and four separate meeting rooms.