Ask any kid: The best thing about a hotel will usually be the swimming pool. Yet when you visit a big city where space is at a premium, it can be difficult to find a hotel with a pool. Nowhere is that truer than in New York City, where hotels are more likely to offer guests access to a nearby health club with a pool than have one on the premises.
Here's a list of kid-friendly New York City hotels where your family won't have to leave the building to have a splashing good time.
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The Travel Inn
Midtown West: A good choice for families with tighter budgets, The Travel Inn has 160 decently-sized rooms that come with flatscreen TVs, mini fridges and microwaves. For summer visits, the best amenity is defiinitely the outdoor pool, which offers a place to beat the sweltering New York heat. Another plus: On-site indoor parking at discounted rates. (515 W 42nd St., btwn. 10th & 11th aves.; 212/695-7171 or 800/869-4630)
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Midtown West: The Skyline Hotel has 232 rooms that range in size from 370 to 500 square feet, which is quite spacious by New York City standards. Families will also love the indoor heated saltwater pool on the penthouse floor with good views of the city skyline. (725 10th Ave at 49th St.; 212/586-3400)
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Courtyard by Marriott Manhattan/Upper East Side
Upper East Side: This Courtyard by Marriott is in a nice residential East Side neighborhood with lots of good restaurants nearby. Rooms have flatscreen TVs and mini fridges. This hotel is a long walk to the nearest subway line but there are always many taxis in the area. The hotel has a small, indoor 50-foot lap pool. (410 E. 9nd St. at 1st Ave.; 212/410-5777)
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Tribeca: This is a good luxury choice if you're in the City with hip teens. The arty, elegant Greenwich Hotel has an ultracool address in Tribeca, a cultured vibe, and a zen indoor pool that can be a relaxing, if not super exciting, place to chill out after a day of sightseeing. (377 Greenwich St.; 212/941-8900)Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Midtown West: Talk about a great location. This luxury hotel has a fabulous address at the epicenter of the city, at the southwest corner of Central Park. On the 35th floor of the plush Mandarin Oriental, the 75-foot three-lane lap pool comes with a view, thanks to enormous floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping vistas across the city skyline. It's good for a workout swim but kids will probably find it too subdued since the pool is part of the hotel's spa complex. (80 Columbus Circle; 212/805-8800)