Monday, September 27, 2010

New York Hotels with Pools

Another Thanksgiving and Christmas season are just around the corner, and New York City is a popular holiday shopping getaway because it offers some of the best stores in the world, as well as great holiday entertainment.  Among the classic holiday activities for visitors to New York City are visiting the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Square, catching the annual Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall, and stopping off at FAO Schwartz for out of this world toys.  If you are bringing children along, they will have loads of fun taking in the intoxicating holiday spirit that infects New York City.  But like any family with young ones, accommodations must include a hotel with a pool.  Surprisingly, the number of New York hotels with pools are limited and even those that have them offer fairly modest sized pools.  But, thankfully there are a few New York good choices.  Below, we have listed some good family friendly New York City hotels with pools that are worth considering.


Sheraton Manhattan New York Pool
* Most Family Friendly NY Hotel Pick
Sheraton Manhattan Hotel - Most Family Friendly New York Hotel- 790 7th Ave & 51st St, New York, N.Y. This New York Hotel is the best New York City hotel option for families considering overall value, its location and sizable pool. The Sheraton Manhattan Hotel offers a 4 lane, 50 foot pool which is the largest hotel owned pool in New York, even if it is small by backyard pool standards. For those looking for some relaxation at poolside, there is a pleasant and inviting deck lounging are a.  The Sheraton Manhattan also is relatively close to Broadway and Times Square which makes it an ideal choice for those seeing shows.

Crown Plaza Times Square Hotel Pool

Crown Plaza Time Square Hotel - 1605 Broadway & 49th Street, New York, N.Y. - This downtown New York City hotel is located in the heart of Times Square.  The Crown Plaza Hotel at Times Square offers a 4 lane, 55 foot pool in association with the New York Sports club. The seating and lounge deck area is limited, but usable. Because the facility is shared, two swim lanes are usually roped off for lap swimming , which reduces the usable size of the pool for kids looking to frolic. However, this New York hotel is a nice alternative for those who want to be right in the Broadway and Times Square area. Also, the Crown Plaza is usually a good choice for those on tighter budgets.

Le Park Meridien New York Hotel Pool
Le Parker Meridien Hotel- 119 W. 56th Street, New York, N.Y. - This midtown Manhattan Hotel has a 45 foot, 3 lane pool with a very pleasant upscale pool seating area. The views from the pool are outstanding and look out on to Central Park. This New York Hotel pool is small and can get quickly crowded.  But it will serve families well that desire a more upscale family friendly New York Hotel.

Mandarin Oriental New York Hotel Pool

Mandarin Oriental New York- 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, New York, N.Y. - The Mandarin Oriental is a luxury Manhattan, New York hotel and its pool facilities are fitting of its luxury status. The Mandarin Oriental New York is considered by many to offer the most luxurious New York City Hotel pools setting. Large floor-to-ceiling windows provide great views of New York City. The pool lounge area at the Mandarin is impeccable and elegant and the lounge chairs are super comfortable. Despite being the best in town, it may not be the best for a families with active children.

Peninsula New York Hotel Pool
The Peninsula Hotel New York- 700 Fifth Avenue at 55th street, New York, N.Y. The Peninsula New York is another luxury New York Hotel with pool facilities that rival the Mandarin Oriental's.  Located on the 23rd floor of the hotel, there is a glass enclosed pool area with a chic asian minimalist d├ęcor that is offers a quite and calming atmosphere. At night, excellent views of the city provide an enchanting atmosphere. The pool with serve children well, but  adults will certainly appreciate the overall experience.

Millennium UN Plaza Hotel Pool
Millennium UN Plaza Hotel- One United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. - Located in the United Nations Plaza area, this New York Hotel has a 3 lane, 44 foot pool. The Millennium Plaza Hotel is a deluxe level New York Hotel located close to the United Nations Building . The Hotel's pool is located on the 27th floor and provides impressive views of New York. The pool's lounge area is a bit on the small side but provides enough space for some down time.

Trump International Hotel Pool

Trump International Hotel and Towers - This is our least favorite New York Hotel with a pool in terms of children, but if there are no other suitable options, it might just do the trick. It is a fine choice for those in search of a daily lap swim.  The Trump International Hotel has 2 lap pool which part of a large exercise and fitness facility. It is really designed as to be part of the fitness amenities rather than a pleasure pool.  The Trump Hotel in New York City is a five star hotel and despite the small pool, it provides outstanding amenities and service, and is also located in a prime area right on Central Park.

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