At a glance

  • You'll love

    Grown-up UES elegance

    Block from Central Park

    Acclaimed spa

  • Kids will love

    Surrey sticker book

    Bicycles to borrow

    Tot-sized bathrobes

  • Don’t expect

    Kids’ club

    Swimming pool

    Downtown buzz


Refusing to let its Upper East Side surroundings show it up, The Surrey hotel is stately, elegant and surprisingly child-friendly. Its Michelin-starred Daniel Boulud restaurant, sultry bar and acclaimed Cornelia Spa all hold their own among New York City’s finest and, from the glamorous rooftop bar to the spacious and well-appointed rooms, the hotel has cultivated a grown-up sensibility for the whole family.

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Here's what you get for booking The Surrey with us:

Seasonal children's amenity, such as tickets to the Central Park Zoo in summer


‘Spacious suites with adjoining rooms and kitchenettes give you the privacy and flexibility you crave, while allowing you to keep an eye on the kids – and Duxiana mattresses practically guarantee the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had on a family holiday.’

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Need To Know


190, including 38 suites.


12noon, but flexible, for a fee (half a day’s rate before 3pm; a full day’s rate after 6pm); earliest check-in, 3pm. Early arrivals can leave luggage at the reception and use the facilities.


Double rooms from £369.68 ($518), excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of $10.00 per room per night on check-out and an additional resort fee of $38.11 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates are room only. Breakfast costs from $35 for a Continental spread. Children Under-3s stay in parents' rooms in baby cots free; extra beds can be added for children up to age 12 ($50 a night).


All public areas are on the ground floor or reached via the lift, and easily accessible with a buggy or wheelchair.

At the hotel

Restaurant, bar, spa, gym, seasonal rooftop garden, DVD library and WiFi (US$15.95 for 24 hours; free in suites).

In your room

Flatscreen TV, iPod dock, DVD player, Pratesi bathrobes for adults and children, Dean and Deluca minibar, in-room mixology kit and Mitchell and Peach bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All of the hotel’s suites are spacious enough for families, but we’re especially partial to the Ultra Deluxe and Grand Deluxe Suites, which have kitchenettes complete with a microwave, stovetop and refrigerator, making it easy to cater for the youngest of your brood. The Ultra Deluxe can be connected to a Deluxe Salon for an extra bedroom for older children (and extra privacy for you two). All rooms have space for baby cots, and all except Deluxe Salons can fit an extra bed. Note that many Salons only have showers, but all suites have bath tubs.


The acclaimed Cornelia Spa lives up to the hype. A serene oasis within the retreat that is the Surrey, the calming spa feels as decadent as it does healing, with private tiled bathrooms attached to spacious treatment rooms. Treatments run the gamut from honey-and-sea-salt body scrubs to tailored facials for both him and her. Even the kids can get in on the pampering with teen-friendly treatments for those aged 12 and up – perfect for a mother-daughter bonding day.


For the smallest Smiths, bring all the bottles, nappies, bibs and other accessories you need; the hotel doesn’t have any on hand, though the concierge will happily source them for you if needed.

Book ahead

Book babysitting at least 24 hours in advance. Be sure to ask at the front desk in advance about availability for the to-borrow Bobbin bikes with kids’ seats and helmets. The hotel’s restaurant is popular in the neighbourhood, so book at least a week in advance (two to three on weekends) to avoid disappointment.

Food and drink

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Michelin-starred Café Boulud, part of Daniel Boulud’s culinary empire, has all the elegance and flavour discerning parents expect from one of New York City’s top chefs – as well as a basic kids’ menu for picky younger eaters. Mirroring its Parisian-New Yorker design marriage, the food is all cosmopolitan sophistication, without tooting its own horn. Favourite dishes include pan-seared rib dumplings with orange-soy reduction and lavender-honey glazed duck breast. A prix-fixe lunch with the likes of duck rillettes and grilled hake is served Monday to Saturday, and breakfast of everything from pancakes to omelettes is served daily.

Family fare

A basic children’s menu with the likes of spaghetti bolognese and grilled cheese is available in Café Boulud and in-room. Highchairs are available upon request, and well-behaved children are welcome in the dining room at all times, though the restaurant has a distinctly adult bent; room service will be more relaxed and amendable to heating milk and baby food. The included in-room Bestowed Boxes also include healthy treats for parents and kids, while the Bestowed Bag for kids – a bear-shaped backpack with snacks like organic fruit juices and peanut butter packs, complimentary for families in suites – has the perfect off-hours stomach-fillers.

Hotel Bar

A sophisticated, Coco Chanel-inspired outpost, Bar Pleiades is a low-key, adults-only pit-stop by afternoon, and a sultry cocktail bar of banquettes and well-mixed Manhattans by night. The rooftop garden, overlooking Central Park and the Upper East Side on the 17th floor, also has a full bar and snacks. In summer, special packages for families can include treats like macarons, as well as cocktails and mocktails.

Last orders

Breakfast is from 7am until 10am, lunch is 12pm until 2.30pm and dinner is served up between 5.45pm and 10.30pm. Drinks are served in the bar from noon until midnight.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Leave the kids upstairs with a babysitter and make a romantic evening of it when you sit in the banquette-lined alcove for some unseen people-watching.

  • Room service

    A version of the restaurant menu is available in-room 24 hours a day, including a basic children’s menu. The full butler service is also always happy to heat up milk and baby food, and can source baby food for your kitchenette with some notice.


    Not only can the hotel provide kitchen-stocking services, but a microwave can also be added to any room for bottle-warming. Additionally, milk and bottles can be stored downstairs, if necessary, though many suites do have fridges.


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Parent approved

‘Spacious suites with adjoining rooms and kitchenettes give you the privacy and flexibility you crave, while allowing you to keep an eye on the kids – and Duxiana mattresses practically guarantee the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had on a family holiday.’

Smith & Family


Multilingual, vetted babysitters are available for US$30 an hour, for a minimum of four hours; book 24 hours in advance. Additional children are US$5 a child a booking.


The hotel does not have baby-monitors, but the butler service could source some for you with advance notice. Lower floor rooms on the front of the building would have the best chance of being reachable from the restaurant.

Other Services

The butler service can help you source things like nappies and wipes, and the helpful concierge can tell you the best spots in the neighbourhood for finding your preferred brands.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Bottle warmers • Baby cots • Cot bedlinen • Black-out curtains • Diaper Genie nappy bins • Buggy

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Baby cots • Cot bedlinen • Toddler backpack • Buggy • Socket covers • Toddler-proof toys • Toddler bicycle seats • Bike helmets • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Child-sized bathrobes • DVD library • Puzzles • Books • Board games • Craft materials • PlayStation


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Things to do

Ensconced in the Upper East Side, the Surrey is a fountain of family entertainment by virtue of its proximity to the famed Museum Mile, Central Park and other family-friendly attractions. Don’t worry, though – there’s still plenty to keep you all occupied on a day indoors, from the Cornelia Spa to a movie night that the staff will plan for the kids.

Hotel activities

New York City is exciting, but it can also be exhausting. On a day in, the kids can take their pick of video games, board games, books, puzzles, crayons and craft supplies. Not only can they choose from the U- and PG-rated DVDs, but the hotel staff will even bring up the DVD along with some freshly popped popcorn and treats for an in-room movie night for older kids. Parents can escape to the rooftop garden for a relaxing cocktail while overlooking the city in the warmer months, or to the sultry Bar Pleiades in the winter. And don’t forget that fabulous spa or the fitness suite.

Local Guide

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With its prime Upper East Side location, the Surrey is perfectly placed for exploring many of Manhattan’s top attractions, not the least of which is the storied Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue at Central Park. With an impressive collection of American art from throughout the country’s history, the iconic Whitney Museum of American Art is a can’t-miss on the museum rounds. It even has a dedicated Whitney Kids programme aimed at young artists aged 8–12. Under-18s get in free. One of the world’s premier art museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue houses an embarrassing number of important works, and has rotating exhibitions that bring in many more. Family maps and guides help kids get more out of the museum and interact with artworks. Regular events – mostly free – for children and teenagers are also built into the museum’s programming. A modern architectural marvel as impressive as the art it contains, which ranges from Impressionist pieces to contemporary works, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is a required stop along Museum Mile. Under-13s get in free, as do students with a valid ID.

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the mid-19th century, 250-acre Central Park in the centre of Manhattan has long been one of the city’s favourite spots for everything from exercise to picnics and concerts. Rent bicycles and go for a ride, throw on your trainers and go for a run, rent rowboats on the lake, go ice-skating in winter, see Shakespeare in the Park in summer, explore the castle, or just enjoy the greenery in the midst of the City That Never Sleeps. There are also a handful of playgrounds around the park that are popular with young families.

One of New York City’s original luxury department stores, Barneys New York is all Upper East Side elegance – and first-class designer shopping. Don’t miss the winter window displays, and note the gorgeous architecture, too. Crowning Fifth Avenue’s designer shopping experience, Bergdorf Goodman has been an icon of luxury shopping since 1899. In addition to the finest in apparel, home and accessories, the elegant building is also home to the acclaimed John Barrett Salon.

The whole family can get their hands dirty in the myriad of craft activities at Make Meaning, which has locations on both the Upper East and Upper West Sides. From ceramics-painting or candle-making to cake-decorating, there’s something for everyone. Activities cost around $30, include all supplies, and are open to all ages. You'll need to book weekend activities ahead.

Upper East Side institution Serafina – officially ‘Serafina Fabulous Pizza’ – on 79th and Madison (around the corner from the Met) takes a refined, family-friendly approach to Northern Italian cuisine, with more than 20 wood-burning pizza options and plenty of pastas and insalates filled with farm-to-table ingredients (+1 212 734 2676). EAT, the cafe from the team behind the iconic Zabar’s gourmet grocery, serves fresh salads, sandwiches on fresh bread, soups, hot and cold entrees, pastries, coffee and anything else you could want. Best of all, it’s open from 7am to 10pm daily, which makes it perfect for the times your little Smiths will be hungry (+1 212 772 0022). Ease tired feet and shopping-laden shoulders by staking out a nook at Alice’s Tea Cup (+1 212 734 4832). Try the café’s afternoon tea if you need a boost; there’s even a ‘wee tea’ for little Smiths.

For date night, go celebrity spotting at Tao (+1 212 888 2288), a trendy restaurant on East 58th styled as an Asian temple. You can eat in the third-floor Skybox, and look out over the entire restaurant, have some sashimi in the sushi bar, or sample delicacies such as lobster wonton with ginger broth and crispy orange chicken in the main dining room.

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The Surrey
20 East 76th Street, New York 10021, United States
Hotel setting

Upper East Side elegance

Getting There

Just a block from Central Park and walking distance to museums and high-end boutiques, The Surrey is all Upper East Side elegance.


JFK International Airport services most international and west coast arrivals and departures, and is 20 miles away. Several domestic airlines fly into LaGuardia Airport, just 10 miles away. Although close, travel times to and from both airports vary greatly due to traffic and time of day.


Penn Station, just 15 minutes away by car, is on 7th Avenue & West 32nd Street, and is served by Amtrak (


With an abundance of taxis and public transportation options available, a car is not necessary. However, for those daring enough to brave city traffic, parking for guests is available, at $55 a day ($65 for four-wheel drives).

Parent travel tip

The hotel’s car service can get you to or from the airport, and can provide car seats for children for free on request.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including the Surrey – has been selected and approved by parents.

Just a block from Central Park, in the heart of the tree-lined, brownstone-filled Upper East Side, this elegantly art deco hotel seems the kind of place that Coco Chanel and F Scott Fitzgerald would sip martinis and Manhattans. With Chuck Close’s iconic Kate Moss tapestry greeting you upon entry and a Michelin-starred Daniel Boulud restaurant off the lobby, there’s plenty of grown-up culture and elegance, with a dash of whimsy.

And yet, it also knows that other things come with growing up, and that sophistication shouldn’t have to be sacrificed just because you’re now toting toddlers or teenagers. The accommodating service extends to the whole family, whether that’s through spa treatments for the teens or tasty treats in bear-shaped backpacks for the tots. Spacious suites with adjoining rooms and kitchenettes give you the privacy and flexibility you crave, while allowing you to keep an eye on the kids – and custom Duxiana mattresses practically guarantee the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had on a family holiday. Which means you’ll be plenty rested to walk the few blocks to Museum Mile each morning – and still have energy leftover for a romantic dinner after.

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