If you’ve got a trip to New York coming up and wondering where to stay in New York City with family, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article I’m going to share with you some of the best hotels in NYC for families.
One thing is for sure when it comes to the best New York hotels for families – they are super expensive!!! Like the family hotels, New York has are probably the most expensive hotels I’ve ever come across. Even the tiny little NYC hotels for kids are going to cost you a pretty penny – so don’t fall off you’re your chair when you see the prices of these hotels. However being the penny pincher, I am; I’m going to show you where you can get the best value for your money. But just be warned – there is no such thing as “cheap” family hotels in New York City.
So if you’re frustrated with trying to find family-friendly hotels in NYC that will not only accommodate your whole family but be in a great spot and be affordable (well somewhat affordable – this is NYC after all) then you will love this guide on the best hotels for kids in NYC. I’ve done all the research for you and located the perfect family-friendly hotels New York City has on offer.
In this best family accommodation New York City guide I’ve listed a range of great places, all of which are in fantastic locations. The guide covers all sorts of options for where to stay in New York with Family. Whether you prefer one of the super cheap and affordable family hotels in New York City; one of the more spacious family suites in NYC or even one of the NYC hotels with pools for kids – you’ll find a great option for your NYC trip.
So, let’s get started and find you the best place to stay in New York City with Family.
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The Best Hotels in NYC for Families – A Quick Overview
Below is a super quick overview of all the best hotels for kids in New York that are reviewed in this guide. You can use this guide to quickly determine if the accommodation is right for you and your family. For a more comprehensive review, keep reading below.
|Hotel Name||Location||Room Type||Amenities||Nearest Subway||Price Guide||Book Now|
|Radio City Apartments||Midtown||1 Bedroom Apartment with 2 double beds and 1 sofa bed||• Kitchen|
|49th Street is 480m away||$$$$||Book Now|
|Hotel Pennsylvania||Midtown||Hotel room with 2 double beds||• WIFI||Penn Station is 150m away||$$$||Book Now|
|The Watson Hotel||Midtown||Hotel room with 2 double beds||• Pool|
• Tea / Coffee
|Columbus Circle is 550m away||$$$||Book Now|
|The New Yorker||Midtown||Hotel room with 2 double beds||• WIFI|
|Penn Station is 100m away||$$$$||Book Now|
|Hotel Shocard||Midtown||Hotel room with 1 double bed & sofa bed||• Tea / Coffee|
|Times Square station is 200m away||$$$||Book Now|
|The Suites at Central NYC||Midtown||Suite with 3 double beds||• Kitchen|
|6 Ave & West 31 St Station is 160m away||$$$$||Book Now|
|Royal Park Hotel and Hostel||Upper West Side||Hotel room with 2 double beds||• WIFI||96th Street is 323m away||$$||Book Now|
|Hotel Belleclaire||Upper West Side||Hotel room with 2 double beds||• Tea / Coffee|
|79th Street is 210 m away||$$$$||Book Now|
|Days Inn||Upper West Side||Hotel room with 2 double beds||• Tea / Coffee|
|96th Street is 150m away||$$$||Book Now|
|Heritage Hotel||Flatiron||Hotel room with 2 double beds or 2-bedroom suite with 3 double beds||• Tea/Coffee|
|23 St Station is 300 m away||$$$$||Book Now|
|Holiday Inn||Chelsea||Hotel room with 2 double beds||• Tea/Coffee|
|Ave of the Americas/W 27 St is 160m away||$$$$||Book Now|
|Hilton Garden Inn||Chelsea||Hotel room with 2 double beds||• Tea / Coffee|
|28 St Broadway Station is 300m away||$$$$$||Book Now|
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Where to Stay in New York with Family?
NYC is huge and includes five different boroughs being Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. Given the majority of attractions are in Manhattan, and that is where most tourists stay, in this guide I’m only going to list the best family hotels in Manhattan. However, if you have an extended stay in NYC, I’d definitely recommend you consider some of the other boroughs as you can find much better options in terms of cheap family-friendly hotels in New York City.
Even in Manhattan itself, there is a stack of neighbourhoods to choose from in terms of where to stay, with each neighbourhood having their advantages and disadvantages. It’s impossible to list all the Manhattan neighbourhoods, so below I have provided a brief overview of some of the best areas to stay in Manhattan with kids. You can check out this Manhattan map for a good visual.
Wherever you stay in NYC, ensure you are within a few metres from a subway station. With the subway station, you can pretty much get wherever you need to go in NYC with ease.
Upper West and East Side
If you’re looking for family hotels near Central Park, New York Upper West and East Sides is where you will want to be. Other great attractions for families include the American Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum of Manhattan and. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Upper West Side is a lovely residential area where brownstones line the streets. On the other hand, the Upper East Side is the ritziest neighbourhood in NYC with luxurious apartment buildings and fancy stores along Madison Avenue.
The Upper West Side has some great value family accommodation, and it’s within easy reach to the Mid-Town where most of the family-friendly attractions tend to be. Keep reading below for my recommendations on the best family-friendly hotels in NYC Upper West Side.
Midtown West and Times Square
If when you think of NYC, you think of giant billboards, street performers, flashing lights and Broadway – then this is the area you’re thinking about. Here you will find most tourist attractions within walking distance of each other as well as heaps of places to eat and shop.
The area of Midtown and Times Squares is very convenient for first-time visitors, and those that plan to spend their day sightseeing. However, because of this, the hotels here do tend to be very expensive and often full, although you can still find some good value options, provided you’re not after anything too fancy.
Keep in mind though that this is a very touristy area and you will be absolutely swamped by tourists as soon as you leave your accommodation. If this doesn’t sound like you, stay somewhere else.
Keep reading below for my recommendations on the best hotels in Times Square for families.
Just to the east of Times Square is Midtown East. This is a much more corporate area yet there are still a few tourist spots here such as the Rockefeller Center, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Empire State Building, Grand Central Station and Radio City Music Hall.
This is a good area to be in if you’d still like to be within walking distance to Times Square but not in the thick of it all. Although hotels in this area still tend to be rather expensive.
Chelsea, Flatiron District and Union Square Neighborhoods
These three neighbourhoods are located just below the midtown area and are among the trendiest places to stay. The area is super pretty with lots of cobblestone streets, little boutiques and charming cafes. Here you will find plenty of shops and places to eat as well as some reasonably priced accommodation.
While not a lot to do in terms of family attractions, it’s easy to reach them via the subway. The Highline is also located in Chelsea.
This area is great for people who either don’t want to stay in the centre of all the action or simply can’t afford; to yet want a location close by.
Just south of Chelsea, the Flatiron District and the Union Square Neighborhoods is the very hip and cool Greenwich Village. The area is beautiful with long winding narrow tree-lined streets and lovely brownstone homes. You will also find plenty of places to eat at charming little cafes.
Greenwich Village is perhaps most well known for being the home of the Friends Apartment building. It is also where you will find the home of Carrie from Sex in the City and Washington Square Park which has featured in numerous movies.
The Best Family Hotels in New York City
Below I have reviewed 12 options for the best place to stay in New York with family.
When it comes to where to stay in NYC with kids – location is critical, which is why Radio City Apartments is such a great choice. Located just a 3-minute walk to Radio City Music Hall and only 500m to the Rockefeller Centre and Times Square; the Radio City Apartments are one of the best family-friendly hotels in NYC. The nearest subway station is 49th Street only 1-minute walk away from your hotel, and if you like to walk, it is only 10 minutes to Central Park.
The hotel itself is surrounded by restaurants and café’s and is in a great position to really sink your heart into the hustle and bustle that Manhattan lives every day. Parking is available nearby at a price, so if you have brought your car with you, there is no need to worry about where to store your car!
The best accommodation choice for a family is the one-bedroom apartment with two double-beds in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room. The room has a small kitchenette with all the facilities you need should you wish to prepare some of your meals. There is also a spacious living room with sofa and dining room table.
Other facilities in the rooms are ironing facilities, heating and air-conditioning, flat-screen TV with cable channels and some rooms include a private balcony.
Also if you’re looking for NYC hotels for families of 5, there is the option of a two-bedroom apartment that can accommodate up to 5 people.
Why We Love it?
Great location within walking distance to Times Square and Central Park as well as being a short walk to the nearest subway station so you can easily get to other NYC attractions.
What’s Not to Love?
One of the more expensive hotels in this review, however you’re paying for the location, and it has a kitchen too so you can save a bit of money on meals.
For families that want a spacious apartment in a central location, the Radio City Apartments really is the best place to stay in NYC with kids. Not only will you appreciate the roomy self-contained apartment, but you will also be in the thick of things right in the centre of Manhattan. So close to the subway, restaurants and cafés, as well as Times Square and the Rockefeller Centre. A great choice to enjoy your family holiday to Manhattan.
If you’re looking for the comfortable and spacious family suites New York City has, the Hotel Pennsylvania is a great choice. This family hotel, New York, Manhattan offers is conveniently located for NYC sightseeing. The 100-year old hotel is just a 1-minute walk to Madison Square Garden, which is perfect if you’re planning to catch a concert or two during your stay!
Penn Station subway is a 2-minute walk away and if you are unlucky enough NOT to have perfect views of the Empire State Building, never mind, it is only a 6-minute walk from the hotel. It is surrounded by shopping heaven, and restaurants and café are aplenty.
The hotel has kept some of the quirks that you may have experienced as a tourist 100 years ago, like communal gatherings on renovated floors with a lounge and large flat-screen TV. Other hotel facilities include private parking on-site (at a cost), gym and on-site coffee house. There is even a hotel museum on the 12th floor so you can see how the hotel has progressed over the years.
Families are best accommodated in the Classic Room with two double beds, air conditioning, free wifi and a flat-screen TV.
Why We Love it?
Spacious and recently renovated rooms – great if you’re after one of the New York hotels with kids that provide plenty of room. Plus it’s in an awesome position for the largest shopping precincts in NYC, an easy walk to the subway station and the world-famous Empire State Building.
What’s Not to Love?
Rooms are relatively basic and don’t offer tea and coffee making facilities.
The Hotel Pennsylvania is in a great location and offers spacious accommodation. The whole family will appreciate being able to return to their room to relax after a hard day sightseeing and shopping in one of the world’s most famous cities.
If you’re looking for kid-friendly places in NYC with a swimming pool, plus a great location, then the Watson Hotel is it. Located just a 10-minute walk to Broadway and only 5 minutes further to Times Square, the Watson Hotel is an excellent choice when it comes to where to stay in New York with kids.
With the Columbus Circle subway station only 550 metres away, this hotel is a great base for visiting all the NYC tourist attractions. Alternatively, the West 57/9 Avenue bus service is directly across the road. Carnegie Hall and Broadway Theatre are also so close at only 700m away.
Families are best accommodated in the standard room with 2-double beds in the studio-style spacious apartments. The room also includes air-conditioning and heating, tea and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV with cable channels.
The hotel facilities include a fabulous rooftop swimming pool; gym; an onsite restaurant/café; an onsite coffee house; and free Wi-Fi.
The facilities! This hotel has a swimming pool and an onsite restaurant. If you’re visiting in the warmer months and looking for the best place to stay in New York with kids, this hotel is a great choice.
What’s Not to Love?
This hotel is not located in the heart of the main tourist attractions. But Central Park is on its doorstep. Plus with the subway so close you’re never far from anything anyway.
The Watson Hotel is a great choice if you’re looking for suite hotels in NYC for families. With the close proximity to the subway, you’re never far from any of the main tourist attractions, and you’ve got the pool to relax by after a full day of sightseeing.
The New Yorker is another great option when it comes to New York hotels with suites for families. The hotel provides spacious family rooms as well as offering a good location near Penn Station, Madison Square Gardens and the Manhattan Mall. Not only is it so close to transport and shopping, but it is also within walking distance to the Empire State Building and Times Square.
The accommodation best suited for the budget-conscious family is the standard Room, which includes two double beds, flat-screen TV with cable channels, air-conditioning and heating, and free Wi-Fi. Every room also offers fantastic views of NYC and surrounds, whichever side you happen to be on.
The New Yorker has an onsite 24-hour restaurant and bar, a 24-hour fitness centre, room service, a gift shop and free Wi-Fi throughout this boutique art-deco style hotel. The hotel also offers onsite parking.
Location and facilities. This hotel is within walking distance to a range of popular tourist sites as well as having a 24-hour on-site restaurant which is perfect for those getting in late.
What’s Not to Love?
No tea or coffee making facilities in room; however, the 24-hour onsite restaurant is easily accessible, so there should be no issue running down to the restaurant for your morning cup of coffee!
When it comes to family-friendly hotels in Manhattan, the New Yorker is a great choice. Spacious rooms, great location, so easily accessible to everything and the views are amazing!
If you’re looking for family hotels in Times Square so you’re in the thick of all the action, you can’t beat Hotel Shocard. This hotel is located in the centre of Times Square, surrounded by all the top family attractions, world-class shopping and entertainment. Plus the Times Square Station is only 80 metres away so you can easily visit attractions in other areas.
Apart from being in the heart of everything and surrounded by the bright lights and iconic sights, this boutique, retro hotel provides cozy, clean and superbly furnished rooms designed and inspired in the mood of Broadway Theatre. The hotel offers an onsite restaurant and bar which serves a huge daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, a rooftop terrace to take in the nighttime city lights, nearby parking facilities (at a cost) and a cocktail bar.
Family rooms can accommodate up to four people and include a large double bed and a sofa bed. The room also includes air conditioning and heating, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and great views of the city.
Excellent location – just walk out the front door, and you’re ready to explore Times Square. Plus who doesn’t love staying in a Broadway retro-themed hotel?
What’s Not to Love?
The rooms are quite small, but still nicely furnished and will just be used as a base to sleep given you are so close to the action that NYC has to offer.
If you’re looking for family rooms New York City has in the heart of Times Square you really can’t go wrong with Hotel Shocard. From this hotel, you can easily walk to all the top family attractions as well as jump on the nearby subway for attractions further afield.
If you’re looking for spacious hotels in New York for family of 5 or more, or just like the idea of having a self-contained apartment to save some money by preparing your meals, the Suites at Central NYC are well worth considering.
Located just south of Times Square, the Suites are just a 6-minute walk away from Madison Square Garden, 500m to the shopping mecca of Macy’s and 400m walk to the Empire State Building. Times Square is a short subway ride away or a 20-minute walk which you will appreciate if you drop into M & M’s World to walk away some of the calories!
The hotel offers quirky, spacious, fully equipped apartments perfect for families. Each room has excellent views of the NYC skyline and is so easily accessible to everything. Studio apartments can accommodate four people in two double beds, or for larger family’s there is the larger apartments which can accommodate families of up to 8 people.
The apartments do vary slightly, but all include a kitchenette, air-conditioning and heating, refrigerator, microwave, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and a small dining area.
Why We Love it?
For larger families, this hotel offers great value for money, plus all families will appreciate being able to prepare some of your meals to save money while in NYC. I rate this as the best hotel in NYC for family of 5 or more people.
What’s Not to Love?
There isn’t much to not like about this hotel, with spacious self-contained accommodation in walking distance to all the major tourist attractions, what’s not to love?
The Suites at Central NYC is the perfect place if you’re a large family and wondering where to stay in Manhattan with family. With spacious, self-contained accommodation within walking distance to all the major tourist attractions, you really can’t go wrong.
While there really is no such thing as “cheap” accommodation in NYC, if you’re just after the best budget family hotels in Manhattan NYC, then the Royal Park Hotel and Hostel is worth considering. Located just 320m from 96 Street Subway Station and 805m from Central Park, the Royal Park Hotel provides affordable lodging-style accommodation in a newly renovated building.
Families are best accommodated in private rooms which contain two double beds. These rooms have a private bathroom, air conditioning and heating, free WIFI and TV. The rooms are quaint and uniquely furnished, and with the recent renovations, you will think you’re in a more expensive hotel.
Facilities at the hotel include shared use of a refrigerator and microwave, shared guest lounge with seating area, snack and drinks vending machines, and the experience of meeting people from all around the world.
The price, when it comes to good family hotels in New York City, it’s hard to find something so cheap, yet so clean and comfortable.
What’s Not to Love?
This hotel is quite far away from the main attractions around Time Square, however with the subway station close by, for the price you really can’t go wrong.
The Royal Park Hotel really is worth considering if you’re looking for where to stay in NYC with family on a budget. It is the cheapest place to stay in these reviews by far and while a little far from the main tourist attractions, with the subway close by; you really aren’t too far from anything.
If you’re looking for family places to stay in New York City in the Upper West Side, the Hotel Belleclaire is a great choice. Nestled in a quiet tree-lined street, this is a 4-star hotel just 200m from 79 Street Station and only a 700m walk to the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Hotel Belleclaire boasts comfortable guest rooms and suites for families and impeccable services and amenities.
The facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre, an overnight shoe-shine service for guests and an onsite coffee house, partnered with Mille-Feuille (the best French pastries) boasting the best coffee on the Upper West Side and New York’s finest patisseries.
Family rooms are elegantly furnished and include two double beds. Other room features include a flat-screen TV with cable channels, air-conditioning and heating, a laptop safe, seating area and free Wi-. Breakfast is also included in the price of all rooms.
If you’re after a hotel with some luxury but not necessarily the matching price tag, then this is the hotel.
What’s Not to Love?
A little on the pricier side, but good value overall for this level of luxury in NYC.
The Hotel Belleclaire offers luxury family suites in Manhattan at an affordable rate (well at least in NYC). Located in a lovely Upper West Side area and within an easy walk to the subway, this is a great base for your family’s vacation in NYC.
Also located in a lovely area of the Upper West Side, The Days Inn by Wyndham Hotel is a 2-star hotel located a short walk from the gates of Central Park. It’s also just a 2 minute to walk to the nearest Subway station for easy access to all the other tourist spots. It has heaps of restaurants and café’s nearby and is only one block away from the famous Hudson River.
Family rooms include two double beds as well as tea and coffee making facilities, a TV with cable channels, air-conditioning and heating and free Wi-Fi. The hotel features an onsite fitness room and onsite parking.
A reasonably priced hotel in the quieter area of the Upper West Side, close the Central Park and subway station.
What’s Not to Love?
The location in the Upper West Side is away from all the main tourist attractions; however this may also be a plus for some families not wanting to be in the busy area of Times Square.
For families looking for affordable accommodation in a quieter area of NYC, but near a subway station, so they can easily visit all the popular tourist attractions, the Days Inn by Wyndham Hotel is one of the best places for families to stay in New York City.
10. Heritage Hotel
The Heritage Hotel is another option to consider if you’re after great family hotels in NYC out of the busy tourist centre. The Heritage Hotel is a 3-star hotel just minutes from the famous Flatiron Building, a 15-minute walk to the Empire State Building and Madison Square Gardens and 10 minutes via the subway to Times Square.
There a range of room options for families to consider, with the most basic option being a studio. These rooms have two double beds. If you’re looking for some where to stay in New York with family of 5 or more, then there are also two-bedroom suites that can accommodate up to 6 people. All room types include tea and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV with cable channels, free WIFI and air-conditioning and heating. A basic breakfast is also included in all rates.
The hotel also provides a 24-hour fitness centre, bar and onsite parking.
Breakfast included in all rates is a nice perk. Plus for larger families, this hotel offers great value for money.
What’s Not to Love?
The rooms are nothing fancy but offer great value accommodation in a central location.
The Heritage Hotel offers families no-frills, good value accommodation in the Flatiron District. When it comes to family-friendly places to stay in New York City, this is a good option to consider – particularly for larger families.
If you’re looking for where to stay in NYC with a family and prefer a well-known brand of hotels with great facilities, then consider the Holiday Inn Manhattan on 6th Avenue. This is a 4-star hotel in the trendy area of Chelsea that provides contemporary and stylish rooms and is one of the best hotels for kids in Manhattan.
The Holiday Inn chain of hotels is famous for providing a home-away-from-home, offering great facilities. At this Holiday Inn, there is a 24-hour fitness centre, free Wi-Fi, room service, onsite Prime Café serving traditional American cuisine with a full-service bar and daily housekeeping services. There is also a parking facility located nearby for all guests (with a charge).
Family rooms include two double beds, as well as a flat-screen TV with cable channels, free WIFI, air-conditioning and heating and ironing facilities.
The Holiday Inn is located in the trendy area of Chelsea, with the famous Empire State Building just a 10-minute walk away and only 450 metres from the 28th Street Subway Station which will get you to all the main NYC tourist attractions.
Located in the gorgeous area of Chelsea, with easy access to public transport. The views are amazing, from whichever corner you happen to land.
What’s Not to Love?
This is one of the more expensive hotels in these reviews, but you are paying for the location and the Holiday Inn name.
The Holiday Inn is a great choice for those wanting family lodging, New York City offers with a well-known hotel chain, in the super trendy area of Chelsea.
Also located in Chelsea is the Hilton Garden Inn. This hotel is surrounded by quaint flower shops and cafes to relax in l. Madison Square Gardens is only 500m away and the Empire State Building, 700m away. If you’re up for the walk, Times Square is just a 25-minute walk, or if not, catch the Subway on 28th Street for a short 10-minute journey right to the doorstep.
Family rooms include two double beds as well as cable TV, microwave and refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and heating, a coffee machine for your morning wake-up and ironing facilities.
The hotel features a fully-equipped fitness centre, an onsite restaurant and bar with kid-friendly meals, which also provides a fantastic breakfast. There is also on-site guest parking too.
Having the microwave and fridge in the room is great for families. You could prepare drinks and basic meals with these amenities, helping to save a few dollars.
What’s Not to Love?
This is one of the more expensive rooms in these reviews. But just like the Holiday Inn above, you’re paying for the brand name and location.
The Hilton Garden Inn is well worth considering for families that want quality family accommodation in one of NYC’s trendiest districts. It features great amenities and a great base for exploring everything that NYC has to offer.
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