Staycation in NYC Guide: Fun Ideas From a Local
Last Updated on April 7, 2021 by Dana Berez
Staycation in NYC Guide
If you live in New York City, the chances that you actually “vacationed” in NYC are pretty slim. New Yorkers don’t venture out of their neighborhoods much. If you live downtown, going uptown is not something on your to-do list, and vise versa for those living uptown.
However, there is so much to see when you finally venture out of your neighborhood, and it makes NYC an awesome place to staycation! Whether you need some R& R or you want to fully getaway, I have you covered in this list.
Here are some staycation in NYC ideas by neighborhood. Plus places to eat and things to do when you are there.
|Staycation Tip: Book your hotel in a completely different neighborhood from where you live. It will make your experience more relaxing. If you know the neighborhood, you won’t get to experience new things to do, restaurants, etc!
400 5th Ave, New York NY 10018
Stay: Get swept away in luxury at The Langham, where sweeping views are included in every room. The Langham offers an exceptional relaxing getaway with spacious rooms, an oversized soaking tub, room service, and Chuan spa products. You won’t even have to leave the room!
|>> Book a stay at The Langham and receive 2 complimentary tickets for a Sunset Cruise on Classic Harbor Line. More details on the Langham Website.
Eat: For brunch head to Upland, for a Califonia-inspired chic bistro. Dine at the Langham’s restaurant, Ai Fori for an elevated Italian meal.
Do: Take a walk and enjoy Bryant Park, or get some shopping in along 5th Avenue. Then take in the sunset on a Sunset Cruise with Classic Harbor Line. This relaxing 2-hour tour takes you along the East River to the Statue of Liberty. After head back to the Langham and take a bath in your oversized tub.
111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Stay: Check into the William Vale for a fun Williamsburg staycation filled with activities and views. This modern & luxurious hotel is perfect for a staycation because everything you need is located right inside including a rooftop bar, pool, restaurant, and fitness center.
For the ultimate staycation, book the King Corner Suite with a wraparound balcony. You won’t want to leave this spacious suite with epic views of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Don’t worry if you don’t book this suite, each room in the hotel has a balcony.
Eat: Start your night at Westlight, William Vale’s rooftop lounge for cocktails with sweeping views of Manhattan. Then head downstairs to Leuca for Southern Italian fare. The OG Pizza is a must-order.
Do: Spend your day in the sun at the heated 60-foot pool with views of Brooklyn. (Just be sure to make a reservation in advance). After spending your day in the pool, relax on your oversized balcony and take in the views.
22 E 29th St, New York NY 10016
Stay: Book the James Hotel in Nomad to be steps away from Madison Square Park and the trendy Flatiron neighborhood. This hotel features modern and classic decor with spacious comfortable rooms. This hotel makes you feel like home away from home.
Eat: Head downstairs and dine at Scarpetta. This restaurant offers an elevated dining experience with delicious handmade pastas. Honestly, everything from the breadbasket to the desert was 10/10! (order the Espresso Bundio, for dessert you won’t regret it)
Do: Have a picnic in Madison Square Park with a curated Scarpetta picnic organized by the James Hotel.
23 Nassau St, New York NY 10038
Stay: Check into the Beekman Hotel in the heart of the Financial District downtown for a luxe stay in vintage posh rooms or suites. The hotel lobby is in a stunning 9-story atrium. From the moment you step into this hotel, you’ll definitely feel like you stepped away for an ultimate staycation.
Eat: Head to Temple Court on Ten, a seasonal rooftop restaurant on top of the Beekman hotel from Chef Tom Colicchio. Dine at a beautiful space filled with floral walls and enjoy dishes inspired by fresh produce, meats, and seafood.
For more food options, walk along Stone Street for more outdoor options from Mexican eats, pizza, and more.
Do: Get your cardio on by walking the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Then head to Brookfield Place to eat and shop while enjoying the view of the Hudson River. Also, the quaint streets of the South Street Seaport shouldn’t be missed.
1414 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Stay: Connect back with nature and stay steps away from Central Park and 1 Hotel, where the bohemian natural decor alone will transform you into a relaxing space. Book a window view of Central Park and relax away.
Eat: For a quick delicious bite, head to La Esquina. Then check out the Dream Rooftop for a cocktail overlooking the city. And for dinner, try Estiatorio Milos a stylish Greek Restaurant with a fresh and must-try menu.
Do: Get outdoors and get on exploring Central Park. Consider renting a bike so you can see the entire park while adding in some exercise. And if you are in the mood to shop, you’ll be in close proximity to plenty of shops. And for the ultimate relaxation make a spa appointment at Nuansa Spa.
25 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003
Stay: Make the The Standard East Village your home away from home in this chic high-rise hotel. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows so you can take in the sweeping views of the city. The Standard East Village is also conveniently located in the East Village with plenty of bars, restaurants, and shopping nearby.
Eat: The East Village is not shy of great places to eat and drink. Try the Black Ant for Margaritas and Mexican Bites. Or have a romantic candle-filled dinner at Gemma serving Italian fare. For some late-night cocktails, head to Good Night Sonny’s.
Do: Browse the racks at local boutiques throughout the East Village. Find unique shops from Vintage clothing, jewelry, and the best thrift shops along 1st Avenue throughout 7th to 11th street. Take a 10-minute walk to SoHo and browse art galleries and cute shops.
444 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
Stay: Mondrian Park Avenue offers comfortable chic & spacious rooms with awesome views of the city. Book a balcony room to enjoy the views outside!
Eat: Walk a few blocks to Penelope, a shabby chic spot for a great brunch. Another favorite of mine Ruby’s Cafe is also a perfect option for delicious picks from salads, bowls, and pasta. Get your cameras out for Birra Sierra at Eataly for Italian Dishes, colorful cocktails, and a seasonal chic setting.
Do: Walkthrough Madison Square Park just a few blocks from the hotel. Grab drinks on the Mondrian Terrace for views and sunsets. And while you are staycationing, why not do something you would never do like get the best view in the house at the top of the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock.
John F. Kennedy International Airport, JFK Access Road, One Idlewild Drive, NY 11430
Stay: For a unique staycation straight out of the 1960’s head to the TWA Hotel, located at the JFK airport. This hotel will make you question what year it is with its vintage decor and feel. The 200,000 square foot lobby space was the original airport terminal and even houses the original tiles and railings. Be sure to explore throughout the lobby space for homages, including TWA fashions throughout the years, and decor, and games.
Be sure to book a “runway view” room to watch airplanes take off and land throughout your stay!
Eat: Until indoor dining is open again in NYC, Connie, the cocktail bar inside the 1958 airplane and the Paris Cafe by Jean Georges remain closed. Head to the rooftop for the best food options. The menu includes shrimp tacos to gourmet burgers.
Do: The best way to spend your day is at the rooftop pool where you can watch planes all day long, all the while sipping on cocktails.
Hope you enjoyed this Staycation in NYC Guide