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Hotel Highlights

  • Glorious sunset views from floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Sparkling sexy bathrooms, with freestanding ‘peek-a-boo’ showers
  • Action-packed downtown location, close to shops, restaurants and nightlife

Overview

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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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

338, including four suites.

Check–out

12 noon, although later check-out can be arranged, subject to availability. Check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $287.10, 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 exclude breakfast (US$15).

At the hotel

Gym, free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: plasma TV, iPod dock, minibar, custom-made Kiss My Face toiletries.

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

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.

Pet‐friendly

Your furry friend can stay for free: just let the hotel know they're coming in advance.

Children

Accommodated. Cots for babies can be supplied free, and babysitting can be organised for $25 an hour.

Food and drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Open for breakfast and dinner, the Standard Grill is a 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. In the entrance plaza, an ice-skating rink in winter is replaced with the Spanish-inspired Standard Plaza outdoor restaurant in warmer months. A Sunday brunch with the likes of scallops eggs benedict and brioche-foie gras French toast is also served at the 18th-floor Top of the Standard from 12noon to 5pm weekly.

Hotel Bar

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. Neighbouring Le Bain, with its rooftop plunge pool, is similarly sceney and exclusive. 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.

Please note that the Top of the Standard is closed every August for renovations.

Room service

There’s a full 24-hour menu of in-room meals available.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Downtown debonair.

Top table

Book early and often, and request a table on the breezy terrace, also the perfect spot for people-watching.

Local Guide

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The Standard High Line hotel – New York – United States
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

As well as the drinking, dining, dancing and shopping that the neighbourhood’s known for, you can explore The Standard’s West Village environs by bike – the has a fleet of sleek black cycles at guests’ disposal. If you’d prefer to take to the air, try a trapeze class in Hudson River Park. Outdoor classes run from May to September and cost around US$50 a session – call +1 212 242 8769 or book online. If vertigo’s an issue, you can always try your baseball skills at the park’s batting cages (+1 212 627 2020). After all this exercise, hit the Chelsea Wine Vault (+1 212 462 4244) for a cheese-enhanced tasting.

Local restaurants

At the Standard, you’re within easy reach of some of the city’s most mouth-watering gastronomic temptations. Perfect for a lengthy brunch, Fig & Olive (+1 212 924 1200) is practically on the hotel’s doorstep, and specialises in fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Trad Provençal bistro, Pastis (+1 212 929 4844) on W12th and 9th is an ever-cool fixture on the Meatpacking menu, with a dead cert steak-frites and perfect people-watching on offer. Malatesta Trattoria (+1 212 741 1207) at 649 Washington Street may be an in-the-know eatery but it’s invariably packed to the rafters with a cheery clientele eager to sample its well-priced rustic Italian fare. Hip West Village institution Bobo (+1 212 488 2626) on W10th Street is an artfully dark townhouse restaurant with formal and informal dining options, a fine Fusion menu, and a basement bar, complete with vinyl-spinning jazz DJ. Walking the fine line between taste and tackiness, Tortilla Flats (+1 212 243 1053) at 260 Washington Street is a cheap and chirpy Mexican spot with a weekly calendar of outlandish events: bingo, hula-hoop nights and pop quizzes, washed down with an abundance of tequila. Reel in the freshest seafood dishes at the three-storey Catch, on the corner of 13th Street and Ninth Avenue, run by Top Chef contender Hung Huynh (+1 212 392 5978).

Local cafés

Skip the starter and main and go straight to afters at Chickalicious dessert bar (+1 212 691 2426) on E10th Street, which offers three-course menus of scintillating sweets, coupled with sommelier-selected champagnes, dessert wines and ports.

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The Standard, High Line

848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014, United States

The Standard, High Line is located on Washington Street in the Meatpacking District.

Planes

Fly to JFK or Newark with Virgin Atlantic (www.virginatlantic.com) and you'll be able to get to the hotel within 20 minutes if you're lucky (the drive will take up to an hour if the traffic is against you).

Trains

Penn Station is under 10 minutes away. From here, you can get out to the Hamptons on the Long Island Rail Road (www.lirr.org), or up and down the Eastern Seaboard on Amtrak (www.amtrak.com).

Automobiles

From JFK, take the Van Wyck Expressway then the Long Island Expressway, before heading over to Manhattan from the Queens Midtown Expressway.

Reviews

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The Standard, High Line
The Standard, High Line 848 Washington Street New York 10014 New York United States

Anonymous review

by , Ad man and complaint-letter creative

Rating: 10/10 stars
The Standard High Line in New York is a great big behemoth of a building, elevated above the Meatpacking District on the banks of the Hudson River. It’s an 18-storey sore thumb and I loved it the second I saw it. It straddles the High Line, an old train route that’s being ingeniously converted into a park on stilts – it stands over it like it’s about to either beat it up or…
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The Standard, High Line

Anonymous review by Oli Beale, Ad man and complaint-letter creative

The Standard High Line in New York is a great big behemoth of a building, elevated above the Meatpacking District on the banks of the Hudson River. It’s an 18-storey sore thumb and I loved it the second I saw it. It straddles the High Line, an old train route that’s being ingeniously converted into a park on stilts – it stands over it like it’s about to either beat it up or make love to it.

The building sucks you in through a bright-yellow revolving door and pumps you out into the middle of a space-age atrium. Soft music and mesmerising lighting draws you towards check-in, which takes place over marble plinths shimmering in the light of Apple Macs.

I had been unsure about what to expect from the Standard High Line. I was aware of its reputation as an über-cool hangout for white-toothed socialites in Los Angeles. I had also seen the logo, which was written upside down. Krazy! Added to that, the taxi driver on the way there had informed us that the hotel operates a voyeurism hour. Mrs Smith looked horrified; I asked him to elaborate. He said he was hazy about the details, but there was an hour every day when guests are required to open their rooms up to anybody who might care to watch. Quite why anyone would want to watch me unpacking my underpants and clipping my toenails is beyond me but, hey, it’s New York. Anything goes.

Within minutes of arriving, the building was so impressive that all my fears about the Standard High Line had been assuaged – all except the voyeurism hour. So, after checking in, I nervously looked the manager in the eye and said, ‘I understand you operate a voyeurism hour.’ He stared back at me, I mumbled ‘You know… where we open our room up for people to watch.’ You could see his brain working; he was looking for any way of being polite and accommodating without appearing to be too scared. He politely informed me that this was not something the hotel offered. I realised the taxi driver had been lying. Suddenly Mrs Smith and I were a pair of sex people. Probably in town on some sort of shopping trip for leather harnesses and barbed wire.

The giggling porter led us to our room, making constant gags about our blunder. It was mortifying, but any embarrassment I had was soon forgotten the second we stepped into the room. It may have been tiny, but directly in front of us were floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Hudson River and skyline that stretched the length of the space. We could even see the Statue of Liberty doing that wave you do when you spot somebody you haven’t seen for ages on the other side of the street.

It didn’t matter that the room was small. We kept using the word ‘pod’. It was a sort of cross between modern Japanese and 1950s European holiday villa. The selection of things in the room were wonderful. The toiletries were all designed like old-fashioned medical supplies and the minibar had trouble written all over it. The bathroom was open to the bedroom, and the full view of the city meant you could wave back to Lady Liberty while washing your pits and parts.

I’ve always felt men get a better deal with these open showers. We get a seductive, soapy view straight out of a 1970s porn movie. Women get to watch men feverishly scrubbing their crevices and picking pubic hairs out the soap.

The hotel is in a fantastic position. I love the Meatpacking District. It feels as though there’s a bit more space than further uptown. The Standard NY is within moseying distance of Pastis, everybody’s favourite French bistro. Likewise, you can literally crawl back from SoHo House, or roll back from the Spice Market after eating far too much. On the Saturday night I took Mrs Smith up the Gansevoort. Something I’d been intending to do for years. She didn’t enjoy it.

There is one anomaly in the area, a bar that sits opposite the hotel called Hogs And Heifers. It is the polar opposite of the Standard High Line – it's an institution apparently. It looks like something out of Mad Max. There’s a row of motorbikes with skulls on them parked outside and, occasionally, a door will fling open as somebody is thrown out, accompanied by screaming and smashing glass. It's a world away from the Standard's own exclusive club – a penthouse cocktail lounge in the skies. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow full-circle views over Manhattan and the Hudson. Cream banquettes, gilded fireplaces and sparkly chandeliers comprise one half of this VIP paradise, the other black-tiled room has a triangular hot tub at its centre. Ladies and gents, welcome to the Top of the Standard.

At some point during our night out, however, somebody must have spiked my drink with a drug that made me think it was acceptable for Mrs Smith and me to go into Hogs and Heifers. It’s the only way I can rationalise that decision. As we walked in, a woman with a megaphone screamed at Mrs Smith to get up on the bar and take her bra off. Behind her hundreds of bras were hung on the wall, suggesting this woman doesn’t take no for an answer. I thought it would be rude to just walk out then, and ordered two beers. It was as if I’d asked the barmaid to pour vinegar into her own eye. She hated me. I ran back to Mrs Smith just in time to watch the evening’s entertainment – a guy being beaten up and thrown out for asking for a piece of lime in his Corona (thank God I ordered Budweiser). We stayed for about 20 minutes, keeping as low a profile as possible. We finally left after a man with a beard down to his shins walked out the toilet cubicle and deliberately flicked liquid into my face. ‘Relax,’ said Mrs Smith. ‘It’s only water.’ I’d been in that cubicle earlier. There wasn’t a sink. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to leave that bar, look up and see the Standard High Line, and pine for martinis on its top floor. The thing is, it was like that every time we got back there from a day out. It felt like we were coming home.

On our final night, I finally plucked up the courage to strip off and draw back the curtains to give New York a proper eyeful. As I danced there naked, occasionally catching my own grinning reflection, I felt confident that nobody would be looking at me; they’d all be ogling the gorgeous hotel behind.

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 have to say about The Standard, High Line in the Guestbook below…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location - cool shops, eateries (Chelsea Village) and the Whitney Museum of American Art on your doorstep. Bubbys across the road for brunch was fab and Santina's next door (nearly) for lunch in the thick of the action. 

Don’t expect

 Great service - all very low key

Rating: 6/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything! The views are incredible, the interiors are super cool and the staff are really friendly and have great recommendations. Recommend O M hair salon for great blow dry's, Mighty Quinn's for the best pulled pork and Chelsea Market for lovely food (the pasta is a must). The Biergarten at the Standard is the place to be on a Saturday afternoon. If you're a rugby fan then you can watch major matches at the Brass Monkey just round the corner, Bubby's is really close by and does amazing all day brunch, for amazing Japanese and a very cool ambiance go to Morimoto. Finally, head to Peloton for the best spin class ever, to burn off all of the amazing food! 

Don’t expect

The breakfast included in our rate was a mean affair compared to the feasts available on the a la carte menu - scrap the included breakfast and go for the a la carte

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The views from the Liberty Suite are jaw dropping. Perfect party hotel. We couldn't hear the music from the club at all despite being on the 17th floor. Very helpful concierge and just loved the area.

Don’t expect

We had continental breakfast included in our room rate, which feels a little mean in comparison to the incredible American style breakfasts.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on No, but it's child friendly. The ice rink caters to kiddies in the nicest way.

We loved

Truly amazing, thank you. Love the nautical, intelligent design of the room, and the gigantic bath with wooden Japanese style slats was a touch of genius – one can peep the spouse and TV, all at the same time. And of course the view: breathtaking. Only ever been to crowded parties on 18th floor, so was heavenly to have a civilized drink and dinner, amidst an old school NYC vibe, live jazz and that New York skyline. There was a marriage proposal taking place next to us too, which was very sweet. Tears and everything. My dry martini was almost as frosty as the maitre d', but shaken to perfection, and the small sharing plates were delicious; grilled octopus, mini tacos, and artichoke salad hit the spot. Marco Brambilla's piece in the elevator never gets dull, and as we journeyed from Heaven to Hell we observed more raunch than usual, spending more time going up and down than on our typical weekly summer jaunt to Jules Kims Friday parties at Le Bain. In a couple of weeks we plan to return to skate with the kids and some penguins at the pop up ice rink, and have brunch at The Standard Grill. Food was top notch there as well, and service considerably friendlier than the previous night. I guess folks get a bit warmer the lower you go. Maybe thats what Brambilla was alluding to.

Don’t expect

Fuzzy warmth at the Boom Boom room.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The views. Nine out of 10. The Fig and Olive is two minutes walk away and is really good.

Don’t expect

The bath in the sitting area with just a wooden slatted blind for separation.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The views - we were on 14th floor overlooking the Hudson River. It was also really buzzing in both the hotel and around it - loads of dining and drinking options. Chelsea food market just around the corner too.

Don’t expect

Luxury accommodation or lots of facilities. It was perfectly reasonable but not as high end/quality as the price tag would suggest...similarly the area around the hotel is still being gentrified - don't expect clean streets!

Rating: 6/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything! Views from our room, food, service, comfortable beds, etc. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

Large bedrooms, we were in a more spacious room and it was small. Also don't expect a quiet hotel, it is very social popular, but we loved that about it.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The view of New York city skyline from our room was amazing. Rooms are a good size and the bed was really comfortable. A visit to the Boom Boom Room is essential - great music, views and cocktails.

Don’t expect

Some hooks or a rail in the bathroom would be handy for hanging hand towels.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Superb location with great views from the bedrooms of the Hudson and the Manhattan skyline. Particularly liked the rooftop bar - so glamorous - and the grill restaurant was a good backstop.

Don’t expect

It doesn't come cheap.

Rating: 8/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed the view from room 1523, and wrap around windows and bath.

Don’t expect

I thought the soundproofing of the top floor could've been better.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooftop venues have great drinks and views. The hotel itself is in a great location for going out in the meatpacking district. The room was big enough that people could stop by before we went out.

Don’t expect

I found the hallways seemed absolutely freezing, which I haven't noticed in any other hotels.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This place is certainly NY alive, especially on the weekends. Sometimes I felt a little too uncool for the establishment but then it's always nice to mix it up. Rooms are small but the great ceiling height and windows make them feel much bigger.

Don’t expect

I would've liked somewhere to put your clothes!

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a gem of a hotel complete with rooftop bar and an outside restaurant. My favorite part is that it's situated right on the high line, so it makes for a unique getaway. Nine out of 10.

Don’t expect

The open bathroom concept was a complete shock to me, especially since my mom and I were sharing a bedroom. I'd also prefer a less futuristic elevator experience, although it did make for some fun conversation on the way up!

Rating: 9/10 stars