Hilton Times Square Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Large rooms, special kids' menus, an on-site movie theater, and plenty of nearby attractions in Times Square make the Hilton a great choice for families. Kids stay free in rooms with their parents, and standard and deluxe rooms with two double beds range from 330 to a palatial 360 square feet -- far bigger than the standard rooms in most New York hotels. The kids' breakfast buffet at Restaurant Above costs $10 and includes toast, eggs, pancakes, bacon, and juice.
Affinia Fifty Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Families love the Affinia Fifty, given its safe, convenient location in Midtown East, its large rooms (most of which sleep at least four people with sofa beds and can attach to other rooms), and its laid-back lounge with plenty of board games. Affinia also runs a popular "Jet-Set Kids" promotion, where young guests receive a New York City guidebook for kids, plus NYC stickers, a scrapbook, and even a digital camera.
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Though it has a reputation for being a party hotel, the Gansevoort is actually an excellent place for style-minded families. In addition to its sizable rooms and rooftop pool with a lifeguard on duty, perks include free baby amenities (from wipes to diapers to baby baths to strollers), free Nintendo Wii video game systems, and a room-service kids' menu with standards like chicken fingers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese, and cookies and milk (prices range from $9 to $13).
Loews Regency Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Loews will make your kids feel like VIPs. Age-appropriate welcome gifts -- from Etch-a-Sketches to iTunes gift cards -- and in the spring, kids often get backpacks and jump ropes to use at nearby Central Park. Free milk and cookies await in rooms. The Library restaurant in the lounge has a kids' menu, and every other Sundays the supper club, Feinstein's, puts on a sophisticated magic show.
Omni Berkshire Place Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Though most guests are business travelers, children are definitely welcome at the Omni Berkshire. At check-in, all kids under age 12 get a suitcase filled with games, puzzles, and coloring books, plus a kids cup with unlimited refills anywhere in the hotel. Housekeeping's standard turndown service includes milk and cookies. There's a kids' room service menu for the Fireside restaurant that includes, among other items, ants on a log, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and grilled cheese (no crust!). Rollaway beds or a folding cot are available for $30/night and cribs are free.
The Kimberly Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
At the Kimberly, all guest rooms are large, multibedroom suites. The one- and two-bedroom suites are a good choice, as they come with kitchenettes and an additional queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Cribs are free and rollaway beds are $30 per night. The Midtown East location is near the American Girl Store and FAO Schwarz.