Rising from one of the city’s most sought-after sites in the trendy Meatpacking District, the glass-slab building of this boutique hotel appears to float above the High Line, New York’s new “park on stilts”.
Supported on huge concrete pillars, extending into two glass-curtain walls, this hyper-modern building looks like an open book standing on end. The bold architectural design of The Standard brings to mind the Le Corbusier style.
Towering above The High Line
This daring structure is the first of a sequence of projects linked to the development of the High Line, an abandoned section of elevated railroad line, which passes over the buildings of the district and is currently being transformed into a greenway.
The hotel straddles the High Line park, which is considered one of the most innovative and influential urban-renewal projects in recent years. “We had to be sensitive to this new landmark,” says hotelier André Balazs, the man behind The Standard. “It tramples through our site, but it also defines it”.
Hip, sleek and retro
The interiors are an epitome of cool; from the ultra-swanky lobby to the guest rooms, which have a retro, late 70’s to early 80’s feel.
The rooms come in a variety of layouts, and each room has a floor-to-ceiling glass window—the Statue of Liberty or Manhattan skyline can be admired from the freestanding bathtub.
The hotel restaurants and bars attract not only hotel guests, but also the New York City ‘creative types’. The Standard Grill restaurant stands out by the means of its remarkable floor, tiled with 460,000 copper pennies. Le Bain rooftop bar is “a penthouse discothèque” place with inspiring views and a plunge pool on the dance floor during the summer.
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Number of rooms & suites: 337
Rate per night: From USD 285
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