Family-Friendly Hotels in New York City with Perks for Kids

Kids will love the indoor faux camp out at The Peninsula.
Kids will love the indoor faux camp out at The Peninsula.

As a born and bred New Yorker who is raising children here myself, I always have out-of-town friends asking my advice for planning their NYC family vacations. They want to know everything: the best things to do, top attractions worth visiting, most family-friendly restaurants, museums to explore, and, perhaps most importantly, what NYC hotels are the most welcoming to families.

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 19 NYC hotels for families based on a combination of personal experience, trusted recommendations from friends, and great reputations. These NYC 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 are a splurge.

Our picks aren't all in Midtown Manhattan. We've included places to stay with kids in Lower Manhattan, on the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, and even hotels in Brooklyn.

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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 Comodo 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, kid-sized scooters, 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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Kids dive on Bed Hotel Beacon
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.

The Roxy – Tribeca

2 Sixth Avenue at Beech Street
Located in the heart of downtown's most family-friendly neighborhood, Tribeca. 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.

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Rooftop Pool Gansevoort Hotel
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, recently renovated hotel catering not just to the hip, but also to families. With The High Line, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Little Island, and Hudson River Park bike paths, walkways, and playgrounds all within walking distance, no family will be bored. You can also choose to stay in and 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.

InterContinental New York Times Square – Times Square and Midtown East

300 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
Along with its sister hotel, the InterContinental New York Barclay, these two locations offer fantastic kid-friendly stays and packages for families. A big hit for young kids is the Build-A-Bear Workshop package, which offers kids a $30 Build-A-Bear gift card, gift pack, and tote upon arrival. Over on East 48th Street, the InterContinental New York Barclay welcomes your furry friends with open arms. Check out the Pooch Package for waived pet fees, and your pup may even get to meet the hotel's resident dog, Bowie.

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Little girl in princess costume jumping on bed Lottle hotel
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 mani-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.

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bunk bed Nu Hotel Brooklyn
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, Wi-Fi, loaner bikes, toddler step stools, baby bathtubs, and high chairs are available 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.

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.

New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge – Downtown Brooklyn

33 Adams Street
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 several different rooms to choose from, including 1-2 bedroom suites, and you can also combine rooms for more space. All rooms come with plush bedding, flat-screen TVs, and small refrigerators. There's also an American Leisure Fitness Center to get a head start on a full day in the city—but, take note: As of April 2022, the indoor pool is still closed.

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the Rockaway Hotel kids surfing with instructors
The Rockaway Hotel puts you steps from the beach.

The Rockaway Hotel + Spa – Rockaway Beach, Queens

108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive
The Rockaway Hotel + Spa 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. If you're searching for a staycation, take note: school breaks mean plenty of on-site Family Week activities to keep your brood busy!

The Peninsula New York – Midtown East

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 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.

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Smyth Tribeca Hotel
The Smyth Tribeca Hotel offers a bit of green space for families to relax after exploring Manhattan.

Smyth Tribeca Hotel – Tribeca

85 West Broadway
Come enjoy a family- and pet-friendly stay at the newly opened Smyth Tribeca Hotel. This downtown oasis boasts large suites with ample space for the whole family, as well as new, exciting packages for everyone to enjoy. Families will want to check out the Kids Camp at Smyth package to receive a complimentary gift and craft set from CAMP. Did we mention that this package also comes with a delicious fondue set to make homemade s'mores with chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers right in your cozy suite? If you're looking for an art-centered excursion, consider booking the Keys to the Galleries package. In partnership with ARTSMART, this package includes a two-hour art gallery tour for four people.

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. Special packages include a Continental Breakfast Package, too. Rooms are modern, chic, and many have spectacular city skyline views.

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TRYP By Wyndham Times Square South manhattan hotels
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 TRYP Premium Family rooms, two LED TVs. Easy train access means you can head uptown or downtown quickly, and Times Square attractions are just a few blocks away.

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 love Mister Dips, a seasonal delight that serves burgers, waffle fries, and dairy dips in a retrofitted 1974 Airstream trailer. Manhattan is a quick stop away on the L train.

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TWA Hotel nyc hotels for families
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. We're big fans of the opening-soon Roll-A-Rama roller rink set up next to the retro Connie jet outside—which doesn't require a hotel reservation to visit.

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.

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