High Line Hotel to Debut in Manhattan’s Chelsea District
A nineteenth-century student dormitory will reopen in May as the High Line Hotel in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The building opened in 1895 to house students from the General Theological Seminary.
The High Line is an elevated park built on a 1.45-mile (2.33 kilometer) section of railroad track that formerly served the New York Central Railroad.
The hotel’s 60 rooms are furnished with a variety of antique works of art and rugs from around the world. The hotel preserved the original Gothic architecture and stained glass windows, floors, stairwells, and fireplace mantels of the property. Guest rooms and public spaces within the hotel have unobstructed views of the High Line and an enclosed private garden.
Intelligentsia Coffee will have its first East Coast outlet in the hotel’s lobby, serving coffee and baked goods. In the evenings, the lobby’s atmosphere changes to a more sophisticated tone and hotel guests will be able to enjoy cocktails and dinner. A private banquette area overlooks the gardens for those seeking a more intimate setting, and the hotel plans to add a courtyard in front of the hotel.
Adjacent to the hotel, Hoffman Hall serves as event and meeting space. Built in 1899, the landmarked building contains 3,000 square feet (279 square meters) and will serve as a venue for a variety of events and celebrations. In addition, for more secluded events such as private dinners or business meetings, Hoffman Hall offers three conference rooms and four smaller meeting rooms.
The High Line Hotel will provide direct access for its guests to the High Line itself, which is centrally located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.
(Photo: La Citta Vita)