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Camping in the City
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.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Peace in the Concrete Jungle
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.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Your Own Yurt
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.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Grown-Up Summer Camp
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.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The Cost of Luxury
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.