The Standard High Line
- Style A fine Balazs
- Setting Hip Hudson riverside
Standing astride New York’s raised High Line park in the Meatpacking Districting, The Standard High Line hotel is a clever convergence of two towers of concrete and glass. Inside, it’s all marvellously minimalist, with a lobby that wouldn’t look out of place in a Kubrick film. Rooms, with fantastic views over the Hudson, are very stylish and a bit exhibitionist, thanks to sexy glass showers that open up to the bedroom.
Need to know
- Rooms 338, including four suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $265.00, 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.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (US$15).
- Facilities Gym, free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: plasma TV, iPod dock, minibar, custom-made Kiss My Face toiletries.
- Check–out Midday, although later check-out can be arranged, subject to availability. Check-in, 3pm.
Children Cots for babies can be supplied free, and babysitting can be organised for $25 an hour.
- Also Small pets are welcomed, for a flat US$100 fee.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The views get better the higher you go, so plump for 8th floor and above if you can. The Standard Room 11.20, for example, has fabulous views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, but if you prefer looking out of the Manhattan skyline, any room ending in .25 looks out to the north and .24s have corner windows. The Standard Suites are far and away the most glamorous, with three walls of floor-to-ceiling glass, so you can gawp at three-way sunset views from the free-standing bath tub. All the Standard High Line’s rooms feature either deep-set bath tubs open to the living area or exposed glass-walled showers, so this is not a hotel for bashful bathers. The top-floor club stays lively into the earlier hours, so ask for a room on the lower floors for a more peaceful night's sleep.
- Packing tips Bring an empty suitcase – the stylish stores and fashion boutiques on the Standard’s doorstep can easily supply you with a new wardrobe to take home.
- Also The hotel provides cool black-and-gold bikes for guests, and the ride along the Hudson riverside is a sunset treat. More exercise awaits on the 17th floor, where a flashy gym has some pretty special views.
Food and drink at The Standard High Line
- Hotel restaurant The Standard Grill has acclaimed chef Dan Silverman (swiped from the renowned Lever House) manning the ovens. Open for breakfast and dinner, this blend of traditional meat-market chop house and American grill has a daily changing menu, but you can expect dishes along the lines of charred Spanish octopus, whole roasted chicken with duck fat smashed potatoes and halibut hollandaise. Next door, there's a German-inspired Biergarten with a whole range of sausages, beers and pretzels on offer. In the entrance plaza, an ice-skating rink in winter is replaced with the Spanish-inspired Standard Plaza outdoor restaurant in warmer months.
- Dress code Downtown debonair.
- Top table Book early and often, and request a table on the breezy terrace, also the perfect spot for people-watching.
- Room service There’s a full 24-hour menu of in-room meals available.
- Hotel bar The Standard’s 18th floor bar, Top of The Standard, has full-circle views of Manhattan and its favourite river through floor-to-ceiling windows. After 10pm, it's a private members' club accessible by invitation only. Guests (and vertigo victims) can also test out the barmen’s mixology skills in the Living Room attached to the lobby – a futuristic space filled with Eames-like furniture and suffused with soft red light.