Best Family Hotels in New York City – NYC Kid Friendly Guide

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New York City Kid-Friendly Accommodation

New York City is an extremely popular destination for families with so many attractions, restaurants and hotels that are kid-friendly making this city an amazing place for your next family vacation. Like most big cities you need to carefully determine which part of town you would like to stay before choosing your family friendly hotel. Luckily the subway system is one of the best in the world so the number 1 thing to consider when picking your New York City Family Hotel is that there is a subway stop within walking distance.

New York Family Attractions
New York City is full of attractions and its hard to fit them all into your stay, we will look at the ones we believe are the best for families visiting New York for the first time.

  • The iconic Statue of Liberty stands proudly over New York Harbour and is best seen from the FREE Staten Island Ferry that is a 25 minute ride offering amazing views of the Manhattan Skyline and also a perfect view of the statue as you cruise by.
  • The High Line is an elevated urban park and walking trail that stretches for 1.5 miles along the western part of Manhattan from 33rd Street down to Chelsea and even passes through the old Nabisco factory.
  • New York is Full of museums however most families rightly head to the American Museum of Natural History which was made popular in the Night at the museum series of movies.
  • The New York Pass is a great way to see over 90 of the top New York attractions with 1 card. Click here to save money on New York’s best attractions.

Where is the best place for families to stay in New York? Most tourists flock to the Times Square area of the city which is packed with family friendly themed restaurants and is also close by to the theater district and full of attractions your kids will love. This area is perfect for your first visit to NYC however you will certainly pay more that other areas of the city and locals avoid it like the plague. If you want to experience real New York try Midtown that is full of well known iconic sites including the skyscrapers that dominate the city skyline. SoHo, Chelsea and Greenwich are other great locations for families and the prices are usually a bit more family friendly.

Service Apartments are quite popular in New York City and a great option for families who like to prepare meals and enjoy breakfast at home before heading out. These are usually bigger than the standard hotel rooms and offer kitchens and separate bedrooms. Airbnb is extremely popular and very controversial in New York with certain types of apartments being considered illegal, that said some great bargains can be found. Remember that the Airbnb apartments are generally in residential areas and maybe further away from the touristy sites you are hoping to see.

We love the following hotel booking websites that offer great deals on kid friendly accommodation in New York City

  • Hotelscombined.com – Our favorite website for New York City family hotels. Compares prices from a wide range of different booking sites.
  • Booking.com – Industry leading travel website also offering fantastic family deals on hotels in NYC
  • airbnb.com – Home stay apartments offering great family rooms in New York
New York Family Restaurants
New York City is full of incredible family restaurants all over the city including themed restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Company which was named from the famous Tom Hanks movie in the touristy Times Square area. This area is also home to the massive meals and amazing selection at the Cheesecake Factory. For something a bit more authentic you can try one of the amazing pizzerias located all over town where you can buy pizza by the slice or the whole pizza pie. Shake Shack which started life as a hot dog stand has become extremely popular recently and offers branches located around the city, your kids will love the burgers and the Frozen Custard is absolutely amazing.

The Best Family Hotels in New York City

New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world with tourists including flocking from all over to the globe to see the city that never sleeps. Booking hotels in New York for families can be a bit tricky with such a massive selection of hotels over a wide area. As mentioned earlier luckily the subway system allows easy access to even the most outer suburbs and boroughs. When selecting a family hotel ensure you are close to 1 or 2 subway stations and preferably where there is an interchange of multiple lines. This will help your family get around the city with minimal fuss. New York City Subway Map

Our team of experts have reviewed the best family hotels in New York City and found the following sites offering great kids services including kids clubs, late checkout, breakfast. Some of these hotels also offer dedicated family rooms or interconnecting rooms perfect for families.

The following are the best family hotels in New York City for 2018.

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Crowne Plaza Times Square – Best Family Hotel in NYC

Crowne Plaza Times Square New York
 1605 Broadway Avenue, New York City, United States – check latest prices
Your kids will absolutely love the bright lights and the hustle of the Crowne Plaza which is located right in the heart of the Times Square district which is packed full of family attractions and restaurants making it a perfect base for spending your time in New York City. The rooms are available in large doubles or suites which will the kids and also give mom and dad a bit of privacy. A babysitting service is available and the restaurant includes a kids menu. Nearby attractions include the hustle and bustle of Times Square and it is an interesting walk to a wide range of attractions and about 3-4 blocks from the theatre district. The American Girl doll store will be very popular with your children and is a nice easy walk from the Crowne Plaza Times Square.

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Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square Family Hotel Review

Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square New York
1568 Broadway, Times Square District, New York City, United States – check latest prices

The Double Tree Guest Suites are located in the Times Square area of New York which is popular with tourists and great for families. You can easily catch the subway with 42 Street subway a very short walk away as well as the port authority bus terminal. The suites at the Doubletree all feature microwaves as well as a small fridge making it easy to prepare breakfast and lunches to save money while staying in expensive New York. Ginger’s Restaurant serves a wide range of American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner which some great kid’s options although my family always preferred to head to Bubba Gumps. The central location of this hotel makes it easy to stroll up to central park and is located close by to the theatre district as well as Madam Tussauds wax museum which makes it a fantastic family friendly hotel option while staying in New York City.

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Lowell Hotel New York City – Best Luxury Family Hotel in NYC


28 East 63rd Street, Upper East Side, New York City, United States – check latest prices

The Lowell hotel is located in the upper east side of New York and is close to central park, and some of the worlds best shopping along 5th avenue (home to Cartier, Prada Chanel and Gucci). The building was established in 1927 and this hotel is definitely at the higher end of market and quite luxurious. There are family suites available that include either kitchenettes or full-sized kitchens, while some of the better terrace rooms have working fireplaces. The Lowell Hotel also offer Free WiFi, parking and pets are allowed making it the perfect place for families to stay while exploring New York City. The price will keep it out of reach of some families while making it the ideal luxury escape for others.

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TRYP By Wyndham Times Square South

TRYP by Wyndham - New York City Family Hotels
345 West 35th Street, Garment District, New York City, United States – check latest prices

The TRYP by Wyndham is located to the south of Times Square on West 35th Street and close to Penn Station. This location makes it an easy walk to Bryant Park or across the the start of The High Line park and of course the bright lights of Times Square is nearby. There are family rooms available that include a extra large double bed and bunks, or option for 2 queen beds with the ability to sleep up to 8 people.  There is also a great living area featuring a pull out sofa bed. The family suite also has 2 HD televisions, a refrigerator as well as the usual hotel mod cons. Smaller rooms are available with interconnecting rooms also a possibility.  This is a great hotel and just far enough away from the hustle and bustle that is time square while remaining close to the main parts of Manhattan.

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Affinia Shelburne NYC – Family Friendly New York Hotel

Affinia Shelburne NYC Family Friendly Hotel in New York
303 Lexington Avenue, Murray Hill, New York City, United States – check latest prices

The Shelburne NYC is part of the Affinia collection of boutique hotels also including Fifty NYC and Gardens NYC. The Shelburne is centrally located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan on Lexington avenue and is only a short walk to the Chrysler building and Grand Central station. Like all of the Affinia hotels in NYC the Shelburne offers a variety of different room sizes including the fantastic 2 bedroom suite that is perfect for families. All of the rooms include air conditioning and flat screen TV’s while the bigger rooms offer kitchenettes and microwaves for preparing your family breakfasts and lunches.

For dinner you cant beat Brother Jimmy’s BBQ restaurant which is a fantastic kids friendly restaurant just up the road offering a mouth watering selection of wings and ribs. We have stayed twice in the Shelburne during visits to NYC as well as the former Affinia Manhattan which has now been renamed as the Stewart Hotel. The fantastic Affinia Junior program offers a wide range of children’s activities including coloring sheets, family fun chests and you can also book the Starry Night Camp-in and sleep under the stars. The Affinia Shelburne is in the perfect location for your next family vacation to the Big Apple.

Nearby Attractions: Chrysler Building, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, Grand Central, Empire State Building

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Gansevoort Meatpacking – Family Friendly New York Hotel

Gansevoort Meatpacking - Family Friendly New York Hotel
18 Ninth Avenue, Meatpacking District, New York City, United States – check latest price

The Gansevoort Meatpacking is a fantastic family friendly hotel in the trendy Meatpacking District of New York City. The hotel offers free WiFi, parking, swimming pool with fantastic views as well as a fitness centre. Family rooms are available with the fantastic Manhattan 1 Bedroom King suite the pick of the bunch, this room features a extra large double bed and sofa couch. The king suite has a step out balcony as well as a living room and 2 x 42 inch flat screen televisions.

Gansevoort Meatpacking is close to NYC attractions like Chelsea Market and The High Line Park as well as the highly emotional Ground Zero Museum Workshop. There is also some great shopping in the area with the Apple shop and Gansevoort market nearby and for a great meal we suggest heading to the Five Guys offering hot dogs and burgers that the kids will absolutely love.  The Gansevoort Meatpacking is a great option for any any family looking for a hotel a great location and away from the hoards of tourists flocking to midtown.

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Staybridge Suites Times Square – Family Hotel New York City

Staybridge Suites Times Square - Family Hotel New York City
340 West 40th Street, Garment District, New York City, United States – check latest price

The Staybridge Suites New York are located on West 40th street just south of Time Square right near Madam Tussauds wax museum and other great attractions around that area.  The suites are perfect for families and include Kitchenettes, refrigerators, microwaves with grocery stores located nearby. There is also a complimentary breakfast buffet available so you can load up before heading out and exploring the Big Apple. There is also the fantastic Carlo’s bakery about 200 metre away.  Different sized rooms are available and you are sure to find one that suits your family.

Due to the central location of the Staybridge Suites you are close to some great New York family attractions,  Heaps of theatres offering great shows, Madison Square Garden, Times Square and also nearby to 42nd street subway. This hotel is a great place to base your family when on vacation to New York.

 

Husband and Dad of 2 Richard is the founder of Top 10 Travel and loves everything travel related. Born in the UK and now living in Australia he has trekked Annapurna and parts of Western China and also spent time in Europe. As a family they have traveled to the USA several times, Canada, Europe and China. Next Stop is Iceland in September 2018.

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