10 Best NYC Hotels for Families

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10 Best Family Hotels New York City

 

I’m not going to lie to you. I obsess over family hotels in New York City. In fact, as I update this post, I am hours away from boarding a plane for another family trip to NYC. Until yesterday, I was still double checking our hotel to make sure I was 100% happy with it. In this case, my obsessive nature paid off as the room rate had dropped and I was able to cancel, rebook, and secure a better deal.

Researching the best hotels for families in any given city is something I absolutely love to do for both work and pleasure. That said, I fully realize that spending hours Googling the best family hotels New York City may not be everyone’s idea of a good time. In the following post, I hope to simplify things, save you time and save you money by sharing what I think are the best NYC hotels for families.

But first – a few tips.

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Tips – Choosing New York City Family Hotels

 

  • 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.
  • New York hotels rooms are quite 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 a suitable family accommodation in NYC, I personally look for a hotel room that is greater than 300 sq. ft (around 29 sq. meters).
  • Consider how much time you will be spending in your hotel room. If it is a first NYC 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 one the many gorgeous family suites in NYC’s swankiest hotels.
  • When researching New York City family hotels, please take a little time to read reviews. On TripAdvisor, for example, I always filter for reviews by families and then type kids into the search bar to narrow those reviews down even further. I then 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.
  • Book early to secure the best rate. 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.
  • Location. Location. Location. 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 & Upper West Side) because it was the one place that they could run, jump and play freely. With older children, you may prefer the more central Midtown location.

 

 

10 Family Friendly Hotels in New York City

 

1. YOTEL – Times Square

Family Friendly Hotels NYC

 

 

Inspired by luxury aircraft design, kids are going to love the rooms at Yotel (or cabins, as they call them). In a city where it can be difficult to find rooms that accommodate more than three people, the queen/double bunk cabins here are very popular.

 

Price Range: $$$
Hotel Class: 4 star
Notable Features:  NYC’s largest hotel terrace, gym, luggage storage robot, summertime rooftop movies (adults only).
Reviews: 88% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on Tripadvisor.

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2.The Kimpton Muse – Midtown

Family Friendly Hotel NYC

The Kimpton Hotel Group has long made families a priority, and The Muse in no exception. Through their Kimpton Kids program they offer a children’s welcome gift and little animal print robes. Popular with mom and dad is the morning tea/coffee service as well as the hosted evening wine reception. Be sure to sign up for the Kimpton Karma loyalty program for special promotions and a Raid the Bar pass.

Price Range: $$$
Hotel Class: 4 star
Notable Features:Fitness centre, in-room spa treatments, yoga mats, Forgot it? We got it ! essential travel items.
Reviews: 92% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on Tripadvisor.

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3. The Library Hotel – Midtown

Family Friendly Hotel NYC

Every room in this literary themed hotel is uniquely adorned with a collection of books and art exploring a distinctive topic within the category it belongs to. The hotel is also renowned for its excellent service, consistently ranking as one of the top hotels in New York.  Families will enjoy the complimentary DVD’s for loan, continental breakfast, prosecco and cheese reception, and the complimentary snacks and refreshments in the Reading Room.

Price Range: $$$
Hotel Class: 4 star
Notable Features: Free wifi, evening turndown service with bottled water and chocolates, daily newspaper, access to New York sports clubs, Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities.
Reviews: 99% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on Tripadvisor.

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4. The Quin – Midtown

Family Friendly Hotel NYC

Selected as one of Travel and Leisure’s coolest new hotels for 2014, the luxurious Quin offers many thoughtful touches for family travelers.  Your little one will delight in watching the Quin’s own animated movie about Katie, her dog Peppermint and her new friend Max as they spend a perfect day in New York City.  Upon checking in, children are presented with a book and a Webkinz Yorkshire Terrier (Peppermint is also a Yorkie).

The hotel is conveniently located in Midtown close to the Central Park Zoo, 5th Avenue and FAO Schwarz. The hotel has a number of room options that work well for families including premier rooms, that sleep 4 in 2 queen beds and adjoining rooms.

Price Range: $$$$
Hotel Class: 5 star
Notable Features : An attachés who curate special New York City experiences, complimentary wifi, fitness center, Apple-equipped drawing room, DUX® Beds, and bath amenities by Fresh®.
Reviews: 93% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on Tripadvisor.

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5. Affinia Dumont – Midtown

Family Friendly Hotel NYC

With spacious suites (full kitchens !) and gorgeous views of the Chrysler Building, the luxurious Affinia Dumont is a popular choice with families. Their Affina Junior programming ensures you will have everything you need for a perfect adventure including cribs, strollers, high chairs, board games, cards, and even a rubber ducky (some fees may apply).

Price Range: $$$$
Hotel Class: 4 star
Notable Features: Fitness kit, grocery delivery from Fresh Direct, complimentary evening wine reception.
Reviews: 90% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on Tripadvisor.

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6. The James – Soho

Family Friendly Hotel NYC

The photo above explains why you should stay at The James Hotel.  How great would it be for you and your family to dip your toes in that pool after a long day of walking around New York?

This modern hotel welcomes families with their Lil’James program which includes DVDs and kid-friendly movie selections, kid friendly dining menus from David Burke Kitchen, children’s books, classic board games, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wiis and more.

Family accommodation choices at The James include the Apartment King Suite (700 square feet !) and Family Suites which combines a Corner King Studio suite with an adjoining Queen guest room  (this one must be booked over the phone due to limited availability).

Price Range: $$$$
Hotel Class: 4.5 star
Notable Features:  Urban garden, rooftop pool, complimentary wifi, business center, twice daily maid service, and complimentary luxury car service to select downtown locations.
Reviews: 90% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on Tripadvisor.

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7. Hotel Metro – Midtown

Family Friendly Hotel NYC

This hotel boast incredible views of the nearby Empire State Building and is within a short walking distance of Times Square / Theatre District, 5th Ave shopping and Bryant Park.  Family guests love the large two bedroom suites and unwinding on the pretty rooftop terrace. A stay includes a complimentary continental breakfast, free wifi and a copy of the New York Times. What more do you need?

Price Range: $$$
Hotel Class: 3 star
Notable Features: Library, business center, fitness center, restaurant and room service, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities.
Reviews: 92% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on Tripadvisor.

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8. The Casablanca Hotel – Times SquareFamily Friendly Hotel NYC

This hotel is part of the Library Hotel Collection (listed above) and also has a reputation of impressing families with their superb service.  While only steps away from Times Square, the hotel is remarkably quiet and provides a welcome respite after a busy day.

Preferred rooms for families include the double/double option, king bed/sofa bed combination and the king one bedroom suite (with sofa bed in the living room).  Included in your stay is a continental breakfast, evening wine and cheese reception, bottled water and free wifi.

Price Range: $$$
Hotel Class: 4 star
Notable Features: Baroness Cali Tarocco bath amenities, robes, evening turndown service (with chocolates), soundproofed windows, meeting room.
Reviews: 98% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on Tripadvisor.

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9. The Hotel Beacon – Upper West Side

Family Friendly Hotel NYC

The Beacon Hotel’s Upper West Side location is fantastic for families, within a few blocks of Central Park, The Museum of Natural History and the Children’s Museum. 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.

Price Range: $$$
Hotel Class: 3.5 star
Notable Features: Complimentary wifi, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities, a sofa bed in every suite, outdoor terrace.
Reviews: 96% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on Tripadvisor.

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10. Affinia Gardens – Upper East Side

Family Friendly Hotel NYC

Like its sister hotel the Affinia Dumont, the Affinia Gardens is an all suites hotel very suitable 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. Although rather pricey, I signed up for their newsletter and was able to get a very good deal.

 

Price Range: $$$
Hotel Class: 3.5 star
Notable Features: Fitness kit, grocery delivery from Fresh Direct, complimentary evening wine hour.
Reviews: 92% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on Tripadvisor.

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