With Wimbledon 2018 in the books, our tennis thoughts bounce to hard surfaces and the best hotels if you’re going to the U.S. Open.
So long, strawberries. Hello, hot dogs!
The 50th annual U.S. Open unfurls from August 27 through September 9.
In theory, you can stay at any hotel in New York City and get yourself to the sprawling Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens (the easiest, and cheapest, way is to catch the 7 subway train at Grand Central Station for Mets-Willets Point Station). But these hotels, for wildly different reasons, put a special spin on New York’s biggest tennis event.
Stay with a sponsor
Tennis-related perks inevitably filter down from the Open’s sponsors. Which brings us to Westin, the Open’s official hotel, and the Westin New York Grand Central, a handsome property that’s steps away from from Grand Central Station and the 7 train. Given the hotel’s sponsorship status, your chances of rubbing elbows with tennis players in the lobby are good. As a bonus, the hotel is offering a Tennis Everyone! U.S. Open Package. In addition to rates starting at $313 at night and a free upgrade if available at booking, you get a tennis-themed tote back loaded with sunscreen, a visor, a small fan that plugs into your cell phone, SPF lip balm, a cell phone case and a $15 Metrocard. Westin New York Grand Central, 212 East 42nd Street, 212-490-8900
Prefer to be in the Theater District? The U.S. Open Package at the Westin New York at Times Square a classic hotel with large-for-New York rooms, unpacks an upgrade to a Premium Deluxe Room (if available), a $20 Metrocard and breakfast for two daily in the Foundry Kitchen. Bonus: the hotel is steps away from the Times Square Subway Station and the 7 train to Queens. Westin Times Square, 270 West 43rd, 212-201-2700 or 866-716-8108 and mention rate plan LWPKG1
Stay near the 7 Train
The Grand in Grand Hyatt New York performs double duty, describing the hotel’s size (1,306 rooms) and location next to Grand Central Station above the stop for the 7 subway train to the open. Tennis players, coaches and officials have checked in for years (the USTA recently held its 2018 Tennis Teachers Conference here). In years past the lobby has been decorated with rackets and balls. Grand Hyatt New York, 109 East 42nd Street, 212 883-1234
If watching the open inspires you to pick up a racket, consider the Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza. Besides 439 rooms, many overlooking the East River and the United Nations, and a landmarked 1970s green marble lobby, the Millennium One UN Plaza is the only hotel with its own tennis courts (you need to book a court in advance). Rooms range from ordinary doubles to enormous suites ideal for families. Bonus: the hotel is a ten-to-15-minute walk to the 7 subway train at Grand Central. Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza, One UN Plaza, 212 758-1234
Though The Carlyle isn’t offering U.S. Open packages this year, this silky Art Deco tower with suites the size of apartments and a subtle but seasoned security team is a hotel of choice for the game’s top earners. Rodger Federer checked in for years (the hotel wouldn’t say if he’s returning this year). And if you want a break from tennis, the hotel is steps away from The Met Breuer, The Frick and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Carlyle, 35 East 75th at Madison Avenue, 212 744-1600
Stay in Queens
The U.S Open’s sprawling campus is a short hop from LaGuardia airport. And so is Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport, a contemporary hotel perched above three floors of Asian-inflected restaurants and shops in Flushing’s four year old Fulton Square condominium tower. For an airport hotel, the Hyatt offers lots to do when you’re not watching tennis. Besides a roof bar with a garden overlooking Manhattan, there’s an indoor pool. The hotel shuttle drops you off at Flushing Main Street Station, one subway stop from the U.S. Open on the 7 train. Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport, 133-42 39th Avenue, Flushing, 718 888-1234
Opened in July 2017, Ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport occupies a circular building encased in white tiles and glass and serves up small but upbeat rooms with curved windows, free WiFi and budget prices. The hotel shuttle drops you off at 111th Street Station, one subway stop away from the U.S. Open on the 7 train. Ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport, 100-33 Ditmars Boulevard, East Elmhurst, 718 606-7400