SIXTY Lower East Side
What We Love
- The pool deck and bar with views of lower Manhattan
- Downtown location close to the East Village, Soho, Nolita and endless nightlife options
- Tiki Tabu, a new (seasonal) tropical bar, opened in July 2015
What To Know
- Located in the hip Lower East Side above the busy intersection of Allen and Houston streets
- Pool and Bar open seasonally from May to September
- WiFi is an additional cost of $15 per day
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Towering over New York’s mainly low-rise Lower East Side, the SIXTY LES offers an authentic and stylish downtown experience away from all the touristy clichés. SIXTY LES impresses with an atmosphere that is modern, moody and exceptionally hip. This is obvious the moment you pass through the enormous revolving doors and encounter the elegant industrial design, black slate walls, installation piece staircase — and the good-looking staff.
Bed & Bath
Though the hallways and common spaces are mainly black and dimly lit, the 141 guestrooms are bright and airy. Rough concrete ceilings, exposed columns, low beds with crisp white linens and black-mirrored walls create an inviting, industrial-chic vibe. Illuminated lightboxes serve as the headboards, and in many rooms there are leather banquettes against the floor-to-ceiling windows. The suites benefit from good-size balconies, offering king-of-the-castle views across Manhattan. All bathrooms feel spacious and have glass-enclosed rain showers and Ren bath products.
Apart from the design, the draw here is undoubtedly the scene. The seventh-floor tiki bar, Tiki Tabu, serves fruity cocktails and Blue Ribbon fare in a decidedly summery setting. Those in search of a quiet evening, be warned: A DJ plays late into the night, so rooms above, below and adjacent to the bar can be very noisy. Downstairs, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya serves the brand’s signature sushi in addition to traditional yakitori and a wide array of entrees served family-style. In the summer months the third-floor pool deck is a highly coveted escape, where a beautiful, mojito-sipping crowd is right at home, while the newly-opened Beer Garden offers a more low-key scene with ping pong, board games and BBQ.
In the Area
Anyone looking for a trip full of local color, low-lit bars and mom-and-pop eateries would be hard pressed to find a better location. Get in line for the must-try pancakes at Clinton Street Baking Company, or make it a boozy brunch at neighborhood favorite Schiller’s. For a late night scene, join New York’s cool kids at Beauty & Essex, a small plates bistro disguised behind a bright pawnshop entrance. For a dose of retail therapy, wander boutique-lined Ludlow and Orchard streets and shop for designer looks at Dear Rivington and hip menswear at Project No. 8. Or head a few blocks farther south and seek out our favorite spots below Delancey Street.
How to Get There
I planned a party for my brother and SIXTY LES really came through. There were slight delays in getting the room ready, but the free upgrade and excellent customer service made up for it. Everyone on site was very nice and helpful. I do want to mention Shemara(front desk); Shemara went above and beyond with helping me plan my brother's birthday. It was as if she was my personal party planner. I have her to thank for making a big event much less stressful. A+ customer service all around, but Shemara especially!
We stayed in the penthouse loft. It is pretty hard to beat that room. Check it out. It is fit for a king/queen! Highly recommend this hotel.
Positives. Location. Staff and service. Great party options (lounge, pool, sushi).
Negatives. Overpriced. Loud. Party scene.
Great spot but this entire neighborhood is one big frat party on the weekend. The hotel is clearly a day drinking (and night drinking) spot which is fine. But just he warned. A bit of a mess when you are coming and going with your children. The lounge that everyone goes to shares the elevator with everyone else. A better system to let both exist needs to be implemented.
Room was ok but a bit musty and damp.
Stayed at Sixty LES for three nights at the end of July. Stayed in an Allen Suite.
Nothing really bad, but nothing really good either.
Location: liked it
Reception personnel/check-in: efficient, but no "hi, how are you doing", "welcome" "great to have you". I know it is NYC and everyone is very cool, but you know, you are working in the service industry...
Allen suite: good size, nicely laid out, stylish, but somewhat cheaply done and won't age well (queue hinge in cupboard broken etc), and what's with the little drawer unit in the bedroom? Cheap looking, bad quality etc
Pool: very nice, but less nice swimming with cigarette butts from night before
Lifts: you might as well walk, especially when one of them is out of service
Check out: Receptionist didn't bother asking whether we had a good time or not; probably didn't quite care enough - again see comment above. And would have been nice to be told about the resort/service charge at check-in...
As I wrote above, nothing terribly wrong, especially as it was relatively competitively priced at $450 a night, but it is all in the execution... Maybe I would feel less strongly about it all, had we not just spent 5 nights in a Four Seasons where none of the above would happen. I guess that's why I will go back there, but probably won't be coming back to SIXTY LES, especially as there are lots of other similar hotels in NYC.