The High Line Hotel
What We Love
- Location in the heart of Chelsea across from the High Line and near the Meatpacking District’s restaurants and nightlife
- Alfresco dining at the seasonal Italian restaurant, Alta Linea
- Historic details like crown molding, stained glass windows and decorative fireplaces
- The outpost of Intelligentsia Coffee
What To Know
- Meant to be more of a hideaway than a buzzy scene
- Limited common areas make the lobby crowded
- Beautiful event spaces are not open to guests but frequently booked for buzzy fashion shows and celeb parties
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Amid the glass-and-chrome architectural playground glittering up Manhattan’s west side sits the dignified red brick General Theological Seminary, a neo-Gothic landmark dating back to 1895 and now the site of the High Line Hotel. Tucked residential-style behind a leafy courtyard off busy 10th Avenue, the lobby bridges past and present. iPad check-ins are conducted on a weathered leather chesterfield beneath antique oil paintings, exposed brick walls and towering exposed-beam ceilings, and a collection of stunning antique rugs collected from around the world. Upstairs, the 60 guest rooms retain the building’s original pine floors, decorative fireplaces, and gorgeous crown molding, while antique rugs in cream, navy, and mauve complement vintage-style rotary phones and writing desks. The hotel aims to be more of a hideaway than a destination, so you won’t find the buzzy bar scene or celeb-chef action common at other area hotels. However, in the courtyard garden is Alta Linea, a seasonal restaurant serving brunch and light Italian cuisine, and in the lobby, the only East Coast outpost of Chicago’s famous Intelligentsia Coffee. The gorgeous 8,000-square-foot church-like event space for private parties is well worth a peek, but you’ll have to order out to nearby restaurants for your own food fix.
In the Area
Join a handsome crowd for a boozy brunch or inventive cocktail across the street at Cookshop or wander a few blocks north for unfussy and authentic Japanese fare at ever popular Izakaya Ten. Take your plastic for a walk down Washington Street to Diane von Furstenberg’s flagship and along 14th Street to see of-the-moment designer stores like Yigal Azrouel, Carlos Miele and Alexander McQueen. 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.
How to Get There
After a disastrous check in with an Airbnb apartment, I used the Hotel Tonight app to find a place to lay my weary head. The High Line Hotel popped up and I went right over. Immediately changed my reservation to two nights. So glad I did. Very spacious room, extremely well curated decor that did not in any way appear to be trying too hard. (Lots of that around the city.) All of the staff I encountered were genuinely happy to help. And the shot of burbon suggested by the barkeep was exactly what I needed after a hot, busy day running around town. I’ll always check for a room here first.
Outside bar was cosy, but please be more upfront if you charge 13USD for a bottle of still water. Waiter was not clear at all about this. No need for these kind unpleasant surprises. Your staff is missing out on deserved tips because of this, looks like this hotel/bar doesn’t need this kind of shady upselling.
Wonderful service and great atmosphere! Christian was extremely helpful with all aspects of the stay. Recommended to my partner. Is now working to secure space for L'Oreal senior managers meeting, including rooms and conference space!