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Historical Traveler Reviews 6 Columbus - A SIXTY Hotel New York City
New hotel, OLD building
Take a very old, tired hotel, give it some fancy decor and duvets, put cow hide in the elevators and you've got 6 Columbus. The walls are paper thin, the plumbing is noisy, the doors are only able to close with a slam and the narrow hallways carry echoes and the sound of your neighbors talking. Add to that the view of an airshaft covered in bird droppings and a window splatted with concrete that the owners haven't bothered to have cleaned off and I submit this hotel as the worst night's sleep I've ever had. In the morning I asked to speak to the hotel manager. The guy at the desk named Saye said he was the manger. I asked are you THE manager, again he said yes. I politely told him about my problems and he said he could only apologise but no-one else had complained. Note: the hotel had only been open 3 weeks, so no exactly a great record. I asked for his card and he gave me it along with his title - Assistant Front Desk Manager. Yes, he lied that he was THE manager of the hotel. He refused to accept any responsibility for the quality of the hotel or my visit and simply turned his back on me and walked into the back office. And the cost for all of this? $400 for a 10X12 foot room.
We ARE soooo Hip!
We enjoyed THE BEST night's sleep EVER in NYC. At one of those times of the year when you think you'll never be able to afford to stay in New York City again, and almost not even get ANY room, we were able to book this hotel at a ridiculous rate only 2X the national debt. On arrival the extremely nice, laid back, and casually attired door men (2) greeted us, ran in and told the front desk staff our names, so we could be "GREETED" and then the very helpful Joelle told us the two nicest things you can hear when checking in: (1) you are getting an upgrade; and (2) your room is ready. This was great, as we were heading to an important biz mtg. The room was darkly lit (only worse in Paris) and one of the design themes is the use of vintage 50's-70's furniture. Ouch! That was me banging my shins on the sharp corner of the king platform bed, ... but Hey, we are Hip!!! The TV was the slightest-bit hung crooked, but so was the art, and who cares, we are HIP! The bathroom was great, even if the tub was more than a bit too narrow and the hooks hanging the shower curtain were sprung so it came off the rod.....but Hip! The water was HOT, the amenities LUXURIOUS, the bed THE MOST COMFORTABLE IN LAST 10 YEARS, absolutely the BEST night's sleep in NYC, totally QUIET, and isn't this what counts. You cannot entertain in your mini-suite (emphasis on MINI), but one can work at the desk while the other luxuriates in sleep in the tiny but adequate Bedroom. The continental breakfast in the lobby is less than that but with Starbucks next door and Whole Foods in Time Warner Center, right across the street, it's not a big deal. Prices are very reasonable most of the year, and at the crazy busy time of our trip 6 Col Circle was in line with the city-wide outrageous rates. We visit Lincoln Center regularly, so we WILL be back. But watch the corners of those platform beds!!!
A Great New NYC Boutique
6 Columbus, located just across the street from the AOL Time Warner building, is a great addition to the New York City hotel scene.
The Thompson Hotel Group's newest addition delivers a comfortable, residential contemporary experience, with a location that is second to none. This boutique property offers all the comforts of home, with Central Park at your doorstep.
Upon my arrival, I was warmly greeted by a staff that was certain to please.
I was given a Pod Room, which is the hotel's smallest room category. The room is truly designed for one person, but unlike previous hotel experiences, I wasn't at all bothered by the small size of the room. 6 Columbus has done an excellent job at designing the room in such a way, that you feel cozy and at home. The room was equipped with a Full Size bed with quality linens, a good sized bathroom with a tub/shower combination, a 42" LCD television, and a snack basket with great goodies. I would not recommend this room if you're planning on doing business, or sharing with someone, as there is little room to work or share. My room was located on the back side of the hotel, so there was very little noise or disturbance. If you are traveling with others, I would most definitely suggest booking a queen or larger room category, as they would afford greater space all around.
The location is truly unbeatable, as you have all of midtown Manhattan at your disposal, including the ever handy AOL Time Warner Center. The center is literally right across the street from the hotel, and has all the shops you might need including a Whole Foods Market which came in handy for breakfast and lunch.
Be certain to look for competitive rates, which may be found on Quickbook.com or approaching the hotel directly. My rate was extremely good, so I found great value in my experience. If I was however faced with paying $500 for a Pod Room, I may have walked away with a different impression.
All in all, a fantastic experience, and one which comes with great service, style and location. I would highly recommend 6 Columbus for tourists, business travelers or anyone looking for a quiet low key boutique experience in Mid Town Manhattan.
Working out the Kinks
We too stumbled into a last-minute reservation via quikbook ... we figured we would likely end up in one of the least desirable rooms - and we did ... the room was tiny, there is virtually no furniture (other than the bed), and storage space is definitely limited ... on the plus side, the double-bed was extremely comfortable ... having a view of an air ventilation shaft has its positive side: no street noise ... due to a mishap (i won't mention here), we were upgraded mid-visit to a larger room (with furniture!) ... this was a little nicer and had a view of 58th rather than an air shaft ... the front desk staff and doormen were all nice and tried to go out of their way to be friendly and helpful ... the other persons working at the hotel (e.g. support staff) were obviously not counseled in the art of interacting with guests which resulted in some disappointing experiences ... all in all, it was a positive experience ... the location is great and the rooms were pretty good (who goes to NYC to hang out in their hotel room anyway?) .... I would stay there again given the right rate ...
Tiny chic boutique hotel
I booked the "pod room" at quikbook for $220 a day. Hotel is tiny and
chic. The pod room has a full size bed and almost no furniture at all
-- no desk, sofa, etc. That didn't bother me since I was not there for business anyway. Bed is EXTREMELY comfortable. Bathroom's ventilation system doesn't work too well -- like most NYC hotels. Complimentary breakfast (bakery) DELICIOUS. Location is the best -- close to subway, Time Warner Center, Central park, Lincoln center and
lots of good restaurants (Jean Georges, Masa and Per Se all within walking distance!!) Very good for people who want to stay away from Time Squares but do not want to miss out the night life and good food...
Good stay, but a few quirks
I got a good rate from Quikbook and decided to risk staying at a new hotel. I was unaware that this was a much hyped hotel until reading some web postings. If I could afford a bigger room, I'd consider coming back there to stay in that area again
* room was clean
* everything worked well -- front desk had my reservation, room key worked first try. All components worked fine -- lights, sink, toilet, shower, TV, etc.
* ipod charger was a nice touch
* good location -- but entrance is actually on 58th street
* room was tiny -- about 12 ft x 12 ft -- no desk, no chair -- no stand to place the suitcase -- I had to leave it on the floor and ended up tripping on it several times
* design elements were lost on me -- fur in the lobby and elevator was described by one employee as "pony fur".
* photo over the bed didn't do much for me -- a photograph showing feet wearing high heel shoes sticking up in a car, with an airplane flying overhead
* phone rang in the middle of the night -- no one was there
* window faced airshaft
Good Location, Great Staff~ A great boutique hotel
I actually booked a room at this hotel as a back up if Priceline didn't work out, but we decided to give it a shot. I am so glad we did! I was traveling to NY for an overnight with a friend. We wanted a good location and something besides your average bland, boring hotel room. You get it here!
Six Columbus is located just a block off of Columbus Circle, and is super convenient to restaurants, the subway, Central Park and lots of shopping. My friend and I arrived in the city early after an abrupt change in plans and we stopped by the hotel around noon hoping we could leave our bags. However, they went above and beyond and let us have a room then. The staff was top notch~ everyone from the door men to the front manager, Saye, were helpful, polite and respectful. They repeatedly went out of their way to serve us.
The hotel has a very modernist feel to it. It is very much a boutique hotel and what I consider to be one of the things that makes New York so unique. We had a King Superior room and It was smallish, mainly due to the size of the bed. However, it was worth it as the bed was WONDERFUL. And who does anything in a NY hotel room but collapse into bed after a day and night on the town, anyway?
The bathroom was great as well with a deep tub, beautiful floor to ceiling tile and bath amenities by Fresh. The absolute only complaint I have about the entire hotel is the placement of the bathroom mirror. I am 5' 3" and I had to stand on my toes to see my nose in the mirror. It is not adjustable and the only other mirror is a full length one in the foyer. This made it difficult to apply makeup. However, I managed!
One thing I loved was a small touch~ practically every light in the room, and there are many, has a dimmer. I love that attention to detail. There is a cozy Frette robe and an umbrella in the room available for rainy days. Also, there is a wonderfully stocked mini bar with treats from Dean and Deluca. Also~ GASP~ the prices were reasonable! The Dean and Deluca goodies were actually the same price that they are in the store. Also, there is a fun little extra called a "Shag Bag" and yes, it includes exactly the kind of items you are thinking it does! Plus, Bouchon Bakery does a wonderful continental breakfast in the lobby, and is located right across the street in the Time Warner Building for a little follow-up treat in the evening!
So, bottom line is if you want to go to New York and feel like you stayed in a New York hotel, this is your place. You will not feel like you are walking into a Marriott by any stretch! I would definitely visit again.
Trendy, yet comfortable!
My husband and I stayed at 6 Columbus the first week it was open for business! The address is 6 Columbus Circle, but the building is actually on 58th street (behind the Columbus Circle Shops). That was a little weird, but don't get me wrong it is still a great location! The front desk had us listed for a queen room, but easily changed us to a king superior when I showed my quikbook confirmation paperwork. We had a room on the 8th floor facing the back with a view of apartment buildings, but I didn't care...I wasn't in New York City to spend time in my room looking out the window.
It was a good sized room approximately 200 sq ft...very comfortable king bed...awesome bedding and pillows...flat screen tv...nice bathroom...light blocking curtains. My husband (who has trouble sleeping with noise or light) and I had no problem sleeping late! There was coffee and danish from Bouchon Bakery in the lobby during the morning. The only negative I could say was that there is little storage (very small armoire, one large drawer under the bed, and one small shelf in the bathroom)...and the restaurant and rooftop bar weren't open yet when we were there.
I was a bit worried that this hotel might be too pretentious for my taste. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the comfortable, yet professional manner of the staff (although some of the hotel guests appeared otherwise). The hotel is in an awesome location with many amenities literally across the street...shops (including Whole Foods), restaurants, bars, subway, Central Park, etc. We stayed for 2 nights (Sat/Sun) and the total with tax was $675...we know that we won't ever see that kind of deal again! 6 Columbus is trendy, yet comfortable!
Great new place
6 Columbus is billed as a "boutique hotel," but if "boutique" means snooty, that was not the case here. The staff was super friendly and helpful, allowing us to check in at 10 a.m. and upgrading our room!! The hotel just opened, so everything is super new and clean. Lots of pillows, and a big comfy comforter. On the slightly down side, I couldn't manage to get the room cool enough.
There is a lovely continental breakfast with good coffee and sweet and savory little pastries. They leave you a brownie on your pillow at night.
We got great introductory price ($275 for a Saturday night and $199 for a Sunday night). I'm sure that was an aberration
New Hotel with Lots of Potential
Stayed at this hotel during its first week open. Rooms are BIG for NYC -- the standard queen is 200 sq. ft, deluxe is 250. The bathroom was large, furnishings modern, very cool vibe. Flat-screen TVs and iHome docks in every room, along with some other cool design features. The lobby isn't much but does make a nod to a 60s-style living room. Blue Ribbon sushi will be the in-house restaurant, which isn't too shabby, but in the meantime a continental breakfast was provided by Bouchon Bakery (also not too shabby). As it was opening week every effort was made by staff to be helpful, polite, etc. They were great.
It's definitely a boutique hotel and thus you're not going to find a spa, gym, etc., but as an urban hotel it is really ideal for a weekend or short stay in NY. Price was greatly reduced for opening months...I'd be looking for deals if staying here later as the full-price rates are a bit much. Parking is an additional $45 per 24 hours, which is not terrible for Manhattan.
This location, by the way, is ideal...right at the southwest corner of Central Park, opposite the Time-Warner Center and about 20 steps away from a subway station entrance that is a hub to nearly every line in the city. (Note: despite the name/address, the hotel is NOT in Columbus Circle proper...it's slightly off, on W. 58th between 8th and 9th Avenues!) Took 15 mins to get to Yankee Stadium and 15 minutes to get to SoHo via subway....also walkable to lots of attractions (Park, Midtown, etc.). When they get the roof deck open, it will be a fantastic view of the city!