Lace Up at The Bryant Park Hotel for Skating at Bryant Park
When we finally wiped the glitter out of our eyes after staying at the Andaz 5th Avenue last week, we took a stroll around the neighborhood and were tickled to have stumbled upon Citi Pond at Bryant Park behind the New York Public Library.
The Pond is an ice rink alternative to the famous rink at Rockefeller Center and it's much more manageable. When we popped by the day before Thanksgiving, it seemed far less crowded than Rock Center. Plus, there were all sorts of cutesy pop-up shops on-site, making it a perfect stop to pick up holiday gifts. There's even a restaurant, Celsius, on site to grab some grub if the skating gets you hungry.
Want to roll out of your hotel bed and get skating? Then book the Bryant Park Hotel right on 40th Street, literally steps from the rink. We found a superior queen room for the weekend before Christmas at $378 a night.
But of course, that rate drops to $269 if you can wait until mid-January. Don't fret, the Pond will be on ice until February 27.