We recently traveled to NYC – one of our very favorite cities – on spring break. Although Manhattan is just a few hours away from our home west of Boston, we don’t seem to get there nearly enough. There are so many different ways to get from Boston to NYC, but we took the LimoLiner from Framingham to Midtown Manhattan. During our visit, we stayed at the Westin Grand Central – located just steps from the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station. It was the perfect location for our New York family vacation because we were able to walk just about everywhere.
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Upon arriving at the Westin Grand Central in NYC, we were quickly greeted by the front desk clerk. As she checked us in, she provided my kids with complimentary activity books with information about New York City. We headed up to our room, which was ready a little before check-in time. Like many NYC hotel rooms, the room was smaller than the standard Westin hotel room. However, it was still comfortable for our family of four, especially since we didn’t plan to spend too much time in the room.
Our room included two double beds (the Westin Heavenly Bed – so comfortable), a nice-sized bathroom with a Westin Heavenly Bath, a large work desk, a chair with ottoman, and a closet. There were lots of plugs throughout the room – great for charging all of our electronic devices. Our room had a large window with a view of the Empire State Building. However, the noise level was a little loud – probably due to some construction going on across the street. It wasn’t enough to keep us awake, however.
The Westin Grand Central offers a number of amenities for guests including a delicious restaurant in the lobby, a business center, and a workout room. You can also choose to rent New Balance fitness apparel for the duration of the stay for a small fee. That’s a great option for those with limited space in their luggage.
We talked to the concierge a few times for advice on how to get places and where to eat. They were always helpful, with some great suggestions on where we should go. I especially love getting advice on restaurants, because I never know which of the small, local restaurants is entirely appropriate to visit with kids. The doormen were also helpful with getting taxis and pointing out directions when we were walking.
The location of the Westin Grand Central is great for a family vacation. We took long walks each day – to Times Square, the Flatiron District, Rockefeller Plaza, and the Empire State Building. If you were traveling with younger kids, you could take a short taxi ride. The UN is also just a short walk away. (See our Empire State Building tips here).