The location of the hotel above the high line trail, and in the meatpacking district was great. Lots of shopping and eating opportunities were available and we found we liked the neighborhood better than Soho. We stayed on the 7th floor in a Deluxe Queen ADA room with a view that faced the Hudson River, the Brass Monkey rooftop and the new Whitney, which is under construction. The room itself was comfortable. The ADA designation means that there is no bathtub, only a shower and the bathroom is large enough for a wheelchair to maneuver and has grab bars. The shower has one very dim light, so it might be difficult to see in there at night. Both the shower and bathroom are finished with shiny black-glazed tile.When you come into the room, the bathroom is on the left and shower on the right. The floor to ceiling windows are directly ahead with the bed area to the left and seating area and closet to the right. The seating area has a small sofa, table and leather swivel chair, a hanging fixture over the table and a magazine rack. The closet is behind a curtain and has two small cubbies a safe, a hanging rod with shelf above.The bed area has nightstands on either side of the bed and has a clock radio with iPod connector (old style). There are dimmable lights above the headboard and switch and dimmer for the room lights. The bath products in the room are pleasant, with a small glycerine soap bar, small pot of honey-scented body lotion, a packet of cotton balls/swabs and ear plugs. I brought my own ear plugs which blocked sound better than the ones provided. The shower has shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in pumps attached to the wall. The products had a nice Aveda-like scent but are not Aveda. The bed seemed spongy upon sitting on it, but for sleeping, it was very comfortable. Except for some loud-talkers in the hallway and the noise from the brass monkey, there wasn't much noise beyond the background din of the city. I use the earplugs to block out my partner's snoring!
There is a mini bar in a fridge for beverages and a cabinet above for snacks. I couldn't find the price list anywhere in the room. There are wine glasses, an ice bucket, a wine opener in the room. There was a candle in the room but wasn't sure if this was a mini bar item or part of the amenities.
The TV planted in the floor may have been a cool design idea (and perhaps helps with sound) but it interferes with getting out of one side of the bed and with the view.
The heating/cooling worked well and didn't give us any problems.
The gym on the 17th floor is decent and has great views. There are about 6-8 cardio machines and maybe 2-4 weight machines. There are also some free weights. Not a lot of room for floor work, though.
The open air rooftop bar and lounge is fun for a late afternoon/early evening drink. The upholstered furniture had nasty stains on it, so we stuck to the webbed chairs.
The boom boom room has some marvelous views of the city and cozy spots to sit by a fireplace. If you want a drink here, you'll need to get it yourself. The staff only seem interested in serving certain tables.
The plaza bar is good for people watching. Not all the seating has overhead heaters, so pay attention if you are sitting outside and want to be warm.
The Standard Grill front room is a pleasant spot to have breakfast. Service is efficient and friendly. The servers wear funky plaid pants and vests. I suggest the hotel re-work the continental breakfast from the 1 hot (coffee/tea), 1 cold bev (orange/grapefruit juice), choice of pastries and choice of toast to work in some protein and fruit. Who needs pastries AND toast? Plus there are enough pastries in one person's order to feed two people. Continental breakfast was included in our room package,
Getting up to the club late at night is impossible without an invitation or guest list privileges. We didn't inquire with the concierge about getting in ahead of time, so maybe that is how it works.
They separate the guest elevators from the club elevators at night so we didn't experience the mix-up of club-goers and hotel guests I've read on other reviews.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Standard New York Hotel New York City
- Standard New York City
- The Standard New York City