That’s just one of Loews Concorde’s many family-friendly touches. Even though it’s a city property and not a resort, Loews Concorde wholeheartedly subscribes to the chain’s fantastic family programs: Loews Loves Kids, Very Important Teen (V. I. T.) and Very Important Pet (V. I. P).
For a welcome gift at check-in, babies receive a rattle, stuffed animal or other item, while kids ages 6 through 12 get a doodle pad or similar item. Teens, too “cool” to look like they want a present, probably do (don’t we all?). At Loews Le Concorde, the desk clerk hands them a music download gift card for free songs, plus information on sites and activities of interest to teens.
For those in-between sightseeing times, teens and kids are reminded that Loews lends CD’s, DVD players, Nintendos, Sony Play Stations, books and board games, which are delivered to families’ rooms. Just ask.
A final touch we appreciated during check-in: the list of on-call doctors and nearby hospitals, dentists and pharmacies that were provided — just in case.
All of this mitigates our initial impression of the property as a big, boxy and business-oriented place with a boring lobby in need of renovation. While some of that may be true, the property redeems itself with a family-friendly heart, good-sized rooms that were renovated in 2006, and a perfect location: next to the city’s signature park and off the Grand-Allee within an eight-minute walk of the Old City.