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Hotel Highlights

  • Bang in the hip Meatpacking district
  • The rooftop pool is reason enough to stay
  • Mover-and-shaker Mecca

Overview

A bit of Brit chic thrives in New York’s Meatpacking District through Soho House New York hotel, the East Coast outpost of the London members-only club. English urban sophistication is exemplified in the dark wood floors, exposed brick and an clever mix of contemporary and antique furniture. And spectacular views of the city can be enjoyed along with all the other beautiful people lounging at the rooftop pool.

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'One while changing' private bartender service, where a handsome bartender will fix specialty cocktails in your room every evening

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

30

Check–out

12-noon.

Rates

Double rooms from $430.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out and an additional service charge of $5.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast.

At the hotel

Cowshed spa with eucalyptus steam rooms, 44-seat private cinema, gym. In rooms: Plasma TV, DVD, WiFi, and a full range of Cowshed products in the bathroom.

Our favourite rooms

The best room in the house is the vast number 13 room, but we also love the Medium rooms on the fifth floor.

Poolside

There's a rectangular heated pool on the rooftop, flanked by striped loungers and parasols and overlooking the Hudson. It's open year-round, but in summer there's full waiter service too.

Packing tips

A chic bikini or two for the rooftop pool. Leave some space in your luggage for your shopping exploits around Broadway and Bleecker.

Also

The Cowshed Spa offers a range of treatments. There is a games room with pool table.

Children

Welcome. Children can use the pool between 9am and 5pm Monday to Wednesday, 9am and 2pm Thursday and Friday, and 8am and 11.30am at weekends.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Modern international cuisine, Swarovski chandeliers and Manhattan views. There is a private party area for up to 12 people.

Hotel Bar

The hotel bar is open for food and drinks from 11am until midnight on Monday and Sunday; 2am the rest of the week.

Last orders

10pm; the Drawing Room serves food until 3am on weekdays; 4am at weekends.

Room service

7am–2am; until midnight on Sunday.

Smith Insider

Dress code

SoHo sophisticates.

Top table

By the window with a view over Manhattan.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Liberty Helicopters on West 30th Street and 12th Avenue (+1 212 967 6464) will whisk you around the Manhattan skyline and out to the Statue of Liberty. They also offer airport transfers.

Local restaurants

Pastis on Ninth Avenue (+1 212 929 4844) is as fashionable as ever and great for brunch, serving French bistro dishes with perfect pommes frites. Spice Market, on 13th Street between Ninth Avenue and Washington Street (+1 212 675 2322), serves South East Asian cuisine in vast, and palatial surroundings. There are private cushion-filled booths at the back, and a great upstairs bar. Carlos A Suarez’s resurrection of this 100-year-old brownstone to create the cosy Bobo (+1 212 488 2626; bobonyc.com) was a stroke of genius. It feels more like a private supper scenario, with delicious fresh, seasonal farm-to-table fare from Patrick Connolly. To experience the standout dishes, choose the ‘dinner party’ option from the menu.

 

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Meatpacking District

Soho House New York

29–35 9th Avenue, New York NY 10014, United States

Planes

The closest New York hubs are Newark and La Guardia – around 20 minutes from the hotel. JFK is a little further (the drive should take about 35 minutes).

Trains

Grand Central Station and New York Penn Station are 5–10 minutes away by car. From here, you'll be able to board Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) services to other destinations all over the USA.

Automobiles

From JFK, take the Van Wyck Expressway then the Long Island Expressway, before heading over towards Chelsea and Manhattan on the Queens Midtown Expressway.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Abby Johnson , TV titles queen

If there’s a New York equivalent of the Knowledge, our cab driver didn’t have it – which was unfortunate, because the Manhattan outpost of London media club Soho House is difficult to find. In contrast to the towering Gansevoort Hotel nearby, it has a small, unassuming entrance, with an understated sign. Our random street-by-street tour finally came to an end and we invited the c…
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Soho House New York

Anonymous review by Abby Johnson, TV titles queen

If there’s a New York equivalent of the Knowledge, our cab driver didn’t have it – which was unfortunate, because the Manhattan outpost of London media club Soho House is difficult to find. In contrast to the towering Gansevoort Hotel nearby, it has a small, unassuming entrance, with an understated sign. Our random street-by-street tour finally came to an end and we invited the cabbie to ‘get lost’ – advice he no doubt took quite literally.

From the moment we stepped out of our yellow New York City cab in the heart of the Meatpacking District, we knew we were staying in one of the most happening parts of town. It was the first hot weekend of the year; the streets were buzzing with alfresco diners and drinkers spilling out onto the street. The black smoked-glass doors of Soho House opened to reveal a lobby with a simple black desk and distressed leather chairs. Only the exquisite Swarovski chandeliers alluded to the amazing interiors on the floors above.

David, our concierge at this fine boutique hotel, greeted us; he would prove invaluable during our stay. He gave us his personal mobile number, which we could ring at any time of the day or night if we needed anything, including guestlisting at clubs. Even the lift up to the room, with its mirrored and green quilted-leather walls was amazing – perfect for a David LaChapelle photo shoot, we reckoned. We tried, in our own small way, to put this theory to the test a bit later, after a few Nimms cups. At least the theory that the delicious but deadly cocktails of blueberries, raspberries, vodka and Red Bull are ideal for combating jetlag seemed to be spot on.

Our room in this hip city had just the wow factor we’d hoped for. Music started the moment we stepped through the door, activated by motion sensors, and there was an iPod dock hooked up to the surround sound so we could play our own music. A massive wall-mounted plasma screen was on hand, in case we could tear ourselves away from the breathtaking view of Manhattan, which we could enjoy all the more with the ‘very wrong’ chocolate-covered popcorn from the minibar.

The style was understated and chic: an exciting mix of contemporary and retro furniture, surrounding a huge bed covered with ‘jump on me’ pillows. According to David, Gwen Stefani slept here and mentions it on her album: ‘We know how to live, baby. We're luxurious, like Egyptian cotton.’ After a quick dip in the freestanding bath, a power shower in the mini wet room, and a good head-to-toe lathering in the abundant Cowshed products, we could see exactly what she meant.

The next morning, we got out to the shops as fast as we could. SoHo is just a ten-minute cab ride from the hotel (providing your cab driver knows where he’s going). The shopping around Broadway and Bleecker was just too good; incredible vintage thrift stores next to exclusive boutiques. And the exchange rate can convince you that everything you buy is an absolute bargain. By the time we made it back to Soho House it was time to hit the roof terrace.

Cocktails were flowing and well-dressed thirtysomethings were lying on day beds around the pool. The music had a cool British flavour (no doubt inspired by the British owners): Rolling Stones, Smiths, Joy Division. We ate at the restaurant next to the pool, where well-groomed waiters, who certainly knew their Chloé from their Gucci, provided attentive service. The food was serviceable, but nowhere near as impressive as the amazing views.

Night owls make note, the Meatpacking District is the main clubbing area of downtown. The Gansevoort Hotel deserves a visit, if just to experience the 360-degree vista from the huge roof terrace; otherwise we found we needed to venture out to Greenwich Village and SoHo for more bar action. As they say, New York never sleeps. Neither, apparently, did the party people queuing until dawn directly below our window. Soho House isn’t ideal for a quiet night’s sleep.

Having somewhat overdone things, we headed up to the roof for a swim and some breakfast the next morning, sporting huge sunglasses and a pallor as green as the lift’s interior. The breakfast menu offered a good selection of eggs Florentine, Benedict and full English breakfasts. Having breakfast by a pool, on a roof in Manhattan with a view of the Hudson, is hard to beat, although the horde of screaming kids in the pool hardly soothed our throbbing heads.

It would have been nice to avoid the bun fight to get a lounger when the kids were kicked out at 1pm, but once they’d left we could enjoy loungeing around drinking cocktails supplied by the ever-fabulous Ryan. In fact, we found it impossible to leave, despite the unbelievable shopping on the streets below, and the temptation of a helicopter trip from the helipad five minutes away.

We spent so much time sunning ourselves that we didn’t spend as much time as we would have liked in the rest of Soho House: the drawing room; the bar, with its 39-foot Chesterfield sofas; the Cowshed Spa (our fake-tan appointment was cancelled because it was too hot). But it proves that it’s an amazing place to hang out, regardless of the weather. We have a brilliant excuse to go back, and next time we’ll be able to give the cab driver directions.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Soho House New York from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The interior decor, the welcome on the desk and room service, the 6th floor club facilities, the sense of escape in a city that never sleeps. The hotel is an absolute gem of an escape, a very 'grown up' feeling place, though we did see children there and could see that the staff made them feel most welcome. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

There was nothing really bar a few minor maintenance issues (on our first evening we had a blocked toilet and the bath plug didn't hold water so if you wanted a long leisurely bath you'd have to keep topping up with water) - but I emphasise these really were minor issues that didn't cause us any stress at all.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Roof bar (except weekends), cocktails in the room, great smells!

Don’t expect

Sometimes I found the service to be slow.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service, decor and general standards were faultless. We booked the smallest room but found there was more than enough room. The staff were fully behind the 'nothing is too much' philosophy and made everyone feel valued.

Don’t expect

Coming from the UK we found the tipping culture a little foreign and we did get a call at midnight asking us how much we wanted to tip on our poolside bar bill, which seemed unnecessary given how much we had dropped that evening.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel was in a great location in the Meatpacking area. In summer the rooftop bar is a bonus and the pool parties are super cool in every way. The rooms are large and luxurious and the service is first class. If you can stretch to a "big" room it's worth it.

Don’t expect

I would have liked better coffee at breakfast!

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the rooftop bar.

Don’t expect

I would've preferred less people.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the rooftop bar although it was very busy with members. I enjoyed the great location in the Meatpacking District, and the staff was friendly and very helpful.

Don’t expect

I would've liked less people!

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the fantastic atmosphere: it was very friendly but casual and I was made to feel really welcome by all the staff. The rooftop pool was brilliant if somewhat packed!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Brunch at the weekend is amazing and the staff can't do enough for you, without being OTT! It's obviously expensive, but you get what you pay for.

 

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

When we walked into our huge room we had our own Christmas tree; it was very beautiful and a lovely touch on Christmas Eve. Then there was a knock at the door with the cocktail trolley; we had a cocktail made for us to drink in our room as we dressed for dinner. Then came another knock at the door: the hotel gave us lovely Christmas gifts, socks, cowshed products, beautiful book and bag – amazing.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the cool, laid-back, 'anything goes' vibe of the staff and the whole place, in fact! The bar is an amazing place to have a drink and the cocktails are top-notch.

Don’t expect

The attentiveness of the waiting staff in the restaurant could be better but that's just me being picky!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Great value, great staff, great location, great stuff going on in the hotel, great crowd — the perfect place for our girls' trip to NYC.

Rating: 10/10 stars