At ages 9 and 13, my kids are finally at a stage in childhood where we no longer need to lug juice boxes, strollers or a diaper bag when we go out. We’re completely mobile, which means this Big Apple of ours is ripe for some good old family exploration. And any time of the year is the quintessential time to peruse all the tourist attractions they could ever want. When I was given a chance to stay at Langham Place New York and play tourist with my kids for a few days I jumped at the chance.
So if you find yourself home on a weekend with nothing to do keep reading for attractions that are literally right in our back yard ( and if you want to play tourist in NYC which includes sleeping in the city that NEVER SLEEPS- I suggest getting a room at the Langham!)
And the BEST part?? Langham welcomed my two Shih Tzus to stay with us!
She needed this vacation
Our first activity was to the Empire State building two blocks away from the Langham!
Let me also just preface this post with the following disclaimer– we only took ONE taxi during our entire new York City trip. The Langham is so centrally located you can literally walk every where. As long as you don’t try and think you are Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in the City and wear heels. Just strap on a pair of sensible sneakers- I learned this cold hard truth walking 40 blocks from the MET in a pair of high heeled boots back to our hotel-for your long walks and save the boots for the theater!
So we walked down and went to the 86th floor observation deck and saw the most amazing views of the city, the Hudson and East Rivers, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and all the bridges.
After a short walk back to the Langham and we were greeted by the doormen ( who high fived my son!) and with a sweet snack of dried fruit and hot chocolate and we were ready to continue on with our two day tour.
That first night we ate at Carmine’s Italian restaurant which has sentimental value because it was the site of my husband and my first date and bringing our two children with us felt like one of those VERY full circle moments.
Once again the best part was the fact that the restaurant was a short walk from the Langham and after a great dinner we were able to stroll back through Times Square, get dessert and check out a few stores on our stroll back to the friendly confines of the Langham.
We awoke the next day to a great morning ( I drank all the Nespresso I could make in my room) and then got more coffee in the lobby and made a bee-line to their OMG fitness room for a quick workout with my eliptical buddy aka my daughter!
Not gonna lie… I was loving this gym! They give you apples, earphones and warm fluffy towels
BUT FIRST I had to take a post workout selfie and then we were off on our second day’s events.
We decided to head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and one of the fringe benefits of were taken by the car provided by the Langham up town to the museum.
Personally I loved it. My daughter nicknamed it the Museum of Boobs and my son wanted to sketch everything he saw. If you are headed into NYC I highly recommend you spend a few hours at the MET. It is truly transformative. The statues literally left me speechless.
My son being a bit of an artist himself was sketching some of the art.
There was so much beauty and introspection and I loved all the questions and conversation starters it kicked off. And since it wasn’t snowing and we were already on fifth avenue, we decided to walk back to the hotel and admire the stretch of shops and architecture on our way down Madison and fifth Avenues. ( definitely another tip I would recommend to anyone visiting NYC- WALK as much as you can everywhere. There are so many hidden gems- we actually stopped at a park on 5th and Central park and my kids hung out on the swings for a bit.
When we finally got back to the Langham we were POOPED and greeted by our friendly furbabies as well as some hot apple cider and snacks provided by the hotel.
One more reason to love Langham Place; it provides doggie guests with special beds!
That night we went to see Wicked which was a quick walk from the hotel and was simply not able to be properly articulated. It was one of those musicals that had a really strong narrative and killer lyrics and FLYING!!
And when we got home we found a much needed turndown – which included water, slippers and cookies before bed.
The next morning my kids shared some of their favorite things about Langham Place!
And before we left we decided to walk TWO blocks and hit up Lord and Taylor ( because every trip needs some retail therapy right!)
Between the gracious staff and luxurious amenities, complimentary snacks and the car availability Langham Place was an amazing experience and it gets a BIG thumbs up for any of you considering playing tourist in NYC. And being a brand synonymous with cultural awareness, thanks to the world-renowned art collections and events found at its hotels around the world. Langham Place, Fifth Avenue is no exception, thanks to its alignment with world-class art events such as The Armory Show and its location adjacent to some of the most thriving museum and gallery districts in New York City.
And in an effort to please even the youngest of guests, Langham Place, Fifth Avenue just debuted its Cultured Kids at Langham Place, a new specially-curated menu of amenities and add-ons to ensure that families can take full advantage of the cultural offerings available at the hotel and throughout the city.
Cultured Kids at Langham Place is a menu of add-ons that can be combined with the Family Getaway Package on weekends, which includes luxurious accommodations; free Continental breakfast for the family along with an additional $50 credit for use any time at Measure Lounge, the all-day dining and drinking destination located on Langham Place’s lobby level; complimentary roll-away bed; and complimentary valet parking for one standard-sized car. Starting rates for Family Getaway are $795
The menu of add-ons – which can be chosen individually or in a group include:
– A specially arranged tour of the Chelsea gallery district with Langham Place partner, Little Collectors, a New York-based company whose mission is to expose children as young as three to contemporary art. This option also includes a gift box from Little Collector, complete with a framed print for the child’s room at home and fun creatively-fueled toys appropriate for ages 3-12. (Starting at $495 including the tour.)
– Tunes with Tina, the family sing-a-long brunch hosted at Measure Lounge every Sunday starting September 28, hosted by local musician and songwriter Tina DeVaron ($40 for adults, $20 for kids)
– Behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen of a Michelin-starred restaurant, provided by Ai Fiori, hosted by the Executive Chef and his team of culinary artists. (Included with early-bird dinner reservations between 5-7 pm.)
– Architectural wonders tours, including a map of the significant buildings that can be viewed from any of Langham Place’s Empire View rooms and suites and expedited passes to skip the line at the Empire State Building. ($50 per person – $200 for a family of four).