10 Best Family Hotels in New York City: Where to Stay with Kids

Stay in the center of the action or live like a local at these family-friendly New York City hotels.
New York's Upper East Side
New York's Upper East Side (Photo: Sonesta)

When it comes to family vacation spots, New York City is at the top of the list. From Times Square and the Empire State Building to Broadway and the Central Park Zoo, the Big Apple is a wonderland for visitors of all ages. And while New York may be the City That Never Sleeps, the hotel where you choose to stay the night is among the most important decisions you can make on your NYC vacation. Fortunately, in a city that’s so big, so busy, and so packed with tourist attractions, there’s no shortage of great family hotels in New York City to choose from.

As a seasoned family traveler and longtime New York resident who’s visited all of the best family hotels in NYC, I can tell you that location matters—a lot. It will impact almost every aspect of your visit. From the hectic heart of Midtown to residential Washington Heights, here are my picks for the top family hotels in every New York neighborhood, giving you the option to stay in the center of the action or to live more like a local, whichever your family prefers.

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1. The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites

215 East 64th Street, Upper East Side, New York

Sonesta NYC
This family-friendly hotel is located in one of Manhattan’s most exclusive residential neighborhoods (Photo: Sonesta)

The Upper East Side is one of Manhattan’s most exclusive residential neighborhoods, and when you stay at The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites you can live like a local family at one of the best family hotels in New York City. Located on a tree-lined street, the hotel’s apartment-style suites have full kitchens, a separate bedroom, and a sleeper sofa in the living room. Pack-and-play cribs are available, as is additional baby gear such as strollers, bottle sterilizers, and sound machines.

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What’s nearby: The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites is a short walk to the Central Park Zoo and the cultural riches NYC’s Museum Mile, a 22-block stretch on 5th Avenue that’s home to some of the city’s most popular museums.

2. Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan

320 West 36th Street, Hudson Yards, New York

Crowne Plaza NYC
Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan is a sleek family hotel with spacious rooms (Photo: IHG Hotels & Resorts)

Hudson Yards is Manhattan’s newest neighborhood. Nestled in among shiny skyscrapers, Crowne Plaza HY36 is a sleek New York family hotel with spacious rooms that come with a separate bedroom, a living room with a pull-out couch, and a mini fridge. If you’re traveling with a baby or toddler, ask for a crib or bassinet, which are available upon request. When hunger strikes, adjoining restaurant Burgerology answers the call with over-the-top milkshakes, burgers, and tacos, plus a dedicated kid’s menu.

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What’s nearby: Among the most family-friendly hotels in NYC, Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan is a stone’s throw from Edge, the highest sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. It’s also an easy walk to the Circle Line sightseeing boat. 

3. Radio Hotel

2420 Amsterdam Avenue, Washington Heights, New York

Radio Hotel's bunk room (Photo: Radio Hotel)
Radio Hotel’s bunk beds are just right for kids (Photo: Radio Hotel)

If you’re willing to stray a little from the tourist path for one of the best family hotels in New York City, the fabulous Radio Hotel will be your reward. Located in Upper Manhattan’s residential Washington Heights neighborhood, this boutique NYC hotel reflects the neighborhood’s Dominican heritage with brightly colored masks, fun feather accents, and vibrant murals.

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Guest rooms with bunk beds are just right for kids. When you’re ready to sightsee, the A train can bring you to Midtown in approximately 20 minutes. And the onsite restaurant, Jalao NYC, is a second location of the popular Santo Domingo restaurant of the same name, with great food, entertainment, and the all-important high chair for little ones.

What’s nearby: Radio Hotel is not far from the colorful unicorn tapestries that decorated the walls of the Met Cloisters. Of note to baseball fans, this hotel is about a mile from Yankee Stadium.

4. Park Hyatt New York

153 West 57th Street, Midtown, New York

Park Hyatt
Connecting rooms provide space for families to spread out (Photo: Hyatt)

A luxury hotel in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Park Hyatt‘s family-friendly rooms and suites have natural stone flooring and soaking tubs made of marble. Some also have views of Central Park. Connecting rooms provide space for families to spread out. Kids can enjoy mini-bathrobes, slippers, and bath toys, plus an in-room teepee for an extra charge. Cribs are complimentary. 

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What’s nearby: Centrally located, Park Hyatt is just two blocks from NYC’s Central Park and across the street from Carnegie Hall

5. Aloft Harlem

2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Harlem, New York

The Apollo near Aloft Harlem (Photo: NYC GO)
Aloft Harlem is located near landmarks like The Apollo Theater (Photo: NYC GO)

Located in the heart of Harlem, Aloft Harlem is one of the best hotels for families who want to explore a dynamic Manhattan neighborhood that has long been the center of NYC’s Black community. Rooms present clean lines and high-tech amenities. Public spaces are inviting and include a 24-hour grab-and-go cafe. Hop on the 2 or 3 subway line and you’ll be in Times Square in 20 minutes. 

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What’s nearby: From this family-friendly New York hotel it’s an easy stroll to the historic Apollo Theater, with its famous Amateur Night that has launched the careers of artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Machine Gun Kelly. 

6. The Rockaway Hotel

108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive, Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York

The Rockaway Hotel (Photo: Kyle Knodell)
A swimming pool and rooftop deck are among the perks at The Rockaway Hotel (Photo: Kyle Knodell)

When the weather gets hot, New Yorkers flock to Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk in Queens to jump the Atlantic waves—and the family-friendly Rockaway Hotel is steps from the sand. A popular staycation hotel choice for local families as well as one of the best family hotels in New York City for visitors, The Rockaway Hotel rocks a coastal vibe with blond wood furnishings and pops of sea blue and sunny yellow. A swimming pool, rooftop deck, board games, and seasonal programming for kids enrich the experience. 

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What’s nearby: Manhattan’s urban charms are accessible in an hour via subway or scenic ferry, so you can enjoy a late afternoon ocean swim after a day of sightseeing. Borrow the hotel’s beach cruisers to pedal Rockaway’s wooden boardwalk. 

7. The Chatwal New York City

130 West 44 Street, Theater District, New York

The Chatwal
The Chatwal puts you right in the heart of Broadway’s Theater District (Photo: Hyatt)

Located in a landmark building built in 1905, The Chatwal puts you right in the heart of Broadway’s Theater District. It’s a swanky (but very kid-friendly) family hotel with butler service and a concierge. Each of its 76 rooms and suites are suitable for children, with in-room amenities such as a record player with classic Broadway albums and a puppet theatre that allows kids to unleash their dramatic flair. The hotel partners with premium stroller brand Uppababy, offering tiny guests a quality stroller for cruising around the city.  

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What’s nearby: What isn’t nearby? It’s one of the top family hotels in New York City if you’ve got tickets to a Broadway show, want to explore Times Square, or simply catch a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus.

8. Hotel Beacon

2130 Broadway, Upper West Side, New York

Hotel Beacon on New York's Upper West Side (Photo: Hotel Beacon)
Hotel Beacon has multi-bedroom suites with kitchenettes that feel homey (Photo: Hotel Beacon)

Located in New York’s Upper West Side and sandwiched between Central Park and Riverside Park, Hotel Beacon has multi-bedroom suites with kitchenettes that feel homey. It’s perfectly situated for a kid-friendly family vacation with plenty of walkable attractions just outside the door.

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What’s nearby: It’s a quick walk to the American Museum of Natural History and other cultural attractions from Hotel Beacon. For an authentic taste of NYC fast food, go three blocks south to no-frills Gray’s Papaya and order the “Recession Special,” two snappy hot dogs served with tropical fruit juice. 

9. InterContinental New York Times Square

300 West 44 Street, Times Square, New York

Window view at InterContinental Times Square New York (Phoro: IHG Hotels)
InterContinental Times Square New York offers a window into one of New York’s most famous landmarks (Photo: IHG Hotels)

In the heart of Times Square, the InterContinental New York Times Square wows guests of all ages with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the cityscape. Suites have pull out sofas; rollaway beds are available upon request. The helpful concierge can recommend kid-friendly attractions in the area and beyond, and a large fitness center makes it possible for parents to stick to an exercise routine. 

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What’s nearby: When you’re staying in Times Square, everything’s nearby. Notably, however, this kid-friendly NYC hotel offers a package that includes admission to the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds just a few blocks away.

10. The Hoxton Williamsburg

97 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

The Hoxton Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York (Photo: The Hoxton)
The Hoxton Williamsburg is located in one of Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhoods (Photo: The Hoxton)

A boutique hotel in a transformed factory in Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhoods, The Hoxton‘s industrial-chic aesthetic might not seem kid-friendly at first glance. But this family-friendly NYC hotel fully embraces tiny travelers with its Tiny Hox program, providing essentials to make an overnight stay with kids a breeze. Perks include cribs with an organic mattress, bottle-warmers, diaper wipes, and a tote bag filled with coloring books. 

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What’s nearby: Let the kids run around the playground at Brooklyn’s Domino Park. If you’re traveling with a fashion-forward tween or teen, hit the vintage clothing stores. And you can all ride the subway or ferry to Manhattan in a jiffy. 

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Allison Tibaldi
Allison Tibaldi has written for publications including CNN, Business Insider, FamilyVacationist, HGTV, USA TODAY, and Travel Weekly. As a former early childhood educator, she is interested in the way kids experience the world, and thinks that travel is the best education for young minds. Tibaldi is based in New York City.