Glamping in New York's Hottest Yurt

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    Camping in the City

    The W Hotel's outdoor glamping suite in New York City
    Courtesy of Laurel & Wolf

    Sleeping outside in New York City has its...risks. But what about sleeping above the busy streets, breathing in fresh air, avoiding critters, and enjoying all the twinkling lights? The W Hotel in Midtown built a tranquil, chic getaway—17 stories above busy Lexington Avenue. The innovative outdoor glamping suite, complete with soy “astroturf” and a yurt that opens to the city lights, caters to even the toughest camping critics.

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  • 02 of 05

    Peace in the Concrete Jungle

    The view from The W Hotel's glamping suite in NYC
    Courtesy of Laurel & Wolf

    No wonder W Hotels puts this room in its "Extreme Wow" category—roughing it this is not. Designed by leading online interior design company, Laurel & Wolf, the suite terrace features sweeping skyline views; soft, glowing lanterns; rattan hanging chairs; cozy blankets; and a fire pit (just flip a switch to get it roaring). Bonus: twinkling white lights above the suite mimic the night sky, as light pollution in Manhattan distracts from real constellations.  

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  • 03 of 05

    Your Own Yurt

    A yurt on top of The W Hotel's glamping suite
    Courtesy of Laurel & Wolf

    The 12-foot yurt, outfitted with piles of plush pillows and rugs, will fit a group of your closest friends, or make for a roomy oasis on a private getaway. Although the yurt is innovative, The W isn't the first hotel to turn a terrace into sleeping quarters. In 2012, at least three New York City hotels set up similar glamping suites on outdoor terraces, each with its own twist: Hyatt 48 set up an air mattress on its terraces, paired with two bottles of wine; the Upper East Side's Affinia Gardens set up a family-focused camping station, complete with s'mores and binoculars for the kiddos; and AKA Central Park built a real bed on its 600-square-foot terrace, complete with a wood-burning outdoor fireplace and a gourmet s'mores kit by Jacques Torres. 

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  • 04 of 05

    Grown-Up Summer Camp

    Throw pillows and decor at the W Hotel's new glamping suite
    Courtesy of Laurel & Wolf

    If you're getting some serious summer camp vibes from the whole setup, there's a reason. “We wanted the design to feel youthful and fresh,” said Kimberly Winthrop, the suite’s designer. “We chose sophisticated takes on our favorite aspects of camp—a fun twist on arts and crafts is represented by colorful string art from Oregon-based artist Renee Laurain and fun hanging chairs are a nod to tire swings.” Add in a lanyard station, open swim, and a few dorky sing-alongs around the fire, and we might just think we're at sleep-away camp. 

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  • 05 of 05

    The Cost of Luxury

    Rattan chairs and throw blankets at the W Hotel's rooftop glamping suite.
    Courtesy of Laurel & Wolf

    In New York, the ultimate luxury is being able to have your own outdoor space—and the room rates make that clear. The suite starts at $2,000 per night; bookings are available through November, so you'll need to act fast to score a spot. The price includes some programming and giveaways, including a bottle of bubbly provided by Veuve Clicquot, and a complimentary interior design consultation package from Laurel & Wolf—because admit it, you want your own backyard to look like this, ahem, suite.