$2,000 for overnight camping in Manhattan - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

$2,000 for overnight camping in Manhattan

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Keep the booze and romance of a Manhattan hotel stay and add marshmallow and a tent.

It called Glamping and it's taking New York by storm.

But ditch all the fumbling with wet matches, the pairing of tent poles with canvas loops, and the laying of your head on hard earth.

"Where else can you have a wonderful bed, outdoor fireplace, Moet champagne?" asks Jeffrey Poirot, the general manager at AKA Central Park.

AKA Central Park's glamping experience goes for $2,000 a night. It includes an overnight stay on the 1,000-square-foot balcony on the 17th-floor of a Midtown building.

Believe it or not, but there is competition.

The Affinia Gardens hotel on the Upper East Side also offers a glamping experience at the "cut-rate" price of $309 a night. People pay for a room with a patio and the staff provides a tent.

Kathleen Boyle of Queens booked a glamping experience at the Affinia Gardens to celebrate her anniversary.

"Knowing I have the safety of being able to go back inside, not having to pee in the woods, there's a nice bathroom, that was excellent," Boyle says.

And that's the real appeal: You aren't stuck in the middle of nowhere in the rain with fraying nerves, charred burgers and poison ivy. You can sleep outside but escape to world-class restaurants and a roof over your head whenever you please.

Tom Dokton has ponied up the money to stay at AKA Central Park.

"The access to the city, being the middle of the city, and having this kind of atmosphere is fantastic," Dokton says. "It really is, you're staying outside overnight, outdoors, it's nice."

The Hyatt on 48th and Lexington also offers  glamping experiences. No understanding of knots, bug-spray, Gore-Tex or a first-aid kit required.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • 5 annoying things about New York subway

    5 annoying things about New York subway

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-07-30 14:59:49 GMT
    Subway problems are annoying, but it’s just a part of living in New York City. Public transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s a pain. It’s a convenience that can cause an inconvenience. Here is a list of five annoying things about subways in New York City.
    Subway problems are annoying, but it’s just a part of living in New York City. Public transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s a pain. It’s a convenience that can cause an inconvenience. Here is a list of five annoying things about subways in New York City.
  • TSA contest calls for ideas to improve airline security lines

    TSA contest calls for ideas to improve airline security lines

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:11:07 GMT
    Everyone hates long lines at security checkpoints and the TSA knows it. Now the TSA is sponsoring a contest to encourage anyone with new ideas about how to make the airport security lines go faster. Often for air travelers, the security checkpoint experience is the worst part of their trip. That's why the TSA turned to the crowdsourcing site Innocentive asking for ideas pledging a total of $15,000 in prize money, with at least one $5,000 award.
    Everyone hates long lines at security checkpoints and the TSA knows it. Now the TSA is sponsoring a contest to encourage anyone with new ideas about how to make the airport security lines go faster. Often for air travelers, the security checkpoint experience is the worst part of their trip. That's why the TSA turned to the crowdsourcing site Innocentive asking for ideas pledging a total of $15,000 in prize money, with at least one $5,000 award.
  • Aire Ancient Baths

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:29:51 GMT
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices