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When you live in an enormous city the entire world comes to experience, it can become a reflex to stay close to your neighborhood and cleave to your daily routines, favorite restaurants, and go-to parks.
Instead of hunkering down around the same few city blocks all winter, however, why not escape the norm for a New York City staycation at Park Terrace Hotel on Bryant Park? For a romantic Valentine’s (or anytime) trip, we’ve got the highlights wired to make you fall in love with New York City all over again.
Travelers are often surprised by just how relaxing and transporting a staycation can be. And with limited travel time required–even in a city as big as the Big Apple–the joy in taking a New York City staycation comes in taking advantage of the things you can only do right here in the world.
May we suggest putting on your out-of-the-office reminder for a day or two (or at least putting your phone into Do Not Disturb mode for a spell) to bring those away vibes rushing all the more in? Read on for a few of our best suggestions for making the most of a New York City staycation for the books.
Being able to spread out in style in one of the most coveted parts of Manhattan feels like a true luxury in one of the most visited metropolises on the planet. And when you book a staycation in one of Park Terrace Hotel’s spacious rooms, it’s tempting to settle in and stay a while.
Sleep in and enjoy your room’s plush bed or basking in marble bathrooms redolent with Malin+Goetz products. Fix yourself a coffee with the Nespresso machine and get wide-eyed again from your private perch on high that takes in views of Bryant Park and the New York City Public Library.
Wellness works itself into your stay here in an intuitive way, making it easy to be as active or laid-back as you wish. All rooms have yoga mats at the ready and the hotel’s onsite fitness center has a top-notch sauna, where you can Zen out and let the heat work itself deep into your winter-weary bones. For something different, consider the hotel’s Hypnotherapy Wellness Package, similar to meditation, to target your subconscious mind and promote inner peace and relief from physiological stressors, too.
Park Terrace Hotel on Bryant Park is mere steps from Bryant Park. One of New York City’s most treasured public green spaces to gather, the park beckons for seasonal-inspired fun throughout the year, whether at the atmospheric Winter Village and ice skating rink or for free spring and summertime performances and workshops, including the beloved Picnic Performances that livestream the city’s major cultural events.
A stroll through Bryant Park’s tree-lined corridor always brings on the good vibes. And you never know who you’ll meet playing a pick-up game of chess, taking in a juggling act or going for a spin on the classical French-inspired merry-go-round, Le Carrousel.
Visitors with a few days in the city often make time to take in some of the greatest art in the world at New York’s major cultural attractions. For those of us who live here, it’s of course always available, too–but all too easy to overlook, between busy schedules and a tendency to stick close to home in a city so grand.
With Park Terrace Hotel as your base, museum-hopping is not only intuitive but also conveniently just out the door. The world-class exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) and the American Museum of Natural History are less than a 15-minute stroll (or an even quicker subway jaunt or taxi ride) away. Set your sights on museum gardens slightly further afield, too, including The Met Cloisters. Part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and beautifully seeded with medieval species and modern plants from across the globe.
What better excuse than a staycation near New York City’s theater district to finally grab tickets to that Broadway show you’ve been dying to see? The 2023 lineup of Broadway shows offers a performance for every type of theater-goer, whether you still haven’t made it to see Hamilton or The Phantom of the Opera or just want to laugh until you cry at The Book of Mormon. Among the new shows opening in 2023 are Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Bad Cinderella and Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, back on Broadway for the first time since its 1978 debut.
Theatre Row’s off and off-off Broadway offerings are just minutes from Park Terrace Hotel, too, with more plays and musicals staged in several resident theaters (as a bonus, tickets tend to be less expensive here, too).
For a post-theater cocktail, the hotel’s Terrazzo beckons with craft libations shaken with wow-worthy views that take in the Empire State Building as well as Bryant Park below.
Down at the street level grind, the city can rush by in such a blur that it’s easy to forget the bigger picture of New York City’s magical position on the planet. Feel the high again with some of the city’s most dizzying and awe-inspiring views, all accessible within a short stroll (and elevator ride up) of Park Terrace Hotel.
The three-level observation deck tower at Top of the Rock, 70 floors up at Rockefeller Center, takes in 360-degree views of the city sure to take your breath away, even if you’ve seen them before.
Step out into the open air on the 86th floor observation deck that wraps around the spire of the Empire State Building for another iconic New York City moment memorialized in countless Hollywood films.
And at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, the tallest skyscraper in Midtown, you can ride a glass elevator to the building’s 91st floor and a mirror-floored observation deck that wraps technology and architecture into the sweeping city vistas.
Staycationing with a special someone for Valentine’s Day or beyond? This February, reconnect with the ones you love at Park Terrace Hotel and get 15% off your stay, now through the end of the month.