The Mondrian (Park Avenue South) www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-park-avenue
Morgans Hotels (The SBE Hotel Group) started this hotel design as experience thing way back, and now trendy seems normal. So yes, this recently opened 189-room boutique on Park Avenue South and East 30th (NoMad – a few blocks from the Empire State Building) has that design thing going for it. But far more than that, the staff was really terrific. Super friendly, outgoing, helpful, and all of that “stuff” that I prize (and remember) far more than weird lobby furniture. Not that theirs is particularly weird… but you know what I mean.