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Exhibitionist icon above the Meatpacking District, with an haute biergarten and two of New York’s hottest bars
See and be seen. Straddling New York’s elevated High Line park, the all-glass modernist facade puts the pretty people both inside and out on display. The loungey lobby has a runway-like entrance between peep-hole screens to a gleaming marble check-in desk. Then you’re whisked up to your room in a club-like elevator with trippy video art installations by Marco Brambilla. The hotel’s Biergarten and the Standard Grill provide a warm contrast with a clubby Old World vibe via penny-tiled floors, tufted merlot banquettes and burnished hardwoods.
Bed & Bath
Continuing the let-it-all-hang-out theme, the 338 rooms leave nowhere to hide with glass-walled bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows inviting the outside to get a peek in. But those windows also frame postcard perfect views of the Hudson, uptown and downtown Manhattan. The feel here is urban crash pad with a white-on-white, clean-lined look softened by honey wood paneling. Reasonable room prices mean there aren’t a ton of bells and whistles. But queen beds topped in fluffy down pillows, rainshowers and large plasma TVs provide all the comforts you need.
The Standard is as much a playground for locals as it is for out-of-towners, from the haute biergarten’s always-packed ping pong tables and wintertime skating rink all the way up to penthouse party spot Le Bain (plunge pool on the dancefloor anyone?). The Top of the Standard is also one of the swankiest rooftops around — cocktail attire is required. You’ll see everyone from Martha Stewart to Madonna in The Standard Grill slurping oysters, sipping big bold reds and tucking into juicy porterhouses (and other more figure-friendly farm-fresh fare).
In the Area
You can feel like you’re in the pulsing heart of Manhattan without even needing to leave the hotel. But you’re also smack-dab in the middle of some of the city’s best shopping and art. So take your plastic for a walk down Washington Street to Diane von Furstenberg’s flagship and along 14th Street to of-the-moment designer stores like cult boutique Jeffrey. If you’d prefer more culinary indulgences, walk up to Chelsea Market and gather picnic essentials among the cheesemongers, lobster purveyors, bakers and gelato makers before checking out the sunset views of the Hudson from your perch above the city on the High Line, a park built on elevated railway lines. Daredevils can learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease at Trapeze School New York, which sits on a pier on the Hudson during the warmer months.
The Standard, High Line
848 Washington Street
New York, New York 10014
How to Get There
Flights are available to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Private airport transfers are $130 to/from JFK, about 20 miles away, and $110 to/from LGA, about 10 miles away; both can be arranged through the property directly. Alternatively, taxis are available to/from JFK for $60, each way, and to/from LGA for $40, each way. The airtrain to/from JFK connects to A, E, J and Z lines and is only $5 per person, each way. If you're renting a car for the transfer, valet parking is available for $60 per car, per night, and $80 per SUV, per night.