RitzFitnessSome hotels offer a place to rest your head and nothing more. But others, like the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, New York, offer an aspirational lifestyle that may encourage you to stay put.

Actually, at this Westchester County Ritz-Carlton, you can stay – adjacent to the hotel are the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, where empty nesters or those with money to burn can live full-time, and enjoy the hotel’s amenities.

DestinationReviewEven if you just stay one night, as I did recently with my teen daughter and her friend, you can experience this ultra-luxurious, yet family-friendly hotel.

Family Friendly

One of the most important family amenities, a pool, is here in glorious manner. The rooftop pool, under a huge skylight, is spotless, kept at the perfect temperature, and surrounded by lounges with large, soft towels. Order lunch or a snack to the pool (food service runs till 5pm) and return for an evening swim under the stars. The attended pool doesn’t allow kids under age 16 to swim without a parent present, but being forced to spread out on a comfy lounge with a magazine from the rack by the pool is my kind of chore.

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The Ritz has a bunch of little touches that add up to guests feeling like treasured guests. In the lobby, there is an urn of free coffee in the morning, and a cold drink in the late afternoon (a tropical juice when we were there). When we arrived, there were a couple of bowls of jelly beans in the lobby, with plastic bags so kids could pack up a treat. There are also always apples free for the taking, both in the lobby and in the fitness center.

That fitness center has both a water cooler and a pitcher filled with fruit infused water. There are chilled towels, and headphones if you forgot yours.

And in the morning, there are cold water bottles, towels and jogging maps in the lobby so you don’t have to miss your morning run. But with the state-of-the-art equipment I exercised in the air conditioning.

In Room Spa

The hotel has a wonderful spa, but the girls were too young. However, they were thrilled at the idea of an in-room makeover, bathing in the large marble tub and using the foot scrub I brought, putting on Ritz bathrobes and doing in-room facials. I also packed mani-pedi essentials and I painted nails after our evening swim. No need to spend money at the spa!

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If you can drag yourself away form the hotel, Westchester has plenty of charms. In fact, the Ritz has a summer package offering a room, breakfast for two, parking, and tours of both Philipsburg Manor and Kykuit for $381/night, through Labor Day. We were at the hotel for a the family friendly Pirates of the Hudson package, which included breakfast for four and a special pirate themed event at Philipsburg Manor (the young teen girls were more interested in the older male teen guides at Philipsburg than the pirate treasure hunt).

Note: we were guests of the Ritz-Carlton; opinions are my own.