The High Line Hotel in photos | New York, United States | This morning I came, invited by the General Manager, to do a quick site inspection of the fairly new The High Line Hotel, right across the High Line in the heart of Chelsea, over 10th Avenue between 20th and 21st Street, in New York. A peaceful location, full of serenity and stillness, right in the center of Manhattan. Formerly Desmond Tutu Conference Center. Neo-Gothic brownstones, each of The High Line Hotel’s 64 rooms (including 5 beautiful cosy Suites) evoke a bygone era of a graciously decorated guesthouse. Guests will enjoy staying in light-filled rooms featuring beautiful hardwood floors and one-of-a-kind locally sourced furniture. Continue reading The High Line Hotel in photos
Hôtel Americano NYC | New York, United States | Last week, I had an express 24hrs stay at the Hôtel Americano in New York City, member of the Grupo Habita and Design Hotels, as part of my Stay & Dine OUT New York for locals, a different way to experience your own city. Located in the heart of the Chelsea between the High Line and the Hudson River. Quaint small hotel, very happening, on a rather quiet street, only two blocks from the Hudson River Park over 27th Street, between 10th and 11th.
Hôtel Americano takes design by simple choices, infused with a modern mix between nordic-japanes approach. Urban ryokan with wooden platform beds, warm lighting, natural materials, some with fireplaces, and although small bathrooms, some featuring soaking tubs. We were hosted at a STUDIO KING Room (video below).
My comments on the room are… I quite like the concept, but I was a bit disappointed by the lack of external views, having an entire wall in-front of us which could have been a full window. The bathroom was very small, and I quite did not find an use, other than decorative purposes, for such a fireplace. I loved the ryokan style of the bed, but I would personally have updated the phone sets, to match and blend with the concept.
The experience on the Food & Spirits outlets was not the best to be fully honest, but I will be fair, the setting is quite interesting, although too happening and overcrowded to my personal taste. I would personally prefer more quality and less quantity. We were invited to try The Grill at La Piscine, a year round grill on the rooftop of the hotel, but in the end after a long wait and a rather rude host, we decided to move on to another option within the neighborhood. This was an isolated incident, and I must say that I have been re-invited to join them for dinner next week, so I might have more to share on this after my second, hopefully more welcoming, experience.
I must mention that the hotel also features a second restaurant on the ground floor, which is very popular among locals for brunch. French fare with a Latin flair. Chef Joseph Buenconsejo, presides over West Chelsea’s dining room with outdoor patio.
Some of the featured amenities for those staying at the hotel are: Soft washed denim bathrobe by Loden Dager. Aesop bathroom products. iPad customized with in-room controls and guest directory. Guest bicycles. I would recommend this hotel for young travelers, who are not on the budget, and are looking to explore Manhattan with a hip sexy happening approach. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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GPS Carlos Melia at High Line New York | New York, United States | High Line in New York City is my absolute favorite spot and landmark to unwind and relax while in Manhattan. Running from lower 14th. Street to 34th. Street, along the Hudson River and Hudson River Park. Great all seasons long walking and outdoors destination. Continue reading GPS Carlos Melia at High Line New York
The Standard Hotel New York City | Meatpacking District, New York City | Trendy (yes, just by seating at the lobby or at any of their multiple bars and restaurant you get the feeling of that), Great Locations (yes, right of the High Line and in the heart of the Meatpacking District, meters away from the Hudson River Park), Hot Spot (yes, New York debauchery, with the former Boom Boom Room, Standard Grill Restaurant and the new Le Bain Discotheque and Roof Top Bar), Would I stay there (yes, for all the previous reasons…) I would stay to experience trendy/young/cool/fashionable Manhattan, but not quire sure if I am am too crazy about the rooms concept. Continue reading The Standard Hotel New York City
THE HIGH LINE | New York, United States | For your next visit to New York city, please take note not to forget to explore the HIGH LINE, a NEW must see landmark of Manhattan. Locate in the heart of Chelsea and overseeing the stream of the Hudson River, home of the brand new and hip Standard Hotel. Jump in and walk-through from 21 st. and 09th Ave. to the own epicenter of the Meatpacking District. The High Line is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily during the winter months. Last entrance to the park is at 9:45 PM.
The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan’s streets. Section 1 of the High Line is open as a public park, owned by the City of New York and operated under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends of the High Line is the conservancy charged with raising private funds for the park and overseeing its maintenance and operations, pursuant to an agreement with the Parks Department.
When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape, designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park.
Access points from street level will be located every two to three blocks. Many of these access points will include elevators, and all will include stairs. For more information ( http://www.thehighline.org ) CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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