On weekends in New York, a calm seems to float in as the crowds flock out to the surrounding suburbs and beaches. Whether it’s a long weekend, or any given day tacked onto a summer Friday, you’ll find most New Yorkers trading in their city shoes for sandy toes. For the few million who choose not to escape the concrete jungle, they can tell you the city may still be sweltering, but it is a little less rushed; a little more walkable; a little like experiencing your home city through a new lens. If you don’t believe it, then it’s time for you to take a staycation. Instead of packing up your bags to get caught in gridlock traffic, or moshpit-packed trains, for once, pack your bag and take a walk to a neighborhood you may not have explored, to stay at one of these boutique hotels that provide you with the indulgence you deserve–without the hassle or stress of getting there first.
Address: 5 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Room rate: starting at $380 per night
If you’d prefer a quieter part of town, the 41-story clock tower that used to host The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, now hosts EDITION in the Flatiron District. Just close enough to Madison Square Park, yet far enough removed from Midtown, this hotel’s location sets you up with the optimal balance for seclusion and excursion. Balance is also discoverable in both the design elements and the food fare presented at the hotel. The dichotomy of modern architectural accents against the clock tower’s historic structure connect effortlessly, while the simplistic lobby and guest rooms allow a prominent focus on the views and atmosphere of being in the center of the Big Apple. Michelin starred Executive Chef Jason Atherton tantalizes your taste buds with exotic dishes and drinks switched out seasonally; ensuring you are well fed and craving more. A weekend of lounging and light exploring at this luxury hotspot will definitely revitalize you to roam back out into the hustle, and may even convince you to return for round two before Labor Day.
2. THE TUSCANY
Location: Murray Hill
Address: 120 East 39th Street, New York City, NY 10016
Room rate: starting at $150 per night
Ornate, exotic, yet refreshingly authentic, this Signature St. Giles Hotel will have you staying among one of the more neighborhood-styled areas of the city; Murray Hill. The tree-lined streets leading up to a lobby of intricate furnishings, transport you to an oasis with an almost “I’m home” feeling–except with more space. With only 124 rooms, the property takes comfort seriously, starting with spatial awareness and creating room to breathe. In a city infamous for shoebox apartments, a retreat to The Tuscany dissolves these conceptions and for a staycation-er such as yourself, makes you almost forget about the apartment you left behind. From studio to penthouse, you’re welcomed into a world of unused space in the corners, between furniture and, simply, extra room, for which full appreciation can be realized through dancing around in your pajamas all night.
Location: Lower East Side
Address: 215 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002
Room rate: starting at $200 per night
There’s nothing like a hotel opening to bring cause for a staycation (as if you need one!). But the newest hotel under Ian Schrager’s brand opens on June 7 in the Lower East Side and is a no brainer for attracting this type of luxurious “treat yourself” mentality. Offering award winning architectural design that would catch even an untrained eye and outdoor communal space that would please even the savviest nature-goer, PUBLIC has thought of it all, curating potential guest’s desires ahead of time to present them with a stay that is on par with the rest of Schrager’s brand. One of the biggest elements solved was the property’s decision to ditch antiquated amenities like bellhops and check-in desks, to infuse technology into their system. Instead, everything is done through iPads at PUBLIC, from booking to concierge. And although modern luxury typically comes with a high price tag, PUBLIC wants to offer affordable luxury to its guests, with per night costs starting at $150–the perfect rate for a one night hiatus, that may just lead into two, or three more.
Address: 111 N. 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Room rate: starting at $339 per night (not including 50% off staycation package)
If staying within city limits simply doesn’t cut it for a mindful getaway, take your staycation to this Brooklyn boutique. The prominence of glass and futuristic features of the year-old property reflect the epitome of modern overturn that Brooklyn is currently experiencing. Private balconies jut out from all 183 rooms, providing guests with incomparable views of the city they so willingly left for a weekend away. In fact, The William Vale actually offers a staycation rate for its guests traveling from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to experience all the hotel has to offer, for up to 50 percent off. These exclusive savings will have you plunging into NYC’s longest outdoor hotel pool, at 60 feet long, or unwinding in Vale Park, the property’s 15,000-square-feet of elevated greenery; not too shabby of a deal.
Location: Times Square
Address: 6 Times Sqaure, New York, NY 10036
Room rate: starting at $250 per night
This is the place to experience the rooftop you’ve always wanted but never had. Sure, the sleek interior may offer solstice from the city heat, but give the outdoors a chance as 16-stories up at the St. Cloud, the breeze is sure to revive, and on any given day the cocktails are sure to refresh. Dedicate a cheers to treating yourself, experiencing Times Square atop all the action, and for finally visiting another New York City landmark. The best part? As your theme is staying put, you don’t even have to leave the hotel for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Celebrity chef, Charlie Palmer has you covered with an array of summer bites featuring classics like Maine Lobster Rolls with burrata and cherry tomatoes, as well as their version of a cubano, Cuban Cigars, with roast pork, ham and swiss cheese.