If you don’t mind the exclusivity, Soho House is the place to stay in the city. You’ll feel at home in the bedrooms, comforted by the cuisine and fall in love with the views of downtown Manhattan from the rooftop pool. Most stay here to see and be seen – and there is plenty to look at.
Situated in the Meatpacking district, Soho House New York is two blocks from the High Line Park, Chelsea Market and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The cobblestone streets of the surrounding neighbourhood are renowned for high-end shopping, but boutique brands have begun appearing, as well as swanky restaurants and bars. The rest of Manhattan is easily accessible from 14 Street Station.
Style & character
The hotel’s nondescript entrance does nothing to disclose the warren-like interiors of Soho House. Covering seven-floors, it manages to conceal 44 bedrooms, two bars, one restaurant, a spa, two drawing rooms and a self-serve charcuterie-cum-sweetie buffet. It’s got that wonderful well-loved feel, with rustic furnishings and plenty of raw materials, including bare-brick walls and wooden floorboards. It manages to be busy without being cluttered, visitors will certainly feel at home.
Service & facilities
On the surface the Soho House brand can appear pretentious, but once you’re in, you’re in, and their attentiveness knows no ends. The informally dressed reception staff engage in breezy conversation on check-in and the knowledgeable restaurant staff are there one minute, invisible the next. If they suspect you’re an intruder, however, they show no mercy, which we discovered having left our temporary membership cards in our rooms.
The tranquil spa, located on the hotel’s third floor, features a low-lit relaxation room for some well-deserved respite from bustling Manhattan, a sauna and a eucalyptus steam room. Treatments range from an evening Primrose body wrap, to a Cowshed relaxing moody massage.
With an interconnecting drawing room and bar, there’s plenty of space to see or be seen. If the weather’s nice, there’s the rooftop pool and bar. Other spaces include the Vinyl Room, which hosts monthly members events, and the screening room with 44 seats, showing new film releases as well as classics.
- Room service
In a city where many hotel rooms don’t even have coffee machines, Soho House New York provides everything. From the fully equipped mini-fridge, the cocktail-making kit and the cookie tin, to the full-sized Cowshed toiletries in the bathroom, nothing has been overlooked.
There’s five room categories ranging from Cosy to Big, plus a range of second-floor rooms, which are more minimalist in design and many of which feature gorgeous bay windows. All 44 are elegant, individually designed and wonderfully homely, despite some being small (and some are very compact). One might have distressed wood-panelled walls; another a velvet blue headboard above the bed; while another has a freestanding bath.
Food & drink
The restaurant is a feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach, with distressed wooden floorboards, books stacked against cushion-clad booths and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. It’s classic Soho House, with bare-brick walls decorated with black-and-white photographs, and, as usual, it works. Expect to dine on the likes of ricotta cavatelli with lamb ragu, rutabaga and pecorino romano, followed by halibut with heirloom tomato sauce, capers and herbs. Your ever-so-friendly waiter may then bring butterscotch panna cotta, doused in chocolate cream with a side of butterscotch ice cream. In a nutshell: it’s heaven.
A highlight is the rooftop bar, decorated with fairy-lights and enjoying superb views of downtown Manhattan. Next door, the characteristic red-and-white striped sunloungers surround the pool and music drifts from speakers at all times of the day. Enjoy a Le Fizz Des Vignes (vodka, lavender cordial, pernod, lime and soda) and take a pew.
Breakfast can be taken in the restaurant or in-room. Start with something sweet like almond butter and banana on gluten-free bread, followed by a warm grains bowl – a delicious medley of egg, pickled cabbage and avocado – all washed down with a house-pressed juice of beetroot, ginger, carrot, pineapple and citrus fruits to kick start your day.
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