The Standard High Line
Style A fine Balazs
Setting Hip Hudson riverside
The creation of super-hotelier Andre Balazs, The Standard High Line hotel is a glorious glassy high-rise, with witty minimalist interiors, cheekily exhibitionist bathrooms and unbeatable views over the Hudson (especially at sunset). Towering on concrete stilts above its namesake High Line, the hotel benevolently lords it over the West Village – a gentle but impeccably groomed giant.
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- Rooms 337, including four suites.
Double rooms from $275.00, 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.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency ($275) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (US$15).
- Facilities Gym, free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: plasma TV, iPod dock, minibar, custom-made Kiss My Face toiletries.
- Check-out Midday, although later check-out can be arranged, subject to availability. Check-in, 3pm.
- Children Cots for babies can be supplied free, and babysitting can be organised for $25 an hour.
- Also Small pets are welcomed, for a flat US$100 fee.
Food and drink at The Standard High Line
- Hotel restaurant The Standard Grill has acclaimed chef Dan Silverman (swiped from the renowned Lever House) manning the ovens. Open for breakfast and dinner, this blend of traditional meat-market chop house and American grill has a daily changing menu, but you can expect dishes along the lines of charred Spanish octopus, whole roasted chicken with duck fat smashed potatoes and halibut hollandaise. Next door, there's a German-inspired Biergarten with a whole range of sausages, beers and pretzels on offer.
- Dress code Downtown debonair.
- Top table The hotel restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so get there early and hope there’s space out on the terrace.
- Room service There’s a full 24-hour menu of in-room meals available.
The Standard’s 18th floor bar, Top of The Standard, has full-circle views of Manhattan and its favourite river through floor-to-ceiling windows. After 10pm, it's a private members' club accessible by invitation only. Guests (and vertigo victims) can also test out the barmen’s mixology skills in the Living Room attached to the lobby – a futuristic space filled with Eames-like furniture and suffused with soft red light.
The Standard High Line 848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
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Our favourite rooms
The views get better the higher you go, so plump for 8th floor and above if you can. The Standard Room 11.20, for example, has fabulous views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, but if you prefer looking out of the Manhattan skyline, any room ending in .25 looks out to the north and .24s have corner windows. The Standard Suites are far and away the most glamorous, with three walls of floor-to-ceiling glass, so you can gawp at three-way sunset views from the free-standing bath tub. All the Standard High Line’s rooms feature either deep-set bath tubs open to the living area or exposed glass-walled showers, so this is not a hotel for bashful bathers. The top-floor club stays lively into the earlier hours, so ask for a room on the lower floors for a more peaceful night's sleep.
Bring an empty suitcase – the stylish stores and fashion boutiques on the Standard’s doorstep can easily supply you with a new wardrobe to take home.
The hotel provides cool black-and-gold bikes for guests, and the ride along the Hudson riverside is a sunset treat. More exercise awaits on the 17th floor, where a flashy gym has some pretty special views.