I LOVE NY. Yes, it has become a cliché, especially in the last
year but I really do love New York. My love for the city I was
raised in began shortly after I moved away, about 10 years ago. When
you grow up in New York, you see the negatives: the dirt, the smell in the
subways, the pushy, rude people, and complain about them incessantly.
In your heart you know it’s the best city in the world but complaining
about the city is a New Yorker’s favorite pastime. Once you leave
New York though, you realize that every other place pales in comparison.
The subways that smell so bad in the summer actually get you to your
destination faster than any freeway can. The people may be pushy and
rude, but they actually accomplish things quicker and are the most loyal
you’ll ever find. And pristine streets aren’t all they’re cracked up
to be, especially when no one is walking on them.
go to New York as often as I can, especially since last September. My
previous visits were a sort of pilgrimage to a hallowed place: the city
that I loved. My most recent trip was different. I went to New York at
the end of this summer, over Labor Day weekend, and I was determined to
have a “Sex and the City” kind of experience, enjoying what the city has
to offer on its own terms.
Most of the time that title means that celebrities like to stay there
and are pampered while the rest of us just endure adequate to inadequate
service and small rooms. This was definitely not the case at 60
Thompson. From the time I walked into this stylish, tranquil hotel,
I was treated with great service and respect. I had taken the red
eye from Los Angeles and arrived
well before the 3:00pm check-in. The staff at the reception desk was very
attentive and gave me a room as soon as they could.
The room was surprisingly
spacious, especially compared to the closets I have stayed in (the Soho
Grand and Hudson hotels come to mind). My room actually had a real
closet, which I didn’t have to sleep in, and was very nicely decorated
with a couch, chair and a very comfy platform bed. The bathroom was
covered in marble with mosaic floors and although it had no bathtub (which
I never use anyway), the shower was lovely.
The little touches in a
hotel help establish its style and this hotel had many little touches.
The linens, comforter and bathrobes were some of the most comfortable I’ve
had in any hotel. The bath products were upscale Philosophy brand. On my
first day, they left me a lovely presentation of complimentary Sake in my
room. Their turndown service included a delicious brownie and bottled
water. The service made me feel very nurtured.
You can order room service from the restaurant and the wait,
surprisingly, is minimal. The Salmon Tartar and the Fois Gras were
great. It is also a lovely place to enjoy breakfast, especially on
the alfresco cafe, which is set back from the street. There is also
the prerequisite trendy lounge bar, the clubby but intimate Thom’s Bar,
which was crowded with beautiful people and a nice man with an earpiece
My favorite spot in the
hotel was the rooftop terrace, which consisted of a bar and a garden area
with lounge chairs. It is a terrific place, day or night. In the
daytime, you can lounge and read a book, or enjoy a cocktail at sunset.
At night, it is a great place to grab a drink and enjoy the lights of the
city, though I felt a pang of sadness when I saw the emptiness in the sky
above us where the twinkling lights of the Twin Towers would have been.
It is accessible only with your room keycard but at night they allow a
select few “members” to come up too. On a balmy night, it was the perfect
place to be.
With all that said about 60
Thompson, the best part of the hotel is location, location, location.
Located one block west of one of Soho’s major streets, West Broadway, it
is accessible by foot to everything in Soho, Tribeca and NoLita, yet a
little secluded from the hubbub and crowds. Thompson Street has enjoyed a
gentrification with the expansion of Soho and Tribeca. It is a street
filled with eclectic, interesting boutiques and outdoor cafes while still
retaining the charm of years past. I decided that when I move back to New
York, I will live on this street, if not in this hotel.
Staying in this part of
town, I felt no need to venture above Houston Street. Soho and Tribeca as
well as all of downtown have experienced financial troubles in the past
year but none of this was evident on my stay. The streets were full of
people shopping (even though it was rainy) and at night the cafes and
restaurants were packed with people. We ate at Bouley, a Tribeca staple,
which was quite crowded on the Friday night of a major holiday escape
weekend. I was pleased to see that people are still coming downtown to
eat at the great restaurants this area has to offer.
Strolling on West Broadway
after dinner, with my Fendi bag on my arm, the sights and sounds were
intoxicating and I had to look around to see if Carrie and Mr. Big were
behind me. Downtown has a vibrancy and character that has always been
lacking uptown and I was happy to see that it had returned.
On the day I checked out of
60 Thompson, I had mixed emotions. I was happy that my city was
rebounding from hard times and I was happy that I had found a place to
stay that was worthy of its surroundings. I was sad because I could have
60 Thompson Street
New York City, NY 10012
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Gerloff and Esrin Gozukizil are a husband and wife team specializing in world travel and fine dining. Jon is a writer currently working on his second novel. Esrin works in television development for a major production company.
You can reach the authors at: JonGerloff@aol.com (Jon Gerloff and Esrin Gozukizil)