My wife and I have 6 kids, so it can make for a bit of a chaotic life, which we generally are okay with.  One thing that we try to do is to make sure that each of our children has regular one-on-one time with Mom and Dad.  One of the things that we do in our family to make that happen is that each year, we plan long-distance “dates” with each of the kids.  These are usually a long weekend or so and each year I plan to take 3 of the kids and my wife takes the other 3 (we rotate each year).  Previous trips have included the Hoover Dam, hiking to the top of the highest point in Texas and others.

New York City with my daughter

My 10 year old daughter came up with her own bucket list and then decided that she wanted to go to New York City.  In planning for the trip she came up with her 10 things she wanted to do in New York City, and we managed to end up doing most of them.  The first New York City hotel that we stayed at was the Radisson Martinique, which is on 34th street in midtown Manhattan.

Things to do in New York City

With our New York City hotel as a base, we went out exploring New York.  She had never been there before and I had only been in the airport 30 years ago.  Some of the awesome things we did in New York City:

  • Of course, a trip to Central Park! Heckscher Playground was so much fun that we ended up going there twice.

 

One of the benefits of homeschooling is that we can take trips like this and then I can “make” my daughter write blog posts as “school” 🙂  She tried to get me back by writing a post called 4 mistakes my Dad made in New York City

Our 2nd New York City hotel

The next New York City hotel we stayed at was the Sheraton Times Square.  We were staying in one of their “family suites”, which is basically 2 rooms connected together.  The second room had a Murphy Bed which my daughter had never seen before – here she is wondering what that strange door-looking thing with a handle is

 

Surprise at the Sheraton New York Times Square

So we were pretty tired after a whole day touring Manhattan.  We came back to our New York City hotel room and started watching a movie but quickly fell asleep, so I tucked my daughter into bed about 8pm.  I was in the other room working on a few posts and watching ESPN when I vaguely hear a knock at the door from room service.  I didn’t think they were knocking on my door and I knew I hadn’t ordered anything, so I just ignored them.

Then my daughter comes out through the connecting doors and says that they were knocking on HER door, so I peeked my head out into the hallway and the room service guy was still there.  I told him I hadn’t ordered anything and he said that it was complimentary.

I had told them that we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday, so the hotel sent up

Now I do want to be careful about what a regular reader might expect when staying at this New York City hotel.  So on the one hand, I can’t be sure that they didn’t send this up solely to impress me and to get a positive review.  On the other hand, I think it’s reasonable that if you were staying here and made a mention of a special occasion, that you might get something like this from the hotel as a gesture (especially if you have any sort of status with Starwood).  In any case, it really made my daughter’s day to have that sent up.  The cake was good but the edible roses on top were not so great 🙂

Readers – what is your favorite New York City hotel?

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