I really don't know how the Thompson LES has only received 4 circles out of 5 as it might have been my best hotel stay ever.
For starters, the staff is beyond accommodating and really adept at providing service... but in this really smooth, background manner. For example:
1) I had cabbed it in from JFK, and after settling the fare with the cabby, went to remove my luggage from the trunk. Except it wasn't there. I hadn't noticed this as it was occurring, but apparently as I was settling my fare, the doorman/bellhop had already taken it out and brought it into the lobby where it was waiting for me.
2) I'd met up with a large group of friends for lunch, and we decided to bring the group back to the hotel to enjoy the view from my terrace and get some sun. So, impromptu party... which required ice. When I phoned room service asking for some, I was expecting one of those little chrome ice buckets that are standard. Instead, I went back inside, the bottled alcohol we'd had out, along with some beers, had been placed into these large sized ice containers, on a nice tray, with stacks of more glassware. Without me noticing (I'd been on the terrace outside), someone had set this up, and now my coffee table literally looked like bottle service at the club.
In addition to the staff, the view from my 15th floor terrace was jaw-dropping. I was just in the city to see NYC friends, and everyone I had over was gushing about the view. And this was after having (rooftop) bar-hopped the previous night, so you'd think they'd be desensitized to it, but no. Granted, I paid out the nose for a terrace suite, but it was worth it.
Initially, the LES location seemed far removed from all that is Midtown, but Midtown's only a $10-$15 cab ride away, and every night, we somehow ended up back in the LES anyway so the hotel's location ended up being perfect. Plus, it was cool to walk around the neighborhood and see a more authentic part of the city rather than all of the tourist-oriented, chain stuff in Midtown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the epicenter of downtown Manhattan's vibrant New Renaissance in cuisine, galleries, live music clubs, and nightlife spots, the fun-defining SIXTY LES evokes the youthful spirit of its all-hours neighborhood-an indie-vibed district on display from nearly every Jim Walrod-curated suite's floor-to-ceiling windows. Andy Warhol's visage looks up from the scene-and-be-seen swimming pool's bottom, while gritty images by iconic photographer Lee Friedlander illuminate bedroom headboards. Step out into the street life and walk directly into the world-recognized New Museum or countless gastronaut destination spots. But guests need go no further than the vibrant award-winning Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya tavern and bar for Japanese cuisine and stellar cocktails, courtesy of foodie deities the Bromberg brothers. SIXTY LES is part of SIXTY Hotels, a new, innovative of luxury inns located in New York, Los Angeles, and debuting in Miami soon-ish. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thompson Les New York City
- Thompson Les Hotel