My mother and I recently spent a weekend in New York City. We had not done a mom/daughter weekend in twenty years, so it was beyond overdue. We had a blast! The downtown Whitney was high on our list, so I chose The Standard High Line as our hotel base. I agonized and (like everyone else) spent sleepless nights trolling TripAdvisor reading EVERY review. Some loved it, some … did not. At some point, I just let go and booked it. I went in thinking I would get a “good” experience. (Hey, I’m an optimist.) What I got was AMAZING. From the moment we walked in, the staff was on it. Diversity doesn’t even begin to describe the effortlessly cool staff, but what unites them all is this: making sure your needs are met, you feel like you are exactly where you need to be — and that you are having a fabulous time. That mission works for me.
We treated ourselves to the Hudson Suite (see photo above), which was incredible. Yes! Floor to ceiling windows. Sometimes you forget how beautiful and dramatic New York City is. It was hard to pull ourselves from those windows! The lush High Line is also directly below. But pull ourselves away we did and here are some highlights of the weekend:
The Whitney. What can you say? Beautiful location, incredible art, fantastic people watching, great bookstore.
Gansevoort Market. I’ll get to the food experiences at The Standard, but this nearby market (which will move a couple of blocks north to 14th Street) is a treasure trove of SUCH good treats. Sweet or savory, you’ll find it. Super foods? Check! Quinoa bowls? Check! Meatball sandwiches? Check! Bruffins? Don’t ask — just try them!
Yamuna Body Rolling. If you haven’t heard of Yamuna Zake, this is your lucky day. She focuses on “Body Sustainability” and her classes will transform your walk, posture, flexibility … and yes, you will get lean.
The Standard Patio. Perfect place to eat lunch, have a snack, delicious juice or cocktail. Again, service, food, people watching — all great!
The Standard Grill. Serving all meals, but I like the back room for dinner. Perfect lighting if you like dark and sublime – and I do. Again, service, food, and people watching great. Are you sensing a theme here?