The old-world charm which The Ritz-Carlton is famously known for greeted us on our arrival as a family, after our 7 or so hour flight from London. The handsome 19th century limestone façade towering over Central Park was a sight for tired eyes as we approached the welcoming doormen complete with top hats who immediately welcomed us with a warm smile.
Upon arrival at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, we were led into an elegant lobby filled with an eclectic mix of European and oriental inspired furniture and an overhanging crystal chandelier overlooking the wood panelled Star Lounge which serves around the clock cocktails and the hotel’s signature afternoon tea.
Fresh flowers adorned every conceivable corner and they were complimented by the colourful chocolate Easter egg display which consisted of large hand-painted chocolate eggs of varying sizes, and a very tempting invitation for our toddler.
When we were in the process of booking accommodation for our NYC trip, we knew we wanted to be as close to Central Park as possible. This was solely due to our active toddler, who is an avid outdoor enthusiast. Central Park is NYC’s oldest landscaped space with over 843 acres of leafy green tranquility and multiple kids parks, which makes it an ideal location for her to unleash her inner adventurer.
The Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park is conveniently located on the cusp of the upper east side and midtown, across the road from the south side of Central Park. It is also steps away from Fifth Avenue, which is ideal if you love luxury shopping. It was also rather advantageous for us, as we were visiting over Easter and the annual NYC Easter bonnet parade takes place on Fifth Avenue. The hotel is also very close to Times Square, Broadway and MoMa.
NYC as with London, is a city which tends to compromise on space and with a toddler, this isn’t the best scenario when travelling, therefore we were pleasantly surprised with the amount of space in our room.
The guest rooms have all been newly re-designed with muted warm tones and luxury finishes, iconic art prints and bespoke amenities.
The dreamy cloud wallpaper adds to the relaxed yet classic décor in each of the rooms. The carpet if you look carefully, is also inlaid with a Matisse sketch. The art theme continues throughout the room with specially commissioned printed art collections reflecting various New York highlights.
From the marble coffee table, cosy seating and work areas with custom furniture and his and hers built in wardrobes, every aspect of the room has been given careful consideration with regards to décor and functionality of space. For the pillow connoisseurs, there are also seven pillow types to choose from.
The hotel also partnered with Antica Farmacista to create a personalised fragrance for the hotel known as ’50 Central Park’, which is prevalent in all open spaces and also gifted to each guest by way of a votive candle. This personalised scent is a lovely touch and adds to the luxury which is synonymous with The Ritz-Carlton.
The carrara marble bathrooms were spacious with a large tub, which made bath-time with our toddler a breeze. The hotel provides Asprey bath and shower amenities and softest robe and slipper sets.
Surprisingly, I really appreciated the in-room steamer, which was a godsend when attempting to quickly steam out those stubborn creases from my hurried packing. I recommend the Park View Room, with views of Central Park that are unrivaled and it does feel as if you are floating over Central Park. The hotel also offers five suites, which are townhouse inspired and also overlook Central Park, these are great for larger families who need the additional space.
The Club Lounge like the park view guest rooms, has fantastic views overlooking Central Park and is located on the second floor. Guests can relax and enjoy delicious complimentary culinary offerings for breakfast, lunch and hor d’ourves, alongside the highly personalised service of a dedicated concierge.
Complimentary beverages and cocktails are also served. It is important to mention, only Club Lounge guests who have booked access may use the lounge, and access can be selected when making your booking. If you are staying with kids, the Club Lounge upgrade is certainly worth the cost as purchasing food and beverage items off the menu or from in-room dining adds up very quickly. It is also worthwhile having the convenience of access throughout the day whenever you need to when travelling with small kids.
Ritz Kids & Families
On arrival Ava had a lovely Ritz Kids check-in which included a personalised chocolate treat just for her, which all the kids receive upon arrival at the hotel.
For Easter, the hotel also organised an Easter Egg Hunt complete with map and hidden treats throughout the hotel. Bunny paw prints were strategically placed to assist the little ones in finding the next secret location.
The hotel also offers a scavenger hunt for children outside the Easter period which is created by their concierge team. The Ritz Kids Menu is great although on the pricey side, with healthy and local options available. The family escape package is also an option if you are after additional benefits such as extra roll away beds, activities and tickets for families staying at the hotel which starts at $795 USD per night, more information on this package can be found here.
La Prairie Spa
Inspired by Swiss science, La Prairie Spa at the Ritz Carlton, New York, offers unique treatments specialising in facials, therapeutic massages and also has the option for guests to customise their treatments.
Spa treatments can also be offered in-room if you prefer privacy. La Prairie’s signature treatment stood out to me, the rejuvenating Timeless Beauty treatment combines a relaxing 90 minute custom massage with a 60 minute Caviar Firming Facial. The treatment lasts 90 minutes and is available for $550 USD. The La Prairie Spa menu can be found here.
Whilst we didn’t have time to visit the fitness centre, we were advised it is open 24 hours and fitted with a great range of equipment. The new ‘Fitness Center and Movement Studio’ weren’t open as yet, however are making their debut very soon in time for summer. For those who prefer the great outdoors, information and maps are available at the front desk on local running groups. Private training is also available for all guests focusing on overall fitness, yoga, pilates, and running and can be booked in advance at the spa reception.
One can easily be mistaken for thinking that The Ritz-Carlton can rest on its laurels given its dominance in the luxury hotel sector, however after our stay at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park the exact opposite is said to be true.
The hotel pride itself on customer service satisfaction , in that it goes above and beyond to ensure guests are comfortable and this was certainly the case with our stay. This could be seen in the attention to the detail with respect to the bespoke furnishings and amenities in our room, the larger size guest rooms, spacious bathroom and also the plush linen and extensive pillow menu.
Whilst it didn’t hinder our stay, slight improvements could be made with in-room dining; the breakfast was rather sparse on options, cot requests; we requested a cot to be set up in our room on two occasions (when booking and when we arrived) however it never eventuated and when we called the La Prairie Spa, the phone was seldom answered.
Overall the location is ideal for families given the proximity to Central Park and the views from the Park Avenue Rooms are incredible. The recent renovation means the rooms are very well appointed with new furnishings and possibly the most comfortable bed, hence our toddler didn’t really need the cot in the end. I would certainly recommend the hotel to families who are looking for family friendly accommodation in the heart of NYC.
Booking Details: London to NYC
Airfare from London Heathrow to JFK Airport starts from approximately £348 per person return.
Car transfers from JFK to Manhattan vary, visitors can book a yellow cab or private car transfer. We booked Kidmoto, which is a safe family airport service that has a variety of child car seats available and starts from approximately $130 USD one way for airport pick up to your hotel. More on Kidmoto can he found here.
A guest room at The Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park starts from approximately $877 USD per night and an Avenue View Suite starts from approximately $1,583 USD per night. Breakfast and/or Club Lounge access are at an additional cost. Bookings can be made via The Ritz Carlton New York Central direct here.
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Kerstin // Lux Mumma
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