Jutting out over the High Line in the heart of the Meatpacking arts district is the Standard Hotel , which is anything but standard. It’s hard to believe that this retro looking edifice designed by Todd Schliemann of the NY-based Polshek Partnership was built in 2008 – judging by the facade and stilts it evokes modernist icons such as New York’s UN building.
The rooms: the standard sized rooms are comfortable with a cosy woody sleeping pod (see above) that defines sleeping/waking spaces, a desk and the usual mod-cons. Gazing at the New York City skyline through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows is mesmerising; akin to watching waves break or the glowing embers of a fireplace. This twinkling jewel of light is nothing short of sublime. Request a room with the bath and you can enjoy the view while soaking in the tub.
Communal spaces are in short supply, but the Standard Grillrestaurant downstairs is open from early to 4am so you can get a bite almost any hour of the day or night. Hotel staff are also armed with local eating and drinking suggestions that cater to most budgets.
We like the location, bang in the middle of the Meatpacking district which means some very cool street art is literally at your doorstep, and ‘gallery art’ only a few blocks away in Chelsea. The first time we stayed, we literally crashed into a big Conor Harrington piece as we walked out the door. The following time, NY had been taken over by Mr Brainwash-mania and his paste-ups (below, right) were everywhere. So keep your eyes open, there’s always some old and new work to see around the hotel – from D*Face (below, left) to Gaia.
What We Love
The design feat that is the hotel itself. The views – from the NYC skyline to the constant flow of activity on the High Line below – it’s like a room and a show! The hotel is also an active supporter of the local art scene – follow the so-called Stan D’Arde (@stanDarde) on Twitter or checkout their blog to find out what’s going on.
Room to Improve
While rooms are spacious, storage space is tight – even light travellers may struggle to store everything and hang towels (!). While the mini bar is well stocked a simple kettle would be appreciated – ordering a morning coffee from room service is not really a practical alternative (it took half an hour to arrive and was, unsurprisingly, cold by the time it made it from the ground floor). There’s nothing worse than being kept awake by a party you’re not invited to, and in this sense, we think the barring of hotel guests from the rooftop bar/nightclub after 9pm displays uncharacteristic thoughtlessness in a hotel that otherwise shows a strong service ethos.
Aim to get a room on levels 9 to 11 – any lower than nine and you miss out on the view, any higher than 11 and you might be bothered by noise from the nightclub on the 15th floor. Also request a room away from the ice machines located on each floor; sometimes they make a funny noise like a running shower which could disturb your sleep.
848 Washington St, New York
NY 10014, United States