New York City has over 115,530 hotel rooms in 630 properties spread out across the city’s five boroughs. Manhattan has over 80 percent of these rooms. With so many places to stay, how can one find the best family-friendly hotels in the Big Apple?
Here’s a guide to the best family-friendly hotels in New York City – from five-star to budget hotels. Hotels that features children’s activities, kitchenettes, interconnecting rooms and or are close to family-friendly activities and restaurants.
1. TRYP by Wyndham Times Square South
A value-for-money hotel in the heart of Times Square offering a choice of rooms in a casual environment. Some rooms can sleep up to eight guests. TRYP offers free WiFi, 24/7 gym, on-site restaurant, and a rooftop terrace with city views.
Most major attractions in midtown Manhattan are within walking distance from TRYP. Times Square and the Empire State Building are within a 10-minute walk. It’s even closer to walk to Madison Square Garden and Madame Tussauds New York. It’s perfect for families to walk and avoid taking the subway or cabs.
Families who are in New York City for Broadway shows would enjoy short walks to the theaters. For family-friendly restaurants within walking distance to TRYP, go to Carmine’s, Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen, Westway Diner and City Kitchen.
2. The Benjamin Hotel
The Benjamin is big on making kids ages two to 10 happy. Its Winks’ Kidzzz Club is a complimentary children’s program catered to the youngest guests (2 to 10 years old), where they provide child-sized pillows and bathrobes, a library of family bedtime books and kids are awarded their official Winks’ Kidzzz Club Sleep Certificate. Parents have the choice of buying their Winks the Owl dolls to make their kids feel extra special during their stay in New York City.
Located close to Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station and Radio City Music Hall, The Benjamin is an ideal place for those who love shopping and exploring midtown Manhattan. Central Park is only one mile away. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center, an on-site restaurant and spa services.
3. AKA Times Square Condo Hotel
Perfectly placed in Times Square is AKA Times Square Condo Hotel, a home away from home that comes with a fully-equipped kitchen and separate rooms. It also comes with a washer and dryer. The rooms are spacious – adequate for families to relax after a long day of exploring the city.
Times Square, Bryant Park, Radio Music Hall, Rockefeller Center are only a few feet away from AKA. Richard Rodgers Theatre, The Majestic Theatre, Minskoff Theatre, and the Playstation Theater are less than 0.2 miles away.
4. Lotte New York Palace
There are 30 interconnected rooms at the 5-star Lotte New York Palace, an excellent choice for those looking to have more space at a luxurious hotel for the whole family. Guests can choose to stay at the 55-story towers or the historic1882 neo-Rennaissance mansion – Villard Mansion.
For your convenience, Lotte New York Palace has free transfers twice a day to the Broadway theaters and Wall Street (downtown Manhattan). Some rooms offer a view of St Patrick’s Cathedral.
5. The James New York SoHo
The James provides strollers, board games, children’s books and a kid’s program called Lil’ James. The Lil’ James program provides creative activities and services catered to young kids.
This newly built luxury hotel is environmentally friendly and is close to the shops in SoHo and Canal Street (Chinatown). The James has an on-site restaurant, a rooftop bar, and rooms with floor to ceiling windows. The rooftop bar has a seasonal outdoor pool and provides views of Hudson and East rivers.
6. The Knickerbocker Hotel
The Knickerbocker Hotel offers a special set of amenities for their young guests. Kids staying at The Knick get toys, coloring books, milk-and-cookies, and kid-sized robes. Families can choose the suites to accommodate the whole family into one room. Kids can have free access to an Xbox and other fun games too.
Located on the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street, the family-friendly Knickerbocker Hotel is close to kid-friendly Broadway show theaters (for Lion King and Aladdin) and stores like M&M Store. Guests can enjoy the rooftop bar, coffee shop, and in-house restaurants without the need to venture far.
7. Kimpton Ink48 Hotel
Kimpton Ink48 Hotel is located in a former printing house, one block from Hudson River in Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. This upscale hotel has family-friendly amenities and complimentary use of strollers, bouncy seats, and bikes.
Kids that stay with Kimpton will receive a Welcome Gift. The hotel’s proximity to Hudson River and Hudson River Park means families can enjoy a quieter side of Manhattan.
8. Skyline Hotel
The best budget option for families looking for spacious rooms and a heated indoor rooftop pool. The Skyline Hotel has 220 rooms and 12 suites – all larger than the standard hotel rooms in New York City. There are mini refrigerators in all rooms.
Located in Hells’ Kitchen, Skyline Hotel is a close walk to many restaurants, theaters, and famous NYC landmarks.
9. JW Marriott Essex House
JW Marriott Essex House’s luxurious two-bedroom suites with a private terrace that is designed for families seeking comfort and unique amenities. Most suites have views of Central Park. Kids and adults would love the ideal location of JW Marriott Essex House by Central Park. Expect a great family time in some of the famous attractions in the Park, like Central Park Carousel, Central Park Zoo, the Great Lawn (great for a picnic), Wollman Rink (winter ice skating), Alice in Wonderland statue and Toy Boat Pond.
10. Hotel Beacon
Known as The Jewel of the Upper West Side, the historic Hotel Beacon offers apartment-style rooms and two-bedroom suites. The apartments are around 630 square feet, and the two-bedroom is 800 square feet. The two-bedroom suite can sleep up to six guests. Hotel Beacon has a credit card operated laundry room. For families, the laundry facility is a plus.
Hotel Beacon is close to the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park (west side). It’s located next to the Beacon Theatre. There’s a supermarket conveniently situated across the street from the hotel.