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Sapir attempts midnight coup at Mondrian Soho

Developer battling with Morgans Hotel Group for control of trendy hotel

April 07, 2015 09:41AM

Jason Kalisman Soho Alex Sapir

From left: Jason Kalisman, the rooftop bar at the Mondrian SoHo and Alex Sapir

While the guests at the Mondrian Soho hotel were sleeping, a coup of sorts went on on the ground floor.

The Sapir Organization and Jason Kalisman are fighting over management control of the hotel, the swanky restaurant and the often star-studded bar at 9 Crosby Street, according to the New York Post, and things took a turn for the bizarre Monday.

Sapir, which paid $205 million to buy the hotel out of foreclosure earlier this year, attempted to take control from Kalisman’s Morgans Hotel Group in the wee hours Monday by installing new computer systems while most guests were sleeping and start running the hotel with the same hotel staff, according to the newspaper.

Sapir’s team attempted to slide flyers under the doors of the hotel rooms announcing that the hotel’s new name would be NoMo SoHo, according to the Post. But Kalisman’s team called the police, sources told the newspaper, and then later that day,  a judge issued a temporary restraining order against Sapir.

In turn, Kalisman’s company shoved their own flyers under hotel room doors, stating: “In the early morning hours, Sapir attempted to illegally remove MHG as the operator of the Mondrian Soho. Sapir’s actions at Mondrian SoHo are highly irresponsible and damaging,” according to the flyer obtained by the newspaper.

The Morgans Hotel Group is in the third year of a 10-year contract to manage the 263-room property. [NYP] — Claire Moses

Mondrian Soho Letter

A letter delivered to guests at the Mondrian SoHo (Credit: New York Post)




  • Inside Morgans

    Go Sapir! Morgans is on its way out!

  • Seereous

    Morgan’s management of the Mondrian has been a horror show for its SoHo neighbors. Mis-use of its three liquor licenses including running an Illegal dance club (did you know dancing is not a permitted use in M1-5A and M1-5B), illegal use of the roof (no license to serve liquor out there, but they do) resulting in noise, noise noise heard blocks away. It is to be hoped they are thrown out asap so the hotel can be run properly and its neighbors sleep at night.