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You’ve never experienced New York City like this before. A quick ferry ride from downtown Manhattan, our peaceful oasis is nestled near the hills of historic Governors Island. You’ll be surrounded by sprawling green spaces, with unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty across the New York Harbor. It’s a retreat unlike any other in the world.
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Departure796168 wrote a review Oct 2022
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My friend and I left the city to explore Governor's Island. My mother passed away a few days earlier so the goal was a NEW SCENE. After walking around the island we spotted a bar and I wanted a mid day drink. I asked for the bartender and no one showed for 10 minutes. Walking back from looking at the property we came across the concierge, Connor. I jokingly shared that no one was able to help us at the bar. My friend mentioned coffee and before we knew it Connor had made us coffee and shared some of the property's amenities. I am going to book for next year. Bravo to Collective for hiring and retaining Connor. He changed my experience for the better. Thank you Connor.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 3 Nov 2022
I agree, Connor is AMAZING. We're adding daytime/breakfast/lunch service to our repertoire next year - can't wait to host you!
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Austin R wrote a review Oct 2022
The Summit tents are an amazing, unique experience. Super cozy bed, room for a family of four (if you request the roll-away beds), private bathrooms, and a lovely deck to sit on and watch the sunset. The bar and restaurant are just a short walk across the well-manicured lawn and offer specialty cocktails and a menu with something for everyone. In addition to being able to explore gorgeous Governor's Island, there's a game tent and a campfire with smores on site to add to the fun.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: Enjoy dinner early so you can watch the sunset from your deck or the lawn.
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Responded 3 Nov 2022
Thanks for your kind words! Please come back and see us next year - we've got some exciting plans in the works.
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Julie S wrote a review Sep 2022
New York City, New York3 contributions
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We live in NYC but just wanted a short “getaway”. It’s just a quick ferry ride over and we were picked up by golf cart so we didn’t have to carry any bags. The accommodations are incredible with a view you can’t beat. We weren’t expecting free happy hour which was a bonus. Then, we had a fabulous meal! There were options for everyone. My boyfriend is a vegetarian and he said he’d come back for the food alone. Finally, S’mores at night by the individual fire pits topped it all off. We will be back!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 1 Oct 2022
Come back and eat with us! We'd love that! Thanks so much for staying.
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Chelsea R wrote a review Sep 2022
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We had a lovely stay for my fiancés birthday and our anniversary. We stayed in September for only one night and on a weekday (which I recommend because the island was so busy during the weekend) but more than that would be a little pricey. Renting a bike for a day is a great way to view the island. Staff were all very kind and personable. We wish we’d known about the 3-5 pm happy hour before our arrival because then we would have scheduled our day to include that but sadly we missed it due to our other plans. The breakfast box was so cute and delish. The info in the email says to not bring food or your own alcohol but the tent had a cooler in it so I feel like you probably could bring some things. The text concierge service with the golf carts that can drive you places was also very slow to answer which wasn’t the best when we had a reservation at Gitano (also highly recommend) on the island and late at night when we were ready to come back. But that’s honestly the only negative. Everything else was amazing! Can’t wait to go back next summer
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 1 Oct 2022
Hi, Chelsea - I'm glad you had a nice time. :) Thanks for your feedback, super valuable and actionable.
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Daniel D wrote a review Sep 2022
Chatham, New Jersey59 contributions11 helpful votes
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We had a magnificent time at Collective Retreats on Governor’s Island. The tent was luxurious with a king sized bed, soft sheets and an indoor and outdoor seating area. We sat outside at night and watched the boats pass Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty as the sun set. Drinks on the veranda, the game tent and meeting people in the common seating areas was very relaxing after an afternoon exploring the historic sites on the island. We reserved dinner from the grill and the food was prepared to perfection. After dinner, we enjoyed s’mores by the outdoor fire pits with a crystal clear view of the NYC skyline. The staff was very helpful and shuttled us back and forth from the ferry slip and also took us on a quick tour. It was truly memorable.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 25 Sep 2022
Daniel, thanks for the kind words. Super great hosting you - can't wait to do it again soon!
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jul0mat wrote a review Sep 2022
San Francisco, California30 contributions12 helpful votes
After a few days in the city the stay at Collective has been a welcome change. You still see the city, an amazing few on Manhattan actually, but you are in nature. Quiet, relaxing, great service and amazing food. the tents are big, bigger than most rooms we stayed in NYC. Nice interior Design and top amenities. Glamping done right
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from Paige Carter, Owner at Collective Governors Island
Responded 24 Sep 2022
Thanks for the kind words! Please come back and see us soon.
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OhFranklin wrote a review Sep 2022
New York City, New York337 contributions147 helpful votes
When you are booking your tent and look at your price, you need to tweak your value meter a bit. For the same price, you can get some pretty excellent rooms and service all over the world. This is a different experience. As a New Yorker, it's super interesting to be sleeping on Governors Island and seeing the statue of liberty from your bed. It really plays with your little internal system that measures value. Here's what is great: - We did a JOURNEY tent. Relatively roomy. Perfect bed and linens. Nicely equipped. - If you book one without a bathroom, the shared bathrooms are pretty stellar (as far as shared bathrooms go). If the idea of a shared bathroom brings back nightmares of staying in European hostels as a young person, don’t worry. These are lovely. - Dinner had a few service hiccups but the food was exceptional. Yes, it’s pricier than you’d pay in the city. The burger and the fish of the day were both deliciious. - There is a lot of good communication beforehand and the team is accessible via text message. What I might recommend is avoiding the weekends. Get there early on the day you are checking in and drop off you bag. Spend the day exploring the island. We stayed on a Friday night and the ‘party boats’ were out until about 1am. It’s like a nightclub is parked outside your tent. Then on Saturday, the crowds arrive and the tourist/sight-seeing helicopters are constantly buzzing. The helicopters are as bad as the party boats. The boats and the helicopters, naturally, can’t be controlled by the folks at Collective. Just be aware. We happily left Saturday and retreated to Brooklyn.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 17 Sep 2022
Thanks so much for the kind words. You're correct, the boats and the helicopters are a pain....but I'm glad that it sounds you were able to enjoy retreat despite it. Please come back and see us soon? I'm available at paige@collectiveretreats.com, should you choose to.
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Gary L wrote a review Sep 2022
New York City, New York5 contributions2 helpful votes
Read the following review with the fact that the Outlook shelter typically books at $1k/night. We’ve stayed at Collective Retreats before, which was lovely. This was a return visit where we treated ourselves to staying at the Outlook shelter instead of the Journey tent. Unfortunately, quality has seriously degraded since our stay last year. We tried not to let the rain get to us, but it magnified the weak spots. At some point, it felt like thing after thing was going wrong, and we almost took the last ferry off the island instead of finishing our stay. Campground & Room: - If it rains, the grounds are gross. Paths are muddy and filled with puddles. It’s worse when it’s nighttime, as there are no lights to guide you where to walk. I can’t imagine having to leave my tent to use the communal bathrooms in the rain/wet ground. - Utilities were straight up installed incorrectly, eg the sink got hot when you turned the knob toward the blue dot. - Several light fixtures flickered. - There are so many light switches, and it’s not clear what they all do. We couldn’t figure out how to turn the string lights off outside, which affected our sleep as they are right outside the bed’s window. If you need pitch-black to sleep, you’ll not find it in the Outlook shelters. - The shower is not intuitive to use. We had to request a maintenance person who had to call another maintenance person to understand how to fix it, which is no fault to the staff, but rather demonstrates how difficult it was. - To shower is an unsavory experience. My body kept touching the shower curtain, which was slimy as if covered in mildew, because the tub is VERY tiny. I am not a large human, but I was cramped. - The rubber stopper was found way behind the tub, covered in grime and dust. - Our tub leaked. - The ledge behind the bed (where the books, lights, and sockets are) was SUPER dusty. We sneezed quite a bit but only when we were in the bed area. - In regards to A/C and heat, we were quite comfortable. - Pillows are quite soft. Like sink-your-head-through soft. Some people like this. Some people do not. Accommodations (note that rain will greatly impact these): - We received a very detailed email about logistics (yay!). Unfortunately when I arrived, I waited at the top of the hill as the email directed, and the pick-up car zoomed past me. - DO NOT TRY TO WORK FROM HOME HERE. Despite what the website says, the Wifi is inconsistent and unreliable. According to the front desk, this was due to the fact that we were outside but this wasn’t the case last time so…? - Hammocks couldn’t be used because, you know, wet. - With no s'mores (see below) or any other activities, it was more or less like sitting in my living room at home. Except at least in my home I have wifi. Food & Beverages: - There are no food options on a rainy weekday, and the camp restaurant is really expensive. Eat before you come or bring food. - The last time we did s’mores, it was super memorable—huddled around the campfire with all-you-can-eat s’mores. This time, everything was wet, so no campfires. We were given sad little boxes with unassembled (deconstructed?) s’more ingredients. You don’t get a microwave or stove in your room, so there’s no way to heat these up or lightly toast them. It was a scene that would make Gordon Ramsey weep. - We had an allergy in our party, which we confirmed with the front desk when we booked, but when we inquired about the safety of the s’mores, we were told that there was no ingredient list and that “it’s better to just not risk it by eating it.” - The staff kindly comped us a strawberry lemonade sorbet to make up for the s’mores! Unfortunately, it was extremely gummy, which was rather unpleasant to eat. Reaffirmed our decision to not eat dinner there. Nonetheless, appreciated the gesture. - The breakfast “buffet” is a vast improvement from the set baskets they used to do, at least from an allergy-accommodation perspective. While I should have known better than to expect a cruise ship-level spread, warm food would have been appreciated. Nonetheless, it’s a generous helping of 3 pastry types, 2 bagel flavors, charcuterie, yogurt, and granola. However, the hidden gem is the vanilla bean-flavored whipped yogurt (?) and cinnamon granola mix they had. SO GOOD! - They serve only coffee and grapefruit juice at breakfast, which is disappointing because grapefruit or its products should not be consumed if you're taking medication. - Non-alcoholic options leave something to be desired. In conclusion: Either management will take feedback seriously and things will improve, or it’ll decline so hard that even the appeal of an island retreat in a massive city can’t save it. So disappointing because the first time we went was really a great time—I would almost say a core memory even? And yet this second time was a blemish on that experience. I can only hope that they figure it out because I would love to give this place another chance, especially if they ever decide to open it up in the winter.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 17 Sep 2022
Hey there, thanks for your feedback. Your points are valid and are absolutely taken seriously. Guest feedback is the most valuable tool I have as we work to make our place and people the best they can be. I appreciate you taking the time to be thoughtful and thorough. Many of the things you've mentioned here are items we're actively working on. I hope you'll consider giving us another go. Should you decide to, I'm available at paige@collectiveretreats.com.
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Bri W wrote a review Sep 2022
New York City, New York4 contributions1 helpful vote
My family and I had a really lovely time glamping at Collective Retreats at Governors Island over Labor Day weekend. I wasn't sure how kid-friendly it would be (we have 5 and 3 YO boys), but we were pleasantly surprised to find lots of other families during our stay. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming, and it was so nice to get picked up by a golf cart at the ferry station (the camp site is a bit far to walk with kids and luggage). We stayed at a summit tent and it met (the bedroom tent was exactly as pictured on the website) and exceeded (the private bath was so nice) expectations. Complimentary happy hour on the big lawn was great and the lawn games and hammocks kept the kids entertained. Dinner from the a la carte menu was on point and well cooked, and service was equally good. S’mores after sundown, with a view of the Statue of Liberty, were also a hit. All in all, our stay was fantastic and we can't wait to come back.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 17 Sep 2022
Thanks for the kind words. We can't wait for you to come back! Let me know when you do?
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Musa wrote a review Sep 2022
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Sometimes you need a lil get away. Maybe just a lil float to another spot in the city and this is just the place for that. You can either walk during the permitted hours or you can call ahead, reserve a spot and get picked up by one of the excellent drivers. Come see the Island for yourself and enjoy it.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 17 Sep 2022
I'm constantly saying - it's the perfect quick getaway from the city. Glad you had a great time. Come back soon please!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Collective Governors Island
Which popular attractions are close to Collective Governors Island?
Nearby attractions include The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum (2.5 km), Brooklyn Bridge (2.8 km), and Statue of Liberty (1.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Collective Governors Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Collective Governors Island?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Collective Governors Island?
Conveniently located restaurants include Piccola Cucina Estiatorio, Zeppola Bakery, and Olio e Più.
Are there any historical sites close to Collective Governors Island?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum (2.5 km), World Trade Center Memorial Foundation (2.5 km), and Ellis Island (1.8 km).
Does Collective Governors Island have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Collective Governors Island accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.