Thompson Central Park New York review: Great for families

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of our 23research and development The floor room of the Thompson Central Park New York hotel, sunsets reflect the elegant glass windows of midtown Manhattan office buildings across the street as my husband and I pour champagne flutes, freshly delivered from room service. We click glasses as our son, Jonathan, 7, spins the revolving TV around to face the living room area of ​​our suite, and hops on the plush marine-foam green sofa to start flipping through the channels, looking for animation.

It’s Friday night, and we’ve just checked into a comfortable Studio King suite at our newly renovated boutique hotel, two blocks from the south end of Central Park, after the train has left our home in Westchester County. We’ve traveled less than 20 miles – and my husband and I regularly work out of Manhattan offices – but it was easy to slip into accommodation mode, thanks to the cool Thompson vibe and the modern, elegant feel of our room: shiny copper trimmings, mid-century modern wood accents and lamps, bed sheets Plain Italian.

Studio Suite at Thomson Central Park Hotel

King Studio Suite in Thompson Central Park New York.

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For 40 years, the property has been at 119 W. 56The tenth The iconic Le Parker Meridien New York occupied avenue, before the Hyatt brand purchased it in 2019. After an extensive renovation, the Thompson Central Park New York hotel opened its doors in the fall of 2021. It acquired Thompson, a boutique hotel brand known for its design Elegant, in 2018. Thompson Central Park New York is the third Thompson property in New York City, but the first under the Thompson name.) Final stages of renovation, with newly expanded lobby connecting 56th Street and 57th Street entrance. Plus a massive skylight and canopy of Striking greenery, the renovated lobby lounge is home to a new bar and restaurant, Parker’s, which will regularly feature live jazz.

Thompson Central Park New York Lobby Bar

The new lobby bar serves handcrafted cocktails.

Lobby Lounge in Thompson Central Park New York

The lobby ceilings are 36 feet high.

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While it’s easy to picture businessmen in town for business or couples on a romantic weekend staying here, it’s also a great home base for a family vacation in the Big Apple. Our suite was plenty spacious for two adults and one child, with a king bed for us and a sofa bed in a separate living room for our son. And any kid is sure to be a fan of the hotel’s “secret” burger joint, Burger Joint, tucked away at the far end of the hall off the lobby. The no-frills dive place serves juicy burgers with all the fries and vixen milkshakes – and they even let you graffiti, a feature that wowed our son.

Tables at Burger Joint

Guests are encouraged to graffiti at the Burger Joint.

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But if you prefer to dine in the comfort of your own room, you can also choose to have anything from the Burger Joint menu delivered directly to you, as well as the extensive selections on the main room service menu—including Milk Bar desserts.

There are also plenty of kid-friendly activities nearby. Over the weekend, Jonathan took us to CAMP, a two-story interactive toy store and craft workshop located in the stores in Columbus Circle. We also explored Central Park, where we got to the stadiums and circuit. And with Times Square only 10 blocks south of the hotel, we decided to treat Jonathan to his first Broadway show, a morning performance of Aladdin. After the show (which was a bit hit with our son) we drove to the Rockefeller Center’s Nintendo Store (we had more success with our son), and easily walked to Thompson from there.

A man and his son in a pram outside the Thomson Hotel in New York

The Bugaboo stroller service comes with a map of nearby family-friendly attractions.

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Other great family-friendly amenities you’ll find in Thompson Central Park New York if you’re traveling with younger children, plus cribs available on request: Until October 1, 2022, the hotel is partnering with Bugaboo to offer guests free stroller service, with access to Bugaboo mini foldable baby strollers during their stay. Bottom line: We had a wonderful stay at Thompson. If you are traveling with young kids to NYC, I highly recommend it as a home base for all your big city adventures! Rooms currently start at $530.

The author was a welcome guest at Thompson Central Park New York.

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