The Best NYC Staycation Hotels for Those Who Don’t Have a House in the Hamptons

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NYC staycation ideas
Dream Downtown

There's no place like New York City in the world, and even if you call the Big Apple home, there's always something new to discover. It's easy to overlook the so-called "touristy" things and stick with your tried and true spots in your own little 'hood, so why not be a tourist in the Big Apple by booking a staycation? You'll save money on airfare, you have license to see even the kitschiest attractions — and someone else makes the bed. Sound good? Here are some of the best hotels for a fun-filled NYC staycation.

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Refinery Hotel — Midtown
Refinery Rooftop
Refinery Hotel — Midtown

The Refinery Hotel is in central midtown, making it the perfect staycation destination. It's a few blocks from Times Square and even closer to Bryant Park, known for its summertime movie nights on the lawn and its Broadway in the Park program. Plus, the hotel has a rooftop bar with amazing Empire State Building views.

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The New York EDITION — Flatiron District 
The Clocktower
The New York EDITION — Flatiron District

During a staycation at The New York EDITION, you can stroll through Madison Square Park, snap photos of the famous Flatiron Building, and have a pasta lunch in Eataly. You'll want to be back for dinner in the Michelin-starred The Clocktower, serving upscale gastropub food in a series of wood-paneled dining rooms.

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The William Vale — Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
The William Vale
The William Vale — Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The William Vale in Brooklyn has so many cool amenities, you may never want to leave ... which sounds like the perfect staycation to us! Take a dip in the outdoor pool, check out its Vale Park (which hosts various events, including a flea market), dine on wood-fired pizzas in Leuca restaurant, and have a drink in Westlight, its fab rooftop bar.

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The Kimberly — Midtown, New York Health & Racquet Club cruise
New York Health & Racquet Club
The Kimberly — Midtown

If you've wanted to see Shakespeare in the Park, but could never get tickets, book a staycation in The Kimberly Hotel, which has a partnership with the beloved theatrical program to guarantee guests tickets. It also partners with the New York Health & Racquet Club Yacht, offering sunset cruises in New York Harbor. Plus, its bar, Upstairs at the Kimberly, has classic cocktails and gorgeous Chrysler Building views.

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NoMo SoHo — SoHo
NoMo Kitchen
NoMo SoHo — SoHo

If you want to immerse yourself in the arty downtown scene, you'll do well with a staycation at NoMo SoHo, a stylish boutique hotel on Crosby Street. After gallery-hopping and shopping, kick back with a frosé in the Pink Flamingo Terrace Bar and nosh on Italian fare in NoMo Kitchen, housed in a funky greenhouse-style space.

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Dream Downtown — Chelsea
Dream Downtown
Dream Downtown — Chelsea

Don't have access to a beach house in the Hamptons? The next best thing is a staycation at Dream Downtown, famous for its "Dream Beach," a rooftop oasis with a glass-bottom pool, a lounge-chair-lined deck, private cabanas — even a patch of real sand! Once you've worked on your golden tan, dress to impress for drinks and light bites at the PHD Rooftop Lounge.

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The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel — Midtown
Two E Bar
The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel — Midtown

For a truly elegant experience, book a staycation at The Pierre, across from Central Park (it offers a VIP Shakespeare in the Park package). Lunch in The Rotunda, with its famous trompe l'oeil murals, dine alfresco on the Rosé Terrace, and sip a martini in Two E Bar, with live jazz and a recurring Broadway at the Pierre cabaret series — Wicked and Kinky Boots cast members have appeared.

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge — Dumbo, Brooklyn  
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge — Dumbo, Brooklyn

The views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the NYC skyline at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, an eco-friendly boutique hotel in Dumbo, are to die for, especially from its rooftop bar, but you'll definitely want to get out and explore. Take a walk along the waterfront path, passing the massive Empire Stores, home to the gorgeously designed Cecconi's restaurant and Jane's Carousel.

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The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel — Financial District
Augustine
The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel — Financial District

If you haven't been to the Financial District recently, you might be surprised — it's booming. During a staycation at The Beekman, an art-filled hotel in an 1883 building, fuel up with breakfast at Augustine, then head out to explore NYC's most historic area. Wall Street, Trinity Church, and the World Trade Center are a few minutes' walk, as is the pedestrian-only, bar-lined Stone Street, which fills up with bankers and tourists during happy hour.

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Pod Times Square — Times Square
The Polynesian
Pod Times Square — Times Square

Locals tend to steer clear of Times Square, but when you're playing tourist, it somehow isn't so bad (except for those creepy costumed characters). At Pod Times Square, the newest Pod micro-hotel, you're just a few minutes' walk from Broadway theaters and kitschy attractions like Madame Tussauds. Plus, the hotel is home to The Polynesian, a new tiki bar with every type of festive tropical drink imaginable.

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The Boro Hotel — Long Island City, Queens 
The Boro Hotel
The Boro Hotel — Long Island City, Queens

The Boro Hotel, in an up-and-coming section of Queens, has a dedicated two-night staycation package, which includes a room upgrade, an early check-in, and a late checkout. See killer Manhattan skyline views from its roof deck, browse among the large-scale installations at MoMA PS1, and sip craft beer in hipster LIC tasting rooms like Transmitter Brewery and Big Alice Brewing.

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W New York - Union Square — Union Square 
Irvington
W New York - Union Square — Union Square

The W New York is practically on the doorstep of Manhattan's famed Greenmarket, where you can stock up on fresh bread, cheese, and charcuterie to have a picnic in Union Square Park. Shoppers can keep themselves busy along 14th Street (Nordstrom Rack, and DSW are there), and back at the hotel, tuck into small plates and fancy cocktails at Irvington.

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The Mark — Upper East Side 
The Mark
The Mark — Upper East Side

This Upper East Side mainstay, with a see-and-be-seen Jean-Georges restaurant, has plenty of exclusive offerings to make your NYC staycation extra special. Soak up skyline and Statue of Liberty views from aboard the hotel's private sailboat, which offers two-hour Hudson River sailings, and sign up for a private guided tour of the magical Met museum, just a 10-minute stroll away.