Raising the bar on high-end style in the Meatpacking District.
Though the upside down logo remains a bit too precious for our taste, we won't hold this design choice against The Standard. The first NYC outpost of a hip hotel chain with roots in Los Angeles and Miami, The Standard was, from the get-go, recognized as an iconic addition to the city's modern architecture. The 337 guest rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows that, yes, do actually open. Beds are decked out in Italian sheets and oversized pillows, and the bathrooms are stocked with Kiss My Face amenities. Business and leisure guests alike will appreciate free wireless Internet, huge flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. The excellent views from the well-equipped gym make fitness here far more interesting than at, well, standard hotels. But beware: the gym is open round the clock so there's no excuse for skipping a workout. Once you feel all virtuous, head downstairs and overindulge at The Standard Grill, serving new American cuisine from morning to the wee hours in a classic setting with unique touches right down to the penny-lined floors. Guests can also lounge al fresco over pizza at The Standard Plaza. Those looking for a party should head up to Le Bain on the eighteenth floor and take a dip in the pool. To be in the midst of things, not to mention right under the neighboring High Line, guests can also opt to have beer and bratwurst at the Biergarten.