Labor Day isn’t supposed to be a pain in the ass.
But it is. Between the planning, the packing and — Judas Priest — the traffic, it’s a schlep.
The secret to a saner, happier, more relaxing Labor Day? Staying right where you are.
So we’ve rounded up 10 NYC overnighters worth sticking around for, from a hotel that’ll teach you how to surf to a new Bali-inspired pool club with best-in-class views of Manhattan.
The James Hotel
Who doesn’t want to wake up in Soho and people watch out of two-story glass windows? Head downstairs to Balthazar Bakery and snag a cup of La Colombe coffee every morning. After that, it's off to The MoMA, Whitney or Guggenheim — price of entry included if you book through our friends at Surface.
Where to eat: Mas Farmhouse
What to do: The Magician at their sister locale NoMad
It’s like a visit to London without the
Where to eat: Ms. Yoo
What to do: Soho Cigar Bar
1 Central Park
The boho-meets-luxury locale is integrated with hemp mattresses, water filters and
Where to eat: Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
What to do: Drinks at Oscar Wilde
Upper East Side
The only Relais & Châteaux hotel in the city, the Surrey is a one-way transportation to another time and place altogether. Hand-painted armoires? Check. Oversized desks with vanities atop plush paisley carpet? Check. Plus, fireplaces and terraces galore. And you’ll be dining in Cafe Bouludis, a la Daniel Boulud, before heading to Bar Pleiades for a nightcap.
Where to eat: Mifune
What to do: The Frick Collection
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
We’re going to keep this simple. Do yourself a favor and book a
Where to eat: Cecconi’s
What to do: A visit to Circa Brewery
Conrad New York
Hello, Summer in the City package. You’re going to learn how to sail and go for a bike ride. Beyond the indulgent accommodations, the package includes a private two-hour sailing lesson around the tip of Manhattan and unlimited Citi Bike access. Winning on all accounts.
Where to eat: Vida Verde
What to do: A vintage carousel ride
Never has there been a better, or more luxurious, way to learn to surf. The Surf & Stay package with Saturdays NYC and Locals Surf School means getting up on a board at the Rockaways whether you thought you could or not. And while you're there, you can also test out their new HigherDOSE
Where to eat: Le Coucou
What to do: Judd Foundation or go wild at The Blond (better know someone though)
Hyatt House New York
We don’t know where you live, but if it doesn’t include floor-to-ceiling windows, custom furniture, spacious kitchens, a rooftop gym and sweeping skyline views — well — you’re in for a real treat.
Where to eat: Sen Sakana
What to do: Drinks at The Pool
Long Island City
Quite possibly your new NYC home away from home. While it’s not a staycation proper, the owners of Hotel Chantelle and Penthouse808 have opened an oasis just a stone’s throw from Manhattan. You’re in for one LIC 50 ft. x 20 ft. pool surrounded by Bali-inspired daybeds and cabanas, where you’re welcome to enjoy unobstructed sunlight and unparalleled city views while guest DJs spin in the background.
Where to eat: The pool club
What to do: Swim in the pool. This should be obvious.