6 Columbus – a SIXTY Hotel
What We Love
- Location on Columbus Circle, near marquee attractions and numerous subway lines?
- Private terraces and plenty of space in Studio King Rooms
- An intimate rooftop bar that’s open year-round
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What To Know
- The hotel's lively scene is better for singles and couples
- WiFi costs $15 a day
- There’s no on-site fitness center, but Central Park's running trails are a stone's throw away, and guests can use the swanky nearby Equinox gym for $50
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Just off Columbus Circle, 6 Columbus, A SIXTY Hotel borrows heavily from mod ’60s design, bringing some downtown style to Manhattan’s usually reserved West Side. The small but toasty-warm lobby, with its leather banquettes and artwork by photographer Guy Bourdin (of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar fame), sets the tone for the entire property. Cowhide-covered walls and shag carpets lend a quirky please-touch vibe, and the model-worthy staff sports uniforms by Rag & Bone.
Bed & Bath
The guestrooms check all of the Midcentury Modern boxes, with colorblock desks, Saarinen-style side tables and chrome and lucite floor lamps. The light palette of white, slate and baby blue make the cozy guestrooms feel open and airy. Cobalt-tiled bathrooms with glam illuminated mirrors feel indulgent thanks to fluffy Frette robes and Ren body products. Upgrade to a Studio King for a terrace with views of Columbus Circle.
The excellent Blue Ribbon sushi is a buzzy neighborhood favorite, but it’s the indoor/outdoor, year-round Above 6 bar that is the hotel’s undiscovered gem. Kick back with a scotch on the rocks (there are more than a dozen to choose from) as the glittering skyline spreads out around you, and you’ll feel like a ’60s-era Mad Man in no time.
How to Get There
We were pleased all the way around. It's a reasonably priced hotel across the street from Jazz at Lincoln Center, our reason for being in the city. (For a business traveler, a desk chair would be helpful, but we didn't need one.) The staff was very helpful. We had no problems--we even got a free upgrade to a larger room (perhaps vacant because the HVAC was just outside the window--that didn't bother us, but some visitors might want to specify a quieter room). We greatly enjoyed the rooftop bar and restaurant--thank you for supplying delightful weather during our stay. I'm not sure why some online reviewers complain about small rooms or dark hallways--this is what you get in small boutique hotels in older buildings.Feels like "character" to me. (We were there just one night--if you're spending more than a couple of nights in town you might want a larger room than even the king room.) When we need to be in this part of town again, we'll return.
This hotel is not for families.
I rang four times in advance (incurring call charges de abroad) to arrange two baby cribs for my children. On arrival, they weren’t there and I had to forcefully ask for the cribs. The manager tried to apologise with a few bottles of water and a bowl of fruit but that wasn’t really sufficient. After all, we stayed in a suite so expected better service. There Is also no disabled access at the front, meaning I had to lift our stroller myself into the lobby. The doorman was often nowhere to be found and only appeared when I complained.
This hotel is for couples and business travelers. That might explain the vibrator in the room...
However, the location is great. Close to everything.
The hotel location is a 5, really close to a lot of great things. The room and noisy hallway is a 2. First of all, we were disappointed with the room. We thought if this was a deluxe queen, what heck does a regular queen look like. It was very small and did not look like the hotel posted pictures of the room.
The worst part of our experience was the noise coming from the cleaing staff. The room doors are very loud when closed. Echoes throughout small hallways. For some reason the cleaning staff goes in and out the cleaning room door every 5 to 10 minutes starting at 7:15 AM (ish). This great if your staying for business because there would be no way for you to oversleep. If you staying for pleasure and want to sleep in... forget about it.
The front desk people were not friendly / helpful. The AC/Heat unit was many, many years old. When the maintenance guy came up to fix it, because it was just "on" and seemingly no way to adjust temperature, he told me to not touch it. Basics like coffee are hard to come by - no coffee in the rooms, no coffee in the lobby. Do not recommend for business travelers.
The room is VERY noisy! Sound-proof is simply not there, the doors nearby are loud and noisy. I didn’t get enough sleep as I had to wake up every time some late visitors would talk in the hall or a nearby door would slam. Coupled with a jet lag, it was quite irritating. What’s more, breakfast is only served starting 7 a.m., so if you have to leave for early meetings, you have to get up in advance to find a place to eat in the street. Fortunately, there are some diners at a walking distance.