Our home from home in New York City – Sixty SoHo (previously 60 Thompson) is a great base to explore this mind-expanding city. It’s the original hotel of the ever growing band of Thompson Hotel Group and a member of the Mr & Mrs Smith gang of effortlessly cool boutique places to stay. We love its location, right in the heart of SoHo (just a stones throw from DKNY – always handy) and with easy access to all the spots you are likely to want to hop to on a short break in the city that never sleeps. Looking super smart and all grown up after a recent refurb, we checked out its new look and did a test drive to see how it scored on our sleepover scorecard.
Comfort level: 8 out of 10 – Stepping in to the calm dark wood interior and calm colour palette of the reception area can be a bit of a relief after the madness and noise of the New York streets. Plush fabrics, comfy sofas and beds you want to sleep in all day help to make the rooms and public areas are an perfect antidote to the craziness outside. New York hotels bedrooms are notoriously small, but these are a little roomier than most and ours had a king-sized bed, a sofa to lounge on and, (amazingly for NYC), its own tub (ok, so it was only as deep as a birdbath but hey, it’s New York – what do you want?).
Noise level: 6 out of 10 – Sitting as it does at the bottom of Thompson Street, it’s not immune from the clatter of noisy refuse trucks that roam the NY streets at night. Part of Sixty SoHo’s charm is that is relatively low-rise (just nine floors), but this does mean the lower level rooms get some noise from hustle and bustle outside. While we did’t get disturbed that much if you are a light sleeper a pair of ear plugs might be in order – the walls are not so thick to block the noise from the corridors. So it gets a just above average score from us on this one.
Light level: 9 out of 10 – Nice and dark and moody but with good lighting where you want it. We especially love the classy brown marbled bathrooms with the choice of ‘look at me’ lights by the sink for putting on your make up and soft mood lighting for when you want to soak in the bath. Good window blinds and heavy curtains block out unwanted daylight, just as you hope they would.
Temperature level: 8 out of 10 – While the aircon is either hot, cold or off, the windows open so you can get fresh air. Even though it was -8 when we visited the temperature in the room stayed comfy.
Care level: 9 out of 10 – A charming team who know how make their guests feel at home. Plus lots of nice extra touches to leave you smiling. A refreshing change from the New York briskness you’ll get when you step outside, so enjoy it while you can.
Total score: 4 ZZzzz’s out of 6 – a glam NY retreat that does its best to create some calm slap bang in the buzz of the city.
SIXTY SoHo, 60 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012 +1 212 431 0400 Book online at www.sixtyhotels.com/soho or via www.mrandmrssmith.com