Though the nearby Standard, High Line Hotel has stolen some of its thunder, there’s still plenty to draw guests to this chic Meatpacking District pioneer, from the sleek rooms that overlook the Hudson River to the rooftop deck with its 45-foot heated pool. Plus, the exterior lights up and changes colors. This place is seriously pretty.
With city skyline and Hudson River views, rooms have a vibrant color palette of fuchsia, plum, and gold. Nine-foot ceilings and big windows give the rooms a big sense of space. Quality is in the details, including a convenient Bluetooth sound system and hypoallergenic down duvets.
Some rooms have bay-windowed seating areas with great views; ask when making a reservation.
Marble bathrooms are on the large side, with products by Cutler Salon, marble and stainless steel sinks, and lots of storage space.
The sleek ground floor lobby flows into the lobby bar, an open space with a billiards table, clusters of seating, and large street-facing windows. There's also a lot of very intricate lighting that hangs from the ceiling, and it just looks super neat. Seriously, this place is sleek as hell--you'll immediately become sleeker just by stepping foot in here.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Service can be inconsistent and sometimes lobby noise can be bothersome--but, hey, at least it looks cool.
The 45-foot rooftop pool is heated and open all year long. It’s particularly popular during the summer (not surprisingly) and offers excellent Hudson River and sunset views.
Serving American fare from avocado toast to a classic burger on a potato roll, The Chester is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (plus room service 24 hours a day). During the warm months, outdoor seating is available.
The rooftop is also home to a bar--Plunge serves cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired food.
Located in the heart of the Meatpacking District, this hotel also borders the West Village and Chelsea. All of these neighborhoods are best explored on foot. Subway access is nearby at 8th Avenue and 14th Street (A, C, E, and L trains) and at 7th Avenue and 14th Street (1, 2, and 3 trains). Taxis and Uber are widely available in this neighborhood, though once bars and clubs wrap up for the evening, finding a taxi can be a challenge--and, let's face it, you'll probably be waiting awhile for an Uber and fares will probably be pricier.
One of the more elegant dining rooms in the neighborhood belongs to Scarpetta (2-minute walk), a refined Italian restaurant known for its pastas made in house. Tasting menus change daily at Günter Seeger NY (3-minute walk), a Michelin-rated restaurant from the German-born chef Günter Seeger. In a neighborhood of fancy restaurants, you can order pancakes, fried chicken, and BBQ ribs at the unfussy Bubby’s High Line (3-minute walk).
You don’t need to dress for a nightclub to get a drink at the Standard Biergarten (2-minute walk), an easygoing bar with big steins of beer and ping-pong tables. For a speakeasy style bar and refreshing gin-based drinks, try Bathtub Gin (6-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Set in the core of a swanky neighborhood, this hotel is a fun pick for people watching and proximity to nightlife. We love the heated rooftop pool (open all year long, instead of just a short season like other hotels). Rooms with a view facing the Hudson River are particularly special during sunset. This place is a treat.