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The best family hotels in New York City do not have to compromise luxury or service. Gather the troops and book a room — or a suite — at one of these Five-Star properties.
1. Four Seasons Hotel New York. Considered Beanie Baby Empire, Ty Warner owns Four Seasons Hotel New York and kids are surprised with plush little friends year-round. The thrill for parents will be the spacious suites at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star property, which range in size from 800 to 4,300 square-feet — some even include terraces. For an extra-large group, the Royal Suite has an adjoining library that can function as a third bedroom. You need not worry what to do when little tummies start to growl. The children’s menu at Four Seasons features ten entrées for breakfast (love the fun fruit yogurt with Central Park animal crackers) and ten for lunch and dinner. There are even whimsical desserts like cheesecake lollipops. Conscientious parents need not worry, as there are plenty of healthy options offered throughout the day and night, too.
2. Trump International Hotel & Tower New York. When it comes to keeping kids busy, Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Trump International Hotel & Tower New York has all the bases covered. While the hotel can hook up Wii, PlayStation or Xbox in your room to replicate a home entertainment center, a number of activities are offered (think boxing and swimming lessons) to keep kids fit. A nice touch we saw on our last visit was a generous backpack filled with coloring books for little ones to enjoy. If you wish to have an adult night on the town, the concierge can set up a babysitter through an outside service — Babysitters Guild — a company that only employs nannies with professional childcare credentials. If you have a baby on board, the New York hotel will furnish your room with a rocking chair and a crib dressed in plush linens. When it comes to feeding even the pickiest of eaters, the children’s room service menu boasts a list of kiddie cocktails like the Bora Bora Punch. Parents will be pleased to see healthier options like steamed filet of snapper with rice and spinach to balance out the kid-friendly favorites including PB&J, mac & cheese and pizza. The TV snack menu offers everything from popcorn to tuna and salmon sashimi — perfect for youngsters with sophisticated palates. For those staying in a suite, guest services will stock the fridge prior to arrival with groceries from Whole Foods.
3. Mandarin Oriental, New York. The moment kids arrive at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, New York, they’ll receive a concierge welcome kit to keep them busy. Contents vary depending on age, but include kid-oriented activities and lists of adventures within the city limits. The fun doesn’t stop there. The hotel also provides plenty of in-room amenities such as board games, coloring books and stuffed animals. While there’s a DVD player in every room, Wii, Xbox and PlayStation are available upon request. If you are traveling with a small child, opt to have your guestroom safety proofed with bumpers on the coffee tables, coves on electrical outlets and even railings on kids’ beds. For babies, you can get a crib a no additional cost. Whether you choose to dine with the kids in a seated environment at Asiate restaurant or the Lobby Lounge, or within your room, The Mandarin Oriental, New York offers an extensive selection of children’s items including: corn flake-crusted brioche French toast, penne pasta, chicken fingers (made-from-scratch) and cookies and milk. We suggest taking the family up to the gorgeous 75-foot indoor lap pool on the 36th floor. There’s a lifeguard on duty and if you forgot to pack swim gear, the hotel sells suits, goggles, caps and toys.
4. The Peninsula New York. Despite its reputation as an upscale, Five-Star hotel, The Peninsula New York is ready for kids. Need proof? Start by taking your little ones to get their picture taken with the hotel’s mascot, Peter the Bear, who is dressed head-to-toe in a white bellhop uniform. The luxury hotel also offers signature bear stuffed animals which make for cuddly souvenirs. Keep active minds busy with the hotel’s Kids’ Academy, which will take youngsters on tours of New York through the Fast Forward NYC Fun program. If your child enjoys playing in the kitchen, he or she will love the interactive culinary class — only at The Peninsula New York — with the hotel’s pastry chef. A tweaked afternoon children’s tea service in the Gotham Lounge boasts fun favorites like grilled cheese sandwiches, mini cupcakes and hot chocolate created by Jacques Torres, one of the greatest pastry chefs in the world. The 24-hour room service includes plenty of options to suit the younger-set, including corn-flake-crusted brioche French toast with cherry compote, burgers and kiddie cocktails such as the Spider Man, complete with a chocolate and cherry net spread over the glass. If all that sugar keeps them going for a while, guestrooms offer a variety of amusements, including board games, Wii, PlayStation, books and DVDs. Even kids can wind-down with their own bathrobes, slippers and bubble bath goodies.
5. The St. Regis New York. No need to worry about packing an extra suitcase full of amusements for the kids. Upon request, the concierge at The St. Regis New York will pre-stock your guestroom with everything from Wii to Candy Land to a variety of kid-friendly DVDs. If you forget to make prior arrangements, simply use the in-room, universal remote or E-Butler app to contact your butler on his wireless device. If you want to catch a Broadway show or late-night dinner with your significant other, the concierge at The St. Regis New York can help you arrange for a babysitter from a trusted outside source, so you can rest assured your children will be in good hands while you enjoy your night on the town. If you’re traveling with babies or toddlers, the luxury hotel can provide outlet covers and table bumpers to childproof your space and a crib at no extra cost. You can’t go wrong with the 24-hour in-room dining menu, which features “Mini Butler Bites” like hot dogs, mini pizzas and triple-decker peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches created with kids in mind.