Glamping atop a New York Skyscraper

Monday, August 26th, 2013
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Urban glamping at skyscraper heights has become a luxury possibility in Manhattan with a hotel offering guests the opportunity to camp atop their building

The AKA Central Park has announced a unique camping experience that converts the hotel’s top floor suite complete with wrap-around terrace into an outdoor living room.

The new form of accommodation means that rather than having to rely on the usual BYO tent and insect repellent for a night under the stars, the “outdoor” bedroom includes a queen size bed, fireplace, a candle-lit dinner and live jazz guitar.

The remainder of the amenities can be found indoors, including LCD televisions and laptop work stations. The experience comes at no small cost, with prices starting from $US1,995 per night.

Located in the heart of New York City, guests can also take in panoramic views of the neighbouring Central Park from 17 storeys up.

AKA Central Park New York

AKA Central Park, New York

“When we identified something we think will really delight people and give them a one-of-a-kind chance of living — something that they can’t get somewhere else — we quickly tried to make that happen,” said Elana Friedman of luxury hotel group AKA.

Glamping – or glamorous camping – is a growing trend in Manhattan, an area renowned for its concrete attributes rather than its natural ones. Tourists and locals craving open air in the dense city have snapped up this type of accommodation.

Along with AKA, only a handful of Manhattan hotels have adopted the trend including the 12-floor Affinia Gardens hotel, with outdoor suites featuring tents on leafy terraces for up to $US700 a night.

“Our guests started to get that kind of cabin fever and really wanted to be able to have that outdoor experience,” explained Affinia Gardens marketing manager Susana Ramos.

Affinia Gardens

Affinia Gardens

Renowned writer and travel expert Michael Luongo said glamping is part of a wider movement in New York to reclaim the rooftop.

Referring to the unsettled opinion of skyscrapers following the 9/11 attacks, Luongo said “the value of looking at the skyline became more important…you began to appreciate more what you have.”

Luongo also referred to a night under the stars in New York as unforgettable.

“There is nothing that says America as much as a skyscraper,” he said. “It’s our gift… to architecture…that’s our legacy.”

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