Parmesan truffle butter popcorn, Calcutta marble belly stones and Northern Italian cooking by twin chefs, Nicola and Fabrizo Carro, were just a few of the luxurious touches available for Will Smith during Men in Black III script read-throughs at the Trump SoHo Hotel.
Although Agent J chose to bunk in a five-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom apartment at 25 Bond Street during the four-month shoot (and piss off a lot of SoHo residents with the 1150-square-foot double-decker trailer he parked on city streets), he rubbed elbows with fellow millionaire Donald Trump’s year-old SoHo property at early rehearsals.
Unlike typical Manhattan hotel rooms that are pint-sized and offer views of brick walls of the building next door, Trump SoHo features impressive-sized rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Hudson River, the Empire State Building and other prime Manhattan real estate.
With Fendi Casa furnishings, hand-tooled leather, Bellino sheets, automated room curtains and a stunner of a lobby, the 46-floor hotel (it’s The Donald’s second New York hotel) is the first big luxury hotel to get its toe in the trendy SoHo district.
Getting a lot of buzz are the spa’s two Turkish-inspired steam rooms, one for men and one for women. Like in Istanbul, Trump’s steam rooms are called hammams, have domed ceilings and therapists who use Turkish exfoliation mitts (called kese) and cotton soap bags (called torba). But here, the hammams have gracefully-arranged orchids and personal attaches to coddle the guests.
Next time Will’s in town, he might consider one of Trump SoHo’s 11 penthouse suites. The 33rd-floor version has its own pool table, high-end A/V equipment and views that he’d never get in that monster, view-blocking movie trailer.
Click here for more on Trump SoHo that also has South Beach transplant, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, the ultra chic Kastel cocktail lounge (try the Bramble, with Plymouth gin, St. Germain, fresh lemon and homemade jam) and Bar D’Eau, a rooftop bar next to the mosaiced pool and bocce court.