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Firstly: get your mind out of the gutter. According to the latest hotel rental apps like Recharge, most people driving this trend are simply looking for a place to take a shower or enjoy a power nap in style. The rise of co-working and the desire for more design-forward, intimate meeting spaces also plays a part in the leap renting-by-the-minute (or hour) has taken from seedy to stylish.

According to MarketWatch, rates for hotels in New York range from 83 cents to $2 per minute (plus tax) via Recharge, which is also live in San Francisco—with Chicago and LA coming soon.

As fans of the most interesting, beautiful, quirky and fun hotels on the planet, we still love our overnights at a hotel; but if we’re talking about hotel rooms we’d rent by the minute, here are three already available in New York (plus two contenders for our Chicago and LA wish lists).

1 Hotel Central Park
Perfect for: A private yoga or meditation break

This eco-chic hotel in Midtown is currently available on Recharge, and we love its serene, Zen vibe. Its location makes it convenient for business travelers but the minute you step inside, you’ll feel the world slow down. Roll out the yoga mat you’ll find in the closet, do a few sun salutations or a full routine, and then enjoy a refreshing shower and glass of filtered water.

Rates: $1.33/min or $80/hr + tax (with a $40 minimum)

NYLO New York City
Perfect for: Curling up with a good book

Hump day relaxation at #NYLOHotels Plano. #Regram @imjustbrittany83

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The Upper West Side tends to conjure up literary and classic cinematic scenes. Its focus on arts and culture make it a great base for the more bookish travelers, and we’d happily take a break from a busy day to check in here and escape into the pages of a new novel or biography for an hour or two.

Rates: $0.83/min or $50/hr + tax (with a $25 minimum)

W San Francisco
Perfect for: Practicing your Silicon Valley pitch

With a great spot in the SoMa District, the W would be ideal for doing a little prep in front of the mirror before heading to your meeting at that tech company you’re trying to partner with. And, if you’re a startup you’ll want to save some of that lean budget by only using a hotel room for the amount of time you need it, not for a whole night.

Rates: Rates: $0.83/min or $50/hr + tax (with a $50 minimum)

Chicago Athletic Association
Perfect for: A post-run shower

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If you like to run, there’s no better place to do it in Chicago than along the lakefront. However, if you’re not staying in The Loop but need a stylish place to refresh and recharge, the modern revamp of the Chicago Athletic Association is hard to beat. Enjoy rain showers, C.O. Bigelow bath products and unique boxing-style robes, a nod to the building’s past.

Palihouse West Hollywood
Perfect for: A shopping pit stop

If you’re giving your credit card a beating at the boutiques along Melrose and Robertson Boulevard, take five in one of these expansive suites to recharge. You can rest your weary feet, have a coffee, try on your new purchases, and even use the washer/dryer. Or, pop on your hottest new outfit and hit the rooftop Sunset Cocktail Lounge for a happy hour cocktail.


Rebecca Wallwork
Rebecca Wallwork is a writer based in Miami Beach, although you’ll also find her checking out the newest hotels in New York City. She is a former contributing editor to HotelChatter, and loves dogs and books as much as she does hotels.

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