Some of us may be counting our pennies and looking for deals online, but based on number of new luxury hotels being built around the world, there are still plenty of rich folk out there!
WAtoday has a story about five insanely luxurious hotels that were either just built, or are about to be finished. Most of them are out of reach for one reason or another — this year I won’t be visiting Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai (the Poseidon suite goes for a mere $9300/night), or spending my days on safari in Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India with nights at the luxury lodge Pashan Garh. Only slightly more likely are stays at the W Hong Kong, where they pledge to fulfill any (legal) service request, or the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf, which is scheduled to open in April.
But the fifth hotel, which is right here on American soil, is totally on my list of must stay there hotels: The Standard Hotel in New York, developed by Mr. Chateau Marmont himself, (and former Uma Thurman dater) Andre Balazs.
You may have heard about this property, which was profiled in Vanity Fair and countless newspaper travel sections. It’s in the Meat Packing district, and actually straddles the High Line, the elevated railroad that is (mercifully for the hotel guests) no longer in use.
The Standard is all glass — seriously, floor to ceiling windows that open, stunning views of the New York skyline and Hudson River, and full views of the guests in the bathrooms if you don’t pull the curtains.
Every review has described the outside as looking like an open book, and since they’re right, I’ll copy them. The sheets are Italian, the bath stuff organic, the bar far too cool for me.
I’m dying to stay there.
Of course, so is everyone else, so I doubt there will be many rooms available on Priceline anytime soon. Oh well, a girl can dream.
Photos: The Standard New York