This Soho ho­tel is the per­fect base from which to ex­plore New York’s coolest dis­tricts.

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There’s a masculinity about this New York main­stay – a prop­erty that was styled up and re­branded a cou­ple of years back, the ho­tel for­merly known as 60 Thomp­son now march­ing un­der an ar­guably cooler moniker that im­me­di­ately outs its lo­ca­tion. Be­cause lo­ca­tion’s key, right? It’s cer­tainly what those two TV Brits, flog­ging thatched cot­tages in Corn­wall (or worse) bang on about and it’s true here – an ul­ti­mate ad­dress from which to ex­plore a city that never ceases to en­thral, even if cer­tain bor­oughs have been over­gen­tri­fied and sani­tised. Not to say there isn’t enough at 60 Soho to keep you co­cooned for a cou­ple of days. The rooms are large (for NYC) and lav­ish, with that manly touch at­tached to the leather head­boards and dark wooden floor­ing. The mini­bars are stocked with Dean & Deluca snacks, bath­rooms are an ad­ver­tise­ment for in­ter­na­tional mar­ble sales and, most im­por­tantly, the beds come smoth­ered in linen with thread counts that de­mand at least one sleep-in. And be sure to re­quest a room with a bal­cony, to drink in the views. In-house din­ing runs to some south­ern Ital­ian fare at Ses­santa – check the weekly pasta board or dive into the hal­ibut – with drinks to be had at ei­ther The Gordon Bar or the luxe rooftop space, Above 60 (get it?). The lat­ter’s a spring/sum­mer treat open only to guests and mem­bers, of­fer­ing ex­clu­siv­ity and views across rooftops and in­stantly recog­nis­able New York wa­ter tow­ers. Back on the ground, it’s about me­an­der­ing – this is ‘South of Hous­ton’, af­ter all, and ev­ery­thing al­lur­ing is walk­a­ble (and if not, Canal St sub­way sta­tion is a short stroll). Ac­claimed bistro Balt­hazar (Spring St) is just a few blocks, but Raoul’s (Prince St) is our cur­rent French go-to, while the Ma­cao Trad­ing Com­pany – a bi-level, for­mer gam­bling par­lour from the ’40s just south of Canal St – serves tan­ta­lis­ing Chi­nese-por­tuguese small plates. Else­where, we’re fans of the old-world Tem­ple Bar (Lafayette St), late night ac­tion at the not-so-far Nev­ern­ever Lounge (check p81 for de­tails), with a nec­es­sary morn­ing-af­ter cof­fee from orig­i­nal Aussie cafe, Ruby’s (on Mul­berry), and af­ter­noon green tea ice cream at Cha Cha Matcha (Broome St). All things sar­to­rial are also in easy reach – think ACNE Stu­dios (Greene St), Open­ing Cer­e­mony (Howard St), with BAPE (if that’s more your scene), Oliver Peo­ples and a Bloom­ing­dales a stroll from the front door. Tidy. six­ty­ho­tels.com/soho

THE BIG AP­PLE BOU­TIQUE HO­TEL THAT’S EX­CLU­SIVE AND STYLISH – IN EX­E­CU­TION AND LO­CA­TION.

HY­PER-MAS­CU­LINE ROOM FIN­ISHES MAKE FOR A COSY, INVIT­ING SPACE FROM WHICH TO EX­PLORE THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS.

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