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12 of the best luxury hotels that love children

From Claridges to the New York Plaza, these iconic hotels deliver a stunning location, superb amenities and extend the warmest welcome to children


Posted: 22 November 2011
by Catherine O'Dolan


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The Plaza, New York

Fifth Avenue may be famed for its copious shopping opportunities, and Central Park may be perfect for romantic strolls, but where the two meet just also happens to be the location of one of New York’s most refined hotels – The Plaza. For your child, the location also means FAO Schwartz on Fifth Ave on one side and the Central Park Zoo on the other. For those wanting to relive the extravagance of fictional heroine Eloise, a precocious six-year-old who resides in the penthouse suite, book the super-kitsch candy-striped Eloise suite designed by Betsey Johnson.

Even if you’re not staying chez Elle, children will still enjoy having the run of the long, carpeted hallways and dining in the spectacular Palm Court. There’s also a dedicated children’s concierge to keep you up-to-date with all that’s hip and happening for families in the Big Apple, and who will happily arrange fun activities, from matinées of Shrek – The Musical to trips to the Children’s Museum of the Arts or sweetie shopping at Dylan’s Candy Bar. The Family Package includes accommodation in a spacious two-bedroom Plaza Suite, a $100 gift card to the Eloise Shop and one day’s hire of a Radio Flyer tricycle, bicycle or scooter. 

From £550 per night for a family of four. 

Visit www.theplaza.com

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