You heard it here (or here) first. Anyone who’s anyone is spending $1,660 to sleep in a sleeping bag in midtown Manhattan. It’s called “glamping,” (glam camping—did you pick up on that?) and the Hyatt 48 Lex is the premiere destination. This summer, the luxury boutique hotel is offering patrons the chance to experience Manhattan’s iconic skyline from a different perspective: within it. They have a total of eight private terraces with high-end air beds, sleeping bags, and lanterns for that outdoorsman who doesn’t want to actually deal with, you know, nature.
“The idea is to create an urban adventure, like camping but in the middle of the city,” says the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, Deirdre Yack.
Hyatt 48 Lex is on Lexington at 48th Street (there’s a shock) which, for those of you less familiar with Midtown geography, is shouting distance to Grand Central Station. So while glampers are unlikely to be bothered all too terribly much by bugs or bears, there is the whole traffic thing to deal with, not to mention the dozens of brightly-lit skyscrapers. Concierge has ear plugs and eye masks for the truly picky. And for the completely gauche, there’s a bed and plumbing inside. (Photo: Sarah Ackerman/Flickr)