20 Family-Friendly Hotels in New York City With Perks for Kids
As a born and bred New Yorker who is raising children here myself, my out-of-town friends always ask my advice when planning their NYC family vacation. They want to know everything: the best things to do, places to eat, museums to explore and, perhaps most importantly, where to stay.
New York City is, of course, loaded with hotels, many of which are kid-friendly. And while it's nice to have options, there are so many it can feel overwhelming. That's why we've compiled this list of 20 NYC hotels for families based on a combination of personal experience, trusted recommendations from friends, and great reputations. These hotels offer kid-friendly amenities such as pools, free strollers, and even bunk beds. A number of our choices are located right next to top kid attractions; some are more budget-friendly, and others a splurge.
Editor's note: Keep in mind that many restrictions on travel remain, and for good reason, as the pandemic is not over yet. Please do not travel if you are sick. Please do wear a mask, and consult all local travel requirements and restrictions ahead of booking.
Freehand New York – Flatiron
23 Lexington Avenue at East 24th Street
This artsy spot offers rooms ranging from the basic to the bunk-bed-equipped. Families might opt for a suite or choose to stay in a "Three's Company" room with a twin bunk over a queen bed or a room with two sets of twin bunks. All rooms feature one-of-a-kind murals, thanks to a partnership with Bard College. On-site restaurants include Simon and The Whale and a Smile To Go coffee shop. Plus, you're steps away from the fun in the Flatiron District and an easy crosstown bus ride from Chelsea.
The Muse Hotel – Midtown West
130 West 46th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
This boutique property offers 200 rooms in the heart of the Theater District. After a night on the town, enjoy the hotel goodies for the entire family, including nightly wine receptions for the grown-ups, complimentary bikes, and in-room yoga mats. Cribs are available upon request, and kids can nab a welcome gift as one of the hotel's kid-friendly perks. Need to get some wiggles out? Head to the gym, where hula hoops await for playtime. Babysitting services are available, and the hotel is pet-friendly to boot.
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Hotel Beacon invites you to dive into your home away from home.
Hotel Beacon – Upper West Side
2130 Broadway at West 75th Street
Located on the super-family-friendly Upper West Side, Hotel Beacon is close to all of the neighborhood's top family attractions, including Riverside Park, Central Park, Lincoln Center, the Children's Museum of Manhattan, and the American Museum of Natural History. One- and two-bedroom suites are available with a sofa bed in the living room. There are also small kitchens, so you can save money by preparing your own meals with groceries you buy from Fairway Market or Trader Joe's, which are both within easy walking distance.
Four Seasons Hotel New York – Midtown East
2021 update: Currently closed due to COVID. Check the website for updates.
57 East 57th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue
It's not only the parents who get spoiled at this popular upscale hotel. Kids enjoy complimentary coloring books, toys, children's DVDs, child-sized robes and slippers, and more. Parents can also scoop up free cribs, rollaways, bed rails, baby monitors, high chairs, Diaper Genies, bottle warmers, strollers, and even baby toiletries and baby-proofing items. Bonus: The concierge can arrange babysitting services for your night out, plus myriad kids tours and activities, including a trip to the American Museum of Natural History, carriage rides, or even a helicopter tour.
The rooftop pool at Hotel Gansevoort is just one of the perks for visiting families.
Hotel Gansevoort – Meatpacking District
18 Ninth Avenue between 13th Street and Little West 12th Street
Visitors looking to explore downtown NYC will do well to score a room at this trendy hotel catering not just to the hip, but also to families. With the High Line, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Hudson River Park bike paths, walkways, and playgrounds all within walking distance, no family will be bored. Or stay in to enjoy the heated rooftop pool, complimentary sofa beds (for those under 13), and even baby supplies, such as cribs or pack-and-plays, wipes, diapers, and baby lotion.
Millennium Times Square – Times Square
145 West 44th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
This hotel puts you right in the thick of the action in Midtown West, and some rooms give you spectacular views of Times Square below. Whether you choose a basic room or upgrade to a family-friendly suite, all rooms here (and at its sister hotel next door) come with the Ask Alfred children's perks, which include a keepsake teddy bear, kid-friendly toiletries, jelly beans upon check-in, and kid-friendly menus, plus some parent-friendly perks to help you plan your stay.
Even little ones are treated like royalty at the Lotte New York Palace. Photo by Jody Mercier
Lotte New York Palace – Midtown East
455 Madison Avenue between East 50th and East 51st Streets
At this luxury hotel, the family can enjoy spacious two-room suites, soaking tubs for bubble baths, and turndown treats fit for a king. Pop into the spa for mother-daughter manis and pedis or recharge solo with a custom massage. Check the website for family-friendly packages like 50% off a second room. Babysitting services can be arranged, too. Read our full review of our staycation at Lotte New York Palace.
Loews Regency New York – Upper East Side
540 Park Avenue between East 61st and East 62nd Streets
The Loews Regency puts you just steps from some of our favorite Central Park playgrounds, the iconic Central Park Zoo, and so much more. When you're tired of exploring the urban jungle, head back to the hotel with its refurbished rooms, ranging in size from a standard hotel room to expansive suites meant for long-term stays. Its Loews Loves Families program caters to kids no matter their age. Parents of wee ones appreciate the child-proofing kits; there are lending libraries with everything from board games to video game consoles. Concierges can arrange family-friendly outings and babysitting, too. Learn more about the program's perks here.
New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge – Downtown Brooklyn
2021 update: The pool and spa are currently closed.
This Marriott makes the ideal base camp to explore Brooklyn and Manhattan. Located minutes from the Brooklyn Bridge, you're close to many attractions and neighborhoods, dining options, and major subway lines. There are a number of different rooms to choose from, including 1-2 bedroom suites, and you also have the ability to combine rooms for more space. All rooms come with plush bedding, flat-screen TVs, and small refrigerators. There's also an indoor pool and full-service spa to pamper yourself after a full day in the city.
Stay at the family-friendly Nu Hotel in Brooklyn for a little less hustle and bustle; it's just a few quick subway stops to Manhattan.
NU Hotel – Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
85 Smith Street between State Street and Atlantic Avenue
Live like a local family in this stroller-packed Brooklyn neighborhood. Located near four family-friendly areas (Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Cobble Hill), the NU Hotel gives guests an authentic NYC experience. Free breakfast and Wi-Fi, loaner bikes, and toddler step stools, baby bathtubs, and high chairs upon request, plus a Brooklyn-themed coloring book, make NU a top choice for families. The Bunkbed Room, which comes with a queen bed, twin bunk beds, an eat-in area, and a chalkboard in the bathroom is just one family-friendly room option. Plus, the hotel is close to the A, C, F, and G subway lines so you can get to Manhattan (or Queens!) in a jiffy.
The Peninsula New York – Midtown East
2021 update: The Peninsula is reopening on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street
Looking for a splurge? Kids and grown-ups receive the celeb treatment at this luxe Midtown spot, which offers plenty of family perks and specialty packages. Opt for the Camp Peninsula Package, and kids can pitch a cozy tent inside their parents' suite, enjoy a "s' mores welcome," a poolside picnic above Fifth Avenue, a scavenger hunt, and a turndown with slippers, robe, and a sweet treat. Or partake in the Peninsula Academy, offering cooking classes for kids, behind-the-scenes Broadway experiences, or private tours of MoMA, the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, and more.
Residence Inn New York Manhattan – Midtown East
148 East 48th Street at Lexington Avenue
Rooms with two beds, plus a sofa bed, full-size refrigerators, in-suite kitchenettes, and a FREE hot breakfast make this Midtown hotel a favorite among families. Kids can also enjoy board games in the Hearth Room. Parents might especially like the 24-hour grocery delivery, FREE pack-and-plays, and overall value. It's located a short walk from Grand Central and a short shuttle ride from Times Square.
The Rockaway Hotel puts you steps from the beach.
The Rockaway Hotel – Rockaway Beach, Queens
The Rockaway Hotel provides an "urban beach getaway." Just one block from the beach, the hotel also has a heated, outdoor pool and snack bar. There are a variety of rooms to choose from, including suites and bungalows, which have kitchenettes. There's a bunk-bed room you can combine with a standard king room, perfect for families. All rooms offer views of the Atlantic Ocean or Jamaica Bay and the Manhattan skyline. The hotel offers a concierge program to assist with any need or activity.
Row NYC – Times Square
700 Eighth Avenue between West 44th and West 45th Streets
Steps from the heart of the action, Row NYC is a newly updated and stylish choice. Families appreciate the easy on-site dining options, including one of our favorite food halls, while kids may be most excited about the Sugar Factory. Special packages include a trip to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, too. Rooms are modern, chic, and many have spectacular city skyline views.
The Roxy – Tribeca
2 Sixth Avenue at Beech Street
Located in the heart of downtown's most family-friendly neighborhood. Rooms feature midcentury decor with a bit of Hollywood glam and are designed for ultimate comfort. Music lovers appreciate not only the spacious suites but also the fact each comes with a turntable and curated vinyl collection. Speaking of entertainment, the on-site options are seemingly endless. Don't forget to make reservations for its famous weekend brunch.
Staybridge Suites Times Square – Midtown West
2021 update: Food service and receptions are currently on hold due to COVID.
340 West 40th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
These spacious suites are equipped with kitchenettes and a workspace, making it a roomy choice for families. The hotel is just a short stroll from the heart of Times Square and also offers complimentary Wi-Fi, breakfast, social receptions, and a fitness center. Families also appreciate the 24-hour pantry snack station and laundry facilities.
Bunk beds at TRYP By Wyndham allow families to stay together in one room.
TRYP By Wyndham Times Square South – Midtown West
345 West 35th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
Family rooms at this hotel, conveniently located near Penn Station, offer bunk beds, a separate queen or king bed, and sleeping sofas in oversized rooms outfitted with refrigerators—and, in some cases, two bathrooms! Enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout, flat-screen TVs, and, in the Samsung rooms, a home theater. Easy train access means you can head uptown or downtown quickly, and Times Square attractions are just a few blocks away.
The Watson Hotel – Midtown West
440 West 57th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues
Formerly a Holiday Inn, this recently re-branded hotel packs a punch when it comes to location and spacious digs. Southern Central Park, Carnegie Hall, and New York City Center are all steps away, and Lincoln Center and Broadway theaters are within walking distance. It's a comfortable, if not fancy, hotel with spotless rooms on the larger size for NYC at 320 square feet. Families will likely want to reserve the double guest room. Another major perk? There's a rooftop swimming pool open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Take a dip in the infinity pool at the TWA Hotel.
TWA Hotel – Jamaica, Queens
Pack your bags and head to JFK, not to board a flight but instead to enjoy a staycation at the '60s-inspired TWA Hotel. Families can choose to stay in one of 512 midcentury modern designed rooms and enjoy museum exhibits curated by the New-York Historical Society, Jean-George restaurants, a "sunken" lounge, and a rooftop infinity "pool-cuzi" heated to 95 degrees. The rooftop pool is open only to hotel guests. You can request a room with views of the runway, and "Daytripper" reservations can also be made if you just want to step back in time for a few hours.
The William Vale – Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Located in the heart of hip Williamsburg and right across the East River from Manhattan, The William Vale is perfect for exploring the best of both worlds. The hotel offers 1-2 bedroom suites for families, all with floor-to-ceiling windows, smart technology, custom artwork, and open-air balconies for the best views of the city. You can relax at the rooftop bar, play in Vale Park—an elevated public green space, or take a dip in the seasonal pool. There's no shortage of dining options—from the best restaurants in Williamsburg to the hotel's own restaurants helmed by an award-winning chef. Kids will love Mister Dips, set to reopen in summer 2021, serving burgers, waffle fries, and dairy dips in a retrofitted 1974 Airstream trailer. Manhattan is a quick stop away on the L train.
Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the hotels
A version of this article was first published in 2014, but it has since been updated. Jody Mercier contributed additional reporting.
Places featured in this article:
The Muse Hotel
Staybridge Suites Times Square
Omni Berkshire Place
The Watson Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel New York
Lotte New York Palace
The Peninsula New York
TRYP By Wyndham Times Square South
Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Midtown East
Freehand New York
Millennium Broadway Hotel
The Roxy Hotel
The Rockaway Hotel
New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge