Perhaps the only thing discreet about The Standard High Line is its entrance, which is completely devoid of any signage. Newcomers might do well to note the address. Look not for words, but an impossibly bright yellow revolving door - that is the unmistakable indication that you have arrived.
In some ways, the hotel feels like a fantasy: Undulating spongiform textures in the lobby; handsome, friendly and capable staff; stark, semi-industrial design with a 'wink'. Marco Brambilla's video art in the elevators is worth mentioning here: intricate, dizzying apocalyptic moving collages showing something in between religious ecstasy and high camp -- kind of a pop version of Dante's inferno. All of these elements collide to create a surprisingly pleasant atmosphere that is perfect for couples and lovers.
The rooms are fairly generous by New York standards, and what's more they are very functional: mine had a table with seating for 4 in addition to a bed, separate toilet, shower, and very large soaking tub. The shampoo, soap and lotion are high quality and beautifully fragrant, and the minibar is extremely well stocked. Overall, the room design & furnishing feels a bit like you're on board James Bond's yacht off the coast of Monaco, circa 1979 (in a good way.)
Ok but now for the part about modesty: It cannot be overlooked that the walls are nothing but enormous floor-to-ceiling windows on all sides. Yes, they give on to sweeping views of Manhattan, but they also quite plainly put you on display for every tourist walking the High Line. Adding to this feeling of being overexposed is the shower / soaking tub, which sits smack in the middle of the room surrounded by nothing but 3 transparent walls of glass. I mean, I'm sure you love your husband...but do you really want to watch him shower?
- Also Known As:
- The Standard New York Hotel New York City
- The Standard New York Hotel
- Standard New York City
- The Standard New York City
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Manhattan's thriving Meatpacking District, the latest in hotelier Andre Balazs' collection of Standard Hotels stands commandingly above The High Line, the former elevated railroad undergoing redevelopment as a public park. 338 guest rooms on 18 floors, The Standard, High Line boasts unparalleled views of the Hudson River and Lower Manhattan, full business amenities, extensive event space and a state of the art fitness facility. ... more less
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