6 Columbus Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • Flat-screen TVs and iPod docks in all rooms
  • Heated bathroom floors, and top-of-the-line C.O. Bigelow bath products
  • Great beds with down comforters and 400-count sheets
  • Full kitchens available in suites and penthouses
  • 1 to 3 blocks from 9 subway lines
  • Heated rooftop bar with 360 degree views

Cons

  • No gym (but passes to nearby gym available for a fee)
  • Small, Pod rooms only have a full-size bed and no desks
  • Little natural light in most rooms; windows don't open
  • Wi-Fi fee
  • About 50 blocks from downtown party scenes

Bottom Line

Opened in late 2007, the futuristic 88-room 6 Columbus is two minutes from Central Park in Midtown West -- a beautiful, convenient, but not so hip location. Sleek style and high-end comforts like 400-count sheets and C.O. Bigelow bath products keep pace with its famed SoHo sister, 60 Thompson, but there's no gym, business center, or celebrities.

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 Scene

Mod, custom-designed furniture that's just about a year old makes this Thompson group outpost feel as hip as its celebrity-grade sisters, but in a less hip 'hood.

The Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
The Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

It opened in October 2007, but 6 Columbus Circle still feels like a sleek new hotel. The small lobby is bright and retro-futuristic -- sort of like Blade Runner meets The Jetsons. Front desk clerks receive guests behind a cool, glowing glass desk in the shag carpeted lobby outfitted with sky blue mod chairs. The modern feel extends through the hallways, where rooms are marked by metallic numbers, backlit by glowing blue light. But it doesn't quite feel like a space craft -- the warm wood, gray carpets, and hall smelling of sandalwood and shea butter keep it from seeming overly sterile.

But this isn't quite a high-end hangout hotel like other Thompson properties, namely the SoHo flagship, 60 Thompson, or the Financial District's Gild Hall. Located in Midtown West, a less trendy neighborhood more popular for its corporate skyscrapers than chichi boutiques, most guests are here on business than are here to party.

 Location

Safe and convenient for business travelers, and close to Upper West Side museums and Central Park, but far from nightlife and shopping.

Located just off Columbus Circle in Midtown West, a busy traffic circle on the southwest corner of Central Park. Several corporate skyscrapers are on the circle, like Time Warner Center, Trump Tower, and Lincoln Center. The Theatre District and the lights of Times Square begin just a few blocks south of the hotel.

By subway, the hotel has access to virtually anywhere in the city. A subway station across from the doorstep is served by the A, B, C, and D trains. The N, Q, R, and W lines are two blocks away, and the F train is three blocks away. Also, guests should have no problem hailing a cab anywhere in Columbus Circle.

On a technical note, 6 Columbus is right next to Columbus Circle. But despite what the hotel's website claims -- "Located on bustling Columbus Circle and across from legendary Central Park..." -- it's not actually located on the the circle. It's actually located at 339 58th Street, just off of the circle. This is important to remember when guiding cab drivers or dragging your suitcases around the busy streets.

 Rooms

Pod rooms are small, but well-designed. All rooms have 400 thread-count sheets, flat-screen TVs, iHome consoles, and Dean & Deluca minibar snacks. Bathrooms have heated tile floors and Kiehl's toiletries.

The Pod Room
The Pod Room

The 88 rooms are available in more than 10 types. The smallest -- the Pod room (175 square feet) -- only has enough room for a double-size bed and little else (there's no desk in the room). The space is limited, but the minimal, sleek custom-designed furniture makes enough space on the floor for a solo yoga routine in front of the TV. However, if you want to do any work in the room, your seating options are...the bed. Deluxe rooms and suites do offer desks, though; superior and deluxe rooms range from 200 to 350 square feet. Suites and penthouses (1,100 square feet) are even bigger, and feature full kitchens.

  • 1960s mod decor from hip designer Steven Sclaroff in all rooms
  • Beds range from full-size (in the Pod room) to a king (in the suites), and all have luxurious 400-thread count white sheets. Note that all Thompson hotels provide "European-style" sheet sets (a duvet cover replaces a top sheet).
  • In-room Wi-Fi costs a daily fee
  • Large flat-screen TVs with premium cable and pay-per-view movies
  • iHome consoles (iPod dock, radio, and alarm clock in one)
  • The sleek, yet small, bathrooms include Kiehl's bath products and heated tile floors.
  • Like many New York buildings, most rooms overlook an air shaft. Virtually no natural light comes into these rooms, due to the opaque glass windows (locked shut). Some rooms face the street, but tall buildings surround the hotel, so don't expect expansive views of the skyline found at bigger hotels like the W Times Square
  • Guy Bourdin original artwork
  • Minibars stocked with Dean & Deluca delicacies, Terra Chips, and natural juices, as well as the standard set of beer, liquor, and other snacks

 Features

No gym; just passes to the neighboring Columbus Circle Equinox for a fee

It's a small hotel, so features are scarce. There's no business center, or meetings rooms.

  • The hotel offers gym passes to the Equinox gym down the block for a fee.
  • Above 6 is a hopping rooftop bar

 Family

Excellent family location in Midtown West near Central Park and kid-friendly museums, but most rooms are pretty small, and the hotel doesn't cater to children.

Trying to be as chic as its downtown sisters, 6 Columbus isn't designed to suit families. That said, Midtown West is an ideal family spot.

Rooms are quiet, and cribs are available upon request, free of charge. Though Pod rooms might be a tight squeeze for families, there are many larger room options, including king suites and penthouses that have full kitchens. The concierge can arrange childcare if needed.

 Food

Right off the lobby, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill serves "Japanese eclectic" cuisine, which includes what some consider to be the best fried chicken in New York.

The Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
The Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

6 Columbus Circle features the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill in its lobby, a restaurant that's as popular with locals as it is with hotel guests. It's one of several Blue Ribbon restaurants in New York, each of which serves its own brand of fusion cuisine. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restuarnt also provides room services daily.

The rooftop bar Above 6 serves cocktails daily.

Outside the hotel, there are loads of other options. For a quick bite, the massive natural grocery chain, Whole Foods Market, is located on Columbus Circle and has a somewhat pricey, but delicious, prepared food and deli selection.

 Airport Transportation

About 30-90 minutes from three airports.

A New York City yellow cab
A New York City yellow cab

New York has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Flying into JFK or LaGuardia is typically easiest and the least time-consuming. From JFK, it's a (one-hour) $45 flat-rate taxi ride to anywhere in Manhattan. From LaGuardia, it's about a (30-minute) $40 metered cab ride to Midtown Manhattan. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls), and can take more than 90 minutes. Don't forget to tip your driver 15-25 percent.

To save some cash, try the group shuttles that are available at all three airports for about $14/person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. You can also take public transit from any of the airports for as little as $7 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairs. For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.

 Bottom Line

Opened in late 2007, the futuristic 88-room 6 Columbus is two minutes from Central Park in Midtown West -- a beautiful, convenient, but not so hip location. Sleek style and high-end comforts like 400-count sheets and C.O. Bigelow bath products keep pace with its famed SoHo sister, 60 Thompson, but there's no gym, business center, or celebrities.

Things You Should Know About 6 Columbus

Address

  • 6 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • 6 Columbus Hotel
  • 6 Columbus New York City

Room Types

  • King Deluxe Room
  • King Suite
  • King Superior Room
  • Pod Room
  • Queen Deluxe Room
  • Queen Superior Room
  • Studio Suite
  • Two Double Deluxe Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 88
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 6 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
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