With endless miles of inviting sands, New York’s Long Beach without a doubt lives up to its name. Known to many as the “City by the Sea”, Long Beach sits just off the southern coastline of New York. Whatever you plan to do on your visit here, be sure to stay somewhere with a great place to rest your head at the end of an adventurous day – now bookable on Culture Trip.
Built in 1874, the historic Garden City Hotel exudes old-school glamour from the moment the valet parks your car. Having undergone a complete renovation in 2014, the 269 spacious rooms and suites are homely and elegant – all finished with luxe gold and jewel tones that complement the state of the art technology, large beds, and abundance of pillows. With a roomy spa, sauna, pool and stunning grounds, guests are not crowded here. Be sure to bring your glad rags to enjoy the on-site restaurants including the latest edition: the Red Salt Room by David Burke.
The Springhill Suites are situated in an enviable position, close to Jones Beach. Opened in 2015, the modern four-story building offers 120 self-contained suites, which are ideal for the independent traveler. Each studio consists of an open plan living room and bedroom – with kettle, fridge and microwave – so you can totally unwind, or there is a lobby bar should you want to socialize. The grab-and-go breakfast is popular with guests who head out to take the short 35-minute train ride into New York City.
Located on the North Shore – about 20mi (32km) east of Manhattan – the Inn at Great Neck is a modern hotel that opened in 1995. Taking inspiration from the Great Gatsby, the rooms have a 1930s vibe enhanced with up-to-date amenities such as gel-infused pillow-top mattresses and large marble bathrooms. At just two blocks from the train station, this is a comfy base where guests can jump on the Long Island Rail Road to immerse themselves in the buzz of the city – or enjoy a pre or post excursion cocktail and dinner at the on-site Brasserie Americana Bar, Lounge and Restaurant.
The 5-star Vanderbilt is home to 17 luxury hotel rooms, nestled amidst exclusive rental residences. The building is designed to dazzle and the interior nods to Long Island’s motor racing history. The lobby boasts an impressive 22ft-high (6.7m) rotunda lobby, which also houses the à la carte Kingfish Oyster Bar and Restaurant – and original photographs from local artist, Andrew Blauschild, whose lensed beach scenes and surfers on the East End tastefully adorn the walls. All guests have access to the library, billiards and game room, outdoor swimming pool and terrace, while the hotel suites are nothing but majestic.
Built in 1992, the Hilton Garden Inn is a modern hotel located in the harbor waterfront area. This 165-room property offers all mod cons and is conveniently situated for easy access into the city, with a bonus of a free shuttle service to and from destinations within 5mi (8km). An indoor pool is a big bonus after a day in the city and you can enjoy breakfast, drinks and dinner at the hotel’s Garden Grille and Bar.
Nu Hotel Brooklyn is undeniably urban. Situated within an apartment block on Smith Street, the unassuming entrance leads to a small lobby and open kitchen where breakfast and craft drinks are served. In summer, seating spills over onto the pavement providing a lively, community vibe. The loft-inspired rooms are simple and comfortable with hardwood floors and mid-century-style furniture – and guests can choose from a Nu Perspective room that showcases original wall murals, such as a Brooklyn-scape or multi-colored flowers by textile designer, Kendra Beitzel. Top tip: specify a room at the back of the building if you are concerned about street noise.
With an impressive rooftop bar offering a 360-degree view over the city, the Public Hotel is situated in the heart of the hectic Lower East Side. Taking advantage of the newly reclaimed area, the property is designed by the man behind Studio 54, so expect lots of glass and neon, which continues throughout the communal spaces. The spacious, industrial-style rooms are almost secondary to the hip atmosphere which can be found in the three buzzy bars, Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and a Public Arts space in the basement – this is possibly the coolest place to lay your head on the block.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
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Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
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