Soho House New York—part of the London-based Soho House group, a private members’ club—covers more than 45,000 square feet of an old warehouse building in the Meatpacking District. This members-only refuge attracts a cool crowd of arty and media types… plus the odd celeb.
A stay here gives you access to the club’s restaurant and newly refurbished bar, with velvet banquets, a wood-burning fireplace and fresh, contemporary art—plus the Cowshed spa, rooftop pool and 44-seater cinema.
The comfortable sixth floor space, which comprises a restaurant, drawing room and two bars, serves as living room, office and party pad for its members, an international crowd from the media, music, fashion and movie worlds.
There’s also a cinema with leather armchairs that shows new releases (booze is permitted), a library and a rooftop pool, which is heated to 80 degrees in winter.
Bedrooms have exposed brick walls and wooden floors, and range from 325 to 950 square feet—immense by New York standards. I couldn’t decide whether to dive into my free-standing bathtub or the baroque kingsize bed first.
Statement pieces anchor each room: an Asian-inspired mural, a heavy green desk and a ’50s velvet couch gave mine a bohemian, British vibe.
Walk-in rainfall showers, pre-loaded iPads and views of one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods, a cobblestoned hotbed of haute boutiques, restaurants and bars, are among the perks. And if you forgot to pack your toothbrush and toothpaste, razor, hair straighteners, or even condoms, you’ll find them all in a basket in the bathroom.
Follow a day’s shopping or High Line strolling (it’s a block away) with a treatment at the wood-paneled Cowshed Spa, which has a low-lit relaxation room and steam rooms, before heading upstairs for a juicy burger at the restaurant.
If you don’t feel like sampling the Meatpacking District’s late-night delights, take in the scene at the bar—antique chandeliers and a French fireplace made this just about the coziest hotel living room I’d ever experienced.
Review by Farryn Weiner, courtesy of Jetsetter.com. Text has been modified to fit the format