The Standard, New York

At the heart of the most coveted real estate in the Meatpacking district, this architectural marvel is the most ambitious effort to date by impresario André Balazs. Built upon concrete stilts, two facades of glass form the unique structure, with The Standard sitting on top of The High Line, the city’s newest park. From the restaurant and beer garden on the ground floor to the bars and lounge area which occupy the top two floors, there’s’ fun and diversion from top to bottom. Perhaps most enjoyable are the rooms themselves, as every guest has an amazing view of both the Hudson River, and either Midtown or Lower Manhattan. The floor to ceiling windows in the guest rooms create the sense of being suspended over the water. And with virtually all of the district’s dining and nightlife a stones throw from the hotel, when you do leave this Mod haven there will be no shortage of activity to take in.

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