The High Line Hotel: History in Modernity

The High Line Hotel is a stunning and unique retreat in the heart of the modern Manhattan neighborhood. Originally the General Theological Seminary, designed in the mid-1800’s by architect Charles Haight, and now a Federal Historic Landmark, the High Line Hotel evokes a sense of history that is rare in the contemporary neighborhood. The grounds and rooms of the hotel are saturated with the past. The romantic gardens of the hotel, which were the 17th century apple orchards of Clement Clarke Moore, are now lined with ivy covered trees and candle lit paths. A room called the “Writer’s Suite” reminds patrons that ’Twas the Night Before Christmas was once written here. The dramatically wall-papered rooms complete with cozy four-post beds and dark wood finishes, and a few with gorgeous fireplaces make the hotel truly distinguishable from others in the city.

The High Line Hotel hosted its opening party the past Wednesday evening, complete with an open full liquor bar and an array of delicious appetizers, as well as espresso and tea by Intelligentsia. Hundreds of guests admired the grounds and tasteful lobby, many remarking at how the hotel seemed to transport you to a different time, an aesthetic with strong European undertones. In such a bustling city, and even at a lively party, the hotel evoked unmatchable warmth. The hotel features a breath-taking 8,000 square foot hall, filled with touches reminiscent of the building’s theological roots. Perfect for a wedding or event, it hosted the hundreds of attendees comfortably; while music encouraged guests to dance the night away under a wood-beamed ceiling dripping with dazzling lights before floor-to-ceiling Gothic windows.

The party—like the hotel—did not disappoint, and was filled with some of Manhattan’s most stylish and fabulous New Yorkers. Truly the High Line Hotel is something different; it makes old feel new again, and creates the warmest of retreats in the city that never sleeps. Rooms and rates are available on their website.