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New York City Hotels to Escape the Buzz

For a city that supposedly never sleeps, New York City is home to an abundance of top-notch relaxing hotels. 

New York City is a thriving metropolis with non-stop action, noise and excitement. Car horns blare, bright lights sparkle and travellers bounce from sight to sight, from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge. For those who prefer some peace and quiet, discover pockets of tranquility in the most relaxing hotels in New York City. This way, you can see the sights by day, and relax in total comfort when you return to your hotel by night. Just because the city never sleeps, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t in these luxury retreats. 

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC for views and relaxation 

While it’s located in the quiet meatpacking district on 13th Street and Ninth Avenue, Gansevoort Meatpacking Hotel is still close enough to the action to be considered a part of the city’s heart, making it our top pick for the most relaxing hotels in New York City. The hotel itself is a boon for art lovers, with major works by some of the world’s most influential artists scattered throughout. The newly renovated rooms are sophisticated and feature huge bay windows, balconies or terraces, so you can admire city views from the comfort of your quiet suite. Each room also contains a Google Nest Hub and mirror workout system, so you’ll be able to relax and work out in your room with all the mod cons you’re used to. 

For dining, there’s a spectacular omakase sushi restaurant, two licensed cafés and a rooftop bar – the perfect place to take in the city lights at night with a cocktail in hand. Take a dip in the rooftop heated pool, or head down to the fitness centre for some weight training, boxing and Peloton. For a truly peaceful experience, unwind with a pampering in-room spa treatment. 

Blissful days at Boro Hotel New York 

The super-trendy Boro Hotel is located in Long Island City, an area less busy than central New York City, but is still close to all the main attractions and bars, restaurants, MoMA PS1, Museum of the Moving Image, and Noguchi Museum.  

All suites feature huge floor-to-ceiling windows that let the views and sunshine in, but not the noise. Some rooms have terraces or balconies from which you can sip bubbly while watching the city buzz below. Unwind with a workout at the 24-hour gym, or relax in the lobby lounge library with newsstand regulars and Strand Bookstore books for some quiet time. For an added dose of relaxation, the hotel is located within walking distance to a plethora of day spas to melt your worries away. 

Snazzy slumber at Staypineapple, An Artful Hotel, Midtown New York 

Situated in Midtown, close to all of Manhattan’s best attractions, Staypineapple is an oasis in the heart of the city. To say this hotel is unique would be an understatement. Unwind with bright colours, shiny surfaces, artful carpeting and eccentric artwork. Staypineapple’s rooms are customisable to your needs (just ask the friendly staff if you need an additional workspace, extra pillows or anything else) and choc-full of pineapple-themed items to keep things fresh and fun. Natural light flows through large windows or open-air terraces, giving you a glimpse of what’s going on in the area.  

When you’re ready to venture beyond your hotel, iconic sights like Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen, Hudson Yards, and Madison Square Garden are right outside your door. The hotel offers complimentary beach cruisers, giving you an easy and fun way of exploring the neighbourhood, or you can stroll to the subway in three minutes to discover the rest of the city. This small hotel is truly a ball of fun that will take away from the hustle and bustle of the city, rewarding you with a unique form of relaxation. 

The Smyth Tribeca is seriously soothing 

Located in the heart of Tribeca, Smyth Tribeca Hotel is a high-class sanctuary in a quiet, residential neighbourhood with easy access to nearby attractions like the One World Observatory, 9/11 Memorial Museum, Westfield World Trade Center Oculus and The High Line. It’s also surrounded by restaurants, nightclubs, bars, parks and shops. 

The rooms at the Smyth feature marble-clad bathrooms and rain showers, huge floor-to-ceiling windows (some with generously sized terraces) and luxurious La Bottega bath products. When you’re ready to venture out from your personal sanctuary, there’s a delicious array of American tavern fare at the hotel’s Smyth Tavern. Alternatively, head to the fitness centre, pop some earbuds in, crank your favourite tunes and spend some personal time getting fit.  

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