If you're staying in New York with children, you can't do much better for a brilliant location than the Sherry. It is barely a two minute stroll from the front door to FAO Schwarz which made it unbeatable as far as we were concerned. Add to that the fact that it's right opposite the park and you have all you need for a great family hotel in Manhattan.
A really historic building - back in 1927 it was New York's highest apartment hotel at 38 stories - its iconic look means you can spot it from almost anywhere in the mid to upper part of Manhattan, making it easy to find your way home. We loved the entrance lobby which looks like Michaelangelo did a bit of moonlighting from his work on the Sistine Chapel. The classical friezes were actually salvaged from the mansion of shipping and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt.
There are just 54 hotel rooms and suites which gives the place a boutique feel. The lift operators (complete with linen gloves) take a day to work out who you are and on what floor your room is and from them on you never have to say which floor. And they were always super friendly to our 11 year old who loved pretending that she actually lived there.
We had a courtyard-facing bedroom with two double beds which felt very spacious - particularly for this city. More importantly although it didn't have the view, it was very quiet at night. The bathroom was well stocked, not only with toiletries but everything else you might want in your bathroom cabinet from toothpaste to deodorant.
Usefully, for anyone who's experienced a child let loose on the expensive (non-alcoholic) contents of a mini bar, the fridge here was only stocked with soft drinks, all of which were free. And there was plenty of space to add a bottle of your own if you wanted to.
As the hotel was built during the Prohibition, it doesn't have its own restaurant or bar although guests enjoy a 20% discount at Harry Cipriani which is accessible directly from the lobby. But this is New York - there are loads of places to eat and drink on your doorstep so not having a restaurant didn't detract at all.
While we were there, we also availed ourselves of a local babysitting service http://www.nypinchsitters.com/ which we can also recommend - our babysitter Megan was really friendly and professional.
All in all, we could highly recommend the Sherry. An iconic hotel in an iconic city - and a perfect introduction to Manhattan for our daughter's first visit to New York.