There are many, many causes to take up residence in New York City, however the high quality of house fixtures doesn’t often register inside the prime 5,000. If you’re a one who determined to relocate in order to expertise the metropolis’s constellation of Michelin-starred eating places or fabulous, award-winning faucet water, the odds are excessive you’ve gotten given up at the least certainly one of the following: proximity to your office; the monetary capacity to dwell alone; dependable cable tv and web; greater than 10 sq. ft of non-public area; and a bath that one can vaguely think about taking a shower in.
That is why I’ve solely two standards for trip lodging: The first is a pleasant lavatory with a bath, and the second is every little thing else. Is this Airbnb a dusty cow barn with picket cabinets for beds, but it surely comes with a wonderful claw foot tub overlooking a grazing pasture? Great, I adore it, I might be there for 4 nights in the spring; I’ll plan my complete journey round once I can bathe in that bath, and spend months imagining myself in the lavatory, searching over the cows, soaking my physique in heat eucalyptus salts. The finest sorts of trip tubs, in fact, are free-standing, as a result of they point out a rest room massive sufficient to accommodate a free-standing tub. The worst sorts of tubs are the afterthoughts: No pasture to take a look at — just a few peeling duct tape, an amenity that my dirty Brooklyn bathtub, put in in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, someday between the settling of New Amsterdam and World War II, already supplies me.
The excellent news is, in New York itself, there are particular, sacrosanct areas that the metropolis’s perverse and arcane anti-bath magic can’t penetrate: inns. They are sometimes costly, however very best for conditions when you’re moments away from shedding your thoughts and are desperately looking for area from the anxiousness producing results of 1’s personal metropolis. We have a time period for this now: It’s “staycation,” a portmanteau that means all of the advantages of a soothing night time away with none of the related airfare.
The staycation is a few of what has pushed the marketplace for apps like One Night and Hotel Tonight, which checklist unsold rooms in boutique inns at sometimes-slashed costs for same-day bookings. According to One Night, over 30 % of all bookings in New York are made by New Yorkers themselves. Pricier inns even have boutique staycation experiences that match into this ecosystem; the Kimpton Hotel Eventi has a bundle, beginning at $2,500 per night time, that features a customized swimsuit becoming.
Many extra individuals would spend their hard-earned to marinate in a heat resort bathtub lower than a couple of miles from their dwelling — in the event that they solely knew the place to search out them. There needs to be a devoted web site for this. Researching the finest bathtubs is hard work, however any individual has to do it.
A superb bathtub supplies a protected, personal and stress-free area so that you can be utterly bare. A terrific bathtub is an italicized expertise value cash and advance planning. And it should fulfill sure luxurious standards:
Plumbing: How lengthy does it take to conjure the good heat bathtub between the first twist of the faucet and the second your huge toe breaks the placid floor of the water, heated particularly to your choice?
Size: According to plumbing large Kohler, your customary bathtub runs about 60 inches lengthy, or 5 ft of soaking. In my 6-foot-tall expertise, that is loads of room. Bath depth, nonetheless, runs the gamut.
Material: In a blind check, are you aware the distinction between marble and granite?
Ambiance: Could you think about any individual getting murdered right here?
Toiletries: Most inns inventory their bogs with pungent lotions and ineffective blow-dryers — solely the greats present merchandise you’ll wish to steal.
Extras: Is there a ledge for a beverage? Just questioning out loud.
Views: An ideal bathtub has a gorgeous view.
Now, the Westin Jersey City’s king suite has some of the best views of Lower Manhattan of any bathroom in the tristate area, but, being in New Jersey, it does not rank for category. The Hudson Studio at the Standard High Line also offers bathers an arresting panoramic view, that of uptown Hoboken, but it pales in comparison to the mise-en-scène of the master bathroom of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge’s Riverhouse Suite, located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. I came to this conclusion after spending way too many hours looking at TripAdvisor and press photos of hotel rooms; researching products and fixtures; exchanging emails with hospitality managers; and leaving voice mail messages with plumbing companies. But my idea of the best bath is by no means definitive.
And yet, this tub has a view so dazzling that Walt Whitman wrote a nine-part poem about it. Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass windows invite in the bewildered gaze of the East River — close enough to feel the afternoon breeze, far enough to ensure privacy from peeping ferry-takers. The tub itself is cleaved from a single block of granite surrounded by two inches of counter space for whatever iced beverage you are sipping. It, along with the suite it is attached to, costs $7,000 a night. (There is no day rate for those only interested in a bath, even if you ask very nicely, but The Times did negotiate a vastly reduced price so I could check out the tub.)
The water at 1 Hotel is piped in through an extensive filtration system, as a decadent and largely unnecessary gesture, for “additional safety against biological contamination,” according to the hotel’s press representative. It rushes forth from a curved gunmetal faucet that was imported (from Canarsie) and splashes on the granite basin of the tub in the manner of rainfall against a mountainside. The bath is housed in a kind of slate-wall and glass enclosure in the middle of the bedroom; the windows can be opened for a plein air effect. The tub takes 10 minutes to fill, which gives you plenty of time for a pre-soak shower.
For optimum use: Fill the tub with scalding hot water. The smooth stone will remain cool to the touch. Stretch your legs, plant your feet on the opposite side, and rest your head on the bathtub ledge. Do not dunk your head. If you need to wash your hair, that is what the shower is for. Toiletries will be provided.
Repeat this luxurious act until your skin is ready to fall off your bones.
Just feet away, from behind a slim panel of glass, the rest of New York may be exploding into chaos. You will not notice.
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