The High Line Hotel, like the Jane, the Bowery and the Refinery before it (all of which I’ve stayed in) is one of a crop of NYC hotels where charm of a city hotel from some indeterminate 19th or early 20th century past is recreated, restored or rescued, but with all the modern and hipster features built in. The High Line, as the name implies, is directly across 10th avenue from its namesake, making a visit to that landmark, the Chelsea galleries or the meatpacking district all very convenient.
The hotel itself has been carved out of a massive Richardsonian Romanesque pile that must have served as a seminary back in its former life. Now the twisting halls, cold metal stairs, tiny elevators and passages lead to a warren of rooms of differing sizes and features. I was kindly upgraded by the NYU art student/aspiring model staff to a large room overlooking 10th avenue and the epinoumous city park. The room was cozy and well equipped with a small sofa (a davenport as my grandmother would have called this one), a non-working but atmospheric fireplace, a small but functional desk with plenty of outlets, and a ridiculously well stocked bar and snack set up. There was a small closet and the large and extraordinarily comfortable bed with a featherbed, deep sheets and very soft pillows.
As far as things I was less than happy with, I could point to the fact that the hotel basically has no lobby, per se. For a place of this size they’ve converted a very small area to the lobby function and the check in is literally a wardrobe that the staff opens when guests arrive. If it’s at all busy, it makes for something of a cluster in there. In the room itself, I will note that I was assigned to an accessible room with some very odd bathroom features. The sink was equipped with a sensor faucet which seems like a great idea at first except ask yourself, have you ever been able to vary the temperature of the water in a public bathroom equipped with sensor activated faucets? The answer is no, as I realized at the High Line. Thus, having no way to change between tooth-brushing cold and shaving-hot, I was forced to turn plumber commando and screw around with the valves in the wall to change the temp every time I needed to! This combined with the total lack of counter space for my toiletries (a real pet peeve of mine) and an accessible shower that literally poured water all over the room with each use made the bathroom a real drag.
In the end however, these issues were tolerable, particularly given that the bathroom issues are unique to the room in which I stayed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visit our conveniently located Chelsea hotel near The High Line. Each of The High Line Hotel's 60 rooms evoke a bygone era of a graciously decorated guesthouse. As our guest you'll enjoy staying in our light-filled rooms featuring beautiful hardwood floors and one-of-a-kind locally sourced furniture. Over-sized beds with crisp cotton linens provide a perfect night's sleep, and plush robes invite you to relax after a long day. All rooms feature large windows offering dazzling views of the High Line Park or our enclosed private-garden oasis. Guests are encouraged to dine at Alta Linea, Italian aperitivi and al fresco dining along The High Line or enjoy a perfectly brewed espresso prepared by our Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea baristas in the lobby. Sip your espresso at the bar, get your latte to go, or take your freshly brewed pour over coffee to the back courtyard for a moment to yourself. In the evening, grab a glass of wine and enjoy a beautiful night under the stars in our Parisian inspired garden. ... more less
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