The Top Family Friendly Hotels in New York City

By Keryn Means,

Finding a family-friendly hotel in New York amongst the hundreds of hotels the city has to offer may seem daunting, but it’s not as hard as you may think. From hipster SoHo to Midtown, there are plenty of family-friendly hotels in New York to rest your head while exploring the city that never sleeps. Just be prepared to open up your wallet or shop for discounts. New York is notorious for having expensive rooms, and the larger rooms and suites are no exception. Check out our list to compare perks and family-friendly amenities to get the best bang for your buck and the most comfortable stay for your entire family.

The James

SoHo

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Plenty of space to spread out and play at the James. Photo courtesy of the James Hotel New York.

Artists and art lovers will adore the creative vibe of this SoHo family favorite. The James offers kid-friendly menus, a wide selection of books, classic board games and children’s movies, plus a special milk and cookie turn down service. Cribs and baby bathtubs are also available upon request. Best of all, bikes, bike seats and helmets are available for families who want to explore the city on two wheels. Make sure you contact the hotel to ensure these extra family amenities will be available and reserve any gear you may need ahead of time. With so many families now in the know, these items will book up fast.

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Innside New York NoMad

Chelsea

INNSIDE New York NoMad meeting room

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European hotel chain Melia brings a bit of the Spanish sun from its seaside resorts to Manhattan in its flagship Innside New York NoMad. USB charging ports and a complimentary refreshment center for thirsty tots and grown-ups put guest needs first while resident eatery Impero Caffè by Scott Conant pleases even the pickiest of eaters with “soulful Italian cooking”. Larger rooms at this West 27th St. address include the 590 square foot Family Room with a King bed for parents next door to two Double beds for the kids. Little ones will need no other reminder that they’re in New York, New York when waking up to a floor-to-ceiling view of the iconic Empire State Building.

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INNSIDE New York NoMad family room double beds

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Pod 39

Murray Hill

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The Playroom & Bar where families can go for a round of ping-pong or Battleship. Photos via trivago

The 366 rooms at Pod 39 come in all shapes and sizes, perfect whether you have one or four kids in tow. Take your pick across six categories differing in size (the average is 100 square feet) and bed type, ranging from single to queen. Larger groups and families can adjoin bunk and queen rooms to maximize space. Moreover, all rooms have wall-mounted flat screen televisions, safes, under-the-bed storage drawers and cubbies, desks, tech units for plugging in (you can hook phone to TV to hear Spotify or watch Netflix!), bed-side charging stations, durable Phenolic furniture, free Wi-Fi and self regulating climate control. In the bathrooms, moms and dads will love the en suite smoked glass showers, large mirror walls creating an illusion of extra depth and, soon, their own custom line of bath products.

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Pod 39 is the least bit stuffy and will put even the shiest of kids at ease. You’ll notice art woven throughout the hallways, bursts of color and design beckoning you to wander the halls to see the entire creations. There’s also a fun color twist, with floors alternating between teal, blue and red as the main hue scheme, which you’ll notice on the carpets and comforters in-room. All that is left to decide is: who’s taking top bunk?


Omni Berkshire Place

Midtown East

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Kids will love the Omni Berkshire Place. Photo courtesy of the Omni Berkshire Place.

Families will delight in the residential feel of this hotel that you will quickly call home. The Omni Berkshire Place is close to Fifth Avenue shopping, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Rockefeller Center, Central Park and the theaters of Broadway. Kids will love the Omni Sensational Kids program: upon check-in, your child will receive a backpack filled with fun items including toys, books and games to borrow during their stay, created just for them. Kids can also look forward to milk and cookies on their first night, delivered right to your room.

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Sheraton New York Times Square

Times Square/Midtown

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Cap off your day of exploring Manhattan at the Club Lounge. Photo courtesy of the Sheraton New York Times Square

If you are looking to be in the center of the action in Times Square but don’t want to have to deal with the crowds, lights and noise, look no further than the Sheraton New York Times Square. This hotel is located just a few blocks north of Times Square and it is an easy walk to Central Park, Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Central Park Zoo. Families can buy a daily pass to the Club Lounge to enjoy a continental breakfast, happy hour hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting in the evenings.

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The Parlor Room’s Murphy Bed. Photo courtesy of the Sheraton New York Times Square

Families with active types ought to take out of the Sheraton’s Parlor Rooms which include extra living room space and a fold-up Murphy Bed (perfect for making room for one of the complimentary cribs).

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