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N.Y.C. Hotels to Lay Your Head

By Stephen Brookes
Special to The Washington Post
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 2:45 PM

MIDTOWN

There's no dearth of hotels to choose from in Manhattan; the only problem is rates that can defy all reason. We had great luck at the recently-opened 6 Columbus, a hip, super-friendly little place on Columbus Circle within easy walking distance to MOMA, Lincoln Center, Central Park and subways. Its 88 rooms tend to the small side, but the modernist d├ęcor is a gas, the service fantastic, and we were able to snag an off-season rate of $199 a night -- a steal by any standard. There's a Japanese restaurant on the first floor called The Blue Ribbon (212 397-0404) which also provides room service, and for breakfast there's a Starbuck's next door -- or try Le Pain Quotidien a block away (58th St. at 7th Ave).

6 Columbus

6 Columbus Circle, NY NY 10019

212 204-3000

www.sixcolumbus.com

UPPER EAST SIDE

If you prefer to be in walking distance to the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan and the Whitney, expect to pay for it. A reliable bet is The Carlyle, where advertised rates start at $700 a night -- and are reportedly worth it.

The Carlyle (a Rosewood Hotel)

35 E 76th. 10021

www.thecarlyle.com

212 744 1600

CHELSEA

The heart of New York's art scene is Chelsea, and the heart of Chelsea is the famous/notorious Hotel Chelsea. It's a bit run down now and has lost some of its character, but everyone from Frida Kahlo to Claes Oldenburg has passed through there at some point. Go if you're interested in the scene, but it may not be ideal for families (depending, of course, on your family). Advertised rates start at $189 a night.

The Hotel Chelsea

222 W 23 between 7th and 8th

212 675-5531

www.hotelchelsea.com

SOHO

Soho's one of the most fun neighborhoods around, even if it's not the hotbed of art that it once was. The Soho Grand Hotel has 363 rooms modeled on traditional Soho loft spaces, with expanses of windows and a sophisticated ambiance. Rooms start at about $550 and go up from there. The Mercer, a good place for celebrity spotting, is also a good (but pricey) bet, as is the cool but comfortable 60 Thompson.

Soho Grand Hotel

310 W. Broadway, NY NY10013

212 965-3000

www.sohogrand.com

The Mercer

147 Mercer Street, NY NY 10012

212-966-6060

www. mercerhotel.com

60 Thompson

60 Thompson Street, NY NY 10012

212-431-0400

www.thompsonhotels.com

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