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Mondrian Hotel Lobby Bar ADCB  Mondrian Hotel



Diva Fans… I’m at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood. One of my old time favorite’s a see-and-be-seen spot! I’ve checked in, to check out, the hotel in it’s fabulous make-over. I love what Benjamin Noriega-Ortega has done with it!! The old time favorite to many celebs as well, was indeed in need of this renovation.


The rooms were truly minimalist, cold, boring and with outdated carpeting. The hallways dark and beat up. Still, trendy people, celebrities and fashionistas all flocked to the tired Phillpe Stark design hotel. The popularity of Restaurant Asia De Cuba and the Sky Bar, were probably the reason people kept coming back, not to mention being on the Sunset Strip as they say… Location, Location, Location! 


The rooms are now sporting Bamboo flooring, oversized mirrors with ornate lacker frame that spins in full-circle revealing a framed, flat-screen televisions on the opposite side, with a second one on the wall. High back white love seat, black lacker chairs, crystal chandeliers, wall paper, white pleather headboards and a rain shower. The hallways are in a cream and black pallet, with great lighting, wall paper and new carpet. 


Remember, Diva Fans, this is not a hotel to bring children to, or a hotel, if you want to get lots of sleep on the weekend. It can get very loud and you’ll never know who you’ll run into in the lobby. I walked into Asia De Cuba this afternoon with my laptop to write this piece though the restaurant was not busy indoors at that time, Randy Jackson was sitting at a table near mine. He said hello and sent his regards to my other half!


 The Diva! 


Here’s the press release:



The newly redesigned Mondrian Los Angeles hosted its launch event yesterday evening, September 4, 2008, allowing guests to experience first hand the renovations to this landmark Los Angeles property. Acclaimed designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz was commissioned to reinstate the beloved destination, building upon the original vision for the property. During the event, Ortiz hosted an intimate reception in the brand new ADCB, Mondrian LA’s remodeled interior bar within the lobby. Guests included Jamie Foxx, Samaire Armstrong, Shane West, Shawn Ashmore, among others and the highlights of the evening – a live solo performance by Cat Power and the exclusive after party hosted by Amy Sacco in the new “Apartment” on the 11th floor, guests included Paris Hilton, Giovanni Ribisi, Catherine Keener, among others.

Built in celebration of the equal and the opposite, Mondrian Los Angeles captures the heartbeat and soul of its unique surroundings. It is the ultimate balancing act, not only bridging the gap between the seemingly disparate elements that make up the California lifestyle – night and day, reality and fantasy, relaxation and excitement – but articulating the playfulness of a perfect hotel experience.

Entering Mondrian through Philippe Starck’s signature, thirty-foot mahogany doors, guests are bathed in a sensuous daylight that highlights the creamy whites and warm Mondrian marigold palette of the entryway. Glamour is deeply defined throughout the space, and appears in the sophistication of the new orange hued “Sunset Bar”, in its undulating banquets — inspired by Gaudi’s Park Guell bench in Barcelona — that bisect the lounge, transforming it into an indoor-outdoor patio. Gold leaf vines run up and down and across the ceilings and columns, referencing both the lush trees of nature and the exquisite fantasy of Hollywood.

“The design of the hotel is so adored in the industry that I’ve heard the word Mondrian used as an adjective,” says Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz. “I didn’t want to eradicate Philippe Starck’s original vision, I wanted to build on it; I wanted to enhance it.”

Progressing deeper into the lobby, the sun sets. Day becomes night; reality becomes fantasy as Noriega-Ortiz invites the imagination down the proverbial rabbit hole. Deep blues and purples surround the space, and ushering the guests towards Asia de Cuba, and Mondrian’s perennial hotspot, Skybar. Here the hotel’s original concept of the hotel as theater and the Morgans history of “lobby socializing,” is complimented by custom-designed furniture by Noriega-Ortiz. A Lucite love-seat indoor swing and a mushroom-inspired concierge center are subtle and winking references to Starck’s original wonderland of a lobby.

The spectacle continues upstairs, where new accommodations greet guests with their own reflection, seen in grand mirrors detailed with white lacquer frames that continue Noriega-Ortiz’ veneration of the surrealist, looking-glass theme. Pivoting full-circle to reveal framed, flat-screen televisions on the opposite side, the mirrors are just one example of the close relationship between modern comforts and breathtaking design. Each of the hotel’s 237 rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Sunset Boulevard and Downtown Los Angeles and Silestone tiled bathrooms with waterfall shower fixtures. Oversized daybeds, sustainable bamboo floors, and Korres Natural Products bathroom amenities are just a few of the little luxuries that have been exclusively designed with the pleasure of Mondrian’s guests in mind.

Mondrian’s penthouse boasts amazing cityscape views with a palette of antique gold and bronze, detailed with honey-colored bamboo floors and visually pierced with touches of warm white and black. Two antique mirrors flank the north and south of the room, creating a virtual opening, and a collection of crystal chandeliers hovers over a simple square table surrounded by “X” Spot black chairs. The Apartment suite is centered around a platinum palette; complementary silvers to its sister suite’s golds and again articulated moments of black and white furniture and fabrics pierce the space. The suite features a large terrace with plush outdoor lounging furniture by Tord Boontje and stools by Marcel Wanders, contributing to this overall aesthetic of playful pleasure and vibrant storytelling.

Story and theatrics have played a substantial role in Mondrian since its conception, and the new Mondrian reflects that with an added sophistication. “We have undertaken the redesign of our flagship property during a time of substantial growth for the Mondrian brand. With Benjamin’s new design, we have fully exited our shabby chic phase,” explains Fred Kleisner, President and CEO of Morgans Hotel Group. “The age of pastiche is over, and with it has gone the slipcovers – once again this hotel exudes authenticity and glamour. With the renovation of this property, our first Mondrian, we renew our commitment to the intensity of spirit and the promise of possibility that the Mondrian name represents. We look forward to delivering on this promise in South Beach, Chicago, Soho and Las Vegas in the months to come.”

In 2006, Morgans Hotel Group opened Mondrian Scottsdale, also designed by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, providing Scottsdale with a much needed oasis. With the Los Angeles location’s new design and Mondrian South Beach, designed by Marcel Wanders, opening this year, 2008 is the year that Mondrian rolls out its stage of perpetual possibility and instant enchantment. A truly unique hotel concept, each Mondrian is alike
in only its pervasive intensity and atmosphere. Morgans Hotel Group invites you to check into the Mondrian world and make drama. 


Author: thediva

14 Aug




Hello Diva readers!!! Your Majesty of Gossip has just returned from her fabulous jet-set vacation. My stops… Carcassonne, St. Tropez, Marrakech and Prague.   Photos of The Diva with friends… Jules and Josh from Florida & Shaunna and Thierry from New York, along with their locaL fabulous friends, Ariane and Pierre Allan.  



We were everywhere! From, “Niki Beach Club” soaking up the sun & listening to the D.J.  and watching people dance, then over to the beach club “Club 55” enjoying an over-the-top lunch and a group of musicians that were making their way around the tables playing music. We had so much fun smack in the middle of the day… that my other half grabbed a guitar and played along with them as other tables sang along. “Hotel Byblos”… oh the best pool with a celebrity crowd day and night. (If you’re interested!) I am!!!   



We did the port of course… “Josephs” pick one out of the four! “La Maison Blanche” charming boutique hotel with a D.J. in the courtyard. After six with their full bar & small menu the place gets packed with super stylish people. “Chateau de LaMessardie” quiet/ but and old time favorite! “Vip Room” The Famous Club!  A must with a much younger crowd than La Cave du Roy.    



One of our biggest highlights of our trip was seeing our little  ‘French-American/Cuban’ God-kids  “Sacha &
Alexis Hertz”  They’re so cute!  As we headed out to the beach club together they were singing along to the radio and rapping to the “Apple-bottom Jeans” song. Yeap! Watch out St. Tropez. These kids are going to be party animals!!!   



I’d like to thank a very special couple. The coolest relatives we met at the “Wedding Of The Year” in Carcassonne, France on “Bastille Day.” The Wedding of our Newlywed friends “Shannon & Cyril”  (Details coming soon on Travel Diva Style!) The couple invited us to stop by their beautiful beach “Villa Bel Horizon” in the town of Saint Raphael for a cup of coffee. Instead, darlings we were greeted with a bottle of Champagne, appetizers, lunch dessert & coffee. We truly enjoyed our visit & getting to know them better. Thanks Maria Luisa and Uncle Jacques!!!!     











Darlings… the stars were already out in St. Tropez. From breakfast by the pool at the Byblos next to Ivana Trump, to a private vip room at the VIP ROOM “FAMOUS CLUB” along with Denzel Washington,  The Diva partied in style.



The entertainment of the night was ‘Estelle’! sans Kanye West. She performed her big hit “American Boy” on the famous dance floor that spins around the DJ’s booth. In the booth were Super DJ Law, wearing a cap, and DJ Rudy Stock’r, wearing a v neck t-shirt as they spinned Estelle’s track.



ESTELLE WAS AMAZING!!! The crowed loved her. She received a standing ovation from Denzel and his wife Pauletta Pearson. BTW, Denzel has packed a lot of weight recently as you can see in the photo wearing a white oversized t-shirt.



I liked  the VIP club the night before, as they featured Celebrity DJ “Martin Solveig” But the two DJ’s who really brought the house down were the VIP Resident DJS’ – DJ Law and DJ Rudy Stock’r!



We of course got our royal treatment from the Gorgeous and Fabulous Ms. ‘Emma’ who runs the VIP area wearing her signature white shirt and black tie.



She escorted us up the back stairs where we were given center table overlooking the dance floor, as we partied with bottles of champaigne. When the night was over she made sure there was a car waiting to take us back to our hotel. We had a blast!!!











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