First, let's get the bitching out of the way. The Kensigton/Midwood bus for people without cars leaves from a location not very accessible without a car. The children's programs are not very organized, start late, and 3 year olds are stuck between babysitting and a 4-7 group. Shabbat davening is horribly slow, includes long aliyah sale and is in a badly ventilated room. Food at melav malka was not served until 11pm and this is having in mind that most people are there with kids.
However, there is a children's program, which is great for older children and they even eat separately and are served more kid friendly food. There is a pool with separate hours and a gym. Stamford Plaza has complimentary wifi and cable, with a big screen TV. Within a mile of the hotel, there is a mikvah and 2 minutes away there is a shopping center which has children's clothes, food, beer, and baby needs.
Things to have in mind when registering and packing:
- Each room has a large bed with a single frame but separate mattresses. There's also a fold out couch.
- Each room comes with an iron (no ironing board), a large screen TV with free cable and a small coffee machine with complimentary coffee.
- You can request a fridge through Chamah at a discount rate of $15/night.
- There are 4 elevators, 2 of which are switched to shabbos mode on shabbos.
- 2 minutes away, literally 2 minutes away, is a shopping center. Exit from main entrance and walk left 1 block.
- There are 2 children's clothing stores, including Children's Place.
- There's a CVS.
- There's a supermarket, Stop & Shop, which has a kosher aisle, baby supplies and beer. Walk past Staples and use the stairs on the other side of the road to reach it.
- Use FourSquare and KosherGPS apps to discover places around the hotel.