Embassy Suites bills itself as "the largest all-suite, upscale hotel chain" in the US, and the Embassy Suites Hotel New York is a flagship property.
Location is in Lower Manhattan's Battery Park City, a choice spot for families: right outside the hotel doors are several park areas, including a giant playground and a riverside walkway. All that green space in Manhattan: who woulda thought? Yet you're close to Wall Street and Tribeca, and a convenient subway to uptown; see more about location on pages below.
Other pluses for families:
- huge complimentary breakfast daily
- "Managers Reception" every evening, i.e., complimentary snacks and drinks
- kids up to 18 stay free in parents' room
- packages that bundle kid-friendly activities, such as Build-A-Bear or The Beast speedboat harbor tour
- "Kids Eye View" suggestions about family fun and sightseeing.
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Embassy Suites New York - View and Location
Many rooms at the Embassy Suites New York City Hotel have a beautiful view of the Hudson River.
In the foreground, you can see some of the greenspace just steps from the hotel. Of course visitors don't come to NYC for greenspace; but with little kids along, parks and playgrounds are a bonus.
Crossing the street in front of the Embassy Suites, you'll pass the Irish Hunger Memorial and come to a pond with a riverside walkway beyond. Walking to the right, you'll find a series of parks and play areas-- see more, below.
A few more points about location: An entertainment complex is next door, and several restaurants are right in the building. Wall Street, South Street Seaport, and the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferries are a short walk away; and twenty minutes of walking will get you to Tribeca and Little Italy, with SoHo and Greenwich Village just beyond. Meanwhile a subway station is five minutes away, and direct lines will whisk you uptown.
Note that "Ground Zero" is close to this property, so be prepared to discuss this will your kids.
Photo of Embassy Suites New York, Lobby
In the lobby of the Embassy Suites New York you'll see plenty of families -- and plenty of pooches. Fido is welcome here.
In the background, above, are several computers for free internet access. Wireless internet can also be purchased in your room.
Usually a helpful concierge is stationed at the corner of the check-in counter. She can direct you to the subway, to sightseeing, parks, etc.
Embassy Suites New York, Photo of Suite
Each suite, in this all-suite property, has a living-room area and bedroom area; the living room has a double sofa bed.>All suites have two TVs, a mini-bar, microwave oven, sink, coffee maker, dining/work table, terry cloth robes, and Bath and Body Works products. Bedrooms have a king bed or two double beds. Mini-fridges are available on request, at no charge.*Always check destination websites for updates!
Embassy Suites New York - Creativity Suite
The Embassy Suites New York City Hotel also has corner "executive suites" on most floors; pictured above is the Creativity Suite, a surprising space.
Features include: iMac in the room; selection of CD's, and Bose sound system to play them; CD player in the shower; 2 plasma screen TVs, and Bose surround sound; massaging chair; selection of interesting books; magnetic word game; blackboard; "rainstick" for beautiful sounds of rain; and many more interesting and creative touches. No wonder the guest book is full of compliments.
Note: the Creativity Suite does not have a sofa bed in the living room; but a roll-in bed can be supplied.
Embassy Suites New York - Photo of Atrium
The Embassy Suite's units are laid around this high central atrium. The tables you see belong to the restaurant where guests can start the morning with a giant complimentary breakfast; or where they can quaff a drink and munch snacks at the "Manager's Reception" at the end of the day.
Embassy Suites New York - Breakfast
This is just a portion of the extensive complimentary breakfast, which includes made-to-order omelettes.
Embassy Suites New York - View Over Irish Hunger Memorial
This three-tiered view shows: a pretty pond, with waterfall; the unusual Irish Hunger Memorial; and the Embassy Suites in back.
The Memorial commemorates the many Irish who immigrated during the potato famines, and you can walk through it freely with your kids. You'll first enter a tunnel, with audio about famines, and quotations written on the walls; you'll proceed through the authentic ruins of 19th century cottage, brought stone by stone from County Mayo. A path continues upward through native grass and other greenery, to views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. (Read more.)
This picture shows just a portion of the large playground two minute's walk from the Embassy Suites. Keep walking to the right for a series of parks and play areas including delightful statues in Rockefeller Park. See a map of Battery Park City parks which are all just a stroll away.