Bridging the ever-popular High Line park just below, this purpose-built, 18-story Meatpacking District hotel, brainchild of celebrity hotelier André Balazs, hasn't lost any it-spot steam since its 2009 debut. Its modern rooms, granting sweeping city and Hudson River views, are only part of the draw, with a slate of buzzy dining-and-drinking venues that keep visitors and locals alike coming back for more. Here's the lowdown on all things The Standard, High Line.
Bunk down in one of 338 rooms (including 4 suites), with wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling windows that afford views out onto the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. Ten room types range from 240-square-feet Standard Queens/Kings to the massive 875-square-foot Empire Suite. Units are, for the most part, compact, but well-designed to offer a greater sense of space, with white-and-beige color schemes and a ship cabin-like aesthetic. Rooms come outfitted with wood-framed beds topped by Italian bedding and down pillows, banquette sitting areas, and technological trimmings that include large plasma TVs and iPod-ready sound systems. Their signature door-less bathrooms aren't for the bashful, with rain showers separated from the main room only by a simple glass partition; several rooms also have freestanding tubs, positioned right in the midst of the room (thankfully, toilets are tucked away in a stall). Look, too, for thoughtful extras like custom organic bath products, hooded robes, free Wi-Fi, in-room safes, 24-hour room service, and minibars stocked with a selection of local products.
Do, Drink and Dine
On-site, guests can hit up the spacious, 24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness center, pairing cardio workouts with panoramic views. Plus, guests get use of complimentary loaner bikes, perfect for exploring the nearby Hudson River-fronted bike paths. The front plaza transforms into an outdoor ice-skating rink in season, complete with an adjacent, pop-up Alpine-inspired shack selling hot chocolate, hot toddies, and more. Guests also have easy year-round access to the popular High Line park, just below. To stock up on sundries, reading materials, or designer gifts, The Shop at the Standard stocks accessories with labels from the likes Comme des Garçons, Mast Brothers, and more.
For some of the city's most happening dining and nightlife venues (with plenty more to choose from in the trendy surrounding Meatpacking District), you needn't venture further than the hotel's front door. The regularly packed The Standard Grill dishes out New American cuisine, steaks, and oysters in a classic bistro-type setting (tip: in season, request outdoor seating in the adjacent pergola)—be sure to check out the unique floor, paved in copper pennies. For alternative dining, the seasonal The Standard Plaza, with outdoor tables (open till 2am), touts a rotating culinary concept each year; each winter, the plaza is instead transformed into the setting for an ice-skating rink and Alpine-themed shack dishing out cold-weather treats.
Don't miss the German-inspired Biergarten, with traditional fare like pretzels and bratwurst on the menu, and a generous selection of German/Austrian beers. For a more scene-y evening, look to the 18th-floor Le Bain, a swank nightclub and rooftop bar, where stellar views are met by spinning DJs and beautiful-people crowds. Or, for a classed-up night on the town, don your cocktail attire and head to the sophisticated The Top of The Standard lounge, which offers sunset happy hours with live jazz and Sunday brunch (later in the evening the space transforms into a members-only supper club).
The Standard, High Line is located at 848 Washington Street at West 13th Street in Manhattan's Meatpacking District; rates start from $295/night. 212/645-4646; standardhotels.com/high-line