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
quirky, fun, friendly, super dog friendly oasis in Chelsea. Enjoyed every moment.
Fabulous coffee at Intelligentsia in the lobby that folks were flocking to!
Amazing location: High Line, Chelsea Market (crowded!!) Whitney Museum of American art. Artichoke Pizza.
We paid over $600/night at the hotel. It looks cute online but we had nothing but issues. The lobby is filled with non-guests having coffee with their dogs (I'm a dog lover); but we couldn't even make in through with our suitcases to check-in. Check-In? There is NO reservation desk. Just a cash register. No one to assist with baggage. When we got to our room it was on 10th Avenue. Noise and sirens all day and night long. There was no dresser or drawers anywhere to unpack. You can barely close the bathroom door. The bathroom is so small, they don't even have a towel rack. The waste basket had to be placed behind the toilet it was so small in there.No counter space either. The vent up above was caked with dust and debris. There was no filter. Wires were hanging down and the worst is it never shuts down. Try and sleep through that. The thermostat couldn't be adjusted. The walls inside were slanted like an attic and my husband hit his head twice. There is no bar, restaurant nor room service available. The final straw was we were in town for a vintage champagne event and brought back 2 vintage bottles (empty) with valuable labels that we purchased. They were in a bag on the desk. Yes, housekeeping threw them out. They are invaluable. Complained and they shrugged their shoulders. HORRIBLE!!!
Overall stay was nice but room cleanliness was not up to par. Shower did not drain and there were gross stains on the curtains near the bed that made us uncomfortable. Staff was very accommodating and friendly but wish the room was cleaner. We checked in late at night for one night only but had it been a longer stay we would have asked to move rooms or a refund.