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After a year of overseeing Zoom school, multiple months of quarantine, and trying to get small children to abide by COVID-19 safety and hygiene protocols, it’s fair to assume that most parents need a few nights away from home. Of course, the global pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, but as this academic study conducted during the coronavirus crisis succinctly summed it up, “Parents are stressed!” I’ll amend a bit: Parents are stressed AND tired. While a weekend isn’t a panacea to the last year of pandemic parenting, it sure doesn’t hurt. And New York City, which is slowly getting its mojo back, is a great place for locals, or even out-of-towners, to escape from their children for a quick jaunt or a proper staycation. Occupancy rates in the city are generally down which means there are deals to be found. Plus, it’s a unique moment to enjoy some peace and quiet at hot spots that would typically be bustling during the New York City spring rush. Here are our picks for the perfect no kids allowed getaway.
The hospitality extension of the premiere luxury crystal brand, there is something about this hotel, that screams “grown up.” (FYI, children are allowed.) With some of the chicest rooms in New York City, this midtown property will make you remember how to be an adult again. With its upscale, European feel, this is the closest you’ll get to the continent without getting on an airplane. While the hotel’s bar and restaurant, the Grand Salon, doesn’t reopen until the first week of June, there’s an Afternoon Tea Service with a selection brewed by their tea sommelier paired with canapes and petite fours. (The hotel is offering a special in-room Mother’s Day afternoon tea.) Everything from in-room dining is five-star gourmet quality, from the asparagus soup to the omelets. This is truly elevated room service. If you want to leave the most comfortable bed ever or your rain shower, the hotel has an indoor pool with private cabanas (these can also be reserved for non-hotel guests who book a spa treatment). Speaking of the spa, the Baccarat is home to the Spa de la Mer—an homage to the luxury skincare line whose devoted following says their creams, which often start well into the three-figures, work miracles. If you can, book Edwin for a deep tissue massage and forget, at least momentarily, about everything. Another thing that should put your mind at ease: the Baccarat recently received the Sharecare Health Security Verified badge by maintaining more than 360 global health security standards.
When one of my most chic, well-traveled friends, Katerina Katopis, who has worked extensively in the hospitality industry, including helping to open the first Aman (AmanZoe) in Greece, comes to New York City she stays at The Lowell Hotel. And it’s no mystery why. The jewel box property, located on one of those picturesque tree-lined Upper East Side block, has an intimate feel but with all the creature comforts of a luxury hotel. The hotel is also offering a number of enticing coronavirus-friendly experiences, including a private sunrise at the Empire State Building. For parents’ night out, there’s the dine and stay package that includes a champagne toast and a three-course dinner at Majorelle, possibly one of the most enjoyable and delicious outdoor dining experiences of the moment. A fusion of French, Mediterranean and Moroccan flavors, Chef Emmanuel Niess’s menu includes dishes like perfectly executed seared sea scallops with lemon and kohlrabi and truly unforgettable chicken curry with mango chutney. Their souffles, which come in Raspberry, Chocolate, and Grand Marnier, are legendary. The hotel is offering a Spring Staycation package of 20% off the daily rate, including a bottle of wine or champagne, breakfast for two, and an exclusive DDC28 Bubble Bath Kit to soak the worries away. And what parent couldn’t use that?
This chic, upscale hotel is located with easy access to Midtown, the Flatiron District, and Union Square. The rooms are large and airy, there’s the contemporary Ai Fiori Italian restaurant in the lobby, and they have some clever, fun offerings right now. One is called “Celebrate The Everyday.” “The idea being,” according to the hotel, “that in 2021 we need to celebrate the little things and the big things—basically find reasons to perk ourselves up when and how we can.” Anyone who has been through a year of distance learning could certainly use some of that. The Langham is interpreting this idea with a package that includes flowers, balloons, and a bottle of champagne waiting in the room. Or book the Bed & Breakfast package because nothing is more “my kids are not with me” than the simple luxury of eating breakfast in bed. The hotel is also being flexible about late checkout, so you could even possibly have lunch in bed, too.
Those looking for a downtown getaway, the Walker Greenwich village is a hip, very accessibly priced option. (Rooms start around $200.) Now through the summer guests can have a long weekend with early check in on Friday and late check out on Monday at no extra cost. Another excellent way to feel like you are in grown-up land is to listen to some jazz with a cocktail in hand. The Walker’s Society Café is a market to table restaurant that offers live jazz and outdoor dining. Located on one of Greenwich Village’s most iconic streets—13th between Fifth and Sixth Avenue—the hotel is perfectly situated between the West Village, Soho, Union Square, Washington Square Park, and The Highline. In other words, a perfect place to be a tourist in your own city, except this time without the stroller.
The brand’s second property in New York City, is becoming known as an urban spa destination because of its expansive facilities, which include a 75-foot indoor swimming pool, and extensive spa offerings. For couples—or maybe this is a place to send mom for Mother’s Day—looking to for a pampering or reset getaway, this is the place. Last month, the hotel launched a series of self-healing immersions that seem to hit on all the areas that parents (and, well, everyone) could use a bit of help with right now. They are offering treatments to help with sleep, part of that package includes a virtual hypnosis session. Or go the “Body and Mindful Shift” route and have a virtual astrology reading or virtual a healing yoga and meditation session, along with a custom clearing set (crystal and palo santo). Another option is to go your own healing route—which might mean forgoing the spa and having a big steak dinner at Cut, the hotel’s Wolfgang Puck restaurant.