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In honor of July 4th, here are four New York City hotel perks for the summer

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At a time when it seems that nothing in life is free, the thought of a unique collection of hotel amenities and services being offered as a courtesy to their guests is always a welcomed benefit. And as much as we all love the city of New York, it’s not surprising that these hotel courtesies are often even harder to come by when visiting Manhattan. Though many hotels have a number of perks throughout the busy summer tourist season, I was able to connect with these four hotels, which are all offering some "perks" worth a look for your next visit to NYC…

• The Kitano New York
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• The Kitano New York

The Kitano New York
66 Park Avenue at East 38th Street
New York NY 10016
T: (212) 885.7000

Milk, Cookies and Rubber Ducks

Ideal for families, at the Kitano New York, which is the first and only Japanese-owned hotel in NYC. Here as a perk to go along with special weekend family packages, kids receive a free rubber duck and complimentary cookies and milk during their stay. Of course, I’m sure any adults who simply want to have their very own rubber duck; something can be arranged with this very hospitable and gracious property.

• The Westin New York Grand Central
• The Westin New York Grand Central Courtesy Westin New York Grand Central

• The Westin New York Grand Central

The Westin New York Grand Central
212 East 42nd Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
New York, NY 10017
T: (212) 490.8900

In-House Running Concierge

Guests at the Westin New York Grand Central can run the streets of NYC while taking-in the sights, guided by the hotel's in-house running concierge. The hotel offers two guided runs each week for guests to see the city in an entirely new way. Runs are offered on Tuesdays at 6pm and Thursdays at 6:30am. After the run, guests enjoy light refreshments and a recap of the run. Beyond being very centralized located in Midtown, this property has a very impressive 3,000 square foot WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio sure to make your workouts an enjoyable part of your stay.

• The Waldorf Astoria New York – Guerlain Spa
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• The Waldorf Astoria New York – Guerlain Spa

The Waldorf Astoria New York – The Guerlain Spa
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
T: (212) 355.3000

Luxury Fitness Kits & More Spa Perks

The Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York provides Towers guests with a complimentary HOCK in-room luxury fitness kit upon request. Additionally, the Guerlain Spa offers a complimentary Final Touch service inclusive of suit steaming and shoe shining with every treatment and all spa and Waldorf Astoria guests can also receive a complimentary make-up application at the Guerlain Spa with an appointment. With all these extra perks, your next visit to the posh Waldorf and exquisite Guerlain Spa is guaranteed to have you staying fit and looking your best.

• The Sheraton New York Times Square
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• The Sheraton New York Times Square

Sheraton New York Times Square
811 7th Avenue (at 52nd Street)
New York, NY 10019
T: (212) 581.1000

The Gym In A Bag

At Sheraton New York Times Square, all guests can request a complimentary "Gym In a Bag" to use during their stay - making it easy to exercise on the go - or to take to nearby Central Park for an open-air workout. Each bag contains an exercise program book, exercise mat, stretch band, massage stick and foam roller. Now there’s no excuse to stay in shape during your stay, and maintain a healthy appetite to enjoy all the amazing food New York has to offer. While many of us avoid the chaos of Times Square, this property has undergone a very impressive renovation, and with all the outstanding Broadway shows this season just mere steps away, this hotel is an ideal place to call home when visiting Manhattan.

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