Collective Governors Island Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the standard rates?
Rates may vary based on dates, availability and accommodation type. The standard rate for our double occupancy Journey Tents starts at $150 per night (excluding tax) for either a queen bed or two double beds. Our Journey Tents can only accommodate up to two adults. The standard rate for our double occupancy Summit Tents starts at $500 per night (excluding tax) for either a king bed or two single beds. You can check our website for availability or contact us at 970-445-2033 or email@example.com.
Do you offer any discounted local rates?
Collective Retreats is committed to offering the Governors Island experience to all New Yorkers. We’ll offer a select number of discounted nights for our Journey Tents on a first come, first served basis. Collective Retreats will offer special discounted rates for select evenings starting at $75 per night. Continue to check back on our website as we will be opening up these discounted rates regularly throughout the season. You can also sign up for emails on our website to be notified as soon as they’re available for purchase.
What is included?
Included in your stay for a Summit Tent reservation is the following:
- Summit Tent accommodations for two guests with king bed or two single beds—a rollaway bed can be provided for an additional $100 per night.
- Private, custom-designed en-suite bathroom with full-flush toilets, rain-style hot showers, and beautiful sink and vanity spaces (see below for more information)
- Full complimentary daily breakfast featuring local, seasonal dishes with a mix of healthy and hearty options
- Coffee, tea, hot cocoa, refreshments, and filtered water provided in your tent and refreshed throughout the day
- Complimentary gourmet s’mores
- Complimentary retreat bike rentals. Ask the receptionist at Three Peaks to rent.
- Turkish spa towels and robes
- Environmentally friendly luxury bath amenities
- Personal concierge services prior to and during your stay
Included in your stay for a Journey Tent reservation is the following:
- Journey Tent accommodations for up to two guests only with queen bed or two single beds
- Shared bathrooms with full-flush private toilets, individual showers, and luxury bath amenities just a few minutes walking distance from your tent
- Bath tote with spa towels and bathrobes
- Coffee and tea service, including French press, mugs, local coffee beans, hot cocoa, and teas
- Gourmet s’mores kit available for purchase
- Retreat bike rentals available for purchase
- Daily breakfast featuring local, seasonal dishes with a mix of healthy and hearty options available for purchase
How many people can stay in each tent?
Summit Tents: Our Summit Tents with your choice of king bed or two single beds are double occupancy. We can add a rollaway bed to Summit Tents with king beds for an additional $100 per night. Children 6 and under are welcome to share a bed with a parent at no extra cost. Due to space limitations, a rollaway bed cannot be added to Summit Tents with two single beds.
Journey Tents: Our Journey Tents, with your choice of queen bed or two single beds, are double occupancy. Children are welcome to share a bed with a parent at no extra cost. Due to space limitations, a rollaway bed cannot be added to a Journey Tent.
Are children allowed?
Yes, Collective Governors Island is a great getaway for families! There are many family-friendly outdoor activities, including biking, educational walking tours, summertime ice skating, and playgrounds on the island. We can add a rollaway bed (for Summit Tent reservations only) to a Summit Tent with a king bed for an additional $100 per night.
Can I bring my pet?
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on Governors Island with the exception of service dogs. Learn more about Governors Island’s rules and regulations here.
What are the bathrooms like?
Summit Tents: Each Summit Tent is connected via private walkway to your own custom-designed bathroom. The bathrooms are housed in adjoined canvas tents, with full-flush toilets, rain-style hot showers, and beautiful sink and vanity spaces. There are thick Turkish towels and robes in the tent, as well as environmentally friendly luxury bath amenities in the bathroom.
Journey Tents: Journey Tents have nearby shared bathrooms with full-flush private toilets, individual showers, and luxury bath amenities just a few minutes walking distance from each tent. Each Journey Tent includes a bath tote with spa towels and bathrobes.
Are there bugs and wildlife?
The tents are outdoors, so we cannot guarantee you won’t see any bugs. However, we do have bug foggers available upon request, which help minimize the chance of insect encounters. The safety of our guests and team is our top priority, and our staff will educate you on our safety guidelines and practices when you arrive should you encounter any wildlife. Collective Retreats also does pest control on a regular and frequent basis.
What will the weather be like?
While within close proximity to Manhattan, Collective Governors Island is located in a beautiful natural environment. Spring and summer are generally mild, but we can experience rainstorms as well as unseasonably cold or hot conditions and heavy winds. Our tents are equipped with plush comforters and plenty of extra blankets, but it can get chilly in the evenings. We also provide in-tent fans upon request for those warmer evenings. To best prepare for your trip, be sure to check the weather prior to departure and pack accordingly. We’ll also email you a packing list prior to your arrival.
How do I get to Collective Governors Island?
Collective Governors Island is located eight minutes from Lower Manhattan and five minutes from Brooklyn via ferry. All guests must arrive on one of these ferries. Please use the walking map here for directions from the ferry to the retreat.
Manhattan ferries run daily:
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The full ferry schedule can be found here.
We’re easily accessible via public transportation. There’s no need to rent a car as Governors Island is a car-free environment and you can explore the island by foot or via bicycle. Local airports include Newark International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport. From there, you can take public transportation to the 10 South Street Ferry Terminal or Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. For any questions regarding your arrival, you can reach our concierge by calling 970-445-2033 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a safe I can store my stuff in?
Yes. Collective Retreats Governors Island is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. A safe has been provided for your use in-tent. A Collective Retreats team member is available and on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additionally, a Security Guard and EMT is posted on-retreat overnight and is available in case of any emergency. Please see a team member for more information regarding your safety and security on retreat and/or text us at the number provided when you arrive.
What if I need help getting around?
We seek for everyone at Collective Governors Island to have an excellent experience, even guests with limited mobility. Mobile transport can be provided upon request from the ferry landing to the retreat, to your guest tent and around the retreat on a day-to-day basis. Guests may not bring their own vehicles to Governors Island as it is a car-free environment.
What is the alcohol policy?
Beer, wine, and liquor are available for purchase at Three Peaks. Due to Governors Island policy, no alcoholic beverages may be brought onto Governors Island.
When should I book?
Because space at Collective Governors Island is limited, we suggest you book at least 3 months in advance—or more if you are looking to visit on a holiday weekend or peak time. Our reservations team is always available to help answer any questions prior to booking, or help with availability inquiries. Please contact us if you are interested in staying at Collective Retreats, but need more information prior to booking. You can reach our reservations department by phone at 970-445-2033 or email@example.com.
How long should I stay?
Most of our guests choose to stay for 2-3 nights, but we welcome you to stay as long as you’d like! Our concierge can help design a customized trip for you at any length of stay. Please note, we have a 2-night minimum stay for standard weekends and a 3-night minimum stay for holiday weekends.
What time is check-in and checkout?
Check-in is at 2 p.m. and checkout is at 10 a.m. Checkouts later than 10 a.m. will be charged for an additional night. Our concierge team will be in touch close to your arrival date to confirm your arrival time.
Important note: All guests must arrive via the Governors Island Ferry service. Governors Island ferries do not operate 24 hours a day. The last ferry departs on weekdays from Manhattan at 4:15 p.m. and on weekends from Manhattan and Brooklyn at 5:30 p.m.
What time of year should I visit?
Collective Governors Island is open annually for six months of the year, May – October. There are benefits to all parts of the season, depending on what you’re looking for.
What should I pack?
After you book, we’ll be in touch with a Guide to Collective that includes suggestions on what to pack. Some of the important items for spring and fall include warm outer layers and waterproof footwear. The weather can vary, so you will be much more comfortable if you are prepared with the appropriate clothing and footwear. In general, the weather is gorgeous, but it’s always good to pack the right items. We suggest checking the weather a day or two prior to your arrival. Also, don’t forget your camera, travel journal, a hat, sunscreen and a good book to read while you enjoy your morning coffee. Guests are encouraged to bring bikes and bikes are available for rental on the island.
What are the dining options?
We offer full breakfast daily at our Three Peaks Lodge, featuring a wide range of dishes, from hearty omelettes and pancakes to wellness-focused options like yogurt and homemade granola. With a stay in one of our Summit Tents, breakfast is complimentary. Breakfast is available for purchase for guests staying in our Journey Tents.
For lunch and dinner, we have a variety of a la carte options for purchase. For lunch, we sell to-go picnic boxes that include sandwiches and snacks. In the evenings, you can choose to book our nightly farm to table dinner, which is served under the stars and features a three-course menu of seasonal local dishes, or go with a more casual BBQ-in-a-Box option.
We request that all lunch and dinner reservations are made at least 48 hours prior to arrival, and all farm to table dinners booked at least two weeks in advance. Our team is happy to help you make your choices and confirm your reservations—please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of activities are there?
As part of the Collective Retreats experience, we introduce you to the best activities and sights Governors Island and New York City have to offer. As local New Yorkers, we’ve personally scouted out the best sites to see, the best tours to take, even the best sunset spots—and want to share it all with you. Because of that, you can be assured that we can design the perfect itinerary for you, no matter your style or preference.
At Collective Governors Island, many of our guests choose to take advantage of the rich history on the island and open park space, as well as the unique collection of events hosted at the retreat itself. Governors Island offers a wide array of history, recreation and acres of expansive park to wander with some of New York City’s best views. A hub for art and culture, the Island hosts a rich calendar of visual art, performances and educational exhibits, plus tours of the island’s historic National Monuments, giving visitors a glimpse into its important place in United States history. A car-free environment, the Island is best explored by foot or on a bicycle. Collective Governors Island will be launching a calendar of events and daily activities of its own, which will include live music, innovative dining, culinary classes, wellness retreats, thought leadership summits, morning yoga ritual (Lady Liberty Sun Salutation) and much more.
We’re also in close proximity to Manhattan. Some of our favorite activities in the city include taking a tour of the Statue of Liberty, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and visiting the new One World Trade Center building. However, if you’re looking for a true city escape, you can stay on the island and enjoy many outdoor activities while taking in the New York Harbor skyline views. The island features many historical buildings, cultural events, an urban garden and even a field of hammocks perfect for napping or reading a book during the day.
Can you accommodate large groups?
We’re happy to host large groups. Whether you’re looking to book several tents or interested in a partial or full buy-out, our team can help make arrangements. Please contact our reservations department for more information or to make a booking for a large group or event at email@example.com.
Can I plan an event at Collective Governors Island, such as a wedding or corporate retreat?
Absolutely. Collective Governors Island is the perfect destination to host your special event. With spectacular locations and a team of seasoned event experts on staff, we are ready to help you plan the most unique event of a lifetime. There are a variety of event spaces both at the retreat and on the island. For more information, please contact our events team at firstname.lastname@example.org.