Yes, please

Something evil and beautiful has landed in the Meatpacking District

Dark, masculine, imposing and sexy are the four words that come to mind when describing the Standard hotel, recently completed and located in NYC’s Meatpacking District

Inside, the drama really begins on the 3rd floor

3rd Floor Lounge

Porthole bathroom

Slick sexy black tile

Neo-modernist nest

The monolithic exterior, that seemingly floats over the almost completedHighline Park, is the work of Polshek Partnership who is also behind the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC.

To back up the promise of the exterior, the Standard’s interiors had to be good. Luckily developer Andre Balazs chose one of my favorite design teams: Roman & Williams. The interior is just as sexy as the exterior is imposing. Of course some of the sexy concessions of the interior end up being a bit of an ergonomic compromise. The black terracotta tile bathrooms are not exactly well lit. And the open showers inevitably make the entire bathroom wet. But these and a few more nitpicks are inconsequential if you allow yourself to soak up the atmosphere. Plus, the beds are wonderfully comfortable, even if you don’t plan on sleeping.