It's the Little Things
by Sue Apfelbaum, 02/06/2013
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
6 Columbus–a Thompson Hotel
6 Columbus Circle, 212-204-3000, Midtown West, Manhattan
Feel like a guest of Don Draper's at this 1960s-jet-set-inspired, but utterly contemporary, hotel a stone's throw from the posh shopping and dining of the Time Warner Center, the serenity of Central Park and the culture of the Museum of Arts and Design and Lincoln Center. Subtly marked with a sleek slanted "6" on its awning, the 88-room property looks and feels more like an exclusive residence than a hotel, with its home-away-from-home ambience. Designer Steven Sclaroff's mid-century modern furnishings lend functional elegance to each of the hotel's spacious rooms. All feature walnut furniture, including Art Deco armoires with black-and-white lacquered doors, and studio kings have homages to the Nelson bench and Knoll Saarinen table. Teak paneling forms a wall-size headboard behind each bed (swathed in Sferra linens) with built-in magazine racks on either side. Vintage shots by fashion photographer Guy Bourdin add to the seductive vibe. Note the round illuminated mirrors and vertical subway tiles in the bathrooms, which are also outfitted with REN products. With a Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill on the first floor and an intimate, not-sceney rooftop lounge, you might not venture far.