St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point (CA, USA) - gorgeous Mediterranean style hotel in Orange County California. They have an expansive pool and beach access. The kids club staff is very friendly and does a great job showing the kids a good time, especially in the summer months. Certain rooms come with complimentary butler service which adds a nice touch.
Ritz Carlton Battery Park, (NYC, USA) -- this luxury hotel is located in the financial district which wouldn't usually be a go-to area of NYC for families. What makes it worthwhile are its amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and its proximity to the subway that will get you uptown with little effort. Rooms and suites facing the Statute come equipped with telescopes that give you a birds-eye-view of Lady Liberty. Our son loved it! The hotel also has a treasure box at the front desk for younger guests and they really went out of their way to make the kids feel welcome. An added bonus was the Statue of Liberty made of chocolate that greeted us in our junior suite. The food options are limited to one restaurant and room service. The concierge helped arrange excellent child care for a parent night out, but otherwise I found the concierge only mildly helpful. See Luxe Hotel in NYC: Ritz Carlton Battery Park