Your guestroom at The High Line Hotel was once a dormitory for an Episcopalian priest of the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Church of the United States. Founded by “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” author Clement Clarke Moore, the 1895-built red brick Collegiate Gothic Seminary is still in operation today just across the garden.
New York design firm Roman & Williams transformed the space with custom décor (embossers) and hand-selected historic pieces (rugs, artwork) for a vintage eclectic Americana aesthetic.
One of four English wallpaper patterns from the 19th century reproduced by Trustworth Studios drapes your rooms. Four and Twenty (c. 19th century) is an elegant teal-and-black pattern inspired by the English nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” Bat and Poppy (c. 1897) is an exotic display designed by French decorator M.P. Verneuil. An Art Nouveau pattern of poppies, The Tokio (c. 1893) is by Charles Voysey. And Hydrangea (c. 1896), featuring the pink flower, is designed by Lindsay P. Butterfield.
During the restoration process, five unique designs were discovered throughout the 1895-built Seminary structure, including emblems on ventilation grates and patterns on floor tile. Outside your guestroom door, you will find one of the symbols — each represents a room type (a King Suite, for example, has a different symbol from a Double Queen). Adapted by New York digital product agency AREA 17, the symbols appear throughout the hotel.
Roughly 40 of our guestrooms have historic mantles. The fireplaces were bricked in decades ago, but the craftsmanship is still evident.
Take a walk through history — literally — with the one-of-a-kind heirloom rugs placed in the guestrooms and lobby of The High Line Hotel. Sourced by New York firm Heirloom from stately residences, palaces and remote villages around the world, rug styles include Agra, Bidjar, Heriz, Serapi, Kashan, Dabir, Kerman, Lilihan, Sarouk, Tabriz and Turkish.
The High Line Hotel commissioned a set of embossers featuring the five emblems found throughout the Seminary. Mounted on the desk in each guestroom, the seal press — manufactured by Southwest Rubber Stamp Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico — is a special way for guests to make their mark on hotel letterhead. Use our custom pencils to scribble a note!
Each guestroom at The High Line Hotel features an authentic Western Electric 202 rotary dial phone by Western Electric, a predecessor to Bell Telephone. Manufactured in 1922, the phones were restored by Old Phone Works in Ontario, Canada, and fitted with pulse to tone converters. You are welcome to an unlimited amount of free local and international calls.
Tap out a letter on the authentic typewriters in guestrooms, event spaces and the lobby. Our vintage editions include the Corona Three Bank Antique Folding Portable Typewriter, the Corona Portable Manual, the Remington 12, the Royal “Speed King,” the Royal “Quiet Deluxe,” the Underwood Standard Portable and the Hammond 1885.
Flip open the covers of the books in your room and you may find a handwritten note from its former owner, the late psychic Ingo Swann, who was a pioneer in the field of remote viewing. The first person to discover the rings around Jupiter, Swann spied on the Russians in Moscow for the CIA during the Cold War — all from the comforts of his home on NYC’s The Bowery. Books cover the gamut of topics, from art to nature to science.
Established in 1838 in Greenwich Village (visit the store on 6th Avenue and 9th Street), C.O. Bigelow gained popularity in 1895, the year the Seminary opened. Each bathroom contains amenities from the celebrated chemist. We’d like to think Mr. Bigelow and Mr. Moore (that’s Clemente Clarke) were great friends.
Crisp white, extra-large Turkish cotton bath sheets and towels by H & A Clarke hang in the bathroom.
Illustrated by renowned Brooklyn artist Samantha Dion Baker, The High Line Hotel’s free limited-edition coloring book is a celebration of the hotel’s history, heritage and décor. Sketched in Dion Baker’s whimsical style, the book invites children and adults alike to bring to life cozy scenes of guestrooms, the lobby, the retro Intelligentsia Coffee Citroën van, stained glass windows and canine regulars. Paying homage to the apple orchard which originally comprised West Chelsea, the book challenges guests to find and color seven apples hidden throughout the book.
Guestroom 33 features a collection of tennis racquets from the Johnny Mac and Vitas Gerulaitis days, when tennis was a bit more rough and tumble. The four racquets were rescued from flea markets and thrift shops in Chelsea.
Suite 5 on the top floor takes advantage of the building’s architecture, with a typewriter-filled writer’s nook tucked into the tilt of the roof. Perhaps this is the very spot Clement Clarke Moore composed “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
180 Tenth Avenue
(at 20th Street)
New York, New York 10011
+1 (212) 929-3888