If you’re visiting the Big Apple for a few days, a week, or longer, you might find yourself in need of some shuteye. The hustle and bustle of the big city can take its toll on those accustomed to a slower pace.
What most visitors and even some locals might not know is that the city that never sleeps has plenty of places to sleep! From budget-friendly rooms, trendy hotspots, luxury accommodations, and classic favorites, here are some places to get some rest in NYC.
Free places to sleep are becoming more common. As sleep deprivation becomes more of a problem in the United States, falling asleep in public places or seeking out a nap at the park on your lunch break to power through the rest of your day is becoming increasingly common.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, from 1985 to 2012 the percentage of adults who sleep 6 hours or less per night has increased by 22.3% to 29.2%. With stats like those, it is no surprise that we might see someone nodding off in public. If you find yourself sleep-deprived in New York City and need a quick power nap, here are a few places to sleep for free.
The classic method of seeing the world for free is back with a modern twist. Couchsurfing matches up those looking for a place to stay the night with those offering up their couch or spare bedroom. The site is positively reviewed by solo travelers who are often on a budget. Locals who accept couch surfers are most often more than happy to show travelers around their city.
One traveler says that the platform allows her to “travel like a local”. Knowing the best spots and avoiding tourist traps or overcrowded areas is a great way to find the best-hidden gems in any city. When couchsurfing, you can avoid costly hotel fees and get to stay in a real house/apartment while traveling- something many find more comfortable.
Tip: Couchsurfing has strict background checks and other safety measures for both the host and the couchsurfer. The site requires photos and references so users can confirm the identity of their hosts. You can also sign up through Facebook. Members can pay a yearly fee for verification.
This might seem a little off the wall, but New Yorkers have shared their experiences napping in the popular grocery store. Whole Foods stores around the country are known for their large communal dining areas, making it a perfect yet under-the-radar nap spot.
Throughout the day, especially at lunch, it’s not uncommon to see laptops out and small business lunches over a kale salad—why not take a nap afterward? With over ten locations in New York City, catching a nap at Whole Foods is easy.
Tip: If you want to nap at Whole Foods without too much attention, go during peak hours to blend in with the crowd. It also helps to make a small purchase such as a drink or ready-to-eat item while you’re having a snooze at the table.
This popular public space is a favorite among New Yorkers to take in some sun and get a break from miles of concrete. The atrium at IBM Plaza opened in 1983 and has been a mini escape from the city since. Located at 590 Madison Ave, this indoor public space has plenty of tables and chairs to grab a nap in the middle of the day.
Tip: This area is usually busy during weekdays. No one will notice or mind if you catch some z’s during your lunch break.
The iconic department store is one of New York City’s secret nap spots. With plenty of space and dark corners, it would be easy to sneak in for a nap.
Tip: Department stores like Bloomingdales and Macy’s are chock full of tired shopping companions, so it’s not out of the ordinary to see someone grab a quick nap in one of New York’s famous stores. If an associate questions you, this author says to act like you’re with someone who is shopping and you’re just resting while they try on clothes.
The image of the stock market is the furthest thing from relaxing, but the 60 Wall Street Plaza has an indoor public space ideal for a quick mid-day recharge. Clean, dimly lit, and with four fountains providing some soothing background noise, 60 Wall Street Plaza is made for a nap.
Tip: The 60 Wall Street Plaza’s Atrium can be busy during peak weekday hours.
Napping has become one of the most popular pastimes in NYC. From busy professionals needing a break in the middle of the day to travelers looking for a place to rest during a layover, nap pods and nap clubs have become the norm for New Yorkers. Looking for a place to nap in NYC?
Here are a few suggestions.
New York City’s premiere “nap club”, aptly named Nap York has hosted thousands of nappers since its opening in February 2019. The club offers monthly memberships ranging from $35 to $250 per month. The main demographic of Nap York includes travelers with long layovers at nearby airports.
For $15, you can take a half-hour nap inside one of the all-black pods. Nap York also offers showers and massages. Each pod contains a washable, eco-friendly mattress and is cleaned after each use. You can find the super-sleek nap club at 1412 Broadway.
Tip: If you want to unplug while in your pod, you can keep your phone and other devices in a storage locker.
The popular mattress brand has utilized its signature product by opening The Dreamery. For only $25, nappers get a 45-minute nap, company-branded pajamas, sleep masks, earplugs, a toothbrush, and other pre-sleep essentials. All bedding is stripped and washed between nappers. The pods also have advanced airflow technology that keeps them smelling fresh and clean.
Fall asleep with a collection of “Sleepcasts” designed to help you relax and automatically fading lights. When it’s time to wake up from your power nap, freshen up with complimentary skincare and free cold brew. The Dreamery was designed to help people realize naps should be an important part of our day and improve health.
Tip: The Dreamery is currently closed due to COVID-19.
If you’re looking for a more traditional way to spend a few hours napping, Dayuse can help you recharge. Dayuse allows you to book “day rooms”, or hotel rooms for several hours during the day. Renting day rooms is becoming more common among travelers, especially if you’re away on business and need a few hours to relax before a meeting, or during a long layover. Perfect for an afternoon nap, a few hours to yourself, or a special event, Dayuse can help you find a home away from home for a few hours.
Tip: Dayuse is available in several major US cities, including New York. Save up to 75% off regular prices overnight when booking through Dayuse. Your reservation also allows you full access to all hotel amenities.
Co-working spaces are growing in popularity all over the country. 3DEN is a co-working space with a twist. This startup understands that there’s more to life than work, which is why 3DEN is more than just an office you can rent. For only $10/hour or $99/month, you get access to office space, a wellness center, and a space to take a nap for a few hours. 3DEN is part office, part social club, part nap pod, and all unique.
Tip: 3DEN is all digital. Download the app to reserve your space at their three different New York City locations. In the app, you can receive your time, amenities, order lunch, and pay your bill at the end of your stay.
For travelers looking for a unique place to stay in the Big Apple, those visiting the city for an extended time, or locals wanting a cool space to stay for the night, here are a few unique hotels to spend the night in.
This hip space takes the building’s past life as a paper factory and gives it a modern twist. This industrial-style hotel brings a modern, funky vibe to Long Island City. This shared space has rooms available that can be rented up to 29 nights for those who need to stay in the city a little longer.
From 230 square foot rooms to a luxury penthouse, The Collective Paper Factory has accommodations for every budget. Work, sleep, play, or relax in this industrial space starting at a low rate of $90 a night.
Tip: When you book 3 or more nights at the Collective Paper Factory, you’ll receive 18% off!
This upscale hidden gem is one of New York City’s best-kept secrets. With no visible sign, The Inn at Irving Place is like staying at an exclusive club in the 1800s. Decorated with 19th-Century furnishings and equipped with modern technology like flat-screen TVs and iPhone chargers, The Inn at Irving Place is a history buff’s dream.
Tip: The Inn at Irving Place only has 12 rooms, so book fast if you want to stay in this historic hideaway.
A world away from The Inn at Irving Place, Pod Hotels is the ultimate in modern design. The “pod pads” are either fully furnished apartments for a short-term lease or upscale hotel rooms at a reasonable price. Apartments are available in one or two bedrooms. These pods are furnished with new, modern decor with the hip, urban professional, and city explorer in mind.
Tip: Extended stay apartments at Pod require a reservation of 30 days or more. Amenities include self-service laundry, concierge, and gym access.
YOTEL is the hotel for the hip technie. This Japanese-inspired hotel in Midtown Manhattan allows you to experience the high life without the high price tag. This modern oasis in Midtown is designed for the tech-savvy traveler. Instead of your average room, YOTEL offers cabins to guests ranging from 114 square foot solo cabins to a Penthouse King Suite with a lounge and dining area.
Each cabin features the latest technology including SmartBed, smart TVs, adjustable lighting, and free urban skincare. With locations in multiple cities all over the world, YOTEL is your home away from home wherever you are.
Tip: Join Club YOTEL to earn miles and rewards on your stays at YOTEL locations.
The Evelyn is a boutique hotel that mixes Art Deco and Beaux-Arts style with the best of the modern world. Previously known as The Gershwin, this hotel received a twenty-first-century makeover while still keeping old-world charm.
The building honors the Jazz Age history of the hotel with digital gramophones in certain suites and some original architecture. Located in the NoMad neighborhood near Broadway, Madison Square Garden, and The Empire State Building, The Evelyn is the ultimate and opulent NYC experience.
Tip: The Evelyn offers a 25% discount on your stay when paying in advance. Receive a discount of 20% when you book three or more nights. Driving to NYC? No problem! The Evelyn offers parking service.
We all need a little R&R, especially in a fast-paced environment like NYC. New Yorkers are some of the most active citizens in the United States; the average New Yorker walks over the recommended 10,000 steps a day! Need to rest a little in the city that never sleeps?
Here are a few places in the city to relax and maybe nod off for a little nap.
One of the most well-known spots in Central Park, The Ramble is a woodland oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle. This 38-acre spot has been described as a “wild garden”. Full of paths ideal for an afternoon stroll, benches for a quick break, or secluded spots for a nap.
Tip: The Ramble is a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike. Visiting early in the day or later in the afternoon before the rush hour is your best bet for relaxing in The Ramble.
Cat lover’s, this one is for you. While not exactly designed for sleeping humans, Meow Parlor is a great way to relax and spend time with feline friends. No one will bat an eye if you happen to grab a cat nap with a kitten during your visit to New York City’s first cat cafe.
Cozy up with adoptable cats while you enjoy a treat from Macaron Parlour, or rent time to hang out with our free-roaming cats. Meow Parlour’s nonprofit division allows you to adopt or foster the cat residents of Meow Parlor.
Tip: The Meow Parlor is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still shop for cat toys and other goods in their online store.
This gorgeous garden is located on 52 acres of land in the heart of Brooklyn. Stroll through rows of cherry trees and visit the renowned Japanese Hill-and-Pond-Garden. With hundreds of seasonal plants in bloom, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great place to take in nature while city dwelling.
Established in 1910, the BBG has 15 total themed gardens, six conservatories, and several rotating art and history exhibitions. The BBG is an excellent place to get away from the city for an afternoon and connect with nature.
Tip: The BBG does have several rules for the safety of its exhibits. Sitting is only allowed in certain areas and food is prohibited. Visit the FAQ section of the BBG website for specifics before visiting.
Another one of NYC’s best-kept secrets is Elevated Acre; a secluded park in the middle of downtown Manhattan. Located on the top of a parking garage, Elevated Acre is a small park in the Financial District that overlooks the East River. The Financial District is notoriously one of the busiest neighborhoods in the city, but Elevated Acre is a welcomed retreat from the chaos of Manhattan.
Located at 55 Water Street, close to One World Trade Center and Wall Street, Elevated Acre is known among locals for the place to hide out if you need some time away on a busy Manhattan workday. The unassuming entrance to the park is unknown to many who work in the office building nearby. Those who visit the hidden park are not disappointed with the view.
Tip: Elevated Acre has plenty of benches and tables to eat lunch and take your laptop. The entrance to the park is marked with a sign near a stairwell.
Need to relax for a few minutes? Recharge can help! Recharge is an app available on both iPhone and Android that allows users to rent rooms by the minute at 4 and 5-star hotels. With locations all over the world, including New York City, you can easily find a clean, quiet space to relax, take a nap, finish up some work, or get away from it all wherever you are.
Tip: To find a Recharge location, download and open the app, book your stay, and enjoy! Users pay in the app when their time is up.
New York City once had a reputation as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Over the past few decades, that has changed and NYC is now one of the safest cities in the United States. The locations listed above are safe enough to let your guard down, however, there are still some spots in the city that aren’t safe to take an afternoon nap.
Finding a spot to sleep in New York City either for a quick nap or an extended stay is easier than the city’s famous nickname implies. No matter what your sleep needs are, these locations and others in NYC can help you catch some z’s.
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