The 15 Best Staycations NYC Has to Offer

From Chelsea to Greenpoint

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Ah, New York. It goes by many names: Gotham City, the Big Apple, the City That Never Sleeps. That last one is exactly the reason why you might need a staycation. Because, of course, you’re way too busy to take an actual holiday. (*Cries.*) Staycations are the ideal compromise: You don’t have to travel far, deal with inevitable flight delays or schedule in a buffer day when you come back more exhausted than when you left. Dare we say that staycations are actually more relaxing? Choose the right hotel and you might never have to walk out the doors until you check out. On the other hand, should you want to get out and experience the city, there are a plethora of options. Spend a whole day at bathhouse, grab a pint at one of the many stellar breweries, stuff your face with tacos and take a page from one PureWow editor and head to Olive Garden after catching a Broadway show in Times Square.

Sound enticing? Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the 15 best staycations NYC has to offer, including our best overall pick, The Plaza Hotel, which packs in the history, opulence and glamour of old New York with a prime location ten blocks from Rockefeller Plaza. (Did we mention it’s right across the street from Central Park?) Other notables: The Box House Hotel in Greenpoint, Soho House in Chelsea and Boro Hotel in Long Island City. Whichever you choose, one thing’s for sure: Each one will make you feel like you got away for a much-needed break. (Even if that just means taking the G train three stops.)

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Nico Schinco

The Posh Destination

1. Upper East Side: The Lowell

  • Address: 28 E 63rd Street New York, NY 10065
  • Price Per Night: from $1,024/night

A staycation here—east of the park but west of Lexington—is about as calm, peaceful and rejuvenating as it can get in Gotham. On any given day, the sleepy, townhouse-filled streets of the Upper East may feel posh and out of reach, but the area sure does make an ideal spot to spoil yourself. Post up and do just that at The Lowell, a luxurious staple in the neighborhood that goes all the way back to 1927 (and continues to top the list of Travel & Leisure’s top 15 hotels in New York City).

Staying here is almost like having a fancy-pants UES condo in a doorman building, because each of the 74 distinct rooms and suites feels like a luxe apartment, with features like wood-burning fireplaces, insane city views and plush, contemporary furniture—not to mention manicured terraces. We also love the portraits of iconic New York buildings and streetscapes. Francophiles and flower lovers: You’ll want to swing by Majorelle, the hotel’s gorgeous restaurant, filled with stunning arrangements at every turn, where the French fare by executive chef Jean Christophe Guiony will instantly give you chic-night-out-in-Paris vibes.

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The Box House Hotel

The Hidden Gem

2. Greenpoint: The Box House Hotel

  • Address: 77 Box Street Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • Price Per Night: from $289/night

Greenpoint is equal parts trendy and chilled-out, offering visitors the chance to soak up as much or as little of the emerging shopping, food and nightlife scenes as they’d like. The Brooklyn neighborhood has always had more of a tight-knit community feel, but that doesn’t mean visitors won’t feel welcome at The Box House Hotel. The individually designed apartment-style rooms will make you feel totally at home. Since many of the rooms have their own kitchenettes and outdoor terraces, you might even be able to make some local friends and invite them over to enjoy a night in a private space.

If you’re not so comfortable in the kitchen, you can pop into one of the neighborhood’s finest dining hot spots, Madre, located at Franklin Guesthouse. With a name meant to evoke the welcoming feeling of home, the menu features fare crafted with local ingredients whenever possible.

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Hotel Hugo

The Downtown Hotspot

3. SoHo: Hotel Hugo

  • Address: 525 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10013
  • Price Per Night: from $245/night

We’ve finally figured out how to extend the amount of time you can spend shopping in SoHo: Just sleep where you sling your hard-earned cash. How could one describe Hotel Hugo, the exact place you’ll want to lay your head when you do? Trendy, for sure. But it’s the comfortable, contemporary nature of the place, paired with stellar service, that makes it a good staycay option in the city. It’s also budget-friendly enough whether you pick up threads at Zara or Maje.

And when you feel like grabbing a bite to eat, you don’t have to go too far for a five-star meal. You can either stay in and dine at the hotel’s Café Hugo or stroll over to Kaña Tapas Bar for some delicious Spanish cuisine.

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The Knickerbocker

The Times Square Locale

4. Midtown: The Knickerbocker

  • Address: 6 Times Square New York, NY 10036
  • Price Per Night: from $333/night

Hear us out: You know how Midtown is generally terrible and overcrowded? Well, a weekend spent at The Knickerbocker Hotel will make all the hustle and bustle of the city feel like a world away. This contemporary stunner is housed in a Beaux-Arts era building that’s just steps from Times Square, but one look at The Knick’s rooms—with oak wood walls, crisp linens, sheer drapes and some elegant, oversized marble bathrooms—and you’ll know you’re in for a truly pampered experience.

While you’re in the nabe, do yourself a favor and see the show at Paradise Club or grab a drink at the handsome 701West Bar (they’re in the same building). The dimly lit, semi-circular bar with dark green sofas has a legitimate Champagne cart and crazy good cocktails (try the Los Gringos: mezcal, calpico, cilantro and cumin). You’ll quickly realize this is the place to kick back and relax.

If you’re in the mood for some more entertainment, you can catch a basketball or hockey game and even a concert at Madison Square Garden.

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Tom Schaefer

The Work and Play Destination

5. Nomad: INNSiDE By Melia New York

  • Address: 132 W 27th Street New York, NY 10001
  • Price Per Night: from $219/night

Looking to check out of your cramped, slightly messy apartment to unwind in a pristine, crisp white space? The accommodations at INNSiDE by Melia New York NoMad will fulfill any minimalistic itch you have, with stark all-white-everything decor and large picture windows and balconies that frame some pretty epic skyline views.

If you choose to turn your staycation into a workcation and stay the week, the INNSiDE will accommodate with ease. The hotel is equipped with two flexible and functional meeting rooms that feature floor to ceiling windows offering natural light and built-in audio-visual equipment for those conference calls. The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness center with an outdoor terrace, so you don’t have to worry about disrupting your workout routine. Fancy a jaunt out? You’re within walking distance of Koreatown and Chelsea. Soondubu at Cho Dang Gol followed by a trip to the Museum at FIT sounds pretty good to us.

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Arthouse Hotel

The Central Park Enclave

6. Upper West Side: Arthouse Hotel

  • Address: 2178 Broadway New York, NY 10024
  • Price Per Night: from $229/night

About a ten-minute walk from Central Park’s 77th Street entrance is Arthouse Hotel, a casual boutique hotel with a decidedly downtown feel. The building’s historic character is juxtaposed with lots of exposed brick and piping, poured concrete steps and communal spaces filled with comfy, tufted sofas, as well as sconces and soft Edison-bulb light, dimmed to create a comfy ambiance.

The rooms tend to be on the smaller side at Arthouse, but that’s OK, because you’ll want to spend most of your time on the rooftop terrace or exploring the neighborhood. Local highlights include Levain Bakery and its all-too-dangerous cookies just steps away, plus the Boat Basin Café and the American Museum of Natural History.

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Boro Hotel

For Iconic Manhattan Skyline Views

7. Long Island City: Boro Hotel

  • Address: 3828 27th Street, Long Island, NY 11101
  • Price Per Night: from $206/night

Craving a little sunlight? How about a bright, airy space to sprawl out in? The Boro Hotel in Long Island City boasts all of that—and some pretty splendid views—right in your room. It rounds things out with a robust library of Strand books available in the lobby to laze about with. Another great perk of staying here: The hotel is pet-friendly, so you don’t even have to find a sitter for your fur baby.

If you haven’t been to Long Island City since that one time you went to PS1, it’s time to explore the evolving New York neighborhood so you can one day squarely say, “I remember when Long Island City…[insert very New York thing to say here].” But in all seriousness, LIC may have escaped the grips of Amazon, but that was never going to slow the pace of all the new restaurants, bars, shops and even one of those liquid nitrogen, thermal blast ice cream places that were in the works before Bezos and Co. pulled out. Did we mention the stellar views of the Manhattan skyline?

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Arlo Williamsburg

The Hip Haunt

8. Williamsburg: Arlo Williamsburg

  • Address: 96 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Price Per Night: from $280/night

Located in the heart of Williamsburg, this hotel, formerly known as The Williamsburg Hotel, is a walk, subway ride or short Uber drive away from all the stellar shopping, eating and entertainment destinations this buzzing neighborhood has to offer. Scope out the local talent at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, eat your weight in delicious homemade pasta at Michelin-star chef Missy Robbins’s restaurant Misi and shop for flea market trinkets like the Brooklyn hipsters do when you stop by Artists & Fleas.

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Sophisticated and Family Friendly

9. DUMBO: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

  • Address: 60 Furman Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Price Per Night: from $445/night

Only three minutes away from Brooklyn Bridge Park, this waterfront retreat offers expansive views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Perfect for when you need a weekend away to get some zen but can’t leave the city, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge’s individually decorated rooms are filled with native greenery, reclaimed wood and organic cotton mattresses.

According to PureWow’s senior director of special projects, Rachel Bowie, the hotel is fabulously family friendly with a Gwyneth Paltrow vibe. (No joke—the actress actually stayed there.) Treat yourself to a dip in the rooftop plunge pool or a deep tissue massage at Bamford Wellness Spa, which offers a selection of holistic treatments and classes to help you completely unwind. And if you want to stay locked into your own little paradise, you can easily do so. The hotel features a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you don’t have to leave the premises. And it also has a lounge open daily for evening drinks and light bites for a romantic night overlooking the NYC skyline. Pro tip: Order the tequila- and grapefruit- infused Watchtower Cocktail. Bowie says it doesn’t disappoint.

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The Beekman

In the Heart of FiDi

10. Financial District: The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel

  • Address: 123 Nassau Street New York, NY 10038
  • Price Per Night: $429/night

Talk about the pinnacle of luxury. The Beekman is the best choice if you’ve been saving your dough for a big splurge—your anniversary perhaps? This architectural beauty is known for its iconic nine-story atrium (which is decorated with Victorian wrought-iron railings and balustrades among other high-end ornaments), pyramidal skylight and expansive hallways laced with portraits, prints and photographs from various artists. Rooms and suites feature high ceilings, bespoke and vintage furnishings, aged oak floors, craft cocktail tables and spacious marble baths with rain showers, so you and your person can feel like royalty.

Located within the center of Downtown Manhattan and nestled between both the East and Hudson Rivers, The Beekman is at the heart of the Big Apple’s most famous attractions, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the World Trade Center, South Street Seaport and City Hall.

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The Plaza Hotel

Best Overall

11. Central Park: The Plaza New York

  • Address: 768 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
  • Price Per Night: from $861/night

Glitz, glamor, history. Welcome to The Plaza Hotel. Situated at Central Park South, this New York institution is in a prime location. When else will you ever have one of the world’s most famous green spaces as your backyard? It’s also an easy ten blocks to Rockefeller Plaza, and Times Square isn’t far, either. But honestly, once you step inside The Plaza, you won’t want to come out. (Ask for late checkout.) From afternoon tea at the Palm Court (a can’t-miss, according to associate SEO editor Marissa Wu) to drinks at the Champagne Bar and relaxing afternoons at the Guerlain Spa, why would you need to? It’s time to channel your inner Gloria Gilbert and go party like it’s 1920.

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The Dominick

Downtown Darling

12. Tribeca: The Dominick Hotel

  • Address: 246 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013
  • Price Per Night: from $489/night

Technically The Dominick Hotel is in SoHo, but it’s so far west and such a pleasantly short walk to Tribeca that you really do get the best of both worlds...stunning art galleries like Park West, exquisite Italian fare at Locanda Verde on Greenwich Street, the Ghostbusters Headquarters (duh) and easy access to the shores of the Hudson. Once you check in, first things first: Take a bath in the beautiful bathroom while catching up rewatching all the episodes of Sex and the City and the reboot. Then, wander to the rooftop bar and pool, where you can book yourself into a cabana for some R&R. You can’t stay at The Dominick without doing two things on the premises: getting a treatment at Sisley Spa and having a meal at Vestry. The latter blows many a hotel restaurant out of the water (it has a Michelin star to its name) and is helmed by Chef Shaun Hergatt. Expect artful plates and impeccable service.

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The Wall Street Hotel

The Slice of Heaven

13. FiDi: The Wall Street Hotel

  • Address: 88 Wall Street New York, NY 10005
  • Price Per Night: from $572/night

As PureWow senior branded content editor Roberta Fiorito puts it, The Wall Street Hotel is “such a rare slice of heaven in the otherwise crowded city.” It’s near many iconic NYC sites: the Staten Island Ferry to the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, Battery Park and South Street Seaport. The hotel itself boasts Grecian fresco-inspired wallpaper, velvet banquettes and hand-drawn fonts. Inside the guest rooms, the standout is always the bathroom. Fiorito reports that the heated floors and marble walk-in shower made it just the place to unwind after a long day of exploring. Should you find yourself hungry, head to the lobby where you’ll find the modern French brasserie La Marchande, opened by the Michelin-starred chef-restauranteur John Fraser.

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Soho House

The Creative’s Haven

14. Chelsea: Soho House Hotel

  • Address: 29 - 35 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10014
  • Price Per Night: from $805/night

Soho House may be a member’s-only club, but guests of the 44-room hotel can enjoy all the amenities during their stay. There are four styles of rooms to choose from: cozy, small, medium and big. All have a rainforest shower and bathroom stocked with SoHo Skin products, plus bespoke furniture. If you’re not at the spa, sipping cocktails by the pool, tucking into brunch in the dining room or rubbing shoulders with a roster of creative who’s-whos at a communal table in The Pantry, you’re going to want to get outside. The property is located in the heart of Chelsea, a block from the famous Chelsea Market, Starbucks Reserve, myriad art galleries and other entertainment.

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The Peninsula

For the Spa Enthusiast

15. Midtown: The Peninsula

  • Address: 700 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
  • Price Per Night: from $938/night

In a review of the best luxury hotels in NYC, The Peninsula received the distinction of having the best spa. So, if you’re overdue for a facial and massage, book yourself right in and you’ll get a glimpse of the 24-karat gold mosaic-tiled wall. The true splurge is the signature Escape from the City treatment. It includes a detoxifying body exfoliation, holistic massage and biolift facial—plus lunch. After you’ve finished pampering yourself, spend the evening at Salon de Ning, the rooftop bar and terrace, which is renowned for its cocktails. Should you wish to see a bit of the city, an outpost of the Museum of Modern Art is just down the block.

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