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Hotel Standard East Village Hotel 2 star
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25 Cooper Square, New York City New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Many a new hotel has opened in Downtown recently, trying to become the next 'place to be' and by all accounts, The Standard East Village has achieved that (for now). Perfectly located at the crux of the trendiest quarters of Manhattan, the hotel has pretty much everything that its yuppie target audience is looking for: generously, sleekly appointed rooms with a view, a laid back, innovative approach to service, a bar and restaurant everyone wants to get into and ideal spaces for informal business meetings. Some may find it superficial, others will be attracted by its shiny architecture and contemporary design, but what is sure is that it caters to its clientele as well as any hotel of its kind.

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    Location 4.87 /10

    The hotel is located on Cooper Square, right where The Bowery splits into Third and Fourth Avenues. Strictly speaking in the NoHo district, it is also close to SoHo, NoLita, the East Village and Union Square. If you fancied walking a little further, there is no reason not to go to head down to Chinatown and the Lower East Side or even the West Village and the Meatpacking District. There are no shortage of great independent stores, restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood, but should you want to head up town or over to Brooklyn for some sightseeing and shopping of a different kind then you can catch the subway at Astor Place, Eighth Street or a little further away at Broadway-Lafayette or Second Avenue. JFK is around 18 miles away, La Guardia 10 miles and Newark 14.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The rooms at the Standard East Village are relatively spacious; one of the luxuries of being situated away from Midtown. Both the guest rooms and studio and suites are categorised by number (1-5 for the guest rooms, 1 and 2 for the studios and suites). The former are all appointed in a similar fashion and have unobstructed views of Manhattan (save the 1s which give on to the interior courtyard) from varying heights, with some positioned at the corner of the tower. If you can stretch to at least a Cooper 2 you'll be glad you did as, given the lack of any building of a similar height in the immediate vicinity, the views are spectacular. Most of the guest rooms come with a king bed (the Cooper Double has two queens) dressed in 400-count Anichini linens which are extremely comfortable; so much so that the hotel get quite a few requests to purchase them! Either side of the bed are some poise-angle reading lamps under which you can read one of the books resting on the wall's bookshelves. You'll find in terms of other furniture, a small desk and chair, an armchair, occasional table with more books and of course a closet in which are stored a safe, three bathrobes of different cloths, slippers and umbrella. The rooms' other amenities include a flatscreen television, Blue Ray DVD player (a selection of films are available upon request), iPod docking station, cordless telephone and a fully stocked minibar boasting jewellery, make-up and snacks. For us, however, the best feature of the rooms is the large picture windows framing the Downtown Manhattan skyline. Some have a pillar in front of the windows, but these latter are big enough for this not to hinder your viewing. The bathrooms are equally as spacious and are tiled with Italian glass mosaic on a grey/brown wall. They feature either a walk-in monsoon shower with bench or deep soaking tub with sleek fittings. Toiletries are by red flower and feature a custom scent made especially for the hotel, Wanderlust.

    The two studio rooms are slightly bigger than the Cooper 5 and each has a small seating area within the room as well as sweeping views of the area. The Cooper 1 suites also have a seating area at the corner of the room while the largest room, the Cooper 2 suites have a separate living area with sofa and flatscreen television. All rooms have complimentary wifi as well as dial up internet and have two turndown services per day.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    While the glass tower of the hotel is visible from quite a distance due to it dominating its immediate surroundings, finding the actual entrance is a little complicated (especially as taxi drivers in Manhattan don't know their city like London cabbies do theirs). But you do stumble across it you'll be greeted by some serious-looking porters who will take your luggage (if you so wish) and deliver it to your room later (in our case, quite a bit later). You will then be met by a host who will accompany you to the lobby lounge and offer you a glass of wine while they radio someone or other, go and check you in and retrieve your key. At this point you are welcome to stay and relax with your drink or head straight up to your room. If you choose the latter option the chances of you being accompanied to the hard to find lifts are fifty-fifty: we weren't but other guests were. The fact that my luggage took at least 15 minutes to reach my room was softened by the delight at my room, although the whole check-in process did seem rather complicated and clumsy (although the staff was impeccable and extremely polite). Traditionalists may not appreciate their unconventional methods.

    The entrance itself consists of a lofty lobby centered around a three giant backless leather seats with a low coffee table come bookshelf at one end. This is placed on an oriental rug while flowers complete the setup. From the ceiling hangs a fabulous lamp while at the back of the space are some backlit panels with a leaf motif. We particularly appreciated the juxtaposition of the wood panelling above the entrance to the lounge and the stone flooring as well as the natural light coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

    Through the other side of the entrance is the lounge where guests are deposed upon their arrival, but which is also a place where they can take a drink, have an informal business meeting or simply read one of the many books stored in the shelves surrounding the space. The immaculate salon is both airy and comfortable with plenty of varied stylish seating and complimentary tea and coffee (and relaxing music in the mornings). Outside is the hotel's restaurant's terrace as well as a small garden which, although has no particular view, is a little haven of peace. Adjacent to the lounge is what the hotel calls its situation room, essentially a concierge desk with a sliding door in case privacy is needed.

    The hotel as a whole is easy to negotiate and is clean and in great shape. There are three lifts, each with a bench, to help you up to your room while guests can take advantage of complimentary wifi throughout the property as well as free day passes to the New York Health and Racquet Club (there are no fitness/wellness facilities on site). The staff here, while not especially forthcoming in their aide (part of the philosophy of discretion perhaps), is professional and courteous and is themselves the type of clientele that may stay in a place like the Standard East Village.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The Trilby is the name of the hotel's main restaurant and bar which has quickly become a hotspot of Downtown Manhattan is gets pretty packed in the evenings, especially at weekends. The front area of the space is where you will take breakfast. It features a bar on which is laid out the continental breakfast while at the back, on a blue-tiled canopy like structure, is a fun drawing depicting birds and cats on a bar. Guests can choose to sit at the back on the banquettes, at higher tables in the middle of the room or at the front where there is more light on untreated wooden tables and benches. Breakfast comprises a continental spread with pastries from famed French restaurant Balthazar, as well as the usual pancakes, yoghurts, smoothies and custom-cooked eggs with all the trimmings. Throughout the rest of the day a comfort food menu is served which includes burgers and mussels while snacks such as charcuterie boards are also available. In the evening the space takes on a different mood as the lights go down and it becomes an extension of the main bar are situated through a curtain at the back of the hotel.

    This other part to Trilby has a much more homely feel and recalls a hunting lodge with its hardwood floors, striped wallpaper, Chesterfield sofas and log stump coffee tables. Oriental rugs and candles placed on the floor add to the intimacy, as do the private seating clusters overlooked by a mural showing a suited man hiding his face with a hand from which is suspended a pocket watch. This, together with the Second Floor bar, is the place to enjoy a house cocktail or glass of wine with friends, colleagues or business associates. This latter bar is located one floor up and is a more contemporary space dominated by the book-filled shelves along the walls. Also intimate and brighter than the options downstairs, the bar boasts a patio with low cushioned seating and a background of greenery. Room service is of course provided 24h a day, although our simple order took too long to arrive.

    To know

    The impressive 22-storey glass structure that is the Standard East Village was designed by New York firm Carlos Zapata Studio while the interior design is signed Antonio Citterio, the well-known Italian designer. You'll see that in the hotel's lobby lounge are shelves of books which are available to purchase. These are supplied by a charity called Housing Works and all proceeds from their sale goes back into the charity which works with AIDS sufferers and the homeless. The hotel is particularly busy from the month of April until November, so book ahead or avoid this period.

    Equipment

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, (in-room, upon request)

    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    advantage

    • Proximity to Manhattan's 'alternative' areas
    • Views from rooms
    • Trendy restaurant/bar
    • Unobtrusive service
    • Housing Works book project

    disadvantages

    • Very much a young person's hotel
    • No on-site fitness/wellness facilities
    • Traditionalists may not appreciate hands off service
    • Distance from traditional tourist locations

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