Babies don”t take up a lot of space, which is a good thing when you”re staying in a typical New York City hotel room. When you have an infant in tow, however, other considerations come into play. Most hotels will help you find a babysitter, and bathtubs are generally available, especially within suites. Here, we”ve looked for other signs of a baby-friendly property — large, quiet rooms; cribs, play yards and high chairs; baby care amenities; bottle warmers or microwaves, and more.
Written by Traci L. Suppa
This midtown property is not only well-located, but it"s also quiet. Soundproofed windows let baby sleep undisturbed by car horns. What"s more, the Iroquois New York offers parents a great range of complimentary services to make your stay easier, such as strollers, baby cribs, car seats, bed rails for toddlers, baby bathtubs, child-proof kits, and lending libraries of DVDs and board games. Older kids will enjoy a welcome gift, in-room video games, and children"s robes and slippers.
Ritz-Carlton Central Park
Exemplary guest service is a Ritz-Carlton Central Park calling card, and it extends to families at this venerable and historic property, as well. As part of the Ritz Kids program, there"s cookies and milk at turndown for kids, and Bulgari baby bath products for infants. Rooms range from a spacious 425-square-foot Deluxe to the 1,980-square-foot Royal suite. If baby needs a stroll, head across the street to Central Park.
This modern, luxury hotel is a worthwhile splurge for the large suites with separate sleeping rooms that you can close off with sliding doors. Baby can take a nap and you can still be productive in the other room at the Conrad New York. Cribs and baby bath products are provided, and you can request a mini-fridge to store milk and baby food. Room service is available 24 hours a day, so you can all enjoy midnight feedings. The location close to Battery Park City puts you across the street from a playground, and near One World Observatory and the Statue of Liberty.
This upscale Columbus Circle property takes guest service seriously for parents of little ones. You can let the Mandarin Oriental New York know your children"s ages in advance, and they will have an appropriate welcome gift, like a stuffed animal, waiting at check-in, as well as complimentary baby toiletries. You can request the use of cribs and rollaway beds, childproofing accessories, Diaper Genies, bottle warmers, and high chairs. Stroller rentals can be arranged through the concierge.
Omni Berkshire Place
The smallest rooms at this luxury property are more than 270 square feet, so there"s plenty of space to unfold a stroller and put out a play blanket on the floor. Breakfast is served early at Omni Berkshire Place, with organic and gluten-free options. Children 12 and younger stay free with their parents. Older kids will get an activity backpack at check-in, and milk and cookies are sent to the rooms of all guests with children. Refrigerators and rollaway beds are available for an additional fee.
There"s a home-away-from-home vibe at this upscale property in a quiet upper east side neighborhood. Because it"s smallâ€”there are only 27 rooms and 47 suitesâ€”the environment is calm and relaxing. You"ll appreciate the fully equipped kitchens in the spacious rooms, but may want to pick a room without a fireplace or terrace if your baby is crawling. Multilingual concierges are noted for their local knowledge of places to take the stroller; like Central Park, a block away.
Doubletree Suites Times Square
Times Square is not exactly a quiet neighborhood, but noise isn"t a problem on the upper floors of this centrally located brand property. Two-room suites that sleep up to five people are ideal when you want a separate sleep area for baby. Each room at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Times Square has a microwave and mini-fridge. Gingers, the onsite restaurant, has high chairs, a children"s menu, and offers an early pre-theater dinner service starting at 5 p.m. for kids with early eating schedules.
Fifty NYC — an Affinia Hotel
The Affinia collection includes five all-suite properties in New York City -- all great choices for getting maximum space for that baby gear. The suites at Fifty NYC - an Affinia Hotel include sitting areas and pull-out sofas, as well as stocked kitchens. Cribs, strollers, and high chairs are available as part of the new Affinia Junior program, as well as a check-in gift, children"s products in the gift shop, board games, and colorable pillows. Affinia offers an ever-changing selection of packages, with family-friendly choices that include the Children"s Museum of Manhattan, Chelsea Piers, and the American Girl Place.