My wife and I had a great time at the Standard. Warning: if you read the reviews, you'll see that a lot of people are disappointed by the Standard, either because they find the staff snobby or because the place is over-run with people looking to party. Neither of these things should come as a surprise to anyone, based on the location of the hotel and the bars connected to it and surrounding it.
Here's my experience: I showed up super early and was able to check in around 12:00 p.m. Our room was on the 12th floor, toward the end of the hall and facing uptown. The room was a good size, had a HUGE window overlooking the Highline and the Empire State Building. Nice flat screen TV, queen bed, glassed in shower (my wife noted that if you are not traveling with a very close companion, this may be a little awkward) and separate toilet. There was also a surprising amount of storage.
We have eaten in the restaurant and have had a drink in the beer garden, so we didn't do that this time, but we enjoyed both in the past. The bar on the top floor is pretty incredible. (The closest thing I can compare it to is the view from Mix at the top of Mandalay Bay in Vegas.) It's definitely over the top, but again, that's to be expected. Don't go looking for friendly and attentive service, it's just not that kind of place. But the views are incredible and just being in there makes you feel like a rockstar.
We did venture up to the rooftop deck for a bit. Wow. Holy fratastic spring-fling. There were drunken people laying all over the place (oh, to be 23 again). Needless to say, we didn't hang around there much, but it's there if you want it.
I found the front desk staff to be pretty professional. They definitely give off a vibe that they're not to be bothered, but once you see through that, they're pretty good about getting you checked in/out and telling you about the hotel. The bell staff was pretty good as well. The first guy took our luggage for storage, noted the time we needed a cab and was very helpful. The second basically loaded our luggage in the cab.
In sum, if I had spent $400 or $500 I would probably have expected a little more. (We got a great deal, $250, through Jetsetter.) This is not a Ritz, Four Seasons or the like, and you shouldn't expect that kind of quality or level of service. But if you want to have a good time in a great neighborhood with some really cool views, there probably isn't a better place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Manhattan's thriving Meatpacking District, the latest in hotelier Andre Balazs' collection of Standard Hotels stands commandingly above The High Line, the former elevated railroad undergoing redevelopment as a public park. 338 guest rooms on 18 floors, The Standard, High Line boasts unparalleled views of the Hudson River and Lower Manhattan, full business amenities, extensive event space and a state of the art fitness facility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Standard New York Hotel New York City
- Standard New York City
- The Standard New York City