standard_iceskatingLooking for a cool place to ice skate, well look no further than the ultra-chic and ultra-hip Standard Hotel located in the Meatpacking district.  My daughter and I went to check out the rink out this past weekend because I was curious as to how a hotel, chic or not, could actually accommodate an ice skating rink. Well, I must say that I was  pleasantly surprised at the set up and that it was actually a pretty good size rink.  In fact, the rink is 3,000 square feet and takes up the entire hotel plaza so there is plenty of room to skate.The best part of skating at the Standard Hotel is that even after the lunch crowd arrives, it’s busy but not packed like the uptown ice skating rinks.   Best of all, the cost to skate plus skate rentals is pretty reasonable costing you a total of $15.

As the non-skater, one of the more annoying things is that at other rinks you have to stand the entire time watching friends and family. At the Standard, there is actually seating next to the rink with of all things,  an Après-Ski menu in which you can have a snack,  a meal or just something to warm the bones. The Apres-Ski menu includes cheese fondue, hamburgers, Belgian fries, an amazing hot chocolate offered in white or dark chocolate version and for the adults, hot toddies.

That said, I would recommend heading to Hector’s diner located next door to the Standard Hotel for a big breakfast or early lunch before lacing up your skates. Hector’s Diner has your  typical diner food which is sure to please everyone in your group and more importantly not break the bank.

Of course, if you want to splurge, the Standard Hotel’s restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

After you getting your exercise on the ice, you still have plenty of activities to keep you occupied in the afternoon, from walking the Highline Park, checking out the gadgets at the 14th Street Apple Store or window shopping in the neighborhood.

The Standard Hotel
848 Washington Street @ W. 13th Street
(212) 645-4646
standardhotels.com/newyorkcity
10 am – 12 am, 7 days a week
Tickets: $12 and skate rentals: $3
Skating lessons are also available

NYC Single Traveling Mom also writes at her personal site nycsinglemom.com