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We spent $1,000 to sleep in a 1,145-square-foot NYC hotel room filled with toys. It's totally worth it if you can find people to split it with.

We spent $1,000 to sleep in a 1,145-square-foot NYC hotel room filled with toys. It's totally worth it if you can find people to split it with.
  • My family stayed in the "Big"-inspired suite at Graduate New York for $1,000 a night.

  • The three-bedroom, 1,145-square-foot suite is big enough for multiple families.

  • We loved all the 1980s nostalgia, fun movie memorabilia, and entertaining games.

A few years ago, I introduced my children to the classic 1988 comedy "Big" starring Tom Hanks. Now they always keep their eyes out for a Zoltar machine like the one in the film when we visit carnivals or arcades.

Although we haven't had luck with that, I was able to surprise them with a stay in the three-bedroom Loft Suite at Graduate New York, which is inspired by "Big."

Graduate is located on Roosevelt Island.

exterior shot of graduate hotel on roosevelt island in new york city
Roosevelt Island is next to Manhattan in New York City.Michelle Spitzer

The hotel is located within the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, just a stone's throw from Manhattan. But it isn't always easy to get to, especially with a good bit of luggage.

You can take public transportation from Manhattan to the island, but a taxi or car service is likely the easiest option.

The cost of the room depends on the time of year.

lobby of the graduate hotel on roosevelt island in new york city
We paid $1,000 for the one-night stay.Michelle Spitzer

Staying in the specialty suite will set you back anywhere from $900 to over $2,500 at peak times like around the Fourth of July or the winter holidays. We traveled with a group of families this summer, and it cost us about $1,000 for the night, which was reasonable after we split it.

The suite has two king-sized beds and a bunk bed and sleeps three to six people.

If you're going to drop big bucks for the "Big" suite, I recommend not planning a ton of activities around the city during your stay. We didn't want to leave the room — there's so much to play with and enjoy.

The suite is essentially the size of a small house.

interior shot of one of the bedrooms with a pepsi rug in the big suite at the graduate hotel in new york city
We easily fit multiple families in the suite.Michelle Spitzer

The 1,145-square-foot suite is comprised of three large rooms — each with its own bathroom — so it's perfect for sharing with friends or family.

There are tons of old-school games and movie memorabilia.

bunkbed room with floor piano in the big suite at the graduate hotel in nyc
You can play with the floor piano like Josh does in the film.Michelle Spitzer

There's an enormous amount of memorabilia from the movie throughout the suite including nostalgic toys, games, and of course, a Zoltar machine.

One of the rooms even has a large floor piano so you can recreate the famous toy-store scene.

The room with the piano has a red, metal bunk bed, similar to the one Hank's character Josh had in his NYC apartment. The He-Man and Pac-Man bedsheets even go along with the 80s theme.

I found plenty of nostalgic 1980s items.

kid playing pinball in the big suite at the graduate hotel in nyc
The pinball machine was a blast to play with.Michelle Spitzer

In the bunk-bed room, there are a bunch of shelves filled with old-school toys and games.

The showstoppers are the pinball machine and the mini skate ramp with skateboards.

You can even watch "Big" in the suite

old school tv with vcr on top playing the movie big at the big suite in the graduate hotel in nyc
There's an old-school TV with a VCR player in the suite.Michelle Spitzer

A second room has a large bed and an old TV complete with a VCR player and a VHS copy of "Big."

This room also has a trampoline, some massive stuffed animals, and an old-school boom box.

There are replicas of some of the film's costumes in the room.

giants sweatshirt hanging in a closet in the big suite at the graduate hotel in nyc
Josh's Giants sweatshirt is in the closet.Michelle Spitzer

The closet in the TV room has replicas of some of Josh's clothes from the movie, including his beloved Giants sweatshirt.

The white, sparkly tuxedo he wore to a formal work event is even hanging in a frame on the wall.

The primary bedroom is also straight out of the 80s.

primary bedroom in the big suite at the graduate hotel in nyc
Gumby is a very nostalgic cartoon character.Michelle Spitzer

The suite's primary bedroom has a small sitting area with a massive Gumby.

The rest of the decor reminded me of my parents' bedroom back in the 1980s. The furniture, bedding, and pillows looked straight from that timeframe.

This is also where my kids found the pièce de résistance: Zoltar.

kid pressing a button on a zoltar machine in the big suite at the graduate hotel in nyc
My kids loved playing with the Zoltar machine.Michelle Spitzer

In the primary bedroom, we found the sought-after Zoltar machine — which is actually functioning.

We can't wait to go back.

big suite at the graduate hotel in nyc
My family loved staying at Graduate New York.Michelle Spitzer

Before we checked out, my three kids were already asking when we could return.

It's a hefty price tag for just one family, but I see us making a return trip with a group. A room like this is too good not to share with friends.

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