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Sleeping Under The Stars At AKA Central Park

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June 21, 2011 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Recently, we've done quite a bit of coverage on hotel rooftops in NYC. We tallied a top ten list of rooftop bars. Then we assembled an additional five places. Then we told you about Chef Richard Farnabe's 37 tomatoes on top of the Soho Grand. And now, you can sleep on one. A rooftop, that is.

Remember how jealous you felt when we took you inside the penthouse at AKA Central Park? Well, they've stepped up their game. In case you forgot, AKA is a hotel-condominium hybrid service that rents out high-end apartments for as long as they are needed. Could be for a week. It could be for five weeks. But assuming you fit the bill—rich commuter, needs a lot of privacy—a fully-furnished private apartment for upwards of $395 a night appeals for its convenience more than anything else. But what about $3,000?

That's the penthouse rate, which AKA is now supplementing with an "outdoor bedroom" option, available to both of AKA Central Park's penthouse suites. Ever heard of "sleeping under the stars?" Well, you won't find many of those in New York. But you can enjoy views of Central Park from the comfort of your own outdoor queen-sized bed. We don't think you'll get much sleeping done, however, with all the knick-knacks they're throwing in. Among the amenities included in the package: champagne, a fireplace (with the requisite s'mores), a telescope, and an e-reader.

We perked up at the additional listed feature of "outdoor mood music." Admittedly, we had visions of newly-commissioned Brian Eno soundscapes, or maybe even a live harpist strumming away in the corner. But upon further inspection, this proved to be nothing more than an iPod playlist. Neither the playlist editor, nor the songs themselves, were disclosed.

[Photo: AKA Central Park]

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