The holidays are a magical time in cities across the U.S. and a great opportunity to start family traditions, even if your kiddos are teeny tiny.
No one does the holidays like the Big Apple, of course.
If you’ll be among the more than 5 million visitors traveling to NYC over the holiday season, you’ll want to visit the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and watch the ice skaters, check out the dazzling holiday storefront displays, and the holiday markets with unique gifts created by local craftspeople and artists (the Union Square holiday market is a personal fave).
You might also want to enjoy other special treats, such as hot chocolate at the legendary dessert destination, Serendipity 3, or a memorable brunch at an iconic restaurant like Balthazar. The restaurant has high chairs and will store your stroller for you. (Recommenations: This stroller and this one are great for urban treks.) And, bonus–Balthazar is kinda noisy, which makes it especially baby and kid friendly!
All of those pitstops are on my family’s annual NYC holiday visit, which began when my daughters were still in strollers.
No matter which holiday city you’re headed to, however, things can happen that can make you want to take a time-out. Like, say you fly in early and can’t check in to your hotel until 3 PM, but it’s only 9:30 a.m. and you’re already getting the feeling that everyone is gonna need a serious nap or just a cozy spot to rest and play.
Or, your departing flight is suddenly super delayed, but you’ve already checked out of your regular hotel. Uh oh!
Or, the kids are spending time with Grandpa and Grandma. (Whew!) But forget holiday shopping. What you really need is some private kid-free time to yourselves to um, connect.
Enter the Day Stay
HotelsByDay is a service that allows you to stay at a top-rated hotel in cities across the U.S. for up to six hours during the day. “We have many customers who visit our hotels and use them while on a short day trip,” says Yannis Moati, HotelsbyDay CEO.
During your HotelsByDay day stay, you can check in as early as 10 AM check. Checkout is at 4 PM the same day. (Sorry, you can’t stay longer.) It’s a block of six sanity-saving hours.
For day use of a luxurious hotel room, you’ll pay a fraction of what you’d pay for an overnight hotel stay. “The average day rate for about six hours in the U.S. is about half the rate of a night’s hotel stay,” Moati says. In NYC, for example, the average HotelsByDay day-stay rate is $119 plus tax.
But convenience is the biggest perk. “Our goal is to provide a level of flexibility with hotels that didn’t exist,” Moati says.
HotelsByDay can also give you access. If you’re traveling to a resort hotel in Miami, for example, HotelsByDay can allow you to use the hotel amenities, such as the hotel’s lounge chairs on the beach, the pool and spa.
HotelsbyDay has partnered with top rated major and boutique hotel chains, such as Hyatt, Wyndham, Hilton, Radisson and Clarion, in over 200 cities in North America, the UK and Paris in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Miami, Nashville, Arlington, Virginia, San Francisco and Seattle.
HotelsByDay launched in February 2015 with 10 hotels in New York City and two hotels in Chicago. Now, on any given day, there are 450 hotels active on the HotelsByDay site and app (iOS and Android).
Festive fact: Moati and his team presented HotelsByDay on Shark Tank season 8 in March 2017. “It was brutal,” Moati says of the experience. While he didn’t cut a deal with the Sharks, the TV exposure has been good for business.
HotelsByDay Holiday Deal!
Gift yourself and the fam a HotelsByDay deal. If you’ll be traveling to a major U.S. city between December 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019, save 5% by booking your HotelsbyDay visit by visiting HotelsByDay and using the coupon code Baby.
- You can book your daytime hotel room on HotelsbyDay 90 days in advance. As long as you reserve with coupon code Baby between 12/1/18 and 1/31/19, you’ll get the 5% discount.
- Nope, breakfast is not included in the price.
- You can’t modify your reservations on HotelsbyDay. If you need to, you must cancel your reservation and rebook.All told, HotelsbyDay is great for day-tripper families as well as couples and business people.
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