Some of us are so accustomed to the cities in which we live. We overlook the sights and leisurely activities available in our very own backyard. Staycations allow you to enjoy the comforts of your own city or state without the hassle of getting on a plane or driving a long distance. So whether you want to get away but can’t travel too far or simply desire some luxury treatment close to home, here are staycations worth considering.
New York City
Greenwich Hotel: Co-owned by actor Robert De Niro, this 88-room boutique hotel offers old-world charm in the midst of the hustle and bustle of New York City. Spaces with dimensions of from 350 to 900 square feet feature walk-in rain showers, working fireplaces, and extra deep soaking tubs in a marble-enclosed alcove. Interior spaces of up to 4,000 square feet offer a chef’s kitchen and bedrooms with French doors leading to outdoor terrace gardens. The hotel offers a luxurious, quiet location within and is a short subway ride to the busier side of Manhattan. And the comforts of home are provided at no additional charge—free Wi-Fi, free minibar, free Wii video games, and a basket full of local treats and baked goods upon check-in. The hotel also features a luxurious Shibui spa and an underground, lantern-lit pool.
City Staycation Tip: Enjoy a night out on Broadway, multiethnic street food, high-end boutiques, and flea markets.
The Dana Hotel – With several packages suited for individual tastes, the Dana Hotel provides the perfect opportunity to explore world class service in your own backyard—no passport required. From suites with balcony views of the city, steam showers for two, and floor-to-ceiling windows, to year-round access to an outdoor/indoor lounge and your own personal concierge service, the Dana Hotel offers exceptional access to Chicago’s finest.
City Staycation tip: Take a tour of some of the best Chicago food landmarks.
The Resort at Pelican Hill – Located in picturesque Southern California, the Resort at Pelican Hill is a perfect venue for families and golfers. While some of the bungalows and villas provide views that are different from others, the olive trees gracing the property, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, two golf courses, and a stunning coliseum pool are the choices. Butler service is also provided.
City Staycation tip: Take advantage of the Southern California coast and try kayaking, biking, surf lessons, and paddle boarding.
Mandarin Oriental – Rated as the city’s No. 1 hotel by Tripadvisor, the Mandarin Oriental is located in the heart of Buckhead, an affluent district, and it’s within walking distance to Lenox Mall and many restaurants. Noted by many couples as “the perfect romantic getaway,” the hotel offers a romance package, rooms with balconies, and a relaxed, Zenlike atmosphere with exceptional service—turn down with slippers, thank- you notes, hotel car, and more. It also features an indoor pool and several lounges.
City Staycation Tip: Swim or dive with whale sharks, manta rays, and more at the Georgia Aquarium.