We’ve all heard of the new glamping trend that mixes luxury with camping, but have you heard of urban glamping? Urban glamping takes camping to a whole new level by putting the camping atmosphere to the city, where you’ll have access to world-class attractions at your fingertips but can camp under the stars at night. From Chicago to Bangkok and Australia, here are the best urban glamping destinations.
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The Gwen - Chicago, IL
Up your glamping game at The Gwen in Chicago, where you can sleep in a queen bed inside a 16-foot tent on the private terrace of the Gwen Lux Suite. Sitting on the 16th floor of the McGraw-Hill building, you can enjoy over 1,000 square feet of open-air space and soak up the picturesque Michigan Avenue views and iconic Chicago architecture. You’ll have access to a two-bedroom suite with its dining room and wet bar, then step outside to discover the s’mores turndown service and lavish furnishings.
Beverly Wilshire - Los Angeles, California
There’s a private entrance to the legendary Veranda Suite at Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles, where you can discover the ultimate urban glamping experience. This studio-style space features classic European decor and one of the most impressive private terraces in Beverly Hills. Take advantage of the luxurious amenities that range from a Four Season’s customizable bed to a soaking tub and of course, the impressive views of the city’s glittering skyline that stretch from Rodeo Drive to the Hollywood Hills.
Notel - Melbourne, Australia
Perched on a roof of a parking lot in Melbourne, Australia, Notel is urban glamping at its finest. Here you’ll find six chrome airstream trailers that are refitted as a designer urban accommodation. Each suite has its own deck that opens onto a communal area, where you can chill out with Wi-Fi and an iPad Pro loaded with Netflix and recommendations for the best places to eat, drink and play in the city. Rest easy in the 31-foot trailer with a queen-size bed with luxury linens, pillows and throws, then enjoy its complementary toiletries, ensuite bathroom and heating and cooling system. Make sure to cheers with local craft beer and bubbles in the fully stocked fridge.
Collective Retreat’s Governors Island - Governors Island, NYC
If you want to experience New York City like you have never seen it before, head to this unique glamping site. The Collective Retreat’s Governors Island site is just a quick ferry ride from downtown Manhattan but feels a world’s away with its picturesque surroundings and unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty across the New York Harbor. Pick from the Summit Tent to the eclectic elegance of the Journey Tent to discover king-size beds, private decks, bed-side sockets, rain-style showers, complimentary daily breakfast and campfire s’mores kit and plush Turkish towels.
Vintage Caravan - Oakland, California
Take a step back in time at this vintage caravan in Oakland, California, where you’ll have access to a variety of modern conveniences such as a mini kitchen and short distance to BART and popular local restaurants. Fry up from fresh eggs from the property’s chickens, sip tea in the tranquil garden space or browse the internet on the fast Wi-Fi, while San Francisco can be reached in 25 minutes. The family-friendly spot has a full bathroom and small separate shower, while the mini kitchen has a microwave and fridge. There’s even a friendly cat on the property.
Le Meridien - Denver, Colorado
Enjoy the ultimate glamping experience at Le Meridien in Denver, Colorado, where you can rent out the rooftop for an entire night. Gaze at the stunning cityscape views and spend the night stargazing as you enjoy the rooftop tent that holds a comfy bed and offers private rooftop access to a traditional Le Meridien room. It also comes with fun perks like a romantic campfire, plush blankets, a Reflector Telescope set and a bottle of Dom Perignon. The package also includes a private Range Rover car service from the airport, a 5-course dinner, curated art experience with a local artist and a mixology class.
The Urban Yurt - Austin, Texas
You’ll be located in the heart of the city when staying in The Urban Yurt, which boasts a communal fire pit, private outdoor shower and HD Projector for watching movies under the stars. The first and only yurt inside the city of Austin, this glamping property is perfect for experiencing the best of both worlds where you’re just a short distance from the city’s best restaurants, bars and attractions. At the Urban Yurt you’ll share the property with two other vintage campers and have access to Wi-Fi, a small kitchen and temperature controls.
Dome 2, Asheville Glamping - Asheville, South Carolina
Nestled on a 15-acre property where cows are your neighbors, the Dome is surrounded by horse and cattle farms less than 20 minutes outside of downtown Asheville. A unique accommodation choice with a comfy queen size bed, air conditioning and small refrigerator, guests can enjoy stunning mountain views through large bay windows. Perfect for a romantic getaway where you want to get away from it all, couples can get cosy by the outdoor fire pit and grill their own dinner as they watch the sunset together. For picnic tables and a short nature trail, head to the nearby French Broad River only a mile away from the site.
Westgate River Ranch - Lake Wales, Florida
Located only 20 minutes from Downtown Orlando, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo in Lake Wales is a unique 1,700-acre wilderness setting that offers you all the western-themed fun you can handle. From hayrides to horseback riding and ziplining over the ranch, the list of activities that can be booked with your Personal Glamping Concierge is endless. They even host a rodeo where you can cheer on bull riders. Go glamping in the 650-square foot Luxe Teepee and glamping spaces that offer AC, king-sized beds and a private patio deck. A perfect ending to an adventurous day, sit by the central fire pit and indulge in s’mores as you soak in Florida’s natural landscapes.