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The Standard

Address: 848 Washington St.

Neighborhood: Meatpacking District

City: New York City

Phone: 877-550-4646; 212-645-4646

Website: www.standardhotels.com

Expert Review

New York already has a dazzling bevy of hotels and big, exciting openings of all sorts happen every day. Yet the city with a 4-second attention span is still paying attention to The Standard, part of André Balazs's mini-chain. The New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff raved that the gleaming edifice is the kind of "thoughtfully conceived building that is all too rare in the city today." Whereas other hotels swathe guests in skyscrapers, half of the 337 rooms at the 18-story Standard offer rare, sweeping Hudson River views through floor-to-ceiling windows. True to the brand's ethos, its prices are reasonable for a stylish Manhattan hotel, both for the rooms and the restaurant. And while The Standard Grill attracts an A-list crowd, it is still possible for mere mortals to nab reservations; they simply need to call two weeks ahead. Plus, there's the wildly popular High Line shooting through the hotel's concrete legs. Free, fun, and repurposed from old train tracks, the park opened just after the hotel did in spring 2009. 2009 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: moderate | smart splurge | smart luxury winner | trendy

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