Just a block from Central Park and with speedy access to major sights including Central Park Zoo and the American Museum of Natural History, The Surrey oozes grown-up luxury while genuinely welcoming children - a hard find for a central New York hotel. Look out for special family offers that include complimentary Natural History Museum passes, colouring books and movie rental, plus a food and drinks credit.
Room service is the best dining option with kids, allowing you to tuck them up and leave them under the watchful eye of a babysitter while you take take advantage of the stunning rooftop bar (just the ticket for sunset cocktails), the Michelin-starred French bistro by superstar chef Daniel Boulud, and the fabulous spa - or even head off for a spin on the free hotel bikes.
If you prefer to stay with them, order a visit from the in-room mixologist and cozy up in your soaking tub or even, in some rooms, in front of your working fireplace. Some rooms also have kitchenettes - ideal when travelling with kids.