What We Love
- The three infinity hydropools in the Exhale spa, each set at a different temperature
- Located smack dab in the buzzy Meatpacking District, there's no dearth of on-site nightlife: Choose from a lobby bar, rooftop lounge, or full-blown bottle service nightclub
- Haute comfort food (plus 24-hour room service) from The Chester, an American Brasserie
What To Know
- Clubby décor and cheeky amenities may not be for everyone
- Rooftop bar is focused more on scene than mixology
- The rooftop pool is for guests only, but Plunge Bar is open to the public
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
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The hotel is swanky, the service was fantastic, and the location was terrific. I especially loved the fact that the rooms had flat irons in addition to hair dryers. There was a button near the bed that allowed me to open and close the curtains without having to get up. The bathroom was spacious. The only thing I would have improved in the room was the actual bed. It wasn't comfortable, but the pillows were. I'd like to return in warmer weather so I can take advantage of the rooftop pool.
I stay here while I'm on business. Convenient location to myNYC office, and greasy places to eat right around the corner and across the street. Really nice roof top bar too. And I was pleasantly surprised to find a flat iron alongside the blow dryer.
Last week we my college roommates and I met in the city to celebrate a birthday and have a proper girls' night out. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with a smile by Lauren and Charles who both went above and beyond and helped accommodate our every request. We were able to check in early to gorgeous room, enjoy the spectacular view, relax at the bar before dinner, and then even played pool on our return late night with some lovely people visiting the city. Lauren and Charles: thank you for your warmth and hospitality! See you next year.
Overall the location was amazing, especially for couples lots of nice bars and restaurants and Chelsea market! The hotel is really nice, nice bars and pool area but we went in December so not exactly swimming weather and it wasn’t heated when we visited the rooftop. The bar staff where quite dismissive and no overly friendly, however reception where friendly - when calling..... we did however call at 6.30am for room service breakfast to be told there was no hot breakfast available till later on which was a little disappointing.
There is absolutely nothing bad I can say about this place. Everything from the prompt valet out front on ninth Avenue to the endless room amenities, this is the place to stay. I dealt with Sonia and I must say she is one of the most accommodating young ladies I’ve ever dealt with in any resort. There are truly no apologies to be made about this place. The room was perfect, it was spotless and extremely comfortable. You are a short walk from a number of reputable and star-studded restaurants. There is a gorgeous roof top which I promise you will find exciting. If it’s within your means try to get yourself a Manhattan suite. The Chester downstairs is very convenient and delicious as well. If you favor Mexican food definitely walk next-door to Dos Caminos, they never disappoint. Do yourself a favor and make this your weekend destination the next time you are downtown.