In a peaceful pocket of the vibrant Chelsea neighborhood, the High Line Hotel is a charming boutique with many stories to tell. There is the tale of the grounds once being home to a 17th-century apple orchard, or the history of the cloistered seminary inspired by the architecture of Oxford and Cambridge. This Federal Historic Landmark (where “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” was written) softly transports guests to another era with its gas lamps, Gothic-inspired brick buildings, and original details including fireplaces. This property was thoughtfully created, from its historic preservation to the hand-selected furniture of antique fairs and vintage markets. With hardwood floors, whimsical prints, and tall windows overlooking the Parisian-inspired garden, these rooms feel more exclusive guesthouse than sleek hotel. Kick off your day with a latte from the Intelligentsia lobby bar.
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Amid the stylish streets of West Chelsea, the High Line Hotel sits in a neighborhood known for art galleries, intimate restaurants, and thriving gay bars. It's named after the High Line Park—a former elevated train track, since converted into a gorgeous park—that also runs through the neighborhood. This park is an ideal spot to picnic, stroll, and take in the views, especially if you can visit during the week when it’s less crowded (weekends can be a bit chaotic). There is some excellent dining in the neighborhood, including El Quinto Pino and pizza from Jim Lahey at Co.
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Rooms: 56 rooms, 4 suites. From $300. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The seasonal outdoor restaurant Champagne Charlie’s specializes in champagne and a simple menu showcasing summer ingredients. The popular Intelligentsia coffee bar in the lobby is a quiet place for an espresso or pour-over coffee. The Intelligentsia Minibar is a seasonal truck that also serves espresso and pour-over coffee. Spa and gym details: No on-site fitness or spa facilities, but the hotel does have a partnership with Equinox gym down the street.
Who’s it best for: Stylish couples with an affinity for history; Francophile travelers who love Parisian-inspired design. Our favorite rooms: Rooms with decorative fireplaces are particularly charming; the best views are over High Line Park or the interior garden. For wedding planners: Formerly a seminary from the mid-1800s, this property has several stunning spaces for events big or small, from Hoffman Hall to the Refectory to the High Line room.