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Meatpacking District party pad with a rooftop pool, bottle service club and indoor/outdoor American Brasserie
On the corner of Gansevoort Street and Ninth Avenue, this enduring A-lister is impossible to miss above the district's cobblestone streets, with its 14 stories of metal and glass glowing disco pink and purple after dark. Inside, the look is sleek and sceney in a palette of white, gray and pink, with a clubby two-level glass lobby that's anchored by leather lounge chairs, a Buick-size pool table, and Andi Pepper’s custom braided light fixture.
The 186 rooms have feathertop mattresses dressed in 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and love seats featuring the same raspberry hue that’s found in the padded headboards. The stock nightlife photographs lining the walls look a tad dated, but modern fixtures like Bluetooth Thumper speakers and LCD HDTVs keep things feeling fresh. Cheeky amenities — a “get in/get out” do not disturb tag, a rubber ducky bath massager — and a fully stocked mini bar (Grey Goose and Patron, naturally) are de rigeur in each room category, and roomy bathrooms are stocked with cushy bathrobes and fragrant Cutler bath products infused with prosecco grapes.
Above it all (literally), the sceney rooftop Plunge Bar lures a sexy Euro clientele who perch around the pool (open year-round) and sip $19 cocktails with names like Morning Squeeze and French Kiss. Ground-level Chester restaurant dishes up all-American comfort food and craft cocktails — try the Hellfire, made with jalepeño-infused Don Julio and agave nectar — as late as 4 a.m. on weekends. It’s the perfect stop-off before or after a night at the hotel’s models-and-bottles Provocateur Lounge + Café. Recover the next day with a spa treatment or core fusion workout at the Exhale spa.
Grab LA-approved tacos from Los Tacos Number 1 in Chelsea Market and then catch the sunset over the Hudson from the High Line, a park built on abandoned elevated railway tracks. Rub elbows with locals at Spice Market, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s high-end take on Southeast Asian street food (think lemongrass-steamed mussels and onion-and-chili-crusted short ribs). Exercise your credit card at seminal boutiques like Jeffrey (all associates here are trained as personal shoppers) or at the flagships of Diane von Furstenberg and Carlos Miele.
18 9th Avenue at 13th street
New York, New York 10018
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. Transfers to/from JFK, about 22 miles away, and LGA, about 15 miles away, cannot be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from JFK and LGA are approximately $45, each way.