The Loews Regency Hotel boasts a newly-renovated and family-friendly property in the heart of Manhattan. The imposing Park Avenue hotel has been famous since its grand opening in 1963 for drawing long-term guests — from movie stars to political figures — who use the property as a home away from home. It’s easy to see why. With its understated decor and omnipresent staff — the ratio of staff to guests is one-to-one — New York’s Loew’s Regency Hotel manages to walk that tricky line between upscale and comfortable.
But just because Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn took up residence at the hotel in their day — the property passed on the Beatles in 1964, by the way, who then went on to draw frenzied mobs at The Plaza — doesn’t mean today’s families won’t feel comfortable.
Children Are Welcomed Here and At All Loews!
A determination to welcome kids is immediately evident upon arrival with friendly doormen in spiffy uniforms (out-of-town kids love that) and generous, welcome goodie bags for children and teens at check-in.
Younger children receive a bucket with rotating treats — everything from cookies and stickers to crayons and confetti bubble bath — and a note from Kaptain Kid, otherwise known as Mohammed Pinto, who personally greets children when he is on the premises and escorts them to their rooms. Parents should be aware that the Kaptain may be busy elsewhere when they check in, but if they request his presence at the time of booking, the hotel will arrange a meeting.
Teens aged 13-18 are also not forgotten. Each teen receives an amenity kit, a list of cool, teen-appropriate activities nearby; coupons for store discounts, and the ever-necessary Free WiFi. Another welcome amenity — coupons for free in-room movies or video games — also proved to be a big hit, despite our hectic schedules. We managed to use up most of our coupons before turning in or heading out each day.
In-room babysitting is available for parents who want to take the night off and enjoy the musical entertainment at Feinstein’s, the hotel’s cabaret named for Michael Feinstein, who performs along with other well-known nightclub performers. Sitters are from the Babysitters Guild, a service used by many hotels in New York, and rates run about $20/hour, with a four-hour minimum. Kids clubs and camps are also offered.
Family Suites & More Kids Amenities at Loews Regency
Because we were traveling with three children, Chloe (11), Shane (12) and Cole (14), we opted for a two-bedroom suite among the 379 redone units, which featured more room than an average New York apartment and killer views of the city from every window.
Basically a one-bedroom suite with an adjoining superior room (many of the hotel’s 379 rooms are adjoining), our suite featured generously proportioned bedrooms; three bathrooms boasting marble from Alicante, Spain; a living room with plenty of custom-designed plush seating and — of course — all the latest in electronic entertainment; a dining area, a business area and even a mini kitchen with a microwave and fridge. It should come as no surprise that such luxurious digs in the heart of Manhattan are not inexpensive, but deals are available.
A full “power” breakfast on-property is offered (and boasts a children’s menu), but can be fairly pricey for just breakfast ($). Of course, a whole plethora of New York cafes, bistros and diners are within easy walking distance — even for little legs — in every direction. In addition, having the kitchen on hand allows families to skip a breakfast or two or grab an early take-out dinner before hitting a show.
Another feature is the Did You Forget Closet, a stock of items that guests can borrow that range from Gameboy, Nintendo and DVD players to exercise equipment, leashes for pets (the entire Loews chain is animal-friendly) and walkie talkies.
For activities nearby, Central Park Zoo and Bloomingdale’s are an easy stroll away, as are the kid-friendly Paley Center for the Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio), Rockefeller Center, and, across the park, the American Museum of Natural History.
Trip Planning Details for a Loew Regency New York Getaway
While the quality of this hotel is certainly reflected in the cost ($$$-$$$$), the superior service and kid-pampering amenities soften the blow at check-out time. Loews Regency also offers a variety of ways to save, such as a teen suite package that allows families to book an adjoining or second room for only $100 extra per night. The service and nearby attractions make the Loews Regency Hotel an ideal location for a calmer, hassle-free stay, so long as you are willing to pay for exactly that.
For reservations or more information about the Loews Regency, located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street, New York, NY 10065, call 212/759-4100 or 800/235-6397 or visit Loews Hotels online. .
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