Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv

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Exquisitely situated 150 feet from the Mediterranean at 205 Hayarkon St. Independence Park, the Hilton Tel Aviv is in a prime spot to take advantage of everything Tel Aviv has to offer including beaches, museums, restaurants, cafes, and designer clothing boutiques. Guests can enjoy a short drive to the ancient port city of Jaffa with its ruins and reconstructions and the Carmel Shuk – the well-known cultural treat of an open-air market.

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What Makes it Family Worthy?

The Hilton Tel Aviv caters to everyone from tourists to travelers and families, even offering babysitting services. However, what is most impressive is how they go out of their way to welcome guests who have special needs.
Families will feel welcome at this establishment, especially since the hotel is centrally located, right next to the iconic Tel Aviv beachfront and not far from the eateries in the old port of Tel Aviv.

Our Welcome

We called ahead for a feather-free quiet room, which was ready upon our arrival. We were warmly welcomed and upgraded to a larger room as Hilton Gold members, which we appreciated.

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Hotel Decor

The architecture and design made use of the natural light. Together with the modern interior, the decor gave this “grand dame of Tel Aviv” a luxurious feel. In all the areas of the hotel, the clean lines, and vibrant colors contributed to the well-earned five-star feeling.

The public areas were decorated in stone and marble of light tans and dark browns with splashes of color, giving the spaces an opulent, luxurious feel.

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Our Room

We stayed in room 745. The room was well lit and beautifully decorated in hues of whites, creams, browns, and yellows. We saw the colorful art on the walls and square brown carpeting. The lighting in the room included several side lamps, adjustable reading lamps on the headboard, and a section of lighting above the bed.

The door had three locks for excellent security. For further security, as we always do, we checked the emergency exit map on the back of the door.

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We had ample storage space in the closet and broad chest of drawers as well as a safe. The safe ,neatly tucked in the desk drawer ,was large and could easily store a laptop.

To the left of the entrance hall, we found the mini bar. Below the mini bar was a refrigerator with sodas, snacks, and alcohol.

Our room had a modern king-sized bed. Near the bed was the sitting area with a chair and sofa, which we liked as it contributed to the relaxed atmosphere. We loved the in-room glass desk with an ergonomic chair and access to lots of outlets.

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We enjoyed a lovely view of the old port of Tel Aviv from the balcony. In keeping with this hotel’s attention to detail and special needs, we did see a disclaimer on the balcony requesting parents watch their children at all times.

From the complimentary bottled water in the bar area to the fresh roses in the bathroom, this hotel set a very high bar when it comes to service!

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Our Bathroom

The bathroom had beautifully crafted light tan stone tiles and lovely mosaics to complement its Jacuzzi tub. Dark browns complimenting the white floors continued the decor throughout the bathroom.

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We saw a shower head attachment and grab bar in the tub and separate shower, which we appreciated. With a hairdryer, magnifying mirror, bathroom scale and toiletries provided, there was no lack of anything and this room was a pleasure to stay in.Luxury Family Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv kit

Executive Lounge

The executive lounge at this property was moderately sized and overlooked  the old port of Jaffa. The lounge was open most of the day, offering ample breakfast choices and happy hour appetizers as well as snacks during the day.

Our Breakfast

We enjoyed breakfast at the Cafe Med. This airy dining room served this sumptuous buffet with magnificent views of the hotel pool and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Cafe featured multiple stations .We saw loaves of bread, pastries, hot and cold cereals, a build-your-own salad bar complete with seeds and nuts and a choice of dressings; and a dairy station with flavored butter, yogurts, international cheeses and local yellow and white cheeses which were a favorite!

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The fish station had mackerel and herring in smoked, pickled and brined form, as well as salmon and even sardines.

At the cooked food station one could find Shakshuka, a traditional dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce. At the same location, guests could get prepared eggs, steamed and roasted vegetables, quiches, latkes which are the Jewish equivalent of hash browns, pancakes and an order-a-waffle stand with all the toppings that typically go with fresh waffles!

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There was a dessert station with an assortment of cakes, fresh fruit and even fresh honey dripping from the comb, which our son with autism thought to be very cool! Also, there was a large selection of liquid beverages both hot and cold.

Completing the ample selection there was a station with various  liquid beverages to choose from; both hot and cold.

Shabbat Dinner

It was an honor to spend the weekend at the Hilton Tel Aviv and experience a traditional Shabbat dinner. This meal was an enjoyable cultural experience. During the event, we watched guests observing the first lighting of the candles. We also heard praying and singing from the in-house synagogue. Then we moved on to the lavish meal prepared  before sundown in keeping with the kosher laws of Judaism.

The Friday night feast was served buffet style, but extra care was taken to make the dining area feel ultra special. The meal of the week was the American equivalent of a traditional Sunday lunch where the best of the best was served.

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The hot meals included poultry and beef in a variety of sauces as well as vegetarian and vegan options. There were vegetables, pasta, rice, potatoes and side dishes. Not to be outdone, the cold meats and their accompaniments, as well as all the salad options, were beautifully presented and tasty. The desserts ranged from individual parfaits, tartlets, fruit bars and cobblers to fresh fruit salad and whole fruit. We were grateful to have had this opportunity.

Not to be outdone, the cold meats and their accompaniments, as well as all the salad options, were beautifully presented and tasty. The desserts ranged from individual parfaits, tartlets, fruit bars and cobblers to fresh fruit salad and whole fruit. We were grateful to have had this opportunity to share with our sons and help them understand Jewish customs.

Amenities

There was a fully equipped gym available to guests who want to work out while they vacation. Also, this establishment boasted a saltwater pool along with a regular pool, one of their unique amenities. Visitors shouldn’t miss the spa where they can have treatments that suit their budget.

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Cost

Room prices start at $400 a night and include free WiFi in the room and public areas. Hilton Honors points can be used to stay at this hotel. Both self and valet parking on-site are $15 a day.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • For those who are light sensitive, the rooms have a double curtain for keeping out the light.
  • For those who are temperature sensitive, the Hilton Hotel is one of the very few hotels that have both A/C and heating options available at the same time
  • The room did come with a balcony, so it is pertinent to ask the hotel if they can lock it or bring a portable alarm.
  • Parents should consider paacking a bathmat and nightlight.
  • Service animals are allowed at this hotel, but pets are not.

Family Stay at the DoubleTree Los Angeles

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For travelers around the world, Los Angeles is synonymous with Glamour, glitz, and the high life. Though the city is quite spread out, it is one of the more central places downtown area that is close to the major freeways providing quick and easy accessibility for visitors. For families looking for an affordable and convenient stay in the downtown area, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Los Angeles is a good choice, home to 434 suites and rooms. The hotel can be found at 120 South Los Angeles Street in Los Angeles, California.

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What Makes it Family Worthy?

Located off the 110, 101 and 5 California freeways, the DoubleTree Hotel is less than a mile from the Los Angeles major attractions. Families will appreciate the hotel’s central location near Little Tokyo, the perfect local place to introduce kids to Japanese food and culture. The hotel is also not far from the rail station, the Broad Museum, Olvera Street, and the L.A. Food Mart. Parents, especially those with two or more kids, will appreciate the hotel’s spacious rooms and the proximity to entertainment venues like L.A Live and Pershing Square.

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The DoubleTree Los Angeles caters mostly to business people,families will feel welcome too.

 

Our Welcome

We decided to book this hotel  this past May for a night before our son’s college graduation from the University of Southern California  which was a short minute drive away.As usual we called the property ahead to ask them for a quiet room with feather free bedding due to our son’s autism.When we arrived, we had to wait in a long line since it was almost 3 PM which was check-in time. Once we finally got to the counter, we were unhappy to hear that our room, with the requested feather free and quiet accommodations, was not ready. It did take several hours and a front desk manager to sort the snafu out.On the upside, our son with autism enjoyed several helpings of the famous warm chocolate chip cookies.

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Hotel Decor

The decor of this particular Double Tree hotel was simple and elegant. All Asian styled furnishings, wall hangings, and artifacts were done in hues of browns, blacks, and tans.We liked the fact there were not only plenty of comfortable seating areas but also a place to watch TV while waiting. Overall the feel of the hotel was inviting and well lit, giving guests a pleasurable welcome when they checked- into the hotel.

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Our Room

We stayed in a standard room 1601 on the 16th floor of the high rise hotel.
The first thing we saw after we closed the door  was the Emergency sign. This sign was great because it informed us of where exactly where to go in the event of an evacuation. There was also a double lock on the door, ideal for parents traveling with ‘escape artists’  kids.

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The carpeting in the room was brown with dark furniture to match. The wallpaper of the room was  done in a light cream color that contrasted nicely with the brown patterned wallpaper overlooking the bed.

Upon entering the room, we came across the closet with its shutter doors. While the closet itself was roomy, there wasn’t a light which was a bit of an issue for visibility. There was plenty of room to store our luggage and hang clothes as well as an iron with ironing board. There was even an in-room safe with enough room to fit a large laptop.

The television stand in the central area had a coffee maker as well as a 50″ flat screen TV. It also had six built-in drawers, so there was additional storage space for items like clothes and personal things. Housed underneath the television stand was a mini fridge. The refrigerator did not come with any free bottled water, but there were bottles available in the room guests could pay for.

Thankfully our room boasted two queen beds. Situated between the two queen beds was a nightstand that doubled as a desk. We had never seen this layout before in any hotel and thought it was an interesting way to save space. The nightstand/desk  had several outlets for charging devices as well as a relaxing sound machine and room phone.

We had a small sitting area by the window for reading and resting. The chair, unfortunately, didn’t open or recline in any way. The table beside the chair was perfect for magazines or books, and the lamp overhead provided enough light for reading without disturbing any other familymemberss.

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Double curtains covered the window overlooking the Los Angeles high-rises. The window could only open slightly, which was perfect for those wanting fresh air to circulate the room while ensuring the safety of younger family members. The   room had central A/C  with an adjustable thermostat and its vent was placed overhead so it  didn’t blow on any of the beds, which we greatly appreciated.

Our Bathroom

The door to the bathroom was across from the closet. The first thing we noticed when stepping into the bathroom was that the ceiling was  rather low, which was a little odd. The room was rather small, yet functional and convenient.

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The vanity had a speckled marble countertop and boasted an amenity kit that included soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Meanwhile, the storage spaces below the countertop held several towels. The commode was a basic model with a push button flush on top.

The shower pleasantly surprised us. Not only did it have a grab bar, which we always like to see, but it also had a no-slip mat which is rare these days. The shower head was, unfortunately,n ot a handheld  model which might present a problem for those traveling with small children.

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Amenities

The DoubleTree brand often has some quality amenities to offer for guests, and the Los Angeles location was no different.
Guests seeking total relaxation could try out the complimentary yoga classes held on the beautiful rooftop Kyoto Gardens on Thursday mornings. Any other day, guests could go up to the roof just to enjoy the zen gardens at their own pace.For guests wanting to travel the nearby area without their own car, the hotel provided a complimentary shuttle that covered a three-mile radius.

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Travelers who love to exercise could use the 24-hour fitness center with all the essential exercise equipment like stairsteps, treadmills, and weights.Finally, visitors who forgot anything back at home, or who just wanted to find a fun souvenir, could go check out the hotel’s gift shop.

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Dining

The hotel featured two restaurants on the property: the Justice Urban Tavern, and the Rendezvous Lounge.

The Justice Urban Tavern with its hip atmosphere  boasted delicious meals prepared by chefs Gerry Leskody and Gabe Colunga. Diners could get nice classic dishes like beef brisket, blue crab cake sandwiches, Irish oatmeal, or beer battered fish and chips. We enjoyed their happy hour Tuna Tartare Tacos along with thier unique avocado cocktails..

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Travelers looking for snacks and cocktails could go to the Rendezvous Lounge in the hotel’s lobby. Here, diners sat in nice chairs watching sports on HDTVs, enjoying things like oysters, New England clam chowder, and grilled salmon.There was also a Starbucks at the hotel for those wanting their favorite cup of java or a quick breakfast sandwich.

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Cost

Prices start at $199 per room. Internet access is $9.95 per day for basic, $11.95 per day for high speed. There is on-site parking for $35 self and $40 valet which sounds steep but is the norm for downtown L.A prices.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Even when we requested a quiet room, we could still hear some noise from the nearby trains exiting Union Station. Families with noise sensitive children should take this into consideration.
  • When checking in, guests get warm chocolate chip cookies, which kids are sure to love. However, families with children who have diet restrictions such as gluten intolerance should be aware of this ahead of time so they can  avoid disappointment.
  • As mentioned above, the window in the room does not open all the way. This fact should give some peace of mind to parents who might worry about their child falling out of the window otherwise.

 

 

Staying with Family at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

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Fort Lauderdale on Florida’s southeastern coast is famous for its beautiful beaches and wide canals that attract travelers who love outdoor activities. With its sprawling beachfront promenade lined with food and entertainment venues along with its international cruising port, it makes for a family -friendly destination. When staying in Fort Lauderdale, parents should consider the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina for comfort in a hotel worthy of the Hilton name.
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What Makes it Family Worthy?

This four-star hotel contains approximately 589 rooms and suites. Travelers will appreciate the location, near the Everglades cruising port, the Convention Center, and the Las Olas shopping area, at 1881 South East 17th Street. A large percentage of the hotel guests are traveling families and couples spending the night before or after the cruise. Moreover, due to the proximity to the Convention Center, this hotel also hosts business people and those attending conferences.

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Hotel Decor

The lobby featured lots of subdued yellows, oranges, and whites, with curved sofas and a large circular overhead lighting fixture that gave the area a modern, futuristic look. The lobby area, divided into several sections, was large, so guests could sit quietly or work as they waited to check in.

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Our Room

We stayed in room 1116 on the 11th floor, a floor reserved for the Hilton Loyalty Program guests. As usual, all the pertinent safety information was on the back of the door. The door also had two locks to help secure the room.

Our room, decorated in neutral colors of white and grays, had been newly renovated. The room featured carpetings with lines of brown, taupe, and turquoise along with dark brown furniture. Aside from some artwork on the walls, the décor was minimalistic.
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Since this property did not offer two queen sized beds, we settled for a room with two double beds. Each bed had a small power outlet next to it, so guests could recharge their phones while they slept. Between the beds was a nightstand with a phone, alarm clock, lamp, and shelves where guests could store more belongings.

Across from the beds, there was a desk with a swivel chair, lamp, phone, and full-length mirror. We were happy to discover several electrical outlets next to the desk, which made it the perfect place for working on projects or recharging devices. Near the desk was a glass topped table with two matching chairs, and a floor lamp, which perfectly illuminated the space.

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Like many hotel rooms, ours boasted a large, flat screen TV positioned atop a cabinet directly across from the beds. The dark wood cabinet was topped with glass and had several drawers capable of holding more odds and ins. The room’s mini fridge was behind the cabinet’s only tan paneled door.

A small walk-in closet provided storage in the room with wooden hangers, a small luggage rack, an ironing board, and a medium sized room safe. The frosted glass paneling on the closet doors and motion sensor light inside were nice touches. We particularly liked the fact the whole space was well lit, so finding stored away things was easy.

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The room had a small balcony  from which we could enjoy spectacular views of the harbor. The balcony furniture consisted of two chairs and a table to allow guests to enjoy sitting outside sipping their morning coffee.

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Our Bathroom

Frosted glass pocket doors led into the room’s bathroom area. We could lock these doors for more privacy, a feature every family would appreciate. The bathroom, decorated predominantly in white, boasted a Corian-like black countertop with big bold tan flooring tiles.

The vanity featured a smallish, round shaped sink with high sides that kept items from falling into the basin. Instead of the traditional cabinet with doors, it consisted of an open one that held extra towels and washcloths. An exceptionally large mirror lined with fluorescent lights hung over the vanity providing ample light. We found two plugs near the light switch so that people could use items like hairdryers without leaving the bathroom. On the countertop was a complimentary amenity kit of bath products.
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The shower area, tiled in white porcelain tiles boasted a glass enclosure. The shower featured dark chrome grab bars, and a  hand-held shower head, useful for parents  and caregivers to bath kids. There was a standard toilet, which functioned fine but the handle on it was worn and stood out in the rest of the well furnished, recently renovated bathroom
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Dining

Travelers looking for a quick meal could go to Antea, the lobby bistro bar, for coffee, baked goods, and sandwiches. At night, Antea turned into a social spot where guests could get to know each other. Nanking, featuring Asian style cuisine and fusion dishes, was by far our favorite. The venue featured bright, Chinese-themed decor and excellent service. We also liked The G by the pool. The area seemed to be a very ‘happening’ spot and attracted many of the younger travelers staying in the hotel.

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The newly opened Waterway Room, serving American breakfast with views of the Intracoastal Waterway, was the perfect place to start our day. Our son with autism particularly liked the fact that he could make his own breakfast smoothie in his personal Nutribullet. Furthermore, the hotel offered room service for those who couldn’t or didn’t want to leave their rooms for dining.

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Amenities

The hotel featured a beautiful outdoor pool as well as an up-to-date gym.
Travelers staying at the hotel could take the Water Taxi from Fort Lauderdale to sightsee the main attractions without even exiting the boat.
This Hilton allowed both service dogs and pets to stay in the rooms.
We got free WiFi in the room since we are Hilton Gold Members, but otherwise, there is free wifi in the public areas.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • This hotel is built next to a waterway. Therefore, it is pertinent for parents that have kids with autism who wander off to ask for a room as far away from elevators as possible.
  • For noise sensitive travelers, ask for a top level floor room away from the pool area and the highway.
  • There is a safety bar in the shower so that travelers with mobility issues can easily access the shower.
  • Our room had a bath mat to provide traction for those that need it.
  • There are double locks on the balcony, which is great. However, the structure might pose a safety hazard for those traveling with kids or other individuals that tend to wander. Therefore, parents should bring their own alarm for the door.

 

Family Stay at DoubleTree Times Square

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When our family finally decided to take a trip to NYC, we chose to stay at the DoubleTree Suites in the middle of Times Square. The hotel on the corner of Broadway and 47th street is perfect for families who want to stay right in the center of the action and still enjoy the comfort of a suite at a moderate price.

What Makes it Family Worthy

Families will love the property’s convenient location. The hotel is next to a metro station and across from the TKTS Discount Ticket Booth. The place was ideal for sightseeing, shopping, and, of course, attending Broadway shows.

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Our Requests

We contacted the hotel to ask for a quiet and feather-free room as we normally do and were thrilled to hear of their hypoallergenic bedding and in-room air purifiers.

Our Arrival

When we arrived at midnight, we were a bit overwhelmed by the crowds of people walking around and gawking at the makeshift artisans displaying their work on the street corners.
The reception area on the 3rd floor was surprisingly congested for midnight, and we had to wait patiently in the small lobby area to check in. Though tired from our long flight, our son with autism did manage to devour the warm chocolate chip cookies the staff welcomed us with and even asked for more.

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Lobby Decor

The lobby as mentioned before was compact. Whites, creams, and browns mostly decorated the area with marble tiled floors. Off to one side, guests could find an extensive seating area with plenty of light brown couches and pillows for a comfortable wait. In the back, there was also a small bar area with some stools for seating.

The Suite

The decor of our suite on the 31st floor boasted 80’s brown hues. The hotel dedicated the entire 31st floor as a hypoallergenic floor, so our room had an air purifier. A door separated the bedroom and the living room, allowing parents to enjoy some privacy when traveling with kids.

The living room consisted of a desk and opening sofa (perfect for one older kid or two younger ones). The cabinet that the 40 inch TV stood on held a moderately sized mini fridge. On the side, the room was stocked with a small bar with a sink, microwave, coffee maker, and good sized safe.

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In the bedroom, we had a comfortable queen sized bed with two nightstands. The bedroom also had a closet which we found to be on the small side. It was easy to recharge electronics as both rooms had multiple places to plug into, however, the WiFi in the room was temperamental.

We appreciated the two TV sets, one in each room. The two sets allowed us to relax and watch the news while our son enjoyed his Nickelodeon shows. The double curtains helped darken the bright neon lights of the iconic billboards, a feature which we appreciated. And finally, the hotel staff left warm cookies in our room as a greeting, which we found to be a very nice touch.

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The Bathroom

Though the bathroom suite configuration was somewhat oddly shaped, we found it surprisingly convenient.
As we first walked in, we saw that there was a lot of counter space, almost enough to have fit two sinks, but there was only one.

The long and narrow bathroom had a door separating the combination curtained shower/tub and commode from the sink area. This fact allowed two family members to use the bathroom area without disturbing each other which was helpful. The tub had a grab bar with an adjustable, not handheld, shower head.

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The Breakfast

The breakfast buffet at Ginger’s Restaurant on the fifth floor served the American staples of scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausages and bacon along with cereals, cut up fruits, cheeses, and pastries.
The best part was Joseph, the staff member who efficiently ran the delicious pancake/waffle/omelet station. He was friendly and helpful, especially with our special needs son.
For more budget-friendly options, there are numerous restaurants in the immediate area such as Sbarro’s, Olive Garden, and McDonalds.

Amenities

Additional hotel amenities included a morning kiosk, Ad Lib Lounge, and a complimentary 24-hour fitness center that we didn’t get a chance to check out as we were too busy walking around the city. The hotel had tight security, and guests had to show their room key to enter the building, which we found reassuring.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Make sure to ask for a top floor room that doesn’t face Times Square as the lights and noise will bother kids with those particular sensitivities.
  • Bring an anti-slip bath mat, like the hotel, does not supply one.
  • Due to the configuration of the suite, pack one or two night lights so you can see your way around the furniture at night.

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