If you feel good about yourself by shoving up against fifteen 21-yr-olds with fake tans, tiny skirts and 5-inch heels to get into a tiny, slow elevator playing "ethereal" music and watching a video of hitler burning in hell every time you want to get to your hotel room, then this is the place for you!
The thing is - none of those people are staying in the hotel. They're all going to the roof-top bar, which in 8 days of staying there, we never saw because it was either closed or so packed full of previously described people and bouncers that it wasn't really worth the effort for two 30-year olds with self-confidence to deal with. Also, said club was playing super loud music that was so loud that we could hear it clearly on the 11th floor (of an 18 floor building) until 4am. But, the hotel proactively provided ear plugs, so I'm sure they had no idea how annoying this is to every guest who stays there....
I stayed here for 8 days with my fiance while we were in New York on business. The novelty of this crowded spot in the Meatpacking district wore off in about the first 5 minutes when it became clear that the huge crowds didn't have to do with quality - they had to do with being seen. We waited 45 minutes to eat brunch at the restaurant downstairs where they served us an eggo waffle (described as "belgian" - clearly they have not been to Belgium) and a "tomato gratin" which was a soggy tomato on toast. It was unquestionably the worst food that we had in New York in 8 days and was worse than any brunch we have ever eaten at any restaurant in San Francisco. But, at least the bill was $78. Now our friends will know that we are rich and stupid enough to go there. That is, as far as I can tell, the point of doing anything at the Standard.
A few other points:
1) the view is great but the rooms are TINY (and I have stayed at A LOT of European hotels). They are also not private at all (as you are warned by the management in an explicit letter upon arrival), and so because your bed is up against the window that allows anyone on the high line or in the office building across the street to see you, if you want to have any privacy at all, you need to close the curtains, thus removing the benefit of the view while simultaneously underscoring exactly how tiny the room is.
2) We had a flight out from JFK at 4pm on Sunday - Gay pride parade sunday. Knowing that this could be a problem, when we checked out at 11 we asked them what we needed to do to get to the airport on time. They smiled and said "we'll call you a taxi whenever you want it." NOTHING about the fact that half the streets in Manhattan were about to CLOSE, including THE ONE THAT THE STANDARD WAS ON!!! When we realized what was going on about two hours later when we saw the streets closing we ran back to the hotel in a panic. It then took us 2.5 hours of the most harrowing taxi ride EVER to get to the airport and we almost missed our flight. If you have an explicit conversation about getting to the airport on time and the hotel is calling you a taxi (which they also didn't do, instead they handed us to a hawking taxi driver who was lurking out front with a broken meter, fishing for airport transfers who would pay the fixed rate), then it is any reasonable hotel's responsibility to tell you that their hotel is on a closed street and PS it will take 2 extra hours to get to the airport.
3) They force you to donate money to the high line unless you read fine print and opt out. I love the high line and am happy to donate my own money to it in my own time in my own way, but this place that is clearly 100% dependent on the high line for its trend value shouldn't pretend that there is a positive motive, when clearly it is in their financial best interest to force guests to donate to the primary feature that makes this hotel worth something.
4) The air con in the fitness room wasn't working properly, making it useless in NY when it's 93 degrees outside. Another example of how it looks good, but doesn't actually work.
Overall, this hotel's priority is clearly its marketing that keeps its bar full of wannabe drunk fashionistas. I recommend staying at a hotel where the guests are the top priority.
get a lower floor -the higher up the louder the club noise. Also the view is better towards the dire...
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