4 Incredible NYC Staycations To Do On A Budget

For all the exhilarating opportunities NYC has to offer, living here can be exhausting. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the city's "go, go, go" mentality, and you just need a break. Taking a short staycation— to unwind and gain some perspective — is the best thing you can do to stay sane in a fast-paced world.

If you think that taking a staycation is a fancy pastime only reserved for people with hefty disposable incomes, allow us to correct you: There are a growing number of affordable hotels that provide a comfortable respite from city life. We've rounded up four options that are perfect for smaller budgets. And, because a staycation doesn't necessarily mean a Netflix marathon and lie-in, we've also included fun things you can do within the vicinity of the hotel. Get ready to fall in love with NYC all over again.

Photo: Courtesy of NU Hotel.
NU Hotel, Brooklyn

This boutique hotel in downtown Brooklyn wins our hearts with its super central location: It's within walking distance to Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Prospect Heights. The hip interiors, featuring photography and artworks inspired by NYC, is also a major draw. For those looking for some serious R&R, the Urban Suite features an indoor hammock.

From $123/night
Photo: Courtesy of Royal Palms.
What To Do: There's a reason why shuffleboard is so popular with the elderly: It's super fun, easy to learn, and oddly calming. A 15-minute stroll from the hotel is Royal Palms Shuffle Board Club, a kitschy venue with a live DJ, food trucks, and a full-service bar. Don't miss the highly Instagrammable bathroom with hot pink flamingo wallpaper.
Photo: Courtesy of The Kitano.
The Kitano, Midtown

You can achieve zen without hopping on a flight to Japan: Simply check yourself into The Kitano, the only Japanese-owned boutique hotel in NYC. The design is certainly authentic: Several suites come with tatamis and paper-screen doors. The best part? The bathrooms are outfitted with high-tech Japanese toilets providing warmth and musical entertainment as you do your business. The hotel is also lauded for its Sunday brunch, where a buffet is served with a side of music from a jazz trio.

From $231/night
Photo: Courtesy of Dover Street Market.
What To Do: While the glitzy department stores on Fifth Avenue are just a few blocks north, we suggest you to head south instead to swing by Dover Street Market, the NYC outpost of London's coolest boutique. The store is currently hosting an exhibition by COMME des GARÇONS, an iconic Japanese designer. A perfect way to round out a Japanese-centric weekend, right?
Photo: Courtesy of International Cozy Inn.
The International Cozy Inn, Harlem

The psychedelic decor at this family-owned bed and breakfast might not appeal to everyone, but it certainly makes for an interesting Instagram photo op. The inn is known to host many singers, actors, screenwriters, and dancers as return guests, so you're bound to mingle with an interesting personality or two during your stay.

From $100/night
Photo: Courtesy of Red Rooster.
What To Do: The inn is just a three-minute walk from Red Rooster, arguably the most buzzed-about restaurant in Harlem. Enjoy the live music and kick back with a plate of the kitchen's famous beef gitfo or fried chicken.
Photo: Courtesy of The Boro.
The Boro Hotel, Long Island City

The best spot to take in NYC 's renowned skyline is, of course, outside of Manhattan. This boutique gem makes a lasting impression with its minimalist, design-focused interiors: Your mind will be at ease in its bright and airy rooms, featuring Scandi chic decor, exposed bulb lighting, and an unbeatable view of Manhattan skyscrapers across the East River.

From $123/night
Photo: Courtesy of Casa Enrique.
What To Do: Long Island City has no shortage of innovative restaurants. Two noteworthy eateries are Casa Enrique, a Michelin-starred cantina, or Mu Ramen, a innovative Japanese joint serving noodles with a bone marrow soup base and foie gras-stuffed fried chicken.
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