We booked this hotel on a friend's recommendation for a five night stay in NYC. It is right on the edge of the peninsula, so has great (in fact, stunning) views over the Hudson in one direction and midtown Manhattan in the other.
We were on the 14th foor in a superior king room with direct views to the Empire State Building - it was a sight you would just not tire of seeing. The room was well configured to make use of the space, and had a separate seating area which was nice for a longer stay. There was not much in the way of storage space but this didn't bother us (we could hang up the odd item of clothing that really needed it; we tend not to fully unpack when we travel anyway). The bed was big and very confortable. The bathroom was also generous but I can imagine some people would be put off the glass wall between the bath/shower and bedroom which meant you could still enjoy the view whilst you were in the bathroom (the toilet itself was behind a door mind you - that might have been one step too far!).
The location of the hotel was great for us, a few blocks from 14th Street subway which gave us great (quick and easy) transport links but away from the main tourist areas which might have become overwhelming if you didn't have a hotel elsewhere to escape from it all. It is also on the edge of the Village which was my favourite area to just wander around - that felt like real New York to me.
The only downside we found was the fact that in the evening the lift (elevator) area is reconfigured to allow two of the four of the lifts to service the queue for the nightclub and bar at the top of the hotel, whilst the other two were left for hotel guests returning in the evening. The lifts themselves are quite large, so apart from the one night when the lifts appeared to stop recognising the guests' room keys to allow them to access the bedroom floors we did not have to queue. It was only that the reconfiguration was confusuing to guests who were not expecting it and every night there were, without fail, a handful of people who were trying to get to the bar / club through the hotel itself and being redirected to the queue outside and in the process clogging up the narrow corridor to the lifts.
This is though a minor point and I would certainly return to this hotel.
- 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