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From music festivals to Central Park frolicking to outdoor movie screenings, summer is one of the most exciting times to visit NYC. Of course, it's also when the city's at its muggiest, smelliest, and most hectic. Here are a few tips on ways to make the most of NYC in the summer by staying at a hotel:
1. Rooftops, rooftops, rooftops: Nothing beats having your own personal rooftop oasis in the middle of bustling Manhattan. Places like Hotel Americano (pictured) and The Peninsula will make those sweltering days seem a lot more manageable, and when the sun goes down, the party starts.
Keep an eye out for our yearly NYC hotel rooftop report, coming soon!
Four more tips after the jump!
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As summer nears, hotels are going to start up with the usual warm-weather offerings: rooftop bars, poolside cabanas, and those awkward tanning concierges. But as far as we're concerned, it all boils down to one question: where can we ride a bike for free?
Unless otherwise noted, all of the below hotels offer free bike rentals on a first-come, first-served basis (that means no reserving the night before!), and all bikes come with a helmet and a lock.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on the public bikes at Public Chicago, and we recommend you do the same! Guests can grab a Trek Bicycle and take out for a spin down to Lake Shore and cruise along the beach's bike path—which are just three blocks from the hotel. Oh, and did we mention it's free?
In time for the first shoots of spring in London, £1-favorite Hoxton Hotel is now offering guests four custom UK-made Mango Bikes in the hotel’s colors to tool around town in. Both Sanderson and St. Martin’s Lane counter with equipment from the home of cycling, with Dutch bikes by Public J7.
Santa Barbara's El Encanto Resort has something special for adventuresome guests: electric bikes! The electric component can be turned on or off, so if you don't feel like cheating, you can pump all the way to the beach and back. But when it comes time to head back to the hotel (which sits in the Santa Barbara hills), that motor is going to come in pretty handy.
Sofitel So Bangkok offers three bikes for rent—a number suitable for the cast of Three's Company, but hey, free is free! Head across the road and pedal your heart out around Lumpini Park, the city's answer to Central Park, where you can ride along the Komodo Dragons basking in the sun on the banks of the lake.
For 12 more hotels (and hotel brands) with free bike rentals, read on!
Manhattan’s Citi Bike Share program has been delayed again until next spring, but fear not, there's still a way to get a hold of a pair of wheels to explore the city. Guests of either the Affinia Dumont and Affinia Shelburne can take advantage of the hotels’ free bicycle program.
The blue bikes with canary-yellow tires are custom-made bicycles courtesy of Republic Bike . When you sign up for a spin, you’ll get a helmet, lock, basket, map of popular bike routes and must-see landmarks around a 23.7 square-mile radius, as well as a list of available bike parking around the city.
Guests can borrow the bikes each day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and must be returned each day. We’re sure these will be scooped up quickly especially for beautiful fall bike rides, so book them in advance via E-Concierge, Affinia’s online concierge program, or if you’re not the planning sort, take your chances and wait until you check in at the hotel’s front desk.
Rates for the Affinia Shelburne and Dumont are available at $261 and $289 per night, respectively.
[Photo: Affinia Hotels]
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On Friday, we showed you Five Hotel Bikes to Ride This Summer but today, we've got two more cruisers for you to check out when you check-in.
The Allegro Hotel in Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, has partnered with the Pedal Power charity for a special "Bike This Town" package which includes deluxe accommodations, a three-hour bike reservation for two guests, picnic lunch for two, a "Bike Survival Kit" with energy bars, water, sunscreen and cyclometers as well as a $1 donation to the local Pedal Power charity, run by 12-year-old Nicole Basil which aims to refurbish used bikes and donate them to honor roll kids in Chicago's public schools.
Not down to stay at the Allegro? The package is also available at Kimpton's other Chicago hotels--Hotel Monaco, Hotel Palomar and Hotel Burnham. Mention the rate code BIKE when booking. The package is available through September 30, 2012.
I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike...
One of the best ways to take in the sights of a new city is by bike. And thanks to these five hotels, finding a bike to ride is as easy as requesting one from the front desk (so long as you're a hotel guest of course.) Here's where you can go cruising this summer in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco.
· Public Chicago: The Trek bikes are completely free for guests of the hotel. Ride it along Lake Shore or along the beach. Don't be embarrassed to ask the cute doormen for assistance.
Rates at the hotel this summer start around $169 a night.
· Soho Grand New York: Not only can you ride around Soho in a stylish bike at no cost but the hotel will pack up a picnic lunch for you with your choice of salad, half sandwich and San Pellegrino soda along with Pop chips and seasonal fruit. (Lunch is $15 per person.)
Rates at the hotel start around $400 a night.
See more bikes to ride after the jump!