What are five things to know about Soho House New York?

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If you’re looking for a chic, boutique getaway in the Big Apple, you’ve likely got Soho House New York on your list of hotel candidates. Here are five things you should know about the property:

1. It’s primarily a members’ club. Founded in London in 1995, Soho House began as a private members’ club for people working in the film, media and other creative industries. This outpost in New York City’s Meatpacking District opened in 2003. There are, however, 30 hotel rooms open to the general public (although members get 25 percent off the room rate).

2. Follow the rules. This Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel operates on a series of rules, which include no wearing of suits, no photography, no cell phones (although this rule isn’t strongly enforced), and a maximum of one guest per visit.

3. It’s trendy. You might have guessed this from the Meatpacking District location, but the hotel definitely caters to jet-setters who care about high style. Rooms are impeccably designed with vintage furnishings, reclaimed wood-paneled walls and unique decorative objects. Corporate and generic, it is not.

4. Check out the pool. The outdoor rooftop pool itself is tiny and not the best for swimming but come dusk during the spring and summer, the roof deck is one of the city’s see-and-be-seen social spots. Definitely enjoy a Passion Margaveza or Soho Mule as the sun sets. Another note about the pool: children are only allowed in the pool during morning hours and lounge chairs get nabbed up by midday so claim your place around 11 a.m.

5. It has some facilities, but not all. While there is a full-service Cowshed Spa, know that if you want to use a gym during your stay, you’ll have to get a pass to use the one at The Standard, located across the street. Likewise, while there’s room service, it’s only available until 2 a.m. and there’s no concierge desk. But the hotel does offer a screening room and cinema, private event spaces and a lovely bar.

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