What five things should I pack to stay at The Peninsula New York?

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When you stay at The Peninsula New York, there is little — if anything — the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s concierge can’t get for you, but there are a few key items you can bring to make your stay more enjoyable. Here’s our list of five must-haves for your suitcase:

1. A swimsuit. The pool at the hotel is a great place to kick back and relax, so be sure to pack a swimsuit. The pool is heated to toasty 84 degrees year-round, and you’ll find chaise lounges, arm chairs, towels, floats and pillows to use as well as sweeping views of Fifth Avenue from the 22nd floor. If swimming isn’t your thing, work on your tan at the hotel’s summer-only sun deck.

2. Workout clothes and sneakers. The hotel gym is one of the best in the city, so you’ll want to be prepared. The gym is inside the hotel’s Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa, and it provides access to cardio, weight-training, resistance-training and low-impact equipment as well as fitness classes. Gaze out the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Fifth Avenue, watch the flat-screen TVs or read a magazine while you sweat. When you want a healthy snack, enjoy the complimentary bottled water, citrus-infused water and green apples.

3. A camera. You’re staying in Midtown, a stone’s throw from the city’s most exciting cultural activities and outdoor park. You’ll want your camera as you stroll down scenic Fifth Avenue, cruise the eye-catching Museum Mile, take a trip to bustling Times Square or ride the kid-friendly carousel in Central Park.

4. Your iPod. Each guest room comes equipped with an iPod docking station, so you can blast your playlists while getting ready to go out for a night on the town. You can control the volume of music in the room — as well as the outside privacy sign, television, temperature and lights — all with the touch of a button on your easy-to-use bedside panel.

5. Going-out gear. If you plan on enjoying an upscale cocktail at the beautiful Salon de Ning, the New York hotel’s lounge inspired by the glamour of 1930s Shanghai, you’ll want to bring a nice outfit so you’ll feel right at home on the 23rd-floor rooftop terrace. Here you can pop a lavish bottle of bubbly Dom Pérignon or Cristal or try the signature Ning Sling cocktail, made with Absolut Mandarin vodka, Soho lychee liqueur, lychee and passion fruit juices and fresh mint.

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