Sixty LES always stuck out—initially for its tall, glass tower in a neighborhood known for brick brownstones and block housing, But, it soon became a downtown den of debauchery. It’s dark walls and dimly lit halls were rather forgiving for letting loose. It also attracted the frenzy, especially its summer pool parties, for its furnishings were never too precious and easily cleaned with a strong solvent. It was a perfect backdrop for raising hell, but while it’s no longer the tits-out joint it used to be—the Sixty brand is now high on wellness—the Tiki Tabu lounge and its Blue Ribbon restaurants still draw the fun-loving sort.
The Lower East Side long deserted its grime and crime past for a life of riches and splendor (see: Ludlow House), and the rooms at the Sixty certainly reflect the Suits and French who idolize Orchard Street as the avant-garde. Chainmail room screens, Low-lying platform beds, Milo Baughman-style lounge chairs, floor-to-ceiling windows, concrete columns—the LES design vernacular. However, those late nights are putting wear n’ tear on the corners and cabinets. Boxy with smart room flow, the rooms even at their smallest are comfortable.
Black stone against honey-hued wood make for a tricky palette to keep looking fresh and clean. That robe though...
Small, transient and portals Blue Ribbon and its Kansai Garden, the lobby is more an afterthought than a hang out.
There are some pools which should be swam in only in case of 100-degree or higher days. This might be one of those pools. Though now that summer day rentals start at almost $1k, the sweaty sloppy parties may have tamed
Nothing helps a hangover puff face like a spin at the Collagen Bar, a premium spa service at this Sixty Spa. Otherwise only massages are on this menu at the 1,200 sq. foot wood-slat Swedish-inspired lair of relaxation.
HIpsters never were ones for spandex and sweating, and the gym more caters to the neighborhood's tastes than its clientele.
Blue Ribbon and its Kansai Garden have remain flooded with outdoor-seeking diners. This beloved West Village Japanese institution is no longer confined to the teeny spaces over yonder but rather a 150-table emporium that just won’t quit.
Closest subway is the F/M at Second Avenue or the F/M/J/Z at Delancey.
The Lower East Side is brimming with the latest concept eateries, but if you’ve never been down here, Katz’s Delicatessen (5-minutes) is an absolute must for the ordering process alone. Nowhere better in the city is a cluster of Jew Food (this neighborhood was the first European Jewish refuge in New York), and leading the pack is the beloved Russ & Daughters (3-minutes away). Otherwise, stroll Orchard and Ludlow streets. There are some real winners down here.
Often referred to as the “Cologne Zone,” this quadrant of the LES has become quite douchey. But there are some safe havens, including The Magician (5-minutes walk) for a casual but still sexy drink. Iconic Max Fish (3-minutes) has been saved and still pours gasoline-level mixed drinks. And there’s perhaps the best secret cocktail den in the city only 5 minutes from the hotel. Ask a local, don’t let the word spread too far.
WHY WE LIKE IT
For the storied New York of late-nights, beautiful people and tempting treats of all sorts, the Sixty LES is ideally situated. The rooms are a stylished, if scuffed up, crash landing for coming down off the exhilaration of living your best life in New York.