The Meatpacking District, once an industrial neighborhood on the decline, is now home to fashionable boutique shops, artists, unique restaurants and, of course, the first leg of the High Line. Check out these seven hotels to experience all the Meatpacking District has to offer.
The Standard High Line
Each room at The Standard, High Line has floor-to-ceiling windows for incredible views | Courtesy of The Standard, High Line / Hotels.com
Somehow both sleek and gritty, The Standard High Line manages to capture the neighborhood aesthetic. With modern facilities and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the High Line and Hudson River, The Standard is far from standard in its accommodations. It also features a variety of dining and entertainment options, such as the award-winning Standard Grill. Make sure to check out the open-air beer garden and the pool at the rooftop discotheque in the summer, as well as the ice rink and hot chocolate bar at the street-level plaza in the winter.
With porthole-like windows looking out on the Hudson, the 314 cozy, loft-like rooms at Dream Downtown will make you feel like you’re on a thoroughly modern cruise ship. Adding to the illusion is the 5,000-square-foot pool deck, which features imported sand from Côte d’Azur, private cabanas and a 50-foot heated pool, the glass bottom of which looks down into the lobby. The on-premises dining features multiple cuisines, with a California-inspired green café, a modern Mexican wine cellar and a chic British bar, alongside the popular PHD Rooftop Lounge nightclub.
The luxury Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC embraces the hustle and bustle of the modern Meatpacking District. The flagship of a worldwide chain, this sleek and shiny hotel has a fun flair for the dramatic, with bright pops of color and amenities including the lavish Exhale Spa. The main attraction is the 45-foot heated pool at the rooftop bar and lounge, with a retractable roof keeping it open year-round.
Because Soho House is a private members club as well as a hotel, it can seem a little exclusive. But this seven-floor converted warehouse has a rustic, homey feel, with distressed, exposed wood and velvety cushions, that will put you at ease. Rooms range in size from cozy to spacious, and include everything from a coffee machine and fully-stocked mini fridge to a cocktail-making kit. With a spa, restaurant, screening room and rooftop swimming pool, Soho House is a popular destination for Meatpacking District visitors.
With its nautical theme, this luxury boutique hotel is not unlike Dream Downtown. The similarity is appropriate, since both buildings were built as offices for the National Maritime Union in the 1960s. However, the Maritime Hotel has embraced the Mad Men-era charm and taken the theming a step further, pairing a rich blue color scheme and ship-cabin decor with old-fashioned touches, like stained teak wood paneling and bookshelves filled with vintage issues of National Geographic. Guests can head below the hotel to check out the underground, Pan-Asian Tao Downtown restaurant, with a new lobby restaurant scheduled to open in early 2019.
Opened at the turn of the 20th century as a lodging house for sailors, The Jane Hotel reopened in 2008 as a stylish hotel with old-school charm, from the wood paneling and designer wallpaper to the traditional uniforms of the bellhops and maid service. While the rooms are snug, they’ve been outfitted to resemble vintage ship cabins or sleeper compartments, with upscale touches and storage space. Enjoy cocktails in their grand ballroom, lavishly designed with a large fireplace and a disco ball, and check out The Old Rose restaurant, overlooking the Hudson, for all-day dining.
Tucked away in an unassuming brick building, the Chelsea Pines Inn is a five-story, walk-up bed and breakfast with plenty of character. Decorated with posters from Hollywood’s golden age throughout, this hotel is a particular treat for classic-film buffs. With both a seasonal garden and an indoor greenhouse, not to mention its proximity to the High Line, it’s easy to feel like you’re not in Manhattan at all.