The Standard Hotel New York

The Standard at the High Line is a glorious glassy high-rise, with witty minimalist interiors, stunning views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in every room, sparkling sexy bathrooms and unbeatable views over the Hudson (especially at sunset). Towering on concrete stilts above its namesake High Line, looking down over the new Withney Museum of America Art and Meatpacking you know that you are in a great location.

The Standard’s 18th floor bar, Top of The Standard, has full-circle views of Manhattan and its favourite river through floor-to-ceiling windows. After 10pm, it’s a private members’ club accessible by invitation only. Neighbouring Le Bain, with its rooftop plunge pool, is similarly sceney and exclusive. Guests (and vertigo victims) can also test out the barmen’s mixology skills in the Living Room attached to the lobby – a futuristic space filled with Eames-like furniture and suffused with soft red light.

In some rooms, it’s possible to sit in the bath tub and see the Statue of Liberty. Draw the curtains if you don’t want to be an accidental exhibitionist….

The hotel provides cool black-and-gold bikes for guests, and the ride along the Hudson riverside is a sunset treat. More exercise awaits on the 17th floor, where a flashy gym has some pretty special views.

Price: fr. US$330 per room/night

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