New York City is one that some would consider being the greatest city on earth. As such, it has a reputation to live up to and, nine times out of ten, it lives up to the hype. Not only is this city poppin' on any ordinary day, but it's also one of the best places in the U.S. for a staycation.

There are those who would prefer the silence of the mountains to the buzz of city traffic, but allow us to explain: New York City has everything. Whether it's a quiet penthouse suite or swanky five-star hotel room, there is a staycation option for every type of traveler.


Still don't believe us? Here are some more reasons why NYC is the best staycation destination.

Have Your Pick Of Accommodations

The common idea when it comes to accommodations in New York City is that they're few and far between when it comes to something that's luxurious and affordable. On the other hand, budget-friendly - but lavish - can also be an option. Traveling with pets? Don't worry - New York City has a hotel for that, too.

Close To Penn Station

For those taking the train into the city, hotels near Penn Station are a great way to feel secure while maintaining an easy home base. Access to Penn Station means easy access to the rest of the city, as well, and if it's within walking distance then that's even better.

Refinery Hotel

  • What: This chic hotel was converted from a hat factory and features 197 rooms with top-notch amenities. Views from the Empire State Building complete the true city charm of this hotel.
  • How Much: From $145/night

Archer New York

  • What: A different take on modern metropolitan atmosphere with an industrial-chic vibe. The hotel has 180 rooms that all feature unique, modern details without being stuffy or Manhattan-esque.
  • How Much: From $185/night

Casablanca Hotel

  • What: A true gem of Times Square that's situated right in the middle of the city's most vibrant and bustling intersection. The interior design of this hotel sweeps guests off their feet with an enchanting Moroccan flair and a vintage bar atmosphere.
  • How Much: From $238/night

Most Unique Accommodations

A staycation won't always require the standard hotel room or room service features that many might think. Sometimes, it can include a unique experience that a place like only New York City can provide, such as these.

  • Airbnb: Rentals are a great thing to consider when it comes to unique travel experiences. Not only will this provide access to apartments, penthouses, and suites, but it opens up city life because it gives guests access to parts of the city that they might not have by sticking to hotels alone.
  • Glamping: That's right! Glamping - AKA fancy camping - is another option in NYC now. When the weather permits, glampsites at Governor's Island provide incredible city skyline views as well as unique amenities for guests. For more traditional glamping, Rockaway Camp in Queens is close enough to the metro to hop a train into the city, but far enough to provide a reprieve from its hustle and bustle.

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What You Can Do During A New York City Staycation

It goes without saying that this city is open to endless options when it comes to all that a visitor can do. This includes socially-distant activities as well as those that are outdoors and solo endeavors.

Experience The City's Food

New York City food tours are some of the best around, and they're a great way to experience the flavors of New York City for first-timers. The sheer number of restaurants in this city is beyond overwhelming, so why not go with a guide that already knows the best spots?

Experience The City's History

With a history of being America's first 'melting pot,' it's not surprising that New York City is also home to some of the best museums. From the Tenement Museum to the Museum of Natural History, there's no shortage of educational journeys to be had. Whether it's examining a massive dino skeleton or learning what role New York played in America's progression, it's all right in this city.

Experience Free City Activities

If money is going toward a hotel budget, then fear not - there's plenty to see and do in the city that comes at no cost to visitors. Free activities in NYC can be found all around, from the joy of Central Park's center-city oasis and live shows, to free tours of events that happen every week.

Experience NYC Shopping

Heading down to Fifth Avenue is sure to blow any shopaholic's mind with all the high-end, designer stores that line the street. Stop off for lunch near Central Park and take in the atmosphere that is Manhattan's most elite shopping district.

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