Gansevoort Park – Family Hotel Review
Chic Family Travels traveled to NYC, and stayed at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel. We had previously stayed at the Omni Berkshire, so we wanted to try a new NYC hotel to review for our readers. We picked the Gansevoort Park hotel primarily for two reasons : large hotel suite and roof top pool.
The Gansevoort suite did not disappoint! The suite was measured 900 square feet which is HUGE by NYC standards. We loved the fact that the Gansevoort suite had two bathrooms and a Juliette balcony. The extra bathroom made getting ready for the day much quicker, and we loved the indulgence of fresh air and NYC people watching from the balcony.
If the truth be told in this Gansevoort Park review, the rooftop pool is a pro and con for families staying at the Gansevoort Park hotel with kids. I will start with the pros, because I try to be a positive person 🙂
The concept of swimming in a rooftop heated pool overlooking the Empire State Building is just plain awesome! Furthermore, there is food and beverage service by the pool. We ate three of our meals in NYC at the Gansevoort rooftop pool, because the view was unbeatable and the kids could swim while waiting on our meals. What more could a mom ask for ?!
Ok, so now I must disclose the negative side of the Gansevoort rooftop pool. The Gansevoort Park pool is not always family friendly. First of all, I had no idea prior to arrival that the Gansevoort rooftop pool was off limits for children after 6pm. The Gansevoort rooftop essentially turns into a night club, and thus they do not want kids up there. People literally wait in a line outside the hotel to go to the Gansevoort rooftop. There is a separate entrance for the club goers, so that really did not bother us. However, it was a huge bummer that we could not take the kids to the rooftop pool at night to see the Empire State Building all lit up!
Also it is important to note that the Gansevoort Park is located near Murray Hill. What does that mean? Well, it means that you have a good 20 minute walk to almost anywhere. We took a cab most of the time. Honestly, this was not a negative for us because we do not like staying in Times Square or around Central Park because those areas are so touristy and you really do not get a feel for the “real NYC.” We liked the location of the Gansevoort Park, because the dining options nearby were fabulous and we felt like we got to know Manhattan on a deeper level than one would staying in Times Square.
Overall, I would recommend the Gansevoort Park hotel for families on their second trip to New York City. The first time, I would suggest staying close to downtown where all the tourist attractions are located that you will want to see unless you are fine with taking cabs and walking a lot. Also, check with Jetsetter for deals and discounted rates at the Gansevoort Park.
We wanted to spend some time shopping in SoHo, eat at really good restaurants, and experience New York City differently than we had in the past. Thus, we enjoyed staying at the Gansevoort Park hotel.
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