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Your Family Hotels NYC Guide
I simply obsess over finding the best NYC hotels for families. In fact, it is not unusual for me to make changes to our NYC family hotel several times before actually arriving in the Big Apple. I just like to make sure that I am getting the absolute best experience and value for my hard earned dollars.
Now I fully realize that spending hours (or days) researching family hotels in NYC is not everyone’s cup of tea. You are probably way too busy to obsess over it like I do.
In the following post, I have tried to simplify things by sharing my list of the best hotels for families in NYC as well as tips on where to stay and how to save money. Please use the following menu to find what you need quickly.
- The best Family Suites in NYC.
- 20 Things to do in NYC with Kids.
- Top NYC tours from Viator and GetYourGuide.
Family Hotels New York – Top Tips
Get your head around the fact that New York hotel rooms are extremely pricey in comparison to most North American cities. You are paying for prime real estate in one of the world’s most expensive cities. That said, there are always deals to be found even on some of the best family hotels in NYC, especially if you can book early.
Sites such as Booking.com usually offer a no deposit / flexible cancellation policy. I tend to book my chosen New York family hotel as soon as my flights are booked and check back periodically to see if rates have improved. If they have, I cancel and rebook at the lower rate.
New York hotels rooms can seem shockingly small by North American standards. l’ve also noticed that many of the new hotel builds have rooms that are smaller than ever (think bunkbeds – but not necessarily for kids). Most hotel sites list the square footage of a room. When looking for suitable family accommodation in NYC, personally, I look for a hotel room that is greater than 300 sq. ft (around 29 sq. meters).
Prioritize Your Budget
Consider how much time you will be spending in your hotel room. If it is a first New York City family vacation, you may not spend much time in your room at all. This should be weighed when you considering how much you want to pay for a hotel room. Will a comfortable bed and a decent pillow at the end of a long day of sightseeing do the trick? Or, is this a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you want to splurge on a gorgeous room at the absolute best family hotel in New York.
When researching the best hotels for families in NYC, please take a little time to read recent reviews. One of the most common annoyances in New York City for example, is noisy construction. A hotel property is unlikely to mention this when you book, but recent reviewers will surely let you know!
I generally use Tripadvisor – filtering first for reviews by families and typing kids into the search bar to narrow those reviews down even further. I also like to look at Tripadvisor’s Room Tips. All rooms are not created equal and requesting a high floor or a room away from the elevator could dramatically improve your experience, while usually costing you nothing.
Take into consideration which New York City attractions you most want to see. When my kids were really little, I loved being close to Central Park (Upper East Side or Upper West Side) because it was the one place that they could run, jump and play freely. With older children, I now prefer family hotels in New York that are close to Midtown, giving us easy access to Times Square, Broadway shows and Rockefeller Center.
What About Vacation Rentals in NYC?
New York City has some of the strictest rules around vacation rentals in the world. This has severely limited the supply of units on popular sites such as VRBO.com and Airbnb.
Personally, I have also found that vacation rentals make the most economic sense when you are staying for more than just a few days since those one-time cleaning fees and the administration fees can quickly add up.
12 Best NYC Hotels for Families
Tryp by Wyndham – Times Square South 4 ★
Looking for a NYC hotel for family a family of 5 or more? The Wyndham Tryp Times Square South is very popular with large families as they have rooms that can sleep up to 8 guests!
They also have fun Media Room options that include a 55″ TVs, surround sound, popcorn makers, Nintendo Wii, iPod “dock,” 3D glasses, and a multiple media connectivity panel.
The Hotel Beacon – Upper West Side 4★
The Beacon is one of the best hotels in NYC for families looking to stay close to Central Park (which is just blocks away). Its large rooms and suites (all with kitchenettes) are great for families up to 6 people. It also has a grocery store across the street and is very close to a Metro station.
Riu Plaza Hotel – Times Square 4★
The Riu Plaza Times Square often comes up near the top of best family hotel NYC lists for its excellent central location and wonderful family room options. They are actually one of the few brand name hotels with two bedroom suites in New York City. These popular family suites can sleep up to a family of 6!
This popular hotel is just a short walk from both Times Square, the Theater District and Rockefeller Center. Room are well set up for families with a mini refrigerator, desk, wifi and TV with multimedia connections.
Hotel features include a gym, several restaurants and a grab n’ go cafe.
Freehand Hotel – Gramercy 4★
This unique property was formerly the George Washington Hotel, providing a home away from home for many writers and creatives.
All units feature a private bathroom with bathrobes, slippers and Argan amenities. The suites are equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and an iPod docking station.You will find water, apples, HD smart TV’s and a safe in every room.
There are several room options that are suitable for families including their stylish 4 x twin bunkbed rooms.
Affinia Gardens – Upper East Side 4★
Like its sister hotel the Affinia Shelburne (listed below), the Affinia Gardens is a very suitable hotel for families. Self catering is a breeze with the well equipped kitchens and optional grocery delivery service.
The Upper East Side location is quite nice for families as the area is very quiet and yet close to many family attractions such as Central Park, The Museum of Natural History and the Children’s Museum.
Note: I stayed at this hotel when my children were 1 and 4 years respectively. I liked the fact that it was in such a quiet area but still within an easy stroller roll of Central Park. Our room was spacious enough to have some friends over for a glass of wine while the kids watched a movie.
Affinia Shelburne – East Midtown 4★
From my first family stay in an Affinia property in NYC (there are 3), I was hooked. The newly renovated Shelburne is close to both Grand Central Station and Bryant Park. The property offers studio, one and 2 bedroom suites that can sleep up to 6 people. Parents love the complimentary wine in the lobby each evening.
LUMA Hotel – Times Square 4★
If you are struggling over where to stay in New York City with family, the LUMA boutique hotel is in an excellent location – nestled between Times Square and Bryant Park. What makes this one of the best NYC family hotels? It is one of just a handful of Manhattan hotel properties offering rooms with 2 king beds (very rare in NYC).
Also very fun at this hotel is Alina – the little robot that delivers towels and other goodies right to your room. See her in action in this short video.
Moxy NYC – Times Square South 3.5★
What this hotel lacks in room size (many rooms are less than 300 sq. ft.) it makes up in fun. Kids love having their own bed with the quadruple bunk rooms and hanging out in the funky 2nd floor lounge.
Rooms have free Wi-Fi, oversized rain showers, and smart streaming TVs. The property has a fitness centre, on-site restaurant and a rooftop bar.
The Library Hotel – Midtown 4★
This literary-themed boutique hotel is renowned for its excellent service, consistently ranking as one of the top hotels in New York. Their junior suite room (shown above) is perfect for a small family.
Note: For lovers of boutique hotels, The Library Collection has two other suitable NYC hotels that are worth taking a peek at – The Hotel Giraffe (NoMad 4★) and The Casablanca (Midtown 3.5★).
The San Carlos – East Midtown 4★
The San Carlos is conveniently located in Midtown East, just a 10 minute walk to Rockefeller Center (the new FAO Schwarz, LEGO store, Top of the Rock, winter skating rink etc.). This property offer spacious rooms and suites (starting at 350 sq. ft.), each with, at minimum, a microwave, coffee/tea maker and mini refrigerator.
Their larger suites that can sleep a family of up to 6, making it one of the most popular family hotels in Manhattan. Room amenities include plush terry robes, Aveda bath products, newspaper delivery (Mon-Fri), and iPod docking station.
The Sohotel – Soho 3★
The moderately priced Sohotel has a great location within Soho which is perfect for shoppers. The property offers several options of family rooms, sleeping up to 5 guests. Rooms include free WiFi, a flat-screen TVs, hardwood floors and an iPod docking station.
The Beekman – Lower Manhattan 5★
This luxury Thompson-branded boutique hotel is located close to the Brooklyn Bridge and the World Trade Center. The rooms include custom beds, leather headboards, oak floors, craft cocktail tables and marble bathrooms. Top room choices for families include the double queen or king suite configurations.