Look, we all love our families, but sometimes you just need…a break, especially during a pandemic. We went on the hunt for the best NYC hotels for a staycation for one, be that mom, dad, or maybe a relative going above-and-beyond. (Who needs a night off?) Some are affordable, others a splurge, but all of them have a room you can call your own, even if it’s just for one night. Bonus: Some even offer day packages if you need to get some work done in a kid-free, quiet space with room service! (Note that while some dining areas are currently closed, limited capacity indoor dining resumes February 14.)


From hotel master Ian Schrager, PUBLIC promises to be fully smart (as in tech) while providing the perfect atmosphere for working, sleeping, relaxing and entertaining. Rooms are minimalist but cozy (starting at an affordable $150/night) and you can also upgrade to a spacious loft with killer views ($565 and up, shown here). Guests get access to the lovely rooftop garden bar, The Roof, which has 360 views of the city and is worth a trip when the weather warms up. The hotel is currently running at Hello Spring rate ($195) which gets you a room upgrade, access to Shinola bikes and helmets and more; see that and other offers here

See health and safety protocols at PUBLIC here

215 Chrystie St. 
Lower East Side 
Online: publichotels.com

photo: The Standard High Line

The Standard, High Line

The Standard, High Line has a couple of packages that caught our eye. 

We love the concept of  the "Working 9 to 5" offer. Escape for the day to finally get some work done in peace and quiet. Book a room from 8 a.m.-6p.m. and take care of business in a fully equipped home office in one of the hotel's guestrooms—or splurge on a suite. The experience includes a $40 food and beverage credit and all-day access to the Fitness Center. If you decide you just can't bear to leave, an additional $50 books you for the night. (Which also gives you the chance to catch a movie outside at the hotel's The Forest.) 

Just want to soak away your stress? Book a deluxe room with a tub and you’ll get a complimentary bottle of Möet to sip during your stay. You'll also get a $30 credit for drinking and dining at the hotel. Available for the Corner King room, Hudson Studio and the Empire Suite. Rates vary per room type. 

See health and safety measures here

180 10th Ave. 
Online: standardhotels.com

photo: The William Vale

The William Vale

You can pack a lot of rest and relaxation into a stay at The William Vale in WIlliamsburg. The hotel is home to Vale Rink, a rooftop skating rink (glide on the faux ice and take in views of the city), rink-side chalets where you can have a cocktail and feast on fondue, and a Winter Spa, where you can chase away any chill in a FAR infrared sack from Shape—it promises a good sweat, relaxation, improved sleep and a boost to the immune system. P.S.: They are a doggie-friendly hotel, so you can bring your pal, and he/she will also get some treats with the Sit.Stay.Sleep package! Rooms start at $225/night. 

111 N 12th St. 
Online: thewilliamvale.com

The Mark

Have a night of the very, very good life at The Mark, a "boldly lavish" hotel where avant-garde design and the latest technology meet old-world comfort. Here, you can get 24/7 room service by Jean-Georges (or heated,  outdoor dining); 24/7 shopping at Bergdorf Goodman and (of course) access to The Mark Sailboat, a 70-foot vessel available to sail around the New York Harbor. Rates start at $695/night. 

Click here to see Covid-19 safety protocol at the hotel. 

25 E. 77th St. 
Upper East Side 
Online: themarkhotel.com

photo: courtesy Wythe Hotel

Wythe Hotel

The original boutique hotel in Williamsburg, Wythe Hotel has industrial cred and cool. Guests enjoy celebrated cuisine from French brasserie Le Crocodile (re-opening in March), great views of Manhattan through floor-to-ceiling windows and contemporary art at every turn. You can work here as well: through a collaboration with Industrious, you can take care of business at "Oasis at Wythe Hotel"; use a loft-style suite four days a month for $300/month. (You also get a 25 percent discount if you do decide to stay over.) Rates start at $225/night. 

You can read Covid-19 safety measures at the hotel here

80 Wythe Ave. 
Online: wythehotel.com

photo: Crosby Street Hotel

The Crosby Street Hotel

Another bucket list type of experience, a stay at the Crosby Street Hotel will transport you to a high-style alternate reality. You'll find chic, luxury interiors by Kit Kemp  in the hotel's rooms and shared spaces, as well as a sculpture garden, and the Crosby Bar & Terrace, among other amenities. Make like a tourist and register for a guided art walk around Soho and Chelsea ($110)

This is another hotel where you can book a room for the day to serve as your uber deluxe office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rates start at $595, with a 50 percent discount if you decide to stay the night. 

You can see health and safety measures at the hotel here

79 Crosby St. 
Online: firmdalehotels.com

photo: 1Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Stay at this eco-conscious, LEED Gold-certified hotel on the edge of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park (and pretty much everything else). Views vary according to your room (skyline, bridge, Statue of Liberty) but everyone gets a custom organic mattress, organic bedding, a Nespresso machine, comfy robe and yoga mat. You'll find lots of natural touches throughout, including some greenery in your room. There's a rooftop plunge pool for when the weather warms up, and lots of vegan, sustainable and gluten-free cuisine at on-site farm-to-table eatery The Osprey. The hotel offers numerous packages and specials, which you can find here. Rates start at $225.

You can read health and safety protocols here

60 Furman St. 
Brooklyn Heights
Online: 1hotels.com

—Mimi O’Connor


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