The holiday season is hectic. So after you’ve made your shopping list and checked it twice (you know exactly who has been naughty or nice), spend time either virtually or in-person with family and friends, treat yourself and wind down your holiday season with a self-care staycation or festive getaway to one of these five urban chic hotels.
Eaton DC (Washington, D.C.)
Pack a weekend bag and head to the nation’s capital for a creative and sensorial stay at Eaton DC. More than a hotel, Eaton DC is a whole vibe. This lively and inclusive cultural hub features sustainable décor, art installations, wellness workshops and treatments, common spaces that are open to the public as well as to guests, and a swinging rooftop bar and lounge with live music performances. Upon arrival, guests can select a stone from the gemstone library and each room comes with a record player and a curated vinyl selection. To see and be seen, sip artisanal cocktails and head nod to DJ sets at the hip bar, Allegory, tucked behind the lobby library. The speakeasy features a striking mural that reimagines young Ruby Bridges—the brave 6-year-old who desegregated a New Orleans school in 1960—as a storybook heroine.
What’s nearby: Through Dec. 30, take the kids or go for an illuminated date night at ZooLights, a free event where the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland by LED lights and glowing animal lanterns.
When was the last time you visited Charm City? Well, you’re overdue for a visit, hon. Named after the protagonist of a Greek epic poem about travel and adventure, this quirky boutique hotel is located in downtown Baltimore’s trendy Mount Vernon neighborhood, an area characterized by cobblestoned streets, tony row homes, quaint shops, eclectic eateries, the landmark Washington Monument and the nearby Walters Art Museum. Ulysses boasts strong drinks and soft beds, and retro design touches such as canopy beds with intricate quilts, dark-tiled bathrooms, eye-catching wallpaper and decorative rotary dial phones to add to the offbeat charm. During your stay, enjoy creative cocktails and contemporary fare at the lobby Ash Bar.
What’s nearby: Shop for last minute holiday gifts at the Christmas Village in Baltimore, located at the Inner Harbor. The indoor and outdoor market runs through Christmas Eve and is modeled after the traditional Christmas markets in Germany.
The Opus, Westchester (White Plains, N.Y.)
For a quick and easy getaway just 35 minutes from midtown, hop in your car or on the Metro North and check in at the Opus, Westchester in White Plains. The city chic hotel features well-appointed rooms and suites, a vibrant lobby bar, an indoor rooftop pool and the new Red Horse restaurant by David Burke. The main attraction, however, is the luxe 10,000 square feet spa with 11 treatment rooms, a eucalyptus steam room, sauna and detoxifying salt room.
What’s nearby: Make a stop in Harlem for the Apollo Theater’s Kwanzaa: A Regeneration Celebration, a family-friendly community event on Dec. 30 that celebrates the principles of Kwanzaa through music, African dance and spoken word.
Kimpton Hotel Eventi (New York)
Located at the intersection of Manhattan’s NoMad and Chelsea neighborhoods, Kimpton Hotel Eventi is a modern skyrise with floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views. The hotel features recently renovated guest rooms, an artfully designed lobby gathering space, a curated art collection and three enduring restaurants—Skirt Steak, L’Amico and The Vine—that are favored by locals and visitors alike.
What’s nearby: Catch Alvin Ailey at City Center through Dec. 24 or the Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall through Jan. 2.
The Notary Hotel (Philadelphia)
In the heart of Center City, the Notary Hotel resides in a refashioned historic building that once served as the City Hall Annex. The hotel is steps from where the Founding Fathers once convened and is a short walk from Philly’s popular attractions and landmarks, including Reading Terminal Market and the Liberty Bell. Dining options in the area are plentiful and the hotel restaurant Sabrosa + Sorbo is a cool spot for Spanish tapas and sangria.What’s nearby: Through Feb. 26, enjoy the seasonal sites and ice skating at Dilworth Park, a public park at City Hall. Until Feb. 1, the Notary offers a holiday bundle that includes skate rentals, in-room hot cocoa, and one complimentary holiday drink per person in the Sabroso+Sorbo bar.