Founded in London in 1995, Soho House began as a private members’ club for people working in the film, media and other creative industries. In 2003, the brand opened an outpost in New York City’s Meatpacking District. While the club does function primarily as a social hub for a well-heeled and even more well-groomed crowd thanks to its all-day dining restaurant, exclusive bar, 44-seat cinema and screening room, and rooftop pool and lounge, it also maintains 30 elegantly appointed hotel rooms that are open to non-members.
While you won’t find traditional hotel services such as a gym or bona fide concierge desk, this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel does offer a lovely Cowshed Spa with five treatment rooms where you can indulge in massages or facials using the company’s line of all-natural and organic products. Guests are also welcome to partake in member events at the Soho House New York, such as the monthly book club or movie nights.
The intimate nature and bespoke design of the hotel definitely caters to aesthetes, and the surrounding neighborhood is packed with some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, boutique shops and nightlife venues, not to mention the outdoor, elevated park, the High Line. Be sure to note, however, that hotel guests must adhere to the club’s rules which include no suits, no photography, no cell phones (which isn’t strongly enforced), and a maximum of one guest per visit. Service, though, is the opposite of snooty. Rather, the laid-back, smartly dressed staff treat you like you’re one of their buddies — you all just happen to be part of one of the city’s most exclusive social clubs.