Explore Staten Island
Staten Island HotelsShop ‘till you drop in glitzy designer malls, discover undisturbed history at the island core, and get back to nature in the shade of tree-filled parklands or the tranquil pebbled beaches of desirable Staten Island. As New York City districts go, Staten Island retains all the glamor and appeal the city is famous for, without the crowded crush of non-stop city streets. You can’t avoid its Italian heritage, and nor would you want to if its decadent eateries are anything to go by. From vodka pizzas to cheese-less crusts, this cosmopolitan district appeals to a multitude of tastes.Things to seeBelying the illustrious, and elegant residential developments New York’s Staten Island is famous for, the unique Historic Richmond Town is welcome recognition of the island’s early history. Created by dedicated preservationists, this living museum sits in the geographical heart of the island, where early wooden 17th century homes, accompanied by the oldest elementary school still standing in the USA, can be viewed in their original state. It’s an impressive display of original Greek revival architecture, with previously occupied homes and tiny grocery and general stores open for guided tours. On the other side of Latourette Park, Staten Island small gives a glimpse into the rich and glamorous lifestyle this island has become famous for. Marble-clad arcades are lined with glamorous boutiques and brand name designer stores. If you’re traveling with children, a popular attraction is the eight acres of Staten Island’s zoo, a compact and Bijou exhibition of animals, where kids can delight with amusing pony rides, or shrink from the horrors of scaled reptiles in their tropical enclosures.Hotels in
Staten IslandStaten Island is densely-populated and there isn’t much room for continuous development. In keeping with its elaborate houses and community feel, most hotels here blend into the existing landscape with low rise structures that are a far cry from the towering high-rises and glamorous skyscrapers of Manhattan Island to the north. If you want modern, choose one of the traditional motels, where comfortable bedrooms greet you with two Queens or a King size bed, private en-suite bathrooms, complimentary continental breakfasts, and very often WiFi in each of the guest rooms. But if you want to discover the essence of Staten Island, lookout for its quaint bed and breakfasts housed in original townhouses or elaborate colonial homes. They often have original features, from cast iron fireplaces to bay windows, and private gardens with views over the glimmering ocean.Where to stayStaten Island is one big, sprawling residential estate, a vast expanse of tree-lined boulevards filled with whitewashed wooden-boarded homes that retain a distinctly colonial feel. Sprawling acreages of verdant parklands are dotted between junctions, and large manor houses enjoy enviable views over the sparkling bay and the strident, glittering night skyline of Manhattan Island. Hotels in Staten Island stay away from these close knit residential communities, converging on the island center near the native creeks and marshes that surround the wild reserve of Pralls Island. They usually have great accessibility to the Staten Island expressway that leads to other districts of iconic New York City.How to get to Staten IslandJust north of Staten Island, Newark Liberty International Airport brings most international travelers from abroad. Buses and trains make the onward journey to the varying districts around the island, although a popular alternative is to arrive in New York at La Guardia international Airport and travel to Staten Island by iconic ferry, taking in the views of Liberty Island on your 25 minute journey across the bay.