We had a very late night arrival for a one night's stay (booked on Hotel Tonight). We chose this place particularly for its location near the High Line. Another charm of this hotel is that it occupies part of the General Theological Seminary (built in the 1820's) and is a Federal Historic Landmark. As a point of trivia, Clement Clark Moore wrote "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" here in his 17th century apple orchard!
Every single staff member was super helpful and seemed happy to be doing their job. At check-in, we even got a great recommendation of where to get a bite to eat at midnight. As you would expect for a property with this history, our room was reached by walking up a few steps into a tiny hallway to reach one of those old elevators where you open a hinged door to access the elevator once it slides open.
Our room (facing the courtyard) was large for a NYC hotel, with a high pillow-top king bed and windows tucked into thick, almost 200 year old walls. The bed was fairly comfortable - it had one of those big feather duvets on it as so many hotels now like to do. I find that sleeping with the duvet on is too warm and without it is too cold. The room was very clean, with the exception of a dirty smudge on one of the curtains, right where one would grab them to pull them back. The window a/c did a decent job.
The bathroom was also large and nicely appointed (other reviewers were right about the shower water getting really hot really fast, btw). The towels were particularly thick and fluffy, but we had no wash cloths. Our chief complaint was that the lighting in the bathroom was EXTREMELY dim - we looked around for a dimmer switch but only found a basic on/off switch. Really, you could barely see in there - it was as if there was only a night light on, which made it very difficult to deal with contact lenses, for example. I don't know if this is the usual lighting or if both bulbs were on their way out, but it should be addressed. We arrived so late and by the time we got some midnight dinner and returned, we just didn't have the energy to pursue a lighting remedy with the staff.
One of the great features of this hotel is that they have a little coffee bar in the lobby featuring Intelligensia Coffee and baked goods from a variety of highly regarded NYC bakeries. (There is also an Intelligensia truck in the front courtyard area.). So we got to sit in the little side courtyard with our dried cherry scones and beverages before launching on our day, which was a lovely moment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visit our conveniently located Chelsea hotel near The High Line. Each of The High Line Hotel's 60 rooms evoke a bygone era of a graciously decorated guesthouse. As our guest you'll enjoy staying in our light-filled rooms featuring beautiful hardwood floors and one-of-a-kind locally sourced furniture. Over-sized beds with crisp cotton linens provide a perfect night's sleep, and plush robes invite you to relax after a long day. All rooms feature large windows offering dazzling views of the High Line Park or our enclosed private-garden oasis. Guests are encouraged to dine at Alta Linea, Italian aperitivi and al fresco dining along The High Line or enjoy a perfectly brewed espresso prepared by our Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea baristas in the lobby. Sip your espresso at the bar, get your latte to go, or take your freshly brewed pour over coffee to the back courtyard for a moment to yourself. In the evening, grab a glass of wine and enjoy a beautiful night under the stars in our Parisian inspired garden. ... more less
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