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June 01, 2011

New York and Chicago: Above 6 and NoMI

By Departures Dispatch | Lifestyle


Hotels aren't just for sleeping, as two recent openings are showing. On May 16, Thompson hotels cut the ribbon on Above 6, a terrace lounge on top of its 6 Columbus location. Thompson's third open-air hideaway in New York, the space exudes the downtown vibe of the brand's SoHo and the Lower East Side outposts while giving guests views of Central Park. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill has created a summer cocktail menu (try the Hummingbird, a concoction of Avinyó Cava, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, club soda and Yama Momo) and curated a special selection of sakes and wines especially for the venue. In Chicago, the Park Hyatt will unveil its new seventh floor on June 3, showcasing four elements (restaurant, spa, garden and lounge) from its new lifestyle brand, NoMI (for North Michigan, the avenue on which the hotel sits). The 125-seat NoMI Kitchen will be overseen by chef Ryan LaRoche, who has partnered with local farmers and purveyors to produce the high-quality ingredient-driven dishes he's become known for. And NoMI Spa will be the exclusive Chicago spa to offer the Hydrafacial (an ultra-firming skin treatment previously performed only in doctors' offices). Above 6 at 6 Columbus Circle; 212-204-3000; thompsonhotels.com. Park Hyatt Chicago at 800 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-335-1234; parkchicago.hyatt.com.

Photo Courtesy Thompson Hotels