The Most Family-Friendly Hotels to Book in New York City

New York City has many family-friendly attractions and hotels to relax in at the end of the day
New York City has many family-friendly attractions and hotels to relax in at the end of the day | © ben o’bro / Unsplash
Kellie Mortimer

Traveling with children can be challenging, especially in the mega-metropolis that is New York City. However, these hotels in the Big Apple will make your trip easier and more fun with their numerous family-friendly programs and comforts.

1. Freehand New York

Hotel

Side view of a hotel room in Freehand New York with the bed facing a wall-mounted TV and a small window looking out to a building.
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This colorful Flatiron District hotel presents unique room layouts perfect for families. Choose between sets of bunk beds, traditional king or queen beds, or a Three’s Company room with a bunk bed over a queen. Whatever suits your family, each is individually decorated with art from Bard College students and alumni. The hotel also offers several excellent dining options, including a grab-and-go cafe for families on the run.

2. Hotel Beacon

Hotel

Hotel room in Hotel Beacon with double bed facing a TV, and a view of New York through a window at the end of the room.
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The Upper West Side location of the Hotel Beacon is ideal for families. As it’s within walking distance of Central Park, Riverside Park and many exciting museums, there is plenty to keep your family busy. Rooms range from studios to two-bedroom suites, each including a kitchen – a Manhattan rarity – and there are several grocery stores within a few blocks of the hotel.

3. Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC hotel room. Large bed below a wooden headboard, with a window in the back looking out on New York.
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This trendy Meatpacking District hotel may not be the first to come to mind when traveling with kids, yet the numerous amenities and its central location make it one of the most family-friendly hotels in the city. Complimentary cribs, strollers, bottle warmers, infant bathtubs and more are available, and the hotel can add sofa beds to any room free of charge for children under 13. The year-round heated pool is a favorite among families, as well as the nearby High Line, playgrounds and bike paths.

4. Lotte New York Palace

Luxury

Doorway in a light, carpeted hotel room of Lotte New York Palace leading to a double bed and two night stands.
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Children receive special treatment at the Lotte New York Palace. It often features family-oriented packages – past offerings included the American Girl Package and the Pinstripe, with New York Yankees tickets and pre-game snacks – and has add-ons such as a children’s cookie plate. The hotel even has teddy bears and child-size bathrobes for a memorable visit to the Big Apple.

5. Kimpton Muse Hotel

Hotel

Kimpton Muse Hotel room with a dark patterned carpet, a bed facing two armchairs and some modern wall art next to it.
Courtesy of Kimpton Muse Hotel / Expedia

Families will love this Theater District hotel. From the welcome toy children receive at check-in to the hula hoops in the gym, the Muse keeps the little ones active and entertained. It also offers accredited babysitters for an adult’s night out and will stock your room with anything you might have forgotten on your way out the door, from school supplies to toothpaste, with its signature Forget It? We Got It! program.

6. NU Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Hotel room in NU Hotel with a wooden floor, a large mural above the bed - which is facing a wall-mounted TV - and an armchair.
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For families wanting to explore Brooklyn, the NU Hotel is the perfect hub. It has practical conveniences such as toddler step stools and high chairs, along with more fun amenities such as a Brooklyn-themed coloring book, loaner bikes and free breakfast to make your stay more enjoyable. For extra ease, book the Bunk-Bed Suite with a queen bed, a set of twin bunk beds and even a blackboard in the bathroom.

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