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Hotel Highlights

  • Vintage-inspired rooms
  • West Side location
  • Quiet gardens


Discreetly tucked into the campus of a seminary on Manhattan’s gallery-packed West Side, The High Line Hotel is a gorgeous Gothic landmark building that’s been meticulously restored, even beyond its former glory. Private gardens, glowing stained glass windows and spacious rooms styled by of-the-moment design duo Roman and Williams make for one unique urban retreat.  

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Bottle of prosecco


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Need To Know


60, including 4 suites.


12noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in is 3pm.


Double rooms from $219.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates are rooms only. Coffee and pastries from $3 are available at the Intelligentsia coffee bar in the lobby.


Filled with small-batch chocolates, local cheese, charcuterie, specialty snacks and drinks, the minibar is like a snapshot of the nearby artisanal Chelsea Market.

At the hotel

Private gardens, custom cruiser bikes to borrow, concierge, valet parking, laundry, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Tivoli iPod dock, vintage rotary phones with free worldwide long-distance, CO Bigelow bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All are larger than the usual oversized-closet that is a New York hotel room, and have windows that actually open, custom furnishings and bespoke wallpaper headboards created by Roman and Williams. But the vintage-inspired suites with decorative fireplaces, cosy sitting alcoves, massive mosaic-tiled ensuites and walls of windows (some with courtyard views) are worth the splurge.

Packing tips

Leave your stationery at home. The handsome writing desks in each room are set with an antique letter embosser, writing paper and pre-stamped postcards so you can send an old-fashioned dispatch about your travels.


There is no gym, but request a free pass to the nearby Equinox gym.


Welcome. The double queen rooms are best for families


Yes, pups are welcome and will be set up with a bed, food bowls and treats.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Dine al fresco at Champagne Charlie’s in the hotel’s historic, fairy-light-strewn courtyard, tasting a medley of small plates, from oysters to pesce crudo. The restaurant also serves brunch on the weekends; dishes include eggs benedict, pancakes and more oysters to go with a premium selection of champagne.

Hotel Bar

Chicago coffee-roaster, Intelligentsia, has set up their first East Coast outpost is in the hotel’s relaxed lobby. Intelligentsia’s first coffee truck, the Mini Bar, is parked in the courtyard for a limited selection of espresso for guests on the go.

Last orders

Champagne Charlie’s serves dinner 5–9pm on Monday to Thursday, until 10pm on Friday and Sunday and until 11pm on Saturday; brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Intelligentsia is open from 7am to 9pm and the Mini Bar from 7am to 7pm.

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Dress code

Casual with an urban edge – this is the high-profile gallery district, after all, and you’ll want to fit in.

Top table

Grab a latte or a glass of bubbly and people watch from the front courtyard that’s flowering with a Luxembourg-inspired garden.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Considering the hotel’s namesake, the High Line park is just steps from its front door, you’d be remiss if you didn’t start your New York City adventures with a walk along to this verdant outdoor attraction that has gained international attention for its successful revitalisation of an historic elevated freight rail line. Experience the West Side’s outdoors in a less crowded venue at Hudson River Park, where you can walk, run or bike along the water from Battery Park all the way up Manhattan. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can even take a trapeze class with Trapeze School New York right along the water.

There’s plenty to do in Chelsea that doesn’t require being out of doors, should you come to New York in its colder months. Just a few blocks from the hotel, the McKittrick Hotel is a converted warehouse that hosts the highly acclaimed immersive theatre experience Sleep No More, as well as a music venue, rooftop restaurant and several bars – indeed, nearly everything except an actual hotel. To the south of the hotel, the popular Chelsea Market is home to numerous boutiques, specialty groceries, shops and eateries.

Local restaurants

The High Line Hotel’s location in west Chelsea puts you within throwing distance of many of the city’s top eateries; play your cards right and you might never need to take the subway to or from dinner. Practically next-door, Cookshop (+1 212 924 4440) serves innovative contemporary farm-to-table American cuisine in a lively atmosphere overlooking 10th Avenue. In warmer months, grab a sidewalk table for al fresco dining. The aforementioned McKittrick Hotel is home to the pleasant rooftop restaurant and bar Gallow Green (+1 212 564 1662), whose cocktail punch bowls and contemporary twists on classic British favourites are accompanied by stunning city and river views. A few blocks away, the award-winning Co (short for ‘company’) serves handmade pizzas and some seriously good bread at communal tables in a sleek, Asian-inspired dining room (+1 212 243 1105). 

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Gardens and Chelsea galleries

The High Line Hotel

180 Tenth Avenue, New York City, New York 10011, United States

The High Line Hotel is located on the West Side of Manhattan in the vibrant Chelsea neighbourhood, steps from art galleries and the elevated High Line park.


JFK International Airport services most international and west coast arrivals and departures, and is 18 miles away. Several domestic airlines fly into LaGuardia Airport, just 10 miles away. Although close, travel times to and from both airports vary greatly due to traffic and time of day.


Major Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Amtrak train routes ( run out of Penn Station, just ten minutes away.


With an abundance of taxis and public transportation options available, a car is not necessary. However, for those brave enough to climb behind the wheel in New York City, valet parking will be on offer starting September 1.


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Anonymous review

by Bruno Bayley , Vice guy at Vice magazine

During a recent New York visit, most of my time was spent in Brooklyn, just a Modelo can's roll from a section of the rumbling Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. A part of town most popular with loudly drunk bearded men and crowded with messy bars, all serving tasty food – something unusual from the majority of British drinking establishments that I frequent at home. After a late Twenties revela…
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The High Line Hotel

Anonymous review by Bruno Bayley , Vice guy

During a recent New York visit, most of my time was spent in Brooklyn, just a Modelo can's roll from a section of the rumbling Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. A part of town most popular with loudly drunk bearded men and crowded with messy bars, all serving tasty food – something unusual from the majority of British drinking establishments that I frequent at home.

After a late Twenties revelation, I was resisting Manhattan. Arrogantly assuming it is too touristy and busy to support my false indie sensibilities, and more importantly, my taste for cheap(er) beer.

But, Mrs Smith was willing to venture over the Williamsburg Bridge with me for a stay at the High Line Hotel, a former seminary-dorm-turned-boutique-hotel in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood. Walking up from Chinatown to the hotel – a large amount of soup dumplings fortifying me against a sandblasting winter wind – was a pleasant re-entry to the borough. Cramped, winding downtown streets gave way to broad roads as I approached the hotel, and comparatively low-rise buildings made the High Line's redbrick spires stand-out even more impressively.

Backing onto the General Theological Seminary, of which it was once a part, the neo-Gothic hotel, with its thick brick and weathered stone, is remarkably attractive, at least by the standard of American religious buildings. This is thanks to Eugene Augustus Hoffman's Oxford-inspired 19th century expansion of the Seminary.

Crossing a modern, well-kept garden, we reached the entrance, which, at first was slightly confusing. There was no expected reception or front desk, just an impressive coffee bar and a number of exceptionally helpful staff patrolling for wide-eyed visitors trying to work out if they are in the right place.

The Intelligensia coffee bar – the first East Coast outpost of the Chicago-based roaster – is apparently very good, but given that I don't drink coffee I am basing that on Mrs Smith's claim. Certainly, they use individual timers for each drink to ensure correct brew duration – that seems nicely attentive. There also might be a policy requiring baristas to wear annoying hats, but it's possible the headgear was genuine sartorial choices, so we can let that slide.

Entering our Deluxe King room we were first taken with the view. A large bay window (that actually opened!) overlooked 10th Avenue and the High Line walkway. The scenic, serene High Line – a historic elevated railway that’s been revived as a mile-long foliaged walkway and park – plus the jumble of car parks, red brick and concrete buildings and the constant flow of heavy vehicles along 10th Avenue, forms a pretty perfect vision of Manhattan's lower West Side.

The vast bed was comfortable to an almost perplexing degree, and an antique desk and chair plus a small sofa created a separate space at the room's windowed edge. Vast bathrooms unnerve me, and the tiled in black and white ensuite was nicely compact.

Though the room with its vintage design accents from interiors power-couple Roman and Williams – custom-made ottomans and wallpaper, salvaged antiques – was wonderful, it was sadly underused during our stay. The surrounding area was just too engrossing.

Just one block away, the Chelsea Market is loaded with shops for trendy types who love independent food shops, coffee, expensive cushions and soft furnishings. It’s the local go-to for grabbing a picnic lunch to take over to the High Line park. There’s a wonderful wine shop doors away on 10th Avenue, Apppellation Wine and Spirits. It happens to be staffed by perceptive, genial types who instantly understood our request for something 'easy to drink' as code for: something fairly cheap one might drink after a few beer and before a night out, oh, and we don't have a bottle opener.

Wandering over to West 17th Street, we also discovered the Raines Law Room, named after a law passed to reduce drinking via taxation. Ringing the bell of the inconspicuous door, we were greeted with a furtive glance around the door – it has something of the exclusive brothel entrance about it (or, at least, what I imagine exclusive brothel entrances are like). But once inside, we were shown to a seat in the moodily lit subterranean bar where waitresses are summoned with a pull on a chain in the wall next to each table. It's somewhere between a warm British pub during a power cut and a glitzy metropolitan den of iniquity.

As the High Line's own literature informs, the area is also full of art galleries for those not content to spend all their time shovelling food and booze into themselves. Unfortunately, I didn't have the presence of mind to check on the queue at the David Zwirner Gallery from my room (which I think would have been just about possible) and ended up standing in line in minus five degrees.

Just before my feet reached the comparatively agreeable status of total numbness after an hour of painful cold, I was ushered in to see the Yayoi Kusama infinity room. This was essentially a slightly more fun and far more popular version of my grandmother's bathroom – the key feature being the illusion of infinity created by mirrored walls. Irrespective of my view on Kusama's work, the area's galleries are impressive in number and variety.

An upside to the cold: retreating back to our cosy home base at the High Line. Luxurious without being stifling and just the right side of relaxed to avoid pretension (in spite of aforementioned hat situation). So, what’s all this fuss over that Brooklyn place, now…


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The High Line Hotel's Guestbook below.



Stayed on

We loved

A quiet hotel in a busy city. Laid-back atmosphere and welcoming staff; great location; king-size deluxe rooms great size for New York.

Don’t expect

Coffee shop staff seemed unfriendly; kettle in room would be good.

Rating: 9/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

I loved the absolutely beautiful room! Also, it was probably the largest room I've stayed in at a, NYC hotel. It's well located and the staff is superb – very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. I loved it!

Don’t expect

I thought it would've been great if there were a small room-service menu available (although I think this may be in the works).

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

This is a lovely hotel, with unusual decor and spacious rooms. Its location is great and it has a lovely champagne bar downstairs. The Highline is very close and is a wonderful,place for a walk or run, surreally balanced above the busy streets. There's lots of choice for eating out nearby and some cool shops too. It's easy to get around as it's a short walk to the subway.

Don’t expect

I would've liked some more closet space and maybe a tea or coffee-making option in the room, although there is a good coffee bar downstairs.

Rating: 9/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

That was the most comfortable hotel bed I have ever experienced. The hotel staff were also very accommodating, allowing us to have a very early 10:00 a.m. check-in.We also loved the cafe-bar in the lobby.

Don’t expect

I found the hostess in the restaurant to be quite rude and very unaccommodating. As a guest of the hotel, you shouldn't have to wait an hour for a table, considering that half of the tables sat empty for a good two hours. I was not impressed.

Rating: 8/10 stars