Visiting the Big Apple with kids? With hundreds of hotels popping up on websites, it can be tricky for parents to find a fabulous hotel that is close to the action and kid friendly. Here are some of the best NYC hotels for families that real Trekaroo parents and contributors have stayed at (and loved!) in NYC. We’ve done the hard work for you; all you have to do is book it and enjoy your big city getaway!
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The Best NYC Hotels for Families
Family-Friendly Hotels in Manhattan
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Families staying in Midtown will find easy access to Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, the New York Public Library, and Times Square (although we have a separate section of Times Square hotels below). The location is central, the hotel selection (and price range) is vast. Explore these kid-friendly picks:
The Sherry Netherland- Editor’s Choice
With its Central Park views, classic NYC awning and circular entrance, elevator attendant, personal butler and maid service, and uniquely decorated 50 rooms, The Sherry Netherland is a Midtown splurge worthy of an iconic vacation. A long list of celebs have stayed here, but the Family Getaway Package, which includes luxurious all-suite accommodations, tickets to the Central Park Zoo, historic Carousel, NYC-themed gifts and Metro Passes, will make you think the 90-year-old hotel was designed just for families. –Katie Bodell, Trekaroo Blog Editor
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Le Parker Meriden
My daughter and I stayed at Le Parker Meriden on a February weekend getaway to New York City. We spent the long, chilly evenings indoors enjoying the view from the pool on the 42nd floor; with views overlooking both Central Park in one direction and the city skyline in the other, we could enjoy NYC without going outside in the snow – just perfect! –Melissa Moore, Trekaroo Travel Expert
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Sometimes your trip to the big city is part of something special. When a luxury hotel is just what you’re looking for, The Towers at Lotte New York Palace is certain to fit the bill. With top notch amenities and a close proximity to all kinds of sites, this hotel should be on your luxury list. –Sharon Rigney, Trekaroo Travel Expert
Langham Place New York Fifth Avenue
Treat your family to convenience and five star Midtown luxury at Langham Place New York Fifth Avenue. Surrounded by some of the city’s best views, pampered by fine amenities and services, rewarded with upscale and delicious dining options, this is a stay like no other. –Sharon Rigney, Trekaroo Travel Expert
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New York Hilton Midtown
The Big Apple has so much to offer and the New York Hilton Midtown is a great home base allowing you to walk to some pretty iconic spots including Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, Broadway, and Central Park. -Kristine Dworkin, Trekaroo Travel Expert
After a recent stay in the city, my top pick is the Omni Berkshire Place. Located at 52nd and Madison, the hotel is just blocks from Rockefeller Center and the shopping of Madison Avenue, a short walk to Times Square, and a short cab ride to dozens of other attractions. The Omni features some wonderful touches just for kids, including a backpack full of goodies given at check in, cookies and milk delivered to your room at turn down, and a kids club where children can “decompress” by making crafts and snacking on gummy bears.- Beth Keklak, author at JerseyMomsBlog
Looking for a hotel WITH a swimming pool? We’ve got you covered. Check out this guide to NYC hotels with pools.
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Times Square Hotels
Although Times Square (officially part of Midtown) is the hub for tourist action, it isn’t Trekaroo’s favorite place to stay while in NYC with kiddos. But if you are looking for a hotel right within the action (or extremely close to Broadway), here are our favs.
Centrally located in the middle of Times Square, the Westin New York at Times Square is a great choice for families. The views of the NYC skyline are incredible and the rooms themselves are simple yet luxurious, with all the essentials. The hotel has terrific on-site dining and gym facilities. –Holly Fink, author at The Culture Mom
The Kimpton Muse Hotel is a boutique hotel in the heart of Times Square, with modern rooms, complimentary wine and hot chocolate in the afternoon, free parking(!) and value room rates. Don’t miss their On Demand Glam Hair & Makeup, perfect for a night out at the theater. -Holly Fink & Trekaroo User PintSizePilot
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Upper West Side Hotels
The Upper West Side is one of the most kid-friendly areas of Manhattan with playgrounds and family-friendly restaurants around every corner. Explore these kid-friendly hotels in this authentic, well-off neighborhood.
The Hotel Belleclaire is a boutique hotel on the Upper West Side. It is walking distance to Central Park, the AMNH, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. On top of the amazing location, this hotel has family rooms with one bed in a semi-private room (there is a wall but no door) for the parents and two other queen beds on the other side of the wall for the kids. It is not cheap. -Tarlie Harris, Trekaroo Travel Expert
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For our last vacation hooray this summer, we stayed at the Hotel Beacon on the Upper West Side. I was blown away! I have a 2 year old son, so I wanted to stay in the Upper West Side to make it easy to get to the Children’s Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, and more. Fully-equipped kitchens in all rooms and a budget price point make this a must-try.
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Explore the arts scene in Chelsea, located in Manhattan’s west side. The Highline and Chelsea Market draw the most appeal for families, but Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, and a slew of smaller museums round out the draw.
Feel like you have your own little apartment in the city with the brand new Hyatt House New York Chelsea lodging option. Rooms come with kitchens so you have the option of cooking in or eating out. The rooftop terrace offers beautiful views and makes this place a lovely little gem.– Sharon Rigney, Trekaroo Travel Expert
The High Line Hotel, a historic boutique hotel in Chelsea with really easy access to the High Line features unique rooms with character and detail, on the small side. Great location for families since the High Line and the Hudson River Park offer plenty of space to run around. -Tarlie Harris, Trekaroo Travel Expert
Family-Friendly Hotels in Brooklyn
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Across the East River from Manhattan sits Brooklyn, the NYC borough with the largest population. Although most visitors just scratch the surface of Brooklyn when visiting (or use Brooklyn as a home base for exploring Manhattan), Brooklyn is actually a great family vacation destination all on its own.
Located in Downtown Brooklyn with easy access to Subway lines, Hilton Brooklyn is modern, upbeat, and charming. The hotel truly reflects Brooklyn in its décor and I seriously wanted to take some of the vintage Brooklyn pictures that were featured in our room. -Katie Bodell, Trekaroo Blog Editor
With a wonderful new renovation, the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge offers travelers the opportunity to stay close to Manhattan in style. It’s a hotel with a bit of a Brooklyn personality and delights by offering the familiar with a little local thrown in. – Sharon Rigney, Trekaroo Travel Expert
When you want a place to lay your heads and grab a quick breakfast in the morning, Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown fits the bill. Families can keep their budgets under control yet still get a nice room to meet their needs right across the ridge from Manhattan. -Sharon Rigney, Trekaroo Travel Expert
For folks looking for a hotel stay that packs a bit more personality, the Box House Hotel is just that. This venue offers contemporary apartment-style lofts, a complimentary shuttle to help you get around the area, fitness room, large windows and bright colors. Your room emits a vibrant personality and is a nice break from the same-old cookie-cutter hotel room scenario. The place was funky and simply adorable, and parking was free on the street! -Sharon Rigney, Trekaroo Travel Expert
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Check out the fun in Brooklyn with Kids by exploring our Guide to Visiting Brooklyn.
Family-Friendly Hotels in Jersey City
Want to stay near Manhattan, but have a car? Try Jersey City! Not only is Jersey City well connected to NYC via public transport. You can enjoy the city skyline from your room.
The DoubleTree has family-size suites available, and you can even self park so that no one has to see that mess inside your car from days on the road with kids. – Melissa Moore, Trekaroo Travel Expert
Picked a hotel but need more ideas on what to do and where to eat in NYC? Check out this 3 day NYC itinerary.
A very special thanks to the Trekaroo family and contributors, each named in their excerpts, for making this article possible.