The Highline Hotel by Roman & Williams

Cutting edge, innovative design and NYC go hand in hand. I have always been hugely inspired by the big apple for it’s continuous drive for effortlessly cool new interior design. Even just popping into a small independent restaurant in Williamsburg you can find sparks of great craftsmanship, from the magical use of an everyday material to 3D printing.

For this reason on my recent visit to New York I had one hotel set firmly on my mind. As many of you will know, I am a huge fan of Roman & Williams, a husband and wife design team who have designed some of the most iconic hotels, bars and restaurants in USA in recent years. The Ace Hotel, The Boom Boom room at the Standard hotel, Breslin, the new Royalton and the Dutch, are just some of their projects. They think of themselves as ‘anti-design’, they don’t strive for perfection, but real life. Their designs are often tough, dark, sexy, moody and deep rooted in history, and stories.

The Highline Hotel is situated in the meatpacking district, as you might suspect,  just by the highline. The pairing of the gothic architecture and fact that Clement Clarke Moore wrote ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ here welcomes you into a building steeped in history.

The gated Parisian style courtyard is complete with lush gardens, gas lamps, and vintage cycles that beckons passers-by to step into a different era.


Images courtesy of The High Line Hotel.

With just 60 rooms, each has luxurious period details such as vintage typewriters, 1920’s phones, and custom embossers. Blending eclectic Americana with European style, the interiors pay tribute to its English collegiate Gothic roots.  Furnished with an amalgam of vintage pieces, unexpected artwork, and antique rugs sourced from around the world, the rooms are comforting yet luxurious.

If you havent heard of Roman & Williams before, they have an outrageously great book ‘ Things We Made’  that I have referenced so many, many, many times, with utter delight.