TMG’s Tony Hernandez reviews the newly renovated Sixty SoHo.
I’m a big fan of Tablet Hotels. The long-established international authority for boutique and luxury hotels does a remarkable job of curating a list of hotels which seldomly, if ever, disappoint. I’ve used them countless times over the past five years and last week I turned to them once again in order to secure a room in New York. Sixty SoHo caught my attention both for their aesthetic and their location. Within minutes Tablet Hotels secured my room (with a complimentary upgrade) and I was set to go.
A layered experience: that’s the best way to describe the newly rebranded Sixty SoHo. The attention to detail at this property is truly amazing. The person responsible for the myriad details was Jason Pomerac, who opened the hotel as 60 Thompson back in 2001. Pomerac is considered a pioneer of the “lifestyle hotel” trend which seems to have gone off the rails recently. Major hotel brands such as Marriott, Hilton and Starwood have jumped into the “lifestyle” game, but most of their properties feel formulaic and have thus become highly predictable. Such is not the case at Sixty SoHo.
Sixty SoHo exudes a comfortable, casual vibe. The feel is far more residential than hotel-ish, with huge windows to allow more light, rich velvets, warm lighting, planked timber floors, a mix of contemporary and midcentury elements, dark woods, stones and an eclectic collection of artwork and books.
The public spaces while not particularly large, invite you to explore with a series of intimate spaces to relax or hold private meetings during the day and evening. Comfortable couches and spacious workspaces make getting to work a pleasure. Gas fireplaces on both the concierge and lobby levels provided a cozy, upscale environment during this week’s snowstorm.
Local restauranteur John McDonald is set to open a coastal Italian eatery in the Spring. McDonald’s other neighborhood restaurants include Lure Fish Bar, El Toro Blanco and Bowery Meat Company. In the interim, you’ll find tasty bar snacks at the intimate Gordon Bar, where the staff is both warm and knowledgeable. (You’ll find Aviva makes a most memorable Sazerac.)
My only disappointments were in finding a “cardio room” the size of a coat-check closet and equally ill-equipped, and rooms which weren’t sufficiently insulated. I could tell for example, if my neighbors were showering or perhaps enjoying a good laugh.