Have you been thinking about a staycation in NYC?
As a NYC native, I am always looking for a reason to get out of town. However, having the luxury of living in one of the best cities in the world means that there is plenty to do right here in our backyard. We New Yorkers tend to forget that.
Staycations are a great way to take a little break from busy lives. And you will have a better time because you don't have to travel far. But when you live in or near New York City, where can you go to relax?
Whether in a quiet hotel room, a retreat in the middle of nowhere, or even a tent pitched up in the fields, NYC has many places for a staycation. Here’s how you can have a relaxing getaway right here in the big apple.
Top Staycations Spots Around NYC
Typically, when people think about vacation spots, they envision long plane rides or road trips. But the best vacations are often those that you don't have to travel too far for!
In NYC, there are so many unique places one can staycation from visiting a rooftop bar or Michelin-starred restaurant in Manhattan to a resort outside of the city limits.
The perfect place depends on your interests and what you're looking for in terms of an experience.
Below I've created a list of the best hotels and popular staycation options around New York City. Some are in the city, while others may be good for a great weekend getaway outside of NYC.
Look at the list and pick the ones that are best for you.
1. Moxy Times Square
⭐️ RATING: 8.0/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 485 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10018 | ✅ Book it!
Some consider a vacation to be getting away from the bustling city and loud crowds of people, but how about spending your staycation right in the middle of it all? The first hotel on the list, the Moxy, gives you that experience. And at an affordable cost.
Moxy is an energetic alternative to the typical hotel experience located in Times Square, Manhattan. The hotel rooms are retro-industrial-themed with a 21st-century twist. The hotel also features free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs for those who need to catch up on work or watch some shows.
The Moxy is a perfect option for socializing as they even have a rooftop lounge and bar with live DJs and happy hours.
When choosing your room, there are eight styles of exquisite rooms available all with floor to ceiling windows for you to take in the views. There is the studio suite, the king room, the queen room, and even suites that feature a separate living room.
The Moxy is a must with its central location, amazing cocktail lounge, and outdoor terraces right in the middle of the action.
Things to do near Moxy Time Square
Here are some staycation ideas around Moxy Times Square to consider.
- Stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art and check out the new Museum Exhibits.(You can get tickets here)
- Visit the empire state building (You can get tickets here)
- Skip the fitness center and take a walk down Broadway
- Go to a Broadway Show (Check out TDF for cheap tickets).
- Head uptown and take a stroll in central park
- Catch a game or concert at Madison Square Garden
2. The Williamsburg Hotel
⭐️ RATING: 8.0/10 Stars |📍 LOCATION: 96 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249 | ✅ Book it!
Do you want to spend your staycation in the city? But also want to have your furry companion with you too? The Williamsburg Hotel is perfect if you're looking for a pet-friendly hotel.
There are so many good features about this red brick hotel. Firstly, it is only minutes away from Manhattan and New York hotspots. Secondly, the rooms are gorgeous, and the Williamsburg Hotel is pet-friendly. Few hotels in the city are pet-friendly, making this hotel stand out.
The Williamsburg Hotel has twelve styles of rooms available for all budget types. It has plenty of space for you and your furry companion to spend your staycation indoors. All the rooms have natural light pouring in from the floor to ceiling windows. And many of the spacious rooms feature a private balcony and bathroom with a free-standing bathtub.
This hotel also has a rooftop pool and bar, perfect for weekend afternoons and nights.
Things to do near the Williamsburg Hotel
Here are some staycation activities and attractions to check out near the Williamsburg Hotel
- Shop for local produce at artists and fleas
- Stroll through Domino Park and along the East River for stunning views of Manhattan.
- Attend an event at the music hall of Williamsburg
- Pick up breakfast at Bakeri
- Check out Westlight at the William Vale Hotel for a cocktail and amazing views of the Manhattan Skyline.
- If you are feeling it, take a ferry ride over to DUMBO and visit Brooklyn Bridge Park or hop over to Downtown Brooklyn.
- Go for a swim at the hotel's rooftop pool
3. The Langham
⭐️ RATING: 9.1/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 400 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018 | ✅ Book it!
If you like contemporary luxury and urban sophistication, the Langham is the perfect staycation spot for you. Nestled in Manhattan, this hotel has 57 stories, giving you the city's best views below. The Langham Hotel has been voted the top hotel in New York for several years.
Starting at over 400 square feet, the spacious rooms feature hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows and plush bedding, and contemporary furniture and fixtures throughout the room. The room also has a marble-clad bathroom featuring a beautiful rainfall shower.
If you're hungry, you can always head down to the hotel's restaurant. The Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Ai Fiori is an Italian and French Riviera-inspired cuisine restaurant with a high-end menu that’ll surely get your mouth watering.
After dinner, head to the lobby bar for a drink. It's definitely the place to be.
Things to do near The Langham Hotel
Below is a list of things you must try during your staycation at the Langham Hotel.
- Go Shopping in Herald Square
- Have a drink at 230 Fifth (They have an amazing rooftop terrace with epic views of the empire state building).
- Walkthrough the New York Public Library
- Head north on 5th Avenue for some luxury shopping at Bergdorf Goodman
4. James Hotel
⭐️ RATING: 8.1/10 Stars |📍 LOCATION: 22 East 29th Street, NoMad, New York, NY 10016| ✅ Book it!
If you love the look of urban luxury, James Hotel is a perfect place to start. This hotel has 337 gorgeous rooms featuring spectacular views of the city below. Because this hotel is in the heart of Nomad, everything is accessible. It is also close to public transportation and many famous landmarks just blocks away.
The James Hotel has seven options of spacious rooms available, from your standard room to the penthouse. Each room in this luxe hotel has a modern feel, with neutral tones creating a very relaxed environment.
Things to do near The James Hotel
If you want to know what there is to do around the area. Below is a list of staycation ideas you can do.
- Take a photo in front of the Flat Iron Building
- Visit Eataly for amazing wine and food
- Go to the original shake shack in Madison Square Park
- Visit the pop-up shops that are sometimes set up in the Flat Iron District
- Head south and check out the Farmer's Market at Union Square
- Go to the top of the Empire State Building
5. The New York EDITION
⭐️ RATING: 8.3/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 5 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010 | ✅ Book it!
The New York EDITION hotel has to be one of the most interesting hotels in New York City. The hotel was built around a historical clock tower. One of its main features is the dark interior throughout the whole building. Although, the outside gets kept as a white clock tower.
Things to do near The New York Edition
Do you want to know what to do around the New York edition hotel? Below is a list of staycation ideas you can do.
- Go downstairs and enjoy a high-quality meal from the Michelin-starred restaurant.
- Relax with a trip to the spa
- Take a walk down Madison Avenue
- Visit Bryant Park
6. TWA Hotel
⭐️ RATING: 3.5/5 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: One Idlewild Drive JFK International Airport, NY 11430-1962 | ✅ Book it!
Let's go back in time with a visit to the TWA Hotel. This unique hotel is located at John F Kennedy international airport and was created during the 1960s. It brings you back to the golden age of air travel.
The building has been designed with modern touches but stays true to its past style. The hotel rooms are small, making it feel like you're living in an airplane cabin.
This hotel is a great option for a New York staycation. The history alone makes it the perfect staycation for those who want to reminisce about the good ol' days.
PPP Tip: Have an early flight out of JFK? Why not book a night at TWA for your next trip so you can wake up right at the airport and skip the hassle of early mornings and battling morning rush hour traffic?
Things to do near TWA Hotel
Are you ready for some fun staycation ideas you can do near TWA Hotel?
- Visit Flushing Meadows Corona Park (home of two World's Fairs)
- Ride along the quiet streets of a Queens neighborhood on your bike
- Take a dip in the Pool
7. Crosby Street Hotel
⭐️ RATING: 9.4/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 79 Crosby Street, SoHo, New York, NY 10012 | ✅ Book it!
As a resident of lower Manhattan, I love SoHo. And that is why the Crosby Street Hotel is the perfect spot for a staycation if you're looking for luxury and convenience. Located in the heart of Soho, this hotel offers easy access to all the best attractions without sacrificing privacy and comfort.
Inside, guests can enjoy a beautiful inner courtyard surrounded by lush greenery that creates an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Plus, with plenty of great restaurants, shops, cafes, and art galleries within reach, The Crosby Street Hotel makes for the perfect home base. You won't be short on entertainment options.
Friendly staff are more than happy to assist with planning your stay and provide tips on local hotspots so you can make the most out of your staycation.
Things to do near the Crosby Street Hotel
- Grab a drink at one of the hot spots in Soho like the Crosby Bar
8. Park Hyatt New York
⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 153 West 57th Street 57th St and 7th Ave, New York City, NY 10019-2214 | ✅ Book it!
The Park Hyatt New York is the perfect spot for you if you are looking to plan a luxury staycation in NYC. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, it's directly across from Carnegie Hall and just two blocks from Central Park!
This 5-star hotel is one of the top hotels in NY and offers unparalleled luxury and comfort while providing friendly service that will make you feel right at home.
With fine dining, a full spa, an indoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center, plus easy access to some of the city's best attractions, The Park Hyatt New York has everything you need for an unforgettable staycation.
Start your day with a swim in the indoor saltwater pool, followed by a walk through Central Park. You can choose to dine onsite or enjoy one of the many restaurants nearby.
A stay at the Park Hyatt is a vacation in it itself. But if you want to venture out the Park Hyatt's close proximity to shopping, restaurants, and Central Park makes it a great option for a staycation in NYC.
“Had a really good experience here. Great location, service, and room finish out. Staff was very friendly throughout. Rooms were very nice and offered more room than is typical in NY. Good option for families given the larger rooms and pool” -Texguy32 (Read more reviews)
Things to do near The Park Hyatt New York
The Park Hyatt is centrally located in midtown Manhattan with easy access to everything from Central Park and Columbus Circle to Rockefeller Center.
- Get tickets to a show at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center
- Go ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park in the winter
9. Hotel Beacon
⭐️ RATING: 8.7/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 2130 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 | ✅ Book it!
Hotel Beacon is the perfect spot for a staycation on the Upper West Side. Located steps from Central Park, you’ll feel like you’re right in the heart of the city without having to travel too far.
Plus, it’s the official hotel of the Beacon Theatre, so if you’re looking for a night out at one of Manhattan’s premier entertainment venues, it’s just an elevator ride away!
Guests can expect a comfy night's sleep in their beds, and as a bonus, the rooms and suites have kitchenettes which is an awesome amenity in NYC.
“Location is perfect – easy access to the subway and tons of restaurants and shops nearby. Room was spacious and comfortable.” -Sarah (Read more reviews)
Things to do near Hotel Beacon
There are a ton of things to do near the Hotel Beacon. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Attend a live music event at the Beacon Theatre.
10. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
⭐️ RATING: 8.2/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 | ✅ Book it!
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is the perfect spot for a staycation in NYC just steps from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge! This luxurious, pet-friendly hotel offers breathtaking waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline and many exclusive amenities.
Take advantage of the rooftop pool and relax with amazing city views. It truly is one of the best views of the NYC skyline you can get. Pamper yourself with a visit to the Bamford Wellness Spa, offering everything from manicures and massages to acupuncture services.
And don’t miss Harriet's Rooftop Restaurant – it’s sure to become your new favorite spot for dinner in an unparalleled setting!
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a waterfront retreat just steps away from the best that Brooklyn has to offer. And is the perfect spot for those that want a little bit of everything.
Things to do near 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
- In the summer, watch a free movie in the park at Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Go to Time Out New York Dumbo for food and drinks
- Take the ferry across the river to the South Street Seaport
- Go for a swim at the hotel's rooftop pool
11. The Beekman
⭐️ RATING: 8.6/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 123 Nassau Street, New York, NY 10038 | ✅ Book it!
The Beekman is the perfect spot for a staycation in downtown Manhattan. Located just steps away from the Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Memorial, South Street Seaport, and One World Trade Center, this luxury hotel provides an unforgettable experience.
In my opinion, the Beekman takes the prize for the most beautiful hotel. This boutique hotel is a hidden gem in the financial district. With its very inviting vintage charm, cleanliness, and luxurious amenities, it will make your staycation truly special.
Best of all, you'll get to experience it all in a friendly atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
Things to do near The Beekman
- Take a boat cruise to the Statue of Liberty
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
- Go for dinner and drinks at the South Street Seaport
12. The Standard East Village
⭐️ RATING: 8.1/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 25 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003 | ✅ Book it!
The Standard East Village is the perfect destination for people planning a staycation. Located in the heart of the East Village, you'll be right in the pulse of the trendiest neighborhood in NYC.
This boutique hotel is great for couples, with rooms offering stunning views of New York's iconic skyline. You'll find a comfortable bed and plenty of airy space to relax with a big bathtub to soak away all your worries. Save some time to visit the coffee shop on-site, Cafe Standard. You won't be disappointed.
And if you want to explore, complimentary bike rentals are available! The Standard East Village is a great choice for your next staycation.
PPP Tip: Let the hotel staff know if you are celebrating something special. You never know. You might score a complimentary upgrade.
“Absolutely everything!! Exceptional staff who made us feel really like home and exceeded our expectations. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. Every concern went absolutely easy. The included bike rental was amazing for us and we definitely recommend exploring the city by bike. The room had a great view and the bathroom was superb.” -Michaela (Read more reviews)
Things to do Near The Standard East Village
The East Village is a thriving neighborhood in NYC. Here are some musts you have to check out.
- Listen to live music at the Blue Note Jazz Club.
- Head to the West Village and get lost among the cobble stoned streets
13. The Moore
⭐️ RATING: 8.5/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 300 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011 | ✅ Book it!
The Moore is the perfect staycation spot for those looking for a luxurious getaway in New York City. Located in Chelsea, steps from the Highline and Hudson River Park, you'll have plenty of opportunity to explore the city during your stay.
This chic boutique hotel offers amazing amenities like an incredible rooftop space that will make you feel like you're really on vacation. The staff at The Moore are friendly and accommodating, always ready to help you make the most of your staycation.
Things to do near The Moore
Located in Chelsea there is no shortage of things to do near The Moore
- Take a stroll along the High Line.
- Visit Hudson Yards
New York Staycation Ideas: Top Staycation Spots Outside of NYC.
⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 5088 NY Route 23, Windham, NY 12496-5404 | ✅ Book it!
If you want your staycation in the middle of a luscious forest landscape, you must visit the Eastwind Hotel. No matter whether you want a staycation with your family, friends, a romantic getaway, or even some alone time, Eastwind Hotel is suitable for everyone.
This unique hotel is nestled in the hillsides of Windham, which is roughly 2 hours away from New York. I know this isn’t in New York City. But I couldn’t pass up on adding this spot to the list because it truly is a remarkable place.
Eastwind has eight glamping cabins, from Lushna cabins to hill house king cabins. All the rooms have been beautifully crafted to ensure you feel at home, and with that extra touch of luxury, you don’t feel like you’re in a rundown cabin in the woods.
Things to do around Windham, NY
Do you want to know what staycation activities and attractions you can do around Windham? Below is a list of ideas to try.
- Visit the Elm Ridge wild forest.
- Explore the old town hall
- Join a cooking class at Armand’s kitchen
15. Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa
⭐️ RATING: 9.1/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, NY 12946 | ✅ Book it!
Let's take a road trip to Lake Placid, NY, where you will find the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa.
Mirror Lake Resort and Spa is perfect for those planning a staycation outside NYC. With panoramic views of the Adirondack Mountains, located directly on Mirror Lake, on-site dining, and a spa, it's an ideal place to relax and spend time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The resort has two pools and a private beach on the lake. On the weekends, you can enjoy live music on the weekends at Taste Bistro. And one of our favorite parts of this resort is its proximity to town. It is within walking distance to Main Street, meaning you don't need a car to get around.
16. Castle Hotel & Spa
⭐️ RATING: 8.8/10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: 400 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY 10591 | ✅ Book it!
Castle Hotel & Spa is the perfect getaway for those searching for a staycation just outside of NYC. This historic Tarrytown hotel, located in the Hudson Valley, offers breathtaking views of the majestic Hudson River.
From its sprawling grounds to its elegant décor, you are sure to find yourself enchanted by this magical setting. Make your stay more luxurious in one of their suites which feature a separate living room, dining room and amazing views of the Hudson River.
In the summer, you can take advantage of their outdoor pool and jacuzzi or enjoy the views from the private deck.
With impeccable service and friendly staff, Castle Hotel & Spa will make your escape from city life truly unforgettable!
17. Hyatt Place Long Island/East End
⭐️ RATING: 8.5/10 Stars |📍 LOCATION: 451 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901 | ✅ Book it!
When we are looking to get out of the city, one of our favorite places to go to is the East End of Long Island. But instead of battling the Hamptons or North Fork traffic, we opt to stay in Riverhead, where you will find the Hyatt Place East End.
What we love about this hotel is the location. You are right at the beginning of both wine country and the Hamptons so you can easily spend a day in the Hamptons followed by a day in the North Fok without switching hotels.
In the summer, you can enjoy the outdoor pool overlooking the docks. And if you are looking to stay put, there are restaurants and shops within a five-minute walk from the hotel so you do not have to go far if you do not want to.
The rooms are spacious, featuring high ceilings, sleeper sofabed, and did I mention free hot breakfast served daily in the common area?
This is absolutely one of our favorite New York State staycations.
Where can I do a staycation in NYC?
That's a loaded question. With so much to see and do in and around NYC, ( I mean it is the center of the world, hehe) it can be hard to decide the perfect place to spend your staycation.
When planning your staycation you have a few options.
- At home
- At a hotel
- Out camping
- At a resort or retreat
Regardless of where you end up first think about the experience you are looking for. Do you want some do something cultural, enjoy the nightlife, take in the sea breeze at the shore or sleep under the stars?
Your vacation style will help you decide the best place for you to spend your staycation.
What do couples do during a staycation?
You can just pick a pretty awesome hotel and enjoy swimming at the pool or order room service for breakfast in bed. Or you can choose to go out on the town with your boo. Below are a few staycation ideas you can try.
- Eat a delicious meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant (Poor In a Private Plane tip: Check out Michelin's Bib Gourmand which is a selection of Michelin recommended restaurants without the Michelin Star prices).
- Visit the local markets and try local foods and products that you may have never tried before
- Visit a rooftop bar You can find some amazing rooftop happy hours here)
- Go to NYC.GOV to find a free event near you.
- Or check in and don't leave your room until you have to check out.
How can I stay in NYC for cheap?
New York City can be expensive. But if you're looking to plan a staycation in NYC on the cheap I have you covered.
Start by looking for free events in and around the city.
Look for cheap accommodations on sites like booking.com and kayak.com These are some of our favorite sites to find deals.
The Best NYC Staycation Spots
There are a lot of great NYC staycation spots to explore, but some stand out more than others. Here is a map of the best NYC staycation hotels as well as the best staycation hotels outside of New York City to help you plan your staycation.
From the city’s most iconic landmarks and museums (like PS1 in Long Island City) to its best local haunts, there is always something for everyone in this diverse city. You can choose to stay at one of the many boutique hotels surrounding city landmarks like Washington Square Park or a luxury high-rise with amazing views of the city.
It's your staycation and your rules.
Isn't it awesome how much there is to do right in our own backyard? So what will you be doing on your next NYC staycation? Do you have any specific ideas or places that we haven't mentioned? We hope you enjoyed these NYC staycation ideas. We'd love to hear from you!