For those times when a summer trip to an exotic destination just isn’t in the cards, nothing beats a good staycation in your own city, or one close by. So, go ahead and request a vacation day (or two) and check out the nine best hotels for a staycation in cities across the country, each with cool and unique options that will make even a short stay that much more fun and special.
Photo: The Westin Austin Downtown
Austin: The Westin Austin Downtown
Like lounging? This hotel is home to the city’s tallest hotel rooftop bar and pool. Prefer to stay active? Try their concierge-guided running tours (you don’t even have to pack sneakers — you can rent them and workout clothes, too, for just five dollars, thanks to their New Balance gear program.) Also unique this summer: A G. Sport Session, a collab with Goop and Tracy Anderson on August 25, which includes a workout and Q&A with Anderson, snacks, drinks, and a Goop swag bag.
Average nightly rates start at $188
Photo: Thompson Chicago
Chicago: Thompson Chicago
Nothing beats Chicago in the summer, especially when you can stay at this hotel. Located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast (hello, epic Lake Michigan views), the Thompson has all kinds of seasonal summer packages. Stay in the middle of the week to take advantage of the Midweek Bucket List package, which includes, among other things, reserved beach chairs at the famed Oak Street Beach. Shopping aficionados will love the Summer Spree option, which comes with a 25 percent discount at Bloomingdale’s. Either way, be sure to eat — and/or order room service from — Nico Osteria, the hotel’s very delish restaurant.
Average summer nightly rates start at $229
Dallas: The Statler Dallas
Locals flock to this newly-opened spot, which houses everything you could possibly want or need under one roof. Think a speakeasy, rooftop bar and lounge, a pool, even bowling. You can bring your furry friend, too — the concierges will help you book a grooming appointment or have hotel staff take them for a walk.
Average nightly rates start at $219
Photo: The Garland
Los Angeles: The Garland
It’s rosé all day at this retro-chic North Hollywood hotel; order an entree at the hotel’s restaurant The Front Yard, and you get bottomless rosé for $20. There are also complimentary concerts all summer, and because the property sits on seven acres of outdoor greenery, you’ll easily be able to forget you haven’t left the city.
Average nightly rates start at $209
Photo: The Stanton
Miami: Marriot Stanton South Beach
What’s a Miami staycation without some beach time? The newly renovated Stanton is one of the only hotels on Ocean Drive with direct beach access. There are also two pools, a spa, sun deck, and two restaurants, one with a Michelin star, NBD. Their Staycation Package includes over $300 in savings, including a room upgrade, $50 resort credit, and a welcome amenity for your pet.
Average nightly rates start at $289
Created by local artists and designers, this hotel perfectly captures Music City’s unique, energy, vibe, and aesthetic. Check out all it has to offer with the Experience Noelle package, which includes a room upgrade, free coffee at the adorable on-property coffee shop, a dining credit at the restaurant, drinks at both of the hotel bars, and a discount at Keep Shop, a hotel gift shop unlike any other, full of local, vintage finds.
Average rates start at $299
Photo: Cachet Boutique NYC
New York City: Cachet Boutique NYC
Outdoor space is not easy to come by in New York City, but you can get at least a little taste of it at this 105-room hotel. Each Outdoor Suite features a private patio; hang with friends there, or head up to the (very Instagrammable) SkyDeck for drinks.
Average nightly rates start at $160
Photo: River's Edge Hotel
Portland: River’s Edge Hotel & Spa
Just a few minutes from downtown, this resort defines urban retreat. Outdoors-y types will appreciate the easy access to the scenic Willamette Gateway Trail and discounted kayak rental rates through the Portland Kayak Company. Indoors-y types will appreciate the 13,000 square foot spa, the city’s largest, and restaurant that uses locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients.
Average summer nightly rates start at $199
San Diego: Pendry San Diego
With 317 rooms and six bars and restaurants, this big-boy hotel has it all. Hang in the cabanas and take in the skyline views at the rooftop pool, then chill out at Spa Pendry. Or, take advantage of their summer Day at the Races package, which includes exclusive access to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Race Club, a one-night stay at the hotel, plus over a $100 in food and beverage credits.
Average nightly rates start at $325
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