Feet planted firmly in the Meatpacking District and head placed loftily in the clouds, The Standard Highline stands proudly and somewhat conspicuously overlooking the Hudson, with uptown views of the Empire State Building and of course its namesake, the Highline. The lobby is all glass, smoke and mirrors, ensuring that your check in feels like joining an exclusive club - which for all intensive purposes, you are.
The Standard crowd is cool and fashion forward, with the hotel gleefully acting as a stylish playground. Each room boasts floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows, turning New York into your very own interactive artwork and further reinforcing the point that The Standard is a place to see and be seen.
The decor lands somewhere between ski lodge and super yacht, with black tiled wet rooms and wicked free-standing baths. Make your way through the room service menu (it's pretty damn good) before embracing your inner exhibitionist by jumping in the tub with the blinds up; now there's a sunset you won't forget in a hurry! If you can bare to leave the room, make for the rooftop where you'll find Le Bain - a pillar of the New York Party scene.
Best room: The Liberty Suite will win your heart with its bathtub alone
Dress code: Confidence is key. Dress like you own the place (just don't tell Balazs)
848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
Phone: +1 (212) 645-4646
Doubles from £198