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New York's Coolest Newcomer: SIXTY SoHo

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  • New York's Coolest Newcomer: SIXTY SoHo
  • New York's Coolest Newcomer: SIXTY SoHo
  • New York's Coolest Newcomer: SIXTY SoHo
  • New York's Coolest Newcomer: SIXTY SoHo

The Lowdown: In the last ten years or so, New York’s SoHo district has transformed from a somewhat shabby area into prime shopping, eating and nightlife territory, and is home to some of the city’s hottest places to stay. In particular, the former 60 Thompson hotel, which re-branded earlier this year after a major refurb and re-opened as SIXTY SoHo. And during Fashion Week, the 'It' crowd took no time to discover NYC’s coolest new venue Naomi Campbell, Justin Timberlake and Heidi Klum were all spotted in the bar, while Christy Turlington and Jason Wu have also been known to meet friends here, too.
 
The multi-million dollar redesign is the work of British designer Tara Bernerd who has created chic and edgy interiors with a touch of what she calls "industrial glamour". Despite the description, SIXTY SoHo has a very homely-cum-members' club feel; the discreet entrance on Thompson Street looks like a typical downtown NYC pied-à-terre, leading into the small, cosy ground-floor lounge area complete with a fireplace flanked by shelves packed with design, art and fashion tombs. The highlight, though, has to be the first-floor lobby: floor-to-ceiling windows and several seating areas with rich velvets and grey wood paneling forming a backdrop to a large canvas created by British artist Harland Miller. Every inch of space has been carefully thought out, with a selection of handpicked mid-century and contemporary furniture, lamps and lots more books. A fab place to sit and relax.
 
Sleeping: The 97 rooms and ten suites are minimalist, done up in tonnes of grey and beige, with planked timber floors, dark slatted blinds, petrol-blue lacquer desks and more sketches by Miller on the walls. And if you happen to have $5,000 or so per night to spare, then book into the impressive Sixty Loft a two-storey suite with a private balcony, plus a rooftop deck with sun loungers and stunning views of the city.
 
Eating & Drinking: Tara’s stylish touch cannot be missed in the Gordon Bar, which is on the same floor as the hotel’s lobby. You’ll find comfy velvet Chesterfields, vintage floor tiles, a cosy fireplace and more books and artwork on the walls. The cocktail list is extensive, and you can tuck into delicious Italianesque bar snacks, too. The rooftop bar, Above SIXTY SoHo (open May to October), is already the talk of NYC and will be the place to be seen come summer; the views of Manhattan’s skyline are not to be missed either. At entrance level, Sessanta, described as a casual, coastal Italian restaurant, is due to open any moment now.

Out & About: This is an upmarket neighbourhood, with fantastic shopping on your doorstep (you’d be hard pressed to name a designer who doesn’t have a shop here). There are also loads of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets – some favourites within easy reach include: AquagrillBalthazarBoqueria (all on Spring Street), Public (Elizabeth Street), Carbone, Vin et Fleurs (both Thompson Street) and Saxon & Parole (Bowery) – though this list is by no means exhaustive. If you are up for a bit of exercise, you can walk to the Meatpacking District (don’t miss the High Line), to Ground Zero, Union Square, Gramercy, while both Chinatown and Little Italy are just a few minutes away.
 
We Loved: The yummy brownies left on our pillow every night at turndown.
 
The Details: SIXTY SoHo, 60 Thompson Street, NY 10012. Double rooms start from approx £275 per night. To book, call 00 1 212 431 0400 or visit SixtyHotels.com/Soho.