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Family Suite Hotels in New York City Guide
Are you looking for New York City hotel suites for families? You’ve come to the right place. Over many trips to NYC with kids, and some near obsessive research, I have compiled a list of my favorites hotels in NYC for families that offer the luxury and comfort of more space.
It can be tricky, for example, to find roomy one and two bedroom suite hotels in New York City – but they do exist. You just have to know where to look. The same goes for kitchenettes, but every family suite hotel listed here offers cooking facilities, allowing guests to save money by self-catering
Please start with the following tips for finding the best New York hotels with suites for families. Alternatively, use the following menu to go straight to the top 10 family suites New York City list.
In a huge rush? Here are my 4 top booking family suite hotels in NYC.
- The San Carlos Hotel (Midtown East – 4 stars)
- The Hotel Beacon (Upper West Side – 4 stars)
- The Best Western Plus Hospitality House (Midtown East – 3 stars)
- The Mint House at 70 Pine (Lower Manhattan – 4 stars)
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Tips – For Finding Family Suite Hotels in NYC
Visiting NYC with kids can be quite exhausting. It helps if you can find a hotel that is close to where you will be spending most of your time. When our kids were small, we spent most of our time around Central Park (playgrounds, the carousel, the zoo, the Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History etc.) so we would base ourselves on the Upper East Side or Upper West Side. Once they were a little older, we preferred Midtown, which is closer to Times Square, The Theatre District and Rockefeller Center.
Get your head around the fact that New York City hotels with family suites are rather pricey in comparison to most other American cities. Average hotel prices in New York are only beat out by Chicago, Miami and L.A. That said, if you book carefully (and well ahead of time), you should be able to find something that is a decent value.
Manhattan family suites are quite small in comparison to many other North American cities. I have found this to be especially true of some of the newer hotel properties in the city. Since most New York family hotels list the size of the room, I always take this into consideration. For a suite, I like something that is at minimum 40 sq. meters (430 sq. feet) – and ideally much larger.
Save money and make the most of your time in NYC by having groceries delivered right to your room. NYC grocery delivery services include AmazonFresh, FreshDirect and Instacart. If it is your first time using one of these services, you can usually find a free trial or free first time delivery.
Take into account how busy you are going to be. Will you be spending a lot of time in your New York family hotel room, or will you be out and about all day? Perhaps all you need is a clean and comfortable place to stay (not worthy of the big splurge). If you are just going to be falling into bed at night, you may wish to choose a more modest place to stay and spend the extra saving on activities and attractions.
Please take the time to thoroughly read reviews from families before booking your accommodation. On Tripadvisor for example, you can filter for reviews by families and then type kids into the search bar to narrow those reviews down even further.
Book early to secure the best rate on family suites in NYC. Sites such as Booking.com and Expedia usually offer a no deposit / flexible cancellation policy. I tend to reserve my chosen New York family hotel as soon as my flights are booked and then check back periodically to see if I can find a better deal (canceling the original reservation and rebooking at the better rate).
If you are looking for family friendly hotels in NYC with connecting rooms, pay careful attention. Look for language like internally connecting or inter-connecting as opposed to adjacent where the rooms are unlikely to have an internally connected door.
12 New York City Suites for Family
1. San Carlos Hotel – Midtown East 4★
The San Carlos is an all-suites hotels located in convenient Midtown East, just a 10 minute walk to the United Nations Plaza, Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock.The property features an on-site restaurant, a 24-hour fitness centre and a business centre.
The property offers deluxe suites that can sleep up to 4 people and one bedrooms suites that can sleep up to 6. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a 42″ LED HD flat-screen TV, a docking station, WiFi and a small kitchenette (microwave, coffee/tea maker and mini refrigerator).
2. Best Western Hospitality Plus – Midtown 3★
This popular apartment-style Best Western is in the heart of Midtown, close to Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Bryant Park.
Apartments can sleep up to 6 and include fully equipped kitchens, free high speed internet, and iPod docking stations.
3. The Hotel Beacon – Upper West Side 4★
The Beacon Hotel’s Upper West Side location is fantastic for families with young children, within a few blocks of Central Park, the Museum of Natural History and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
Its large rooms and suites (all with kitchenettes) are great for those looking for a New York hotel room for 5 or 6 people. It has the convenience of a grocery store right across the street and is very close to a Metro station.
Note: While the furnishing and decor of The Beacon are starting to look a little tired, their personal and attentive service keeps guests coming back.
4. Mint House at 70 Pine – Financial District 4★
The Mint House at 70 Pine offers accommodations in a historic landmark building, close to Battery Park at the south end of Manhattan. The spacious one and two bedroom suites at this property can sleep up to 6 people.
Every apartment at The Mint House has a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen cable TV, a record player and free WIFI.
There is a 24-hour front desk and fitness centre at Mint House, as well as a gourmet grocery store, 2 restaurants, a golf simulator, table tennis and even a small bowling alley! The property even has on-site laundry facilities.
5. Hotel Scherman – Midtown 4★
The Hotel Scherman is a luxury boutique hotel in midtown Manhattan. It is within a very short walk of Times Square and the Theater District. This elegant property features double queen rooms and one bedroom suites that sleep up to 4 people (with kitchenettes).
Room features at the Hotel Scherman include air conditioning, a flat screen TV with cable channels, wifi, and, where noted, a well-equipped kitchenette. A stay at the Scherman also includes a daily complimentary continental breakfast.
6. The Kimberly – Midtown 4★
The Kimberly is a classic NYC hotel that is known for its old school charm and excellent service. The property has a restaurant, private parking, a fitness center and a rooftop bar. The Midtown location offers easy access to city sights such as Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center and the MOMA.
Family rooms at The Kimberley are very large by NYC standards and most have a terrace. Select rooms also feature a kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge. All rooms and suites are equipped with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, high speed internet and L’Occitane toiletries. Kids especially love the giant aquarium full of colourful fish in the hotel lobby!
7. Langham Place Fifth Ave – Midtown 5★
The luxurious Langham Hotel is in a great Midtown location, close to Times Square, Bryant Park and the Empire State Building. This property features a concierge service, a 24 hour fitness centre and an onsite gourmet restaurant (Ai Fiori).
The Langham offers several NYC family hotel room and suite options (some with kitchens), including double/double rooms (sleeping 4) and one bedroom suites (sleeping 6). Room features include air conditioning, soundproof walls, a minibar, a coffee machine and a flat-screen TV with cable channels, bathrobes, slippers and complimentary toiletries.
8. Homewood Suites – Midtown 3★
The spacious studio and one-bedroom suites (sleep up to 6) at the Homewood are just a short walk (10 min.) from Times Square and theTheater District.
Hotel amenities include a 24-hour front desk, meeting facilities, 24-hour complimentary coffee service, and a mini-market filled with snacks, sundries and beverages.
The modern units at this NYC family friendly hotel include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, wifi and, on select units, a well-equipped kitchenette.
9. Shelburne Sonesta Suites – Midtown East 4★
The Shelburne Sonesta Hotel and Suites is close to the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station and Bryant Park. If you are lookng for two bedroom suite hotels in New York City (sleeping 6), this is a great pick. They also have studio and one bedroom options.
Guests can self-cater by pre-ordering a grocery box through Affinia from FreshDirect.
10. Residence Inn by Marriott – Midtown East 3★
The Marriott Residence Inn New York Suites Hotel is in an excellent location. It is only a 10 minute walk to Rockefeller Center (the new FAO Schwarz, LEGO store, Top of the Rock, winter skating rink etc.).
The suites all have free Wi-Fi, cable TV (with HBO) and kitchenettes. A daily hot buffet breakfast is included with a stay. The Residence Inn has studio and one bedroom suites (can sleep up to 6).
11. AKA Times Square – Midtown 4★
The AKA Times Square is in my favorite Midtown location for a family trip to New York – smack dab in the middle of Times Square, the Theater District, Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center.
Many family suites at this property have fully-equipped kitchens and an in-suite washer dryer, along with amenities including a rooftop lounge, fitness centre, and complimentary WiFi. This property offers studio, one and two bedrooms suites (can sleep up to 5).
12. Sonesta Garden Suites – Upper East Side 4★
Like all the New York Sonesta properties (3 in NYC), the all-suites Sonesta Gardens is perfect for families (suites can sleep up to 5). Self catering is easy with the well-equipped kitchens and optional grocery delivery service (from FreshDirect).
The Upper East Side location is very quiet and yet close to many family attractions such as the Central Park Zoo, the Heckscher Playground and the American Museum of Natural History.
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 one bedroom suite was spacious enough to have some friends over for a glass of wine in the living room while our kids went to sleep in the bedroom.
Family Accommodations NYC – Other Options
If you haven’t found anything like in the above options, perhaps two connecting rooms may do the job for you. Expedia has a helpful NYC Connecting Rooms Finder tool that can help with this.
Family Vacation Rentals NYC
You also may wish to consider vacation rental sites such as VRBO and Plum Guide. I will caution, however, that finding a good, well-priced family vacation rental in NYC can be a little more challenging than in some other major cities. Part of the reason for this is that many buildings in Manhattan are restricted from doing short-term rentals of less that 30 days.
That said, there are companies like Sonder.com that buy up whole buildings and convert them to short-term rentals. They offer some great family suite options in NYC if you don’t need all the extra services of a hotel.
Note: Personally, I find that vacation rentals make the most sense for our family when we are staying at least 5 nights. Otherwise, the added service fees and cleaning fees often make the stay cost as much, and sometimes more than what a hotel would be.