Soho House NY
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
“You don’t have to be a member to stay at the New York outpost of this buzzing London-originated private members' club with 24 unique rooms that mix ‘cozy English townhouse with cool Manhattan loft’ design. So worth it in the summer months when the roof deck pool is open! If you like ‘buzzy’ atmosphere and the meat-packing area – this is your special spot. Offers so much more than a typical hotel...”
(Date experienced: May 2012)
Both business and pleasure. The 5th floor drawing room is great for business meetings, working away solo + additional meeting rooms can be booked. Fun for a weekend of shopping, some of the city’s best restaurants and cafes are within minutes by foot.
A lover or solo. Kids are allowed, but in my opinion, you’re better off not bringing them!
Arriving to my amazing loft-like suite with exposed brick walls, the most gorgeous and huge Louis IV style bed and deep egg-shaped free-standing tub – thinking, "Now this is NYC at it’s funkiest best!"
Best time to go
Anytime. Spring & Summer the roofdeck pool and bar are great features. The spa is cosy and the screening room lovely to tuck in on chillier days/nights.
1. Understand the meat-packing area if you are unfamiliar. It is not for everyone, but those who like it tend to not want to stay elsewhere in the city.
2. The highline is minutes away for an inspiring jog or walk.
3. There is no gym in the hotel/ club – your key gets you into the Standard Hotel gym two minutes walk away.
4. As a hotel guest you can attend member lectures, hang out in the bar, enjoy ‘communal breakfast’ in the kitchen – fun! Different. Homey.
Good to note
This hotel attracts a media and entertainment-centric crowd. You probably don’t want to stay here if you’re a suit and tie type who needs Four Seasons or Mandarin level service and attention. WiFi throughout. Live music most nights both evening jazz and DJ later in the night. (I did not hear a peep from my room).
24 individually designed rooms to choose from ranging in size from the 325 sq foot Playpen to 950 sq foot Playground. Great minibar with a range of goodies. iPads are available upon request.
Service & vibe
Warm and welcoming service and vibe that includes a good mix of celebrities, stylish locals and mostly European visitors. You may not feel like leaving the club/hotel much! Check out the spa, watch a movie in the Screening Room, play pool in the Games Room. Clubby vibe at night with rotating DJs and performances by up-and-coming and established artists. Many lectures and readings throughout each month. Ask the concierge ahead of your stay to book what you’d like to attend.
The quality of the food has had its ups and downs over the years. While I wouldn’t recommend it for an outstanding culinary experience, it’s good, simple fare for a business lunch or a fun dinner with friends. Cocktails are great, wines by the glass excellent. Breakfast delicious.
Price per night
From $450 per night, season/room depending
To Do & See
Considering its smack in the middle of the Meatpacking District plenty of amazing shopping, dining and sightseeing nearby. Take a walk on the High Line to the galleries in Chelsea or just stroll around the charming cobblestone streets of the West Village with its cute cafés and best-in-class shops. Don’t miss the Chelsea Market one block away – brimming with foodie havens, little cool shops and spots. Atmospheric.
Sport & Activity
Go for a run along nearby Hudson River Park, stroll the High Line or check out Chelsea Piers for almost any sports activity imaginable including a year-round ice rink and rock-climbing. Looking for a killer full-body workout? Take a class or book a personal training session at Aerospace around the corner and don’t be surprised if you run into Adriana Lima or Hugh Jackman! Excellent hatha style yoga classes offered complimentary at 10am two days a week in the spa.
Spa & Grooming
On-site fairly small, yet comfy Cowshed spa has all the typical spa offerings plus sauna and steam room. See Elena for pedicures – she is the best. For a quick blowdry, check out Blow salon around the corner on West 14th Street. Want to try a new hair do? Book an appointment at the Sally Hershberger Salon or Serge Normant at John Frieda nearby.
With this prime location, you will find plenty of great restos nearby. Some of my recommendations include: For lunch, go to Fig & Olive, an industrial-chic restaurant serving Mediterranean light and fresh meals where every dish is accented with a carefully chosen extra virgin olive oil. Kurt Gutenbrunner’s signature restaurant Wallsé serves impeccably prepared, surprisingly light Austrian cuisine. Per Se and Jean Georges alumn Jesse Schenker’s Recette has a seasonally changing menu of small, creative dishes that are meant for sharing. If you can, go on the 2nd Monday of the month for ‘Mondays with Jesse’ when he creates a seasonal 10-course tasting menu. Morimoto is a 5 minute walk away – I’ve never been disappointed here by food or ambience.
Definitely no lack of shopping ‘opportunities’ nearby whether that be in the Meatpacking District, nearby West Village or a bit further in Soho. Make sure to check out Jeffrey for designer duds and fab shoes, Elizabeth Charles for trendy and lesser known brands or the charming boutiques along Bleecker Street between Hudson and Christopher Streets. Want to bring back something for the little ones? Go to Yoya for adorable outfits and cute toys.
29-35 Ninth Avenue (between 13th & 14th Street)
New York, NY 10014
NB: Even though it’s called Soho House, the hotel is located in the heart of the Meatpacking District!
Less than 30 minutes from Newark Airport – so if flying in, choose EWK over JFK or LGA.
+1 212 627 9800