Dyslexic A review of Mondrian Los Angeles
My fiancee and I stayed at the Mondrian for a week in April, 2003. (We have stayed at Ian Schrager's Delano in Miami and Hudson and Paramount in New York.)The pool/Sky Bar/Asia the Cuba areas at the Mondrian are absolutely outstanding - on par with the Delano. Beautiful. Over the top cool. Primus inter pares in L.A.By contrast, the rooms themselves are nothing special - nowhere near as nice as the Delano, for instance. The Mondrian rooms and hallways are remiscent of an old apartment building. The hallways are dingy with bad, old carpets - but dimly lit, i.e., so "cool" they hope you won't notice. The rooms themselves are cheaply furnished, generally small, also have bad, old carpets, and have generic, industrial bathrooms. The mini bar prices are completely offensive (the minibar should include a hammer to permit you to whack yourself in the head in case you're dumb enough to use anything else from the minibar). In this and other "price" respects, the folks at the Mondrian seem stuck in the 2000 bubble era. Wake up, it's 2003 and times are tough.The staff are either dumb or have over-the-top attitudes. (I am a Wall St. corporate lawyer and my fiancee is a plastic surgeon - and yet we always felt as though we were being looked down upon by these clown wannabees.)Overall evaluation: at times, excellent, at others, expensive abuse. Don't stay for more than a night or two, and seriously consider just sneaking in to use the pool, or having drinks at Skybar and dinner at Asia de Cuba.