“Hello, Eliza, how was your trip here?” Upon our arrival at The Court — A St. Giles Hotel, this greeting to my daughter was a ray of light on an otherwise dreary September afternoon. Emerging from New York City’s Penn Station into a chilly downpour was not how I’d envisioned her first glimpse of NYC. But the staff and lobby at The Court quickly set our trip on the right track.
With a fantastic location in Midtown’s Murray Hill neighborhood at the corner of 39th and Lexington, The Court is a convenient, comfortable and chic place to call home for a long weekend in New York.
The cozy but stylish entrance, which leads to a lounge area, was a great space to land while our room was being prepared. Large, comfy couches and a fireplace warmed us right up. The lounge area also has a pool table, TVs and a large bar off to the side. A cocktail for Mom and a generously sized glass of milk for my daughter held us over until a member of the hotel staff kindly brought us our key when the room was ready.
Staying in Midtown allowed us to walk to most of the places we wanted to visit during our stay. These included an excursion to the Empire State Building at night, a morning at the Morgan Library and a matinee of Matilda on Broadway. For activities beyond a 15-minute walk, we easily got on the subway at Grand Central Station, which is 5 minutes away and worth a visit in itself for its glorious ceiling and surprisingly interesting restaurant scene. Alternatively, the doorman at The Court will be happy to get you a taxi.
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We stayed in an Executive King Suite, which was extremely roomy (especially for a New York hotel). With a large connecting living room and bedroom plus sizable closets, we had plenty of room to store luggage, spread out and even watch different shows on the suite’s two televisions during one lazy morning. There is also a small area with a minibar, although it lacks a coffee maker.
Bold reds on much of the furniture and linens give the rooms a pulsing city vibe, and we had a great skyline view from our two large windows on the 14th floor. Expect to hear horns, street traffic and typical New York noise during a stay.
For parents traveling with younger kids, suites can easily accommodate a baby crib, offered free of charge from the hotel. Rollaway beds can be requested for a fee, and rooms with two queen beds would comfortably fit a family of four.
In Midtown, you’re never far from a range of family-friendly dining options. Beer & Buns inside the hotel has a casual gastropub feel. We had dinner here one night, and we enjoyed the creative presentation of typical burger fare. Within a one-block radius are a convenience store for picking up water and snacks for a day on the go; a few diners; Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant Kajitsu; and at least three Italian restaurants.
On our final day, we grabbed our luggage, which the hotel was kind enough to hold for the afternoon while we squeezed in some last-minute sightseeing, and walked back to Penn Station. This time, the weather was gorgeous — a perfect reflection of our magical weekend exploring the city’s highlights.
Editor’s Note: Adria was hosted by The Court — A St. Giles Hotel in order to facilitate our review. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photos by Adria Carey Perez and The Court — A St. Giles Hotel.
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