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10 Best Luxury Hotels in New York City

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We know a luxury hotel when we see it: high-design decor, over-the-top amenities, and relentless personal attention being the first telltale signs. New York City has its fair share of deluxe digs, but we’ve looked even more closely for family-friendliness among the finery. These luxury hotels in New York City to and coddle our kids in the most delightful ways.

Written by Traci L. Suppa


The Sherry-Netherland

When it"s time to introduce your children to hospitality excellence with old world charm, bring them to this boutique 50-room hotel right on tony Fifth Avenue. They can bathe in a large marble tub, receive chocolates with turndown service, and reach Central Park in minutes. Spacious suites at The Sherry-Netherland Hotel include kitchenettes for added convenience. Multiple seasonal family packages are offered, including one offering a second room free with a two-night stay.

The Mark

Splurge for a stay at this New York City luxury hotel, and your kids will receive snacks and amenities from nearby toy store Zittles. Kids between the ages of 10 to 13 can participate in exclusive tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you need a stroller for the short walk to Central Park, the concierge will loan you a custom-designed Maclaren. The Suite Slumber Party package includes a customized children"s tent set up in your room, an in-room family movie, chocolate milk and cookies, and breakfast each day of your stay.

Ritz-Carlton Central Park

With Central Park as a scenic backdrop, this venerable and historic property rolls out a red carpet for families with exemplary guest service. The Ritz Kids program provides cookies and milk at turndown, and Bulgari baby bath products. Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park range from a spacious 425-square-foot Deluxe to the 1,980-square-foot Royal suite. Guest in Club Level rooms get breakfast, snacks, beverages and sweets, as well as access to DVDs, CDs and children"s books.

The Michelangelo

More “under the radar” than other four-star hotels, the Michelangelo pleasantly surprises guests with large rooms and spacious bathrooms, by New York City standards. Five room types range from 450 to 800 square feet, and adjoining rooms are available. The location is ideal, on a quiet side street in midtown, close to the theater district. Other perks include free continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Mandarin Oriental

This five-star property in Columbus Circle takes guest service seriously, and is one of the finest New York City luxury hotels. Let the hotel know your children"s ages in advance, and they will have an appropriate welcome gift waiting at check-in. Baby gear, from cribs to bottle warmers, is available at no charge at the Mandarin Oriental New York. The concierge can arrange stroller rentals and customized outings for your family. Video game consoles, DVDs, and coloring books are also offered. Rooms range in size from 400 to 2,600-square feet, and sleep up to four people.

The Muse Hotel

This boutique Kimpton property has 200 rooms right near Times Square, a perfect base location for city exploration. Parents just need to ask, and the hotel will provide high chairs, booster seats, humidifiers, night lights, and child-safety kits with outlet covers and toilet latches. Bikes are available for complimentary rental to get around. Pets are warmly welcomed at The Muse Hotel, so your entire family can enjoy a stay at this New York luxury hotel.

The Benjamin

Starting with cookies in the lobby, this property caters to kids. The Winks" Kidzzz Club at The Benjamin provides amenities such as an organic wool-filled toddler pillow, a child-sized robe, a book lending library, and an official club certificate. Every room has a kitchenette, and the in-room Snack Box includes healthy choices like dried fruit. Look for the American Girl Place Pajama Sleepover package.

Four Seasons Hotel New York

If you send your children"s names and ages to this luxury hotel in New York ahead of your stay, expect personalized amenities at check-in. The hotel will loan baby gear, bottle warmers, safety kits, and child-sized bathrobes. Coloring books, baby toiletries and children's menus are standard at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. Children under age 18 stay free with parents, and connecting rooms or suites are available. The rooms are large by Manhattan standards, and the children"s menu goes way beyond chicken nuggets.

Chambers Hotel

Just 3 blocks from Central Park in midtown, this stylish modern property boasts 500 original works of art in guestrooms and common areas. The onsite restaurant is the acclaimed Momofuku, as well as its offshoot, the Milk Bar, a contemporary bakery and café with many kid-friendly menu items. The Family Vacation Deal package includes free Wi-Fi, a PlayStation 3 set in your room, child-sized terrycloth robes, and a $25 gift certificate to the Sony Store.

Lowell Hotel

There"s a home-away-from-home vibe at this upscale property in a quiet upper east side neighborhood just a block away from Central Park and the Museum Mile. Families should reserve the Junior Suites or larger room types, which allow for complimentary rollaway beds, and include kitchenettes or full-size kitchens, and sometimes terraces and fireplaces. The concierge is on-hand to help obtain tickets to Broadway or sporting events.

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