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
When we arrived it was raining and the tiny lobby was filled with people and dogs. There is a small bar there for eating and drinking. Reminded me of the Algonquin Hotel but smaller. I was told they are interesting people from the neighborhood who gather there to socialize and use their wi-fi. Our King room was delightful. A throw back to a more formal time. Beautifully appointed with things from years ago. Black dial phone, king bed, oriental rugs and a fabulous huge bathroom that had been updated for modern times. We loved the place and were greeted by the friendly Rose who mans the check-in desk. We stored our luggage before our room was ready and stored it again when we left since we planned on spending the whole day on the Highline, Chelsea Market and the new Hudson Yards. Would love to stay here again when we are in town. When we left people were engaged with each other at the outside tables.
I remember walking past the hotel a few years ago and saying that on my next trip that I wanted to stay here - so this time I did.
As I’ve visited New York a few times, touristy stuff wasn’t the plan this time so The High Line was the perfect location. Walking distance to Chelsea Market and Greenwich where there are so great places to eat and drink at. The bed was INCREDIBLE!
We arrived at 11pm and check in was great. The service was also really good when we checked out.
The room was nice. It was clean. It was pretty shabby chic.
Overall it was good and the location definitely is great if you’re looking to explore NYC yourself to find what you stumble upon.
Lovely friendly hotel in the trendy Chelsea area of NYC.
Staff very attentive, quirky coffee shop in the lobby, dog friendly too which is always a major positive 👍
Very convenient for The High Line
If you have walked the High Line in Lower Manhattan you have probably seen the Hotel which is just east of the High Line between 20th and 21st. It is a in a striking building and is very convenient to many trendy Chelsea spots. It's a small boutique with an exceptionally friendly staff. They really made me feel welcome. The hotel does have some quirks. The Lobby is a coffee shop. The trendy decor is a version of shabby chic. The beds and bathrooms are nice but some of the rooms are pretty small. The elevator to my room was of a type I had not seen since staying at a 100 year old hotel in Rome. Overall though, I enjoyed my stay.
It was my husband's first time to NYC and we absolutely fell in love with the High Line. Staff was amazing and so was our room. The only confusion we had was when we were told two different times for checkout but it wasnt a big deal.