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 important, 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 19 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.
Our picks aren't all in Midtown Manhattan. We included places to stay with kids in Lower Manhattan, the Upper West Side, and Upper East Side, and even hotels that are in hot neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens.
Four Seasons Hotel New York — Midtown East
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.
Freehand New York — Flatiron
23 Lexington Avenue at East 24th Street
This artsy spot offers rooms that range 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 Flatiron District and an easy crosstown bus ride from Chelsea.
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 Joes, both within easy walking distance.
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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 that caters 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.
Hotel Wales — Upper East Side
1295 Madison Avenue near East 92nd Street
This old-world hotel is located in quiet Carnegie Hill just one block from Central Park, so the perks are pure: location, location, location. There are many private schools in the area, so families may catch a glimpse of what an Upper East Side childhood is like. The hotel has a spacious guest lounge on the second floor, a rooftop terrace, and local comfort food favorite, Sarabeth’s, is located off the lobby. Consider the reasonably priced two-room family suites with kitchenette or book a room with a sleeper sofa for the kids. If you're looking to spend time at Museum Mile's world-class institutions like the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of the City of New York, this hotel is a good bet. Peruse our 50 Things to Do on the Upper East Side before your visit.
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Your little princess will flip over the Princess Package at Lotte New York Palace. Photo by Jody Mercier.
Lotte New York Palace — Midtown East
455 Madison Avenue between East 50th and East 51st Streets
Little princesses and knights take note: Book this luxury hotel's Little Royals package and your little one will be treated to a stay fit for a royal in training, complete with princess dress or knight costume to take home. Petite bathrobes and slippers are also available. 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 at a discount, or recharge solo with a custom massage. Another kid-friendly package for your American Girl fans includes a keepsake doll bed. Babysitting services can be arranged, too. Read our full review of our staycation at Lotte New York Palace.
Lowes Regency New York — Upper East Side
540 Park Avenue between East 61st and East 62nd Streets
The Lowes Regency puts you just steps from some of our favorite Central Park playgrounds, the iconic 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 Kids and Teens programs caters to kids no matter their age. Parents of wee ones will appreciate the child-proofing kits; there are lending libraries with everything from board games to video game consoles and DVD players, and concierges can arrange family-friendly outings and babysitting, too. Learn more about the program's perks here.
Millennium Broadway Hotel — 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.
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. Book a family-friendly show, and then 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.
Stay at the family-friendly Nu Hotel in Brooklyn for a little less hustle and bustle, 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 bathtub, and high chair upon request, plus a Brooklyn-themed coloring book, makes NU a top choice for families. The Bunkbed Room, which comes with a queen bed, twin bunk beds, and 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.
Breakfast at the Omni has something for everyone.
Omni Berkshire Place — Midtown East
21 East 52nd Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues
Located a stone’s throw from major tourist attractions like Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock, Radio City Music Hall, and Fifth Avenue's high-end shops, Omni Berkshire Place offers convenience but also perks just for kids. The Omni Kids Crew doles out a backpack full of treats to little ones, including an activity book, binoculars, tabletop game, crayons, and milk and cookies on the first night. Families can also enjoy great views from the hotel's nine terraces. Consider special packages like the American Girl Dream, which comes with a doll bed, special breakfast outing, and more.
Kids will love the indoor faux campout at The Peninsula.
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 poolside picnic above Fifth Avenue, scavenger hunt, and a turndown with slippers, robe, and 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 — 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.
Row NYC — Times Square
700 Eighth Avenue between West 44th and West 45th Streets
Steps from the heart of the action, Row NYC is newly updated and stylish choice. Families will 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 & 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, we love that this hotel lends your kids a pet goldfish for the duration of your stay. Rooms feature mid-century decor with a bit of Hollywood glam and are designed for ultimate comfort. Music lovers will appreciate not only the spacious suites, but the fact each comes with a turntable and curated vinyl collection. Speaking of entertainment, the on-site options are seemingly endless and weekend brunch is accompanied by movie showings.
Staybridge Suites Times Square — Midtown West
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 might 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 oversize rooms outfitted with refrigerators—and, in some cases, two bathrooms! Enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout, flat-screen TVs, and, in the Samsung rooms, gaming options. 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 very clean 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 that's open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Z NYC Hotel — Long Island City, Queens
11-01 43rd Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets
This trendy boutique hotel in Long Island City, Queens boasts 100 rooms and sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline from its rooftop lounge, which also hosts free events. There's an on-site art gallery and it's just one subway stop from midtown Manhattan, or you can try the complimentary shuttle service. Parents can request cribs for some rooms. Queens is the city’s most diverse borough, ripe for exploration, and the hotel is walking distance from only-in-NYC attractions like Socrates Sculpture Park, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Noguchi Museum, and MoMA PS1.
Find out about the best places to explore, play, eat, and experience with kids in New York City in our jam-packed Visitors Guide.
Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the hotels
A version of this article first published in 2014, but it has since been updated. Jody Mercier contributed additional reporting.