Whether you’re looking for a glamping experience on the island itself or a stylish hotel just a ferry ride away, we’ve narrowed down the best places to stay near Governors Island, New York City. Better yet, they’re all bookable on Culture Trip.
Governors Island has parks and playgrounds just 800yd (731m) offshore – and a breezy ferry ride – from Brooklyn or Lower Manhattan. It’s the perfect place to chill with family, take a picnic for two or rent a kayak for the afternoon. The island hosts more than 100 cultural programs a year and has several historical monuments to visit, including Castle William, a fort built in 1807. Capture spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline from Outlook Hill. Stay at these hotels for a spot on the island or quick access to the ferries on either side of the East River.
Camping in New York City? Yes, you can at Collective Governors Island. Find rugs underfoot, Frette robes and a full ensuite for an elevated tenting experience. The Outlook Shelter replaces canvas with whitewashed oak and offers a soaking tub with a view of the Statue of Liberty. Gourmet meals, culinary classes and complimentary breakfast is provided by Fire & Water. Watch the city skyline roll by on the eight-minute ride to and from Lower Manhattan by private water taxi, 4pm to 10pm daily.
Blue may become your favorite color after a visit to Hotel Le Bleu. In trendy Park Slope, and surrounded by eateries, bars and clubs, the hotel is a magnet for millennials. Hallways glow with azure lights, modern soft furnishings provide turquoise accents and blue low-lights in the room complete the palette. Guests rave about the custom orthopedic beds and huge rainfall showers. Several nearby metro stops will whisk you into Manhattan in minutes.
Lightyears ahead in sustainable practices, 1 Hotel embraces reduce and reuse throughout the hotel. Reclaimed wood, live plants in every room and lampshades grown from mushroom mycelium are samples of this philosophy. Allergy sufferers will love the 100 percent cotton sheets and mattresses, and the all-natural wood finishes. Every room takes advantage of the views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty or Lower Manhattan through light-filled, floor-to-ceiling windows. The V-shaped pool and terrace capture all three, as does the Riverhouse – a 2,000sqft (186sqm) suite with a spacious gathering place for four guests in the lavish living room.
Begin your walk over the Brooklyn Bridge right outside the door of the New York Marriott. Perfect for business travelers or vacationers, this contemporary hotel has all the amenities you’d expect including a pool and two restaurants. Stop in to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in DUMBO for arguably the best pizza in New York, or the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see international stars of theater, dance and music in live performances, plus classic and cutting-edge films.
The family-run, 66-room Mr. C has guests raving about the European service and attention to detail. Echoes of sailing ships can be found in the teak veneers and accents throughout the property. See for yourself in one of six elegant rooms and two lavish suites that add crow’s-nest views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River from private balconies. Round out your voyage with visits to the nearby South Street Seaport Museum, the historic Fulton Fish Market and the shops at Pier 17.
The building in which this Ace Hotel now sits was opened in 1904 as the Breslin Hotel. In a nod to its storied past, the lobby retains its mosaic tile and stained-glass ceiling, but the rooms have up-to-the-minute tech. The industrial chic decor includes a coin-operated photo booth. Guests will find analog record players and vinyl selections along with the occasional guitar. Rooms range from cozy bunk beds to a sprawling top-floor loft with a view of the nearby Flatiron Building.
Leather, wood and brass accent the handsome, historic Gild Hall in the Financial District. Rooms and suites are tailor-made for business or pleasure. A 15-minute walk will take you to the Governors Island Ferry dock for a full day of sightseeing. Take advantage of the free-to-use Pure Cycles bikes. Steer over to see the brass Charging Bull statue on Broadway or tour the monuments and museums of Battery Park.
Settle into Mint House for a night or a month and enjoy your New York City home. Pre-order groceries from the in-house gourmet grocer, and your fully stocked kitchen will be waiting while you explore the Seaport district. Each room or suite has a unique layout, from studios to two-bedroom suites, and all have the latest in hi-tech amenities – including room access by phone app and a 24-hour digital concierge. There’s analog fun, too, with a vinyl library of classics to borrow and a two-lane bowling alley.
Business travelers will appreciate this hotel that has everything needed to keep their work on track. Each room has a microwave, mini-fridge, a waterfront or city view, ergonomic chairs and workstations. For vacationers, Battery Park and multiple ferries to Staten Island, Ellis Island and Governors Island are only steps away. Don’t miss the adult-friendly SeaGlass Carousel at Battery Park, especially at night when the changing colors of the seahorses light up the night.
Looking for more inspiration? With help from local insiders we’ve narrowed down the coolest hotels in New York City for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as well as the best cheap hotels in Manhattan for a more affordable option. Best of all, you can book right here on Culture Trip. For exploring, we’ve curated a New York food experience and a wellness tour of New York, each complete with local tips and can’t-be-missed experiences. We know that will all keep you very busy, so here are the best restaurants for lunch in New York City where you can grab a bite on the go.
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