Hundreds of hotels throughout New York City will allow kids, but only a handful provide truly comfortable, convenient accommodations for families. Here are the top 20 kid-friendly hotels in New York City — many of them in the heart of or within a few blocks of Times Square.
The DoubleTree Suites is one of the best hotel options for families in New York City. The big two-room suites all come with pull-out couches and either one king or two double beds; the latter can fit up to six people, a rarity in the area. And the location right on Times Square is as central as it gets for sightseeing.
There aren't many hotel rooms in New York City that can fit more than four guests -- but the Family Room at the Tryp can sleep up to eight, making this a gem for larger families. Prices are competitive, too, and the fun design; casual vibe; and rooms with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi are also draws. The location near Penn Station is convenient for those traveling to and from the city by train, and Times Square is just over a 10-minute walk to the north.
This Times Square outlet of a French hotel chain offers large and stylish rooms, some with great views. The prime location is a major asset: It's just blocks north of Times Square, and within easy walking distance of theaters, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park. There is no charge for cribs, and the rooms are spacious enough to handle them. There are cheaper upscale hotels in the city, but guests here pay more for the premium location, plus the free breakfasts for kids ages 16 and under help compensate. Kids will also appreciate the lobby's dedicated video games corner.
Times Square may be chaotic and over-stimulating, but the 1,949-room Marquis is a convenient choice for families. Rooms are comfortably spacious, all come with pull-out couches, and cribs are free, making sleeping arrangements simpler than at many hotels. Connecting rooms are available, but the hotel does not offer rollaways. Kids may be wowed by the glowing, space-age elevator pods that zip up and down the 49-story lobby.
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 (fee) at Restaurant Above includes toast, eggs, pancakes, bacon, and juice.
Huge suites with kitchens, kid-oriented amenities, and a location in the safe and quiet Upper East Side make the Gardens NYC an excellent luxury option for families. For longer stays, families often opt for deluxe suites that also include patios and dining room tables -- especially rare treats in New York City. Kid-friendly attractions like the Central Park Zoo, Dylan's Candy Bar, and the famous dessert restaurant Serendipity 3 are all within walking distance.
At the Kimberly, most of the guest rooms are large (nearly 700 square feet), 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 available for a fee.
The Hotel Beacon is a popular pick with budget-conscious families, thanks to its quiet residential location, rooms with kitchenettes and views of the city skyline, and abundance of one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living rooms and sofa beds. It's rare to find rooms of this size with kitchenettes, especially in this price range. Nearby subway lines (1, 2, and 3) can shuttle families to popular attractions on the west side, such as Times Square.
This 112-room value property is a block from Radio City Music Hall and close to Times Square. The studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments attract repeat guests for a reason: The spacious units feel homey, have free Wi-Fi, and most have modern kitchenettes with coffeemakers and microwaves. For those who don't mind sacrificing traditional hotel features (there is no restaurant, bar, or fitness center), it's one of the best options for the price in this tourist-centric location.
Big rooms with two queen beds and nice amenities -- such as big flat-screen TVs with free HBO, mini-fridges, microwaves, and free Wi-Fi -- make the Hilton Garden Inn a solid family pick. It's conveniently located in Times Square, near some of New York's best family attractions like Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and M&M's World.
The mid-range Candlewood Suites New York City is located in Midtown West, near many subway lines and Times Square. Rooms are quiet and surprisingly spacious, with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and well-equipped kitchens (with full fridges, two-burner stoves, coffeemakers, microwaves -- with butter popcorn -- and dishwashers). There is a fitness room, 24-hour snack shop, and free laundry facilities all on-site. Guests might appreciate city views and access to plenty of sights and entertainment without the price tag of more central Times Square hotels.
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.
Opened in 2014, the 293-room Homewood Suites by Hilton is the brand’s first entry into New York City, offering modern suite-like accommodations for budget-minded travelers. Built on the former site of a parking lot, the 22-story hotel offers a glimmer of modernity on a somewhat gloomy and busy block that's within walking distance of Times Square and Madison Square Garden. Free perks include daily breakfast and a 24-hour lobby coffee station and the lobby, rooftop terrace, and rooms with kitchenettes and sofa beds create a homey feel.
This mid-range Hampton Inn near Madison Square Park is a credit to the chain, with modern, stylish common spaces and rooms with flat-screen TVs. It's a great affordable option in pricey New York City, and the free Wi-Fi, free coffee and tea in the lobby, free evening cookies and free hot continental breakfast (there are even to-go breakfast bags for those who can't sit down) add to the value. Some tourists may prefer a location closer to the attractions in Midtown, but nearby subway lines make it easy to get around the city.
Impressively big rooms and a free breakfast buffet with hot items make the 92-room Wingate a great choice in the Garment District (the hotel is a 10-minute walk from Times Square and the Empire State Building). The rates here are often less than the ones (for smaller rooms) at competing hotels.
This mid-size chain hotel has a convenient location in Midtown Manhattan -- less than a block from the Empire State Building -- and is one of the best options for the area in this price range. Big, contemporary rooms come equipped with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and USB charging ports. The numerous freebies include hot breakfast, gym access, computer use, and coffee and tea service throughout the day.
The Skyline eschews style and charm in favor of large rooms and a swimming pool, both of which are tough to come by in New York, especially at this price point. Located in a safe neighborhood, the hotel offers a good value near Broadway, and a great one if you're driving -- parking is a fraction of what you'd pay at other Manhattan hotels. Though there's a fee for Wi-Fi, the on-site restaurant and fitness center add to its value.
Renovated in 2013, the Holiday Inn Express is a 177-room budget hotel with small, but neatly designed rooms and numerous free amenities such as hot breakfast, bottled water, Wi-Fi, and a 24-hour fitness center and business kiosk. Located on Manhattan’s far west side, it's about a 15-minute walk to the nearest subway and to the action of Times Square and the Theater District. Although the hotel sits on a drab block, the surrounding area offers guests a chance to experience the neighborhood vibe of Hell’s Kitchen, home to some of Midtown West's best restaurants.
With worn Standard Rooms and a weak cafe, the 665-room Manhattan at Times Square Hotel isn't exceptional. But its location -- just 10 short blocks north of Times Square -- and on-site features like a large fitness center and free computer access in the lobby area make it a great choice for the price, especially for families. Note there's a daily fee that covers Wi-Fi, gym and business center access, phone calls, and a water bottle.
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.