Stay Here, Not There: Labor Day in New York

by Paul B. on August 25, 2009

The Hotel Gansevoort

The Hotel Gansevoort

The Gramercy Park Hotel

The Gramercy Park Hotel

With so many reviews of so many different hotels, scanning our city guides can sometimes lead to information overload—so our new series, Stay Here, Not There takes the guess work out of finding the right hotel for your trip. Today we’re looking at where to stay to best enjoy the last gasps of summer in New York.

The Trip: Labor Day weekend in New York to celebrate the unofficial end of summer.

The Demands: A rooftop deck, easy access to tourist sites and a party atmosphere.

The Options: The Meatpacking District’s Hotel Gansevoort and its “much-talked-about rooftop pool” or the “hangout for the hip, beautiful, and famous” that is the Gramercy Park Hotel.

The Breakdown: The Hotel Gansevoort may no longer be the most buzz-worthy property in New York, but its open air rooftop pool and bar continues to welcome professional partiers by night. On sweltering days, families share the deck with recovering clubbers, dipping in and out of the pool as necessary, while snapping photos of the New York skyline. The one downside is that while the neighborhood is packed with shopping, it’s a long, sweaty subway ride from midtown tourist attractions. A deluxe room for two, September 4-7, is $1155, plus tax.

The Gramercy Park Hotel is even more sceney than the Gansevoort, but its enclosed rooftop deck lacks one summer essential: a pool. Marooned in the midst of a residential neighborhood, tourist attractions like shopping and nightlife are a hike away—hardly a good thing when the pavement’s melting. The one bright spot is that the GPH’s keys to shade-filled Gramercy Park offer a great way to escape the heat—and inspire envy in Gansevoort guests who don’t get access to the famously cloistered space. Still, you’ll pay for the privilege: A Deluxe room for two, September 4-7, is $1545, plus tax.

Our pick: If a last toast to summer is the plan, the Hotel Gansevoort is the pick for $390 less than GPH.

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AmyClare Gutowsky August 28, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Along the lines of trendy, sceney, rooftop pool-graced hotels, The Thompson, http://www.thompsonhotels.com/, is definitely a hit. Whether in one’s room or poolside the panoramic views of both Uptown and Downtown New York are entrancing!

Spending a lazy afternoon on the hotel’s pool deck armed with easy access bar & food service is always a pleasure. Though, for a more exciting routine, go local and explore the encompassing Lower East Side hipster/ artisan neighborhood. If instead your predilections are that of a mission bound, sight-seeing tourist–the Financial District, World Trade, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Little Italy & Chinatown must sees are all just a few subway stops away.

After returning to home base, head up to the happening Thompson rooftop to ignite your evening alongside other beautiful imbibers before, after or all the while painting the town!

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