You could argue that the fact that the jewel in the crown of Staten Island hotels is a 3-star Hilton Garden Inn sets a fairly low bar for accommodation in New York’s fifth borough. That said, this is a good one. Set within the 415 acres of preserved woodland of Staten Island's Corporate Park, this modern hotel is just a few minutes from Interstate 278. Each of its 198 guest rooms and suites features chic decor and is equipped with the signature Garden Sleep System, a TV, mini fridge, microwave and an ergonomic workstation with free wi-fi. Some suites even have whirlpool tubs. Lorenzo's Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret offers Italian and American cuisine along with live cabaret performances on select Fridays. Or, for the complete opposite experience, you could buy a meal from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry and heat it in your in-room microwave. And for rooftop drinks, there’s the Above Rooftop Lounge. What makes this hotel particularly pleasant is a large international and local art collection displayed in and around the hotel, along with landscaped gardens, including an outdoor Florentine Gazebo and views of the surrounding woodland. There’s also an indoor pool and fitness center, and complimentary shuttles to Newark Airport and Staten Island Ferry.
You’re looking for the best Staten Island hotels? Surely you have your reasons. To most New Yorkers, it is synonymous with the Staten Island Ferry, and that’s about it. But this often overlooked borough does have quite a bit of history. Staten Island was discovered in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazano and named by Henry Hudson in 1609. In 1898, Staten Island became one of New York City’s five boroughs. Service to Manhattan actually began in 1712, although the Ferry as we know it today was instituted by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1829. Today, the borough has an extensive park system, historical homes and the Greenbelt, a nature preserve that spans 2,800 acres, and of course Staten Island Zoo. You can even dine at the best Staten Island restaurants. In fact, some of the best New York pizzas can be found on Staten Island.
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