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
- 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
Great atmosphere, very cosy, great service! We have our son living in your neighbourhood, and, while there are many hotel options, we will certainly keep coming back to yours. On our last stay, we forgot our passports in the rooms safe, and were most happy to have you retrieve them for us. Thank you!
Check into this gem and ask for Christian. He will go above and beyond to take excellent care of you! He made sure that we had a quiet room with everything that we needed. Don’t miss The Enigmatist show!
We've been meaning to stay at The High Line Hotel ever since we ducked in for a coffee several years ago. The hotel is in a repurposed religious seminary, occupying a magnificant old building. Our room was quite large by NYC standards, and featured a view of the quiet courtyard at the rear of the building. Everything is done in dark wood tones, especially the lobby, which is luxurious, warm and welcoming. The hotel lobby, and its espresso bar, appear to be a meeting point for the community (and their dogs!). It helped us feel like we were part of the community and not just tourists passing through.
We found the hotel to be well situated near the High Line itself (well, obviously!), as well as Chelsea and the Meat Packing district. We walked down into the West Village quite easily. We are in NYC quite often, and we are always looking for hotels that are away from the traditional tourist areas. This fits the bill.
We went in the winter, so we couldn't take advantage of their bicycle rental, but I definitely will take one out on the west side bike trail next time we are there in better weather.
One heads up: there are short flights of stairs that join the various wings of the old building, so I would think that you should let them know ahead of time if you need an accessible room. The staff was really friendly, and the espresso bar in the lobby made really great bevvies.
We will definitely be staying here again.
My husband and I had a delightful weekend. Wonderful room, gracious staff. Will definitely stay here on our next trip to NYC. Close to so many fabulous restaurants, too. A real gem! Coffee bar was cozy with delicious pastries. Will recommend to all my friends.
My husband and I stayed at the High Line for a special birthday (we had dinner in the Village). We treated another couple so we got to experience two rooms. I cannot overstate how delighted we were with every aspect of the hotel. First, the rooms were larger than expected and especially compared to usual boutique NY hotels that are less than $500 a night. Both the king room and queen rooms had a walk in closet and plenty of room to move around. Another amazing thing for an old quirky building: silence. We were on the 4th floor over a semi busy road and never heard traffic or even sirens. Lovely bath with good shower/water pressure. And (see other reviews) we had zero issues with HVAC.
Next, the vibe. The coffee shop which turns into a bar at 6pm is happy and a mix of residents and locals and lots of dogs. We were there on a cold winter weekend, so it was a tad chilly, but it was warm in spirit. If you come in the summer (we have been for drinks) there is lovely outdoor space, all ok for dogs. The bartender gave us good ideas of where to go for an early breakfast, and the person doing the check-in/out was just warm and friendly. My husband said this is so not a “corporate” hotel!
The coffee and pastries were first class and love the cocktails.
Highly recommended! We are looking for the next excuse to spend the night at the High Line Hotel.