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10 Top Family-Friendly Hotels in NYC

Take the stress out of bringing the kids to New York by picking a hotel that has the location and perks like full kitchens and free gear that will make your life a lot easier

Picking the right hotel can make or break a vacation, and the right choice becomes even more critical when you are traveling with kids. Suddenly the whirlpool tub and king size bed you dreamed about are replaced by the desire for a mini fridge (if not a full kitchen) and enough space to fit a crib without having to walk over the bed to get around. Even in space-scrapped New York you can find hotels with rooms large enough to fit the brood, plus family-friendly amenities like strollers and cribs and on-site restaurants that can satisfy picky eaters of all ages. Location is also key with kids, and these ten hotels are all within strolling distance of major sites, from the Empire State Building to the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park — aka New York’s backyard.

Affinia Fifty Junior Suite (Photo: Affinia Fifty)

Many of the suites at the new Affinia 50 have a sofa bed and a full kitchen (Photo: Affinia 50)

Affinia 50
Residential hotels are a growing trend in New York City, catering to both traditional and extended-stay visitors. This translates into excellent amenities for families. Affinia’s large suites have a separate living area outfitted with comfy sofa beds, and many have a full kitchen, which is ideal for meal-flexibility. The hotel also has cribs, strollers and high chairs upon request. Affinia Hotels also recently teamed up with FreshDirect, so you can order fresh meals and snacks directly to the hotel. The Midtown location puts you within strolling distance of Manhattan’s top-tier of children’s retail, from the pink-soaked American Girl Place to the Lego Store at Rockefeller Center. Affinia offers an excellent range of packages that include discounts to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and to Chelsea Piers, which is bursting with kid’s activities, like the Little Athletes Exploration Center for kids six months up to four years (see the drop-in schedules here). And when parents need to unwind, there’s no better spot than the elegantly redesigned second-floor Club Room, which hosts a nightly wine hour. 155 E 50th St., from $289. Book now

 

A one bedroom suite with living room at The Milburn (Photo: The Milburn)

At the Milburn, you can borrow family movies as well as a PlayStation free of charge (Photo: The Milburn)

The Milburn
There’s good reason why the Milburn so often tops the lists of best affordable family hotels. The nicely priced (for Manhattan) one-bedroom suites have a living room area with sofa bed and TV, as well as a kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave, which comes in mighty handy for late-night snacking or jumpstarting the day with a warm breakfast for the kids. Plus, the hotel offers children’s books and family movies, as well as PlayStations, to use during your stay free of charge. The neighborhood is equally family friendly: Step out the front door and you’re within a few blocks of Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History, Columbus Circle, the Time Warner Center and iconic Zabar’s, where you can refuel over chocolate rugelach and New York City’s famous black-and-white cookies. 242 W 76th St., from $279. Book now

 

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC (Photo: Gansevoort)

Family perks at the Gansevoort include free cribs and diapers if you are in a pinch (Photo: Gansevoort)

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC
This Gansevoort hotel manages to cater equally to kids and parents. For the wee ones, there are complimentary cribs, diapers and bath amenities, as well as Nintendo Wii on request. And for the not-so-wee ones, there’s the Provocateur nightclub with potent cocktails and the Exhale Spa. And for the whole family, there’s the heated rooftop pool that’s open year-round with lifeguard and sweeping views of the skyline. The suites are ideal for families, with nine-foot ceilings, a king bed, spacious 60-square-foot bathrooms and the option of an adjoining room with two double beds. The neighborhood also appeals to dual generations, with a mix of nature (the High Line and the Hudson River), retail (Diane Von Furstenberg and other designer boutiques) and inviting restaurants like Pastis, which can serve double-duty, both for a weekend family brunch and for after-dark drinks for the parents. 18 Ninth Ave., 212-206-6700, gansevoorthotelgroup.com, from $365

 

A two bedroom suite at The Hotel Beacon (Photo: The Hotel Beacon)

The Hotel Beacon’s location near Central Park makes it a great home base for families (Photo: The Hotel Beacon)

The Hotel Beacon
The chief draw at Hotel Beacon is the spacious suites, all of which come with a separate living area with pull-out sofa, well-equipped kitchenette and gleaming marble bathrooms. With this kind of space, each family member can enjoy some much-needed alone time at the end of a long day. The hotel also has cribs, high chairs and rollaway beds upon request. Plus, you’re surrounded by iconic New York City sights, from Central Park to Lincoln Center. Kids also love the nearby Sarabeth’s on Madison Ave., where you can pick up baked goods from pecan tarts to blueberry corn muffins, and find a bench in nearby Central Park to enjoy them. 2130 Broadway, 212-787-1100, beaconhotel.com, from $305

 

The Kimberly Hotel offers a large living space in their suites (Photo: The Kimberly Hotel)

The Kimberly Hotel gives families room to relax (Photo: The Kimberly Hotel)

The Kimberly Hotel
Let’s be honest: It’s much easier to travel with family when you can occasionally escape them. The Kimberly’s multi-bedroom suites make that easy, with plenty of room to curl up with a book, away from the rest of the brood. The roomy suites have a separate living room with a pull-out queen-sized sofa bed, two TVs and a dining area with a kitchenette (from $379 per night). The hotel also has cribs, high chairs and rollaway beds on request. The hotel is in Midtown East, a short walk to Central Park, Times Square and the United Nations. One unexpected amenity at the Kimberly is access to the NYHRC (New York Health & Racquet Club) yacht (operated from May to September) The discounted fee for the East River cruise or the weekend Brunch cruise is $26 per person. River for a discounted fee of $26 per person. 145 E 50th St., kimberlyhotel.com, from $289

 

The Hilton Times Square (Photo: Hilton Hotels)

The Hilton Times Square is right in the middle of the action (Photo: Hilton Hotels)

The Hilton Times Square
You can’t get more central than the Hilton Times Square, where you’re bathed in the blinking lights of, you guessed it, Times Square. The Hilton rooms and suites, newly renovated in 2013, are among the largest in Midtown. The one-bedroom suites start at an impressive 625 square feet, and have a living room with sofa bed and flatscreen TV. Plus, the Hilton offers a wide range of family packages, including the Family Fun package that includes a free breakfast for four and the Build-A-Bear Workshop Pawsitively Fun package, which includes a bear backpack filled with goodies upon check-in. Beyond the neon lights and Broadway theaters, Times Square is toy store central, with the Disney Store, M&M’s World and Toys R Us. This is the largest toy store in the world and has a sixty-foot ferris wheel, an animatronic dinosaur and a life-sized Barbie dollhouse. 234 W 42nd St., from $279. Book now

 

The Marriott Brooklyn Bridge (Photo: Marriott Hotels)

The Marriott Brooklyn Bridge is, not surprisingly, steps from the iconic span (Photo: Marriott Hotels)

New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge
Two words: indoor pool. Two more words: Brooklyn Bridge. This amenity-rich hotel offers easy access to the iconic bridge and the Brooklyn promenade, with its sweeping views of the sparkling Manhattan skyline. And at day’s end, the hotel itself holds equal allure. The roomy suites, which sleep up to six, come in a variety of configurations to fit a family’s needs. Go for the King Suite, with a separate living area with pull-out sofa, as well as a coffeemaker and mini-fridge. The hotel also offers rollaway beds and cribs upon request, babysitting services and high chairs in the restaurant. The indoor pool, not a given in NYC, will be a nice break from sightseeing. 333 Adams St., from $279. Book now

 

The Tribeca Grand features a full-size movie theater (Photo: Francois Halard/Grand Life Hotels)

The Tribeca Grand has a full-size movie theater (Photo: Francois Halard/Grand Life Hotels)

Tribeca Grand
You don’t need to sacrifice a trendy NYC experience just because you’re staying at a family-friendly hotel. The first step is starting with the right neighborhood, which is a key draw at the Tribeca Grand, a boutique hotel in the heart of Tribeca, within walking distance to boutiques, cafes and restaurants. But, the hotel also has plenty of delightful family touches, like a pet goldfish for your room upon request. The spacious suites feature nine-foot ceilings and a separate living room with a pull-out couch, which is separated from the bedroom with sliding glass doors. Also popular, both with local and visiting families, is the Sunday brunch (11am–4pm), with a menu that satisfies big and small tummies, including Belgian waffles topped with whipped cream and Doughnut Plant doughnuts. The brunch also has this genius touch: While parents are enjoying their Bloody Marys and 1920s jazz by the Baby Soda band, the kids are invited to watch special children’s screenings of films like Pocahontas and A Bug’s Life in the private hotel theater. 2 Sixth Ave., from $339. Book now

 

The indoor pool at Le Parker Meridien (Photo:  Le Parker Meridien)

A top perk at Le Parker Meridien is the indoor pool (Photo: Le Parker Meridien)

Le Parker Meridien
It says a lot about a hotel when the kids are just as happy staying inside as going out: This Midtown hotel has an inviting indoor pool and not one, but two family-friendly restaurants. Norma’s is famous for its brunch with cute menu headers like Mom Can’t Make This, including the PB&C Waffle ‘Wich, a chocolate waffle oozing peanut butter. And Burger Joint, famously hidden from view behind a curtain off the lobby,    covers all the important food and beverage groups: burgers, brownies and beer (not to mention thick milkshakes). The suites are ideal for families, like the roomy Junior Suite with a separate living area with pullout sofa. The hotel also has cribs on request. The indoor pool unfolds on the 42nd floor, with views of leafy Central Park. 119 W 56th St., from $359. Book now

 

The Metro Grill at Hotel Metro (Photo: Hotel Metro)

The Metro Grill at the Hotel Metro has a family-friendly menu (Photo: Hotel Metro)

Hotel Metro
Rising in the shadow of the Empire State Building, the Hotel Metro has several top draws: spacious Family Rooms, a free continental breakfast and, of course, proximity to the city’s big sights. The Family Room sleeps up to four (a fee of $25 per person, per night is applied for the third and fourth occupant), with two separate bedrooms, one with a queen bed, and the other with two double beds. Or, splurge on the renovated Premier Two-Bedroom Family Room, which also has two rooms, but is on floors 8 and above. The hotel also offers cribs on request; make sure to ask when you reserve. The rooftop lounge is open year-round, and if it’s warm enough, you can take your breakfast up there to enjoy views of the Empire State Building and surrounding skyline. The elegant Metro Grill is also a friendly spot for families, with an accessible menu of juicy burgers, Buffalo wings and more. 45 W 35th St., from $259. Book now

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