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The design firm Roman and Williams renovated a landmarked 1865 seminary in order to create the High Line Hotel, ranked among the world’s best by Travel + Leisure magazine. Whether for its quirky décor, Parisian-inspired courtyard, or perhaps its dog-friendly policies, guests tend to wax poetically about their escapist stay here. The hotel’s 60 rooms, which are former dormitories, are bedecked with taxidermy, Oriental rugs, Prohibition Era rotary phones, and an eclectic mix of Edwardian and Victorian antiques, making each room individual (and Instagram-worthy). A spring-and-summer restaurant flanks the courtyard, an Intelligentsia coffee shop in the lobby converts to a bar at night, and Shinola bikes are available for guests to explore the neighborhood. One of the most memorable elements, though, is the 1963 Citroen H-Van that sits in the hotel’s front garden. Sleekly repainted and outfitted with 3,000 pounds of coffee-making equipment, the repurposed vehicle is popular even among non-guests who need a caffeine jolt (from an unlikely source).

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