The Best Hotels to Book Near the High Line in New York

Enjoy the stylish interiors of the Freehand Hotel before heading outdoors to walk the High Line
Enjoy the stylish interiors of the Freehand Hotel before heading outdoors to walk the High Line | Courtesy of Freehand Hotel New York / Expedia
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9 September 2021
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You might be in one of the world’s great megacities, but you don’t have to forgo a bit of greenery. Book a place to stay – with Culture Trip – near the High Line, and spend your mornings strolling through nature and the rest of the day experiencing the best of NYC.

A community-driven effort in 2009 led to the rescue of a former overhead rail line and the creation of the raised walkway known as the High Line. Much more than a pathway, the 1.45mi (2.3km)-long route incorporates art, nature and design, along with an ever-changing garden filled with more than 500 species of plants and trees. Free art workshops, performances, speakers and tours make this an interactive destination. Consider a donation or become a Friend of the High Line to show your love. These are the best hotels to keep you close by.

Ink 48 Hotel

Modern outdoor rooftop lounge with couches, long central fountain, slate floors and amazing views of Manhattan skyline at Ink 48 Hotel
Get 360-degrees views of the Manhattan skyline from the rooftop at Ink 48 Hotel | Courtesy of Ink 48 Hotel / Expedia

A 1930s printing press once occupied the premises at Ink 48. The 222 guest rooms have been reprinted as modern, light-filled king and two-bed queen rooms in the latest edition. Watch the cruise ships dock from a bistro table by the window, or hop on your own sightseeing cruise at Pier 83. Stroll over to the nearby Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum pier or to the High Line, about 20 minutes away.

Equinox Hotel

A large double bed next to floor-to-ceiling windows with water views at Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards
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Find your balance at the Equinox using the EQX Regenerative Toolkit, which comes with yoga accessories and massage essentials. Combine yoga or meditation with in-room, on-demand courses for a restful night’s sleep on a custom all-natural sleep system mattress. Every room is completely soundproof with push-button blackout blinds. An exceptionally well-equipped gym, indoor saltwater lap pool and outdoor terrace pool offer views of Hudson Yard’s centerpiece, the eight-story walkable Vessel sculpture.

Refinery Hotel

Stylish rooftop dining and lounge seating with views of nearby buildings at Refinery Hotel in New York City
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An ideal location near Times Square, Bryant Park and the High Line, the Refinery Hotel welcomes you to next-level wellness in luxurious, industrial-chic surroundings. Each of the 197 rooms has an air purifier, brushed oak floors, and Le Labo bath products in a subway tile-lined shower. Join meditation or workout sessions on the rooftop terrace each morning with views of the Empire State Building before heading out to explore New York.

Warwick New York

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Step under the shining marquee, through the brass revolving doors and into the spacious lobby to find a hotel that honors the cultural legends that have graced it, from the Beatles to James Dean. The Signature Suites take their themes from Hollywood stars of the past with romantic sweeping views from private terraces. More modest but still charming rooms overlook the hotel courtyard. It’s close to the Museum of Modern Art and Central Park, and surrounded by a plethora of dining establishments.

Pod 39

Compact room with wooden details and a bathroom at Pod39
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Pod 39 has everything you need for a no-frills budget stay in New York. It’s close to Grand Central Terminal for connections all over the city, while rooms have clean, comfortable beds or bunks, ensuite showers and even a work desk. Casual cafes and chain restaurants abound in the area around the hotel. Add a free walking tour of the city and your wallet will thank you all the way home.

Ace Hotel New York

Ace Hotel
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A favorite with fans of contemporary art, Ace Hotel has bold, graphic wall murals in every room size, from tidy bunks to the expansive top-floor loft. Breathe easy with latex mattresses, sulfate-free Rudy’s Barbershop products and French cotton boxing-style robes in every room. Go a few rounds in the 24-hour gym, or jog to the High Line or Madison Square Garden, about 15 minutes away.

Freehand Hotel New York

Freehand New York
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Freehand dazzles with wall art that scampers up to the ceiling in some rooms, while other quarters are reminiscent of a cabin by the lake. Artwork is by Bard College alumni. Details such as the ornate carved elevators are original to this 1920s building. Visual surprises abound, but the service is solid – tune in to podcasts from the 1950s-inspired, Smile to Go diner that hosts its own radio station.

Arlo NoMad

A bright bedroom at Arlo NoMad, with a large bed, bedside pendant lamps and floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides with city views
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Arlo has made the most of every 150sqft (14sqm) in the 250 rooms at their Koreatown location. Pegboards take the place of wardrobes and gear is stored in cleverly designed, walnut, under-bed storage drawers. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the Empire State Building or One World Trade Center. Queen rooms with a private terrace double the space with comfortable outdoor seating. Hit the streets in the spring and fall on a free-to-use house bicycle.

Dream Downtown

The Beach at Dream Downtown pool with loungers and plants
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Guests liken the Dream’s decor to a cruise ship, exactly what the designers had in mind. The former Maritime Union Building has been shot through with multiple circular windows in varying sizes, a motif continued throughout. Its location near two Google offices attracts a young and energetic crowd that fills the bar and rooftop pool until the wee hours. When it’s time for shore leave, the location in the Meatpacking District is a five-minute walk to Chelsea Market or the High Line.

The Marmara Park Avenue

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The Marmara will tempt you to stay awhile. The 128 rooms and suites with kitchenettes have a polished, contemporary and ultra-comfortable feel. Many have tubs or private balconies. The three penthouses offer one- to three-bedroom, duplex-style accommodations, with fireplaces, washer/dryers and walk-in closets. One of the few dog- and cat-friendly hotels in the area, the entire family will feel at home here. A subway stop is just outside the marble-clad lobby.

Looking for more inspiration? With help from local insiders we’ve narrowed down the coolest hotels in New York City for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as well as the best cheap hotels in Manhattan for a more affordable option. Best of all, you can book right here on Culture Trip. For exploring, we’ve curated a New York food experience and a wellness tour of New York, each complete with local tips and can’t-be-missed experiences. We know that will all keep you very busy, so here are the best restaurants for lunch in New York City where you can grab a bite on the go.

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