The hotels have many similarities despite being in different neighborhoods (Cooper Square is East, Standard is West.) Both of the boutique design hotels are about the same age. The Cooper Square opened in
March early December and the Standard opened in late December. Both hotels are also modelizers in the sense that fashionistas are regular guests and photoshoots are frequent occurrences.
But what it really comes down to here is price. How do the hotels matchup against each other rate-wise?
The Standard has rooms open Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 4-7) for $365 a night. That's for a superior queen room with just 230 sq. ft. to practice your window dance. All in with taxes sets you back $1,266.87 for three nights.
The Cooper Square Hotel
The Cooper Square has rooms on Friday and Sunday but not Saturday night which is obviously a problem. And this is when we start to feel foolish for failing to plan early. However, all hope is not lost. The rooms on Friday and Sunday nights are less than the Standard at $250 a night. That's for a queen bed but a little more wiggle room as the total square footage is 250 sq. ft. All in with taxes is $290.38 for one night.
The Standard wins because it has availability all through the weekend. (Other hotels in the same 'hood like The Jane and The Maritime did not.) But feasibly, you could stay at the Cooper Square on your last night in town (or your first), save some moolah and manage to see two of NYC's hot modelizer hotels. Plus, you could also compare the...erm...assets of other guests.
Still, the Standard will probably always win out against the Cooper Square Hotel and that's because its rooms have floor to ceiling *unobstructed* views of Manhattan, the Hudson River and (whether you like it or not), New Jersey. The room decor is clean and light. The bathrooms are a little voyeuristic but we think you can handle that by now. If you have the funds, the Standard is the place to stay.