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With always so much going on throughout the year, it’s impossible to be bored in New York City, which is one reason why it’s an awesome staycation destination. There’s no need to travel far from home if you live in NYC and just want to treat yourself to luxurious amenities and a fun environment to switch up the pace of life. Here are our top picks for luxe hotels, cool Airbnbs, and spacious VRBO properties to help you plan a memorable staycation in New York City.
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A popular extended stay hotel in NYC, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in Upper East Side has been drawing in guests since 1930. This hotel offers 24-hour in-room dining, the Sisley-Paris spa for treatments, a 24-hour fitness studio, and the Yves Durif Salon. It is a pet-friendly hotel for dogs up to 25 pounds with a $50 per night fee. In addition to hotel rooms, there are also serviced apartments that have one to four bedrooms for your extended staycation or just to have a little extra room. The hotel has an American restaurant, supper club dining, and afternoon tea offered.
Up to three guests can take a staycation in this highly recommended NYC apartment that has one bed and one bath. It’s creatively decorated and in the heart of the UWS, as well as a half block from Central Park and the subway. The studio space is in a nice neighborhood with a grocery store across the street. It has a full kitchen, ground floor location, high-speed internet, new bed, and Apple TV. Since this is a ground-level apartment, it offers easy access and comes at an affordable nightly rate.
The Williamsburg Hotel offers a nice Brooklyn staycation experience with pet-friendly rooms, free Wi-Fi, and lovely suites that have skyline views. One of the coolest hotels in Brooklyn, it’s fun to join the high tea jazz brunch and a yoga or Pilates class on the rooftop. The Seven Seeds restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired foods, there’s a lobby bar for cocktails, and the Water Tower for rare spirits and DJ music. Guests here also enjoy the rooftop oasis with its outdoor pool, bar, and café.
A staycation option for a large group up to 11 people is this 1,695-square-foot house listed on VRBO. It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and is in the middle of Park Slope, Brooklyn. It’s just steps from restaurants and shops, near 11 train lines, and a short ride to city attractions. There are three floors that you’ll have access to here, and each floor is well-appointed and comfortable. There’s a two-day minimum stay for bookings. This is a family-friendly house that offers a high chair, stroller, pack-n-plays, and other kid amenities.
Choose this staycation option for a five-star Fifth Avenue experience that you’ll never forget. The residentially-styled rooms and suites offer a prime location in Midtown Manhattan. You’ll be between the Empire State Building and Bryant Park here and have the option of an extended stay for 14 days or more with extra room to relax. Pets of 20 pounds or less are welcome here with a $250 fee per stay. The hotel also has a fitness center, sophisticated dining with artisanal cocktails, and inviting bar and lounge for guests to enjoy.
This VRBO property is a townhome that sleeps five people and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is 2,600 square feet in size and has access to nine major subway lines, with the subway just two blocks away. Guests get the top two floors of a historic landmark building. There is a five-day minimum stay here. The neighborhood is safe and easy to get to museums and theaters. Other offerings are a washer and dryer, high-end appliances, Wi-Fi, Nespresso machine, and new Bosch cooktop.
JW Marriott Essex House New York is a luxury Central Park South hotel that is close to many local attractions and has Art Deco touches, Wi-Fi, and ample work desk space. It’s one of the top pet-friendly hotels in Manhattan and features a spa to book treatments, a modern fitness center, and a restaurant and bar to enjoy. Staycations here are fun because you’ll be in a historic hotel that dates back to 1931 and that offers numerous accommodation options, including suites with epic views. Central Park is practically the hotel’s front lawn for getting outside and enjoying the park during your staycation in NYC.
A popular Airbnb in NYC, this is a great apartment to be in Williamsburg. It can accommodate up to five guests and has two bedrooms and two baths. Your safety and wellness are very important to the Airbnb host, who is taking extra precautions for cleanliness. You’ll be in a brownstone duplex here with a private garden and gas grill. It’s two blocks from the Bedford L. train that will get you to Manhattan in 10 minutes. Guests here enjoy the chef-ready kitchen, outdoor seating, dining room table for four to ten people, and large television for movie nights. It has central air conditioning and lots of modern conveniences.
Hotel 48LEX can be excellent for your staycation because of upscale dining, lounge for coffee and cocktails, and Midtown East location. This is a Four Diamond hotel that has 116 spacious salons and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to city views. The hotel also has a 24-hour gym, modern bathrooms, and Mix + Mask treatments with cocktails in your room. Pets are welcome to stay with you here if they weigh 50 pounds each or two dogs with a combined weight of 75 pounds. The pet fee is $50 per day. CATCH serves farm-to-table cuisine at the hotel in a chic space while focusing on organic foods and flavorful dishes.
For your large group staycation, consider this entire townhouse for rent on Airbnb. It accommodates up to 13 guests and has five bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Here you’ll be in a historic home that spans three floors and over 2,500 square feet of space. It offers a full kitchen, laundry, private deck, free Wi-Fi, and a large TV with cable in the living room. Guests here have access to the entire three-floor apartment, and your host is available for questions at all times. This is a great place to get to know the culturally rich and beautiful Harlem neighborhood.
This cottage is a popular staycation destination in Queens and accommodates up to five guests in two bedrooms and 1.5 baths. It’s a great spot for family getaways, business travel, and romantic trips. You’ll be within a five-minute walk of the subway, have two free parking spots in front of the house, and get a water view at the back porch. Other perks are complimentary snacks and drinks, free washer/dryer use, an open kitchen for cooking meals and having the entire house to yourselves.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is another top New York staycation because of its Central Park location, on-demand fitness classes, and craft cocktails at Contour. It’s also home to La Prairie Spa for your beauty and wellness treatments has townhouse-inspired rooms with city and park views, and also offers 24-hour in-room dining. Featured treatments at the on-site spa include the back-to-front facial, skin caviar body polish, and reviving foot treatment.
Update: The Ritz-Carlton is temporarily closed, check here to determine when you may once again make reservations.
It’s also fun to plan a staycation at this historic townhouse that can accommodate five guests in New York. You’ll have this whole townhouse to yourself and get one bedroom and one bathroom. From here, it’s a 15-minute ride on the subway to Times Square. Come here for a peaceful oasis that has been professionally cleaned after each guest group and a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. The townhouse was built in 1886 and has been fully restored and set up with safety features. Other amenities are a TV with local channels, free Wi-Fi, and pantry basics.
For a waterfront retreat with lovely views and eco-friendly touches, plan to have a staycation at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. This hotel is LEED Gold certified, serves farm-to-table food, has an electric house car, and hosts sustainable gatherings. It’s also home to the Bamford Spa and a rooftop pool and bar for your relaxation and enjoyment. The Osprey and Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge are the onsite dining and drinking options, and the spa offers massages, facials, and other body services. The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge hotel partners with Performix House to give guests access to personal training services and state-of-the-art gym equipment. In addition to standard rooms and suites, there are also connecting rooms here to accommodate your family and have a little extra staycation space.