Family-Friendly Hotels in New York City

Sandy Mitchell
times square at night

When looking for a New York City hotel, there are four main concerns a family should keep in mind. First, a great location is a must. Children grow tired quickly if they have to walk up and down stairs to the subway in order to reach a hotel that is far away. Therefore, families should be sure to pick hotels that are centrally located to Times Square, a Mecca for children's activities.

Second, a truly family-friendly hotel will offer babysitting for a reasonable charge. After all, parents will want to do some of their own exploration when the sun sets.

Third, New York City can be expensive. Parking, dining, and activities can take up a large portion of your travel expenses. Finding an affordable hotel is important.

Finally, the hotel must offer rooms that offer the latest in child proofing techniques. If the hotel goes to the trouble of making sure children's safety comes first, it is proof that the hotel truly cares about children.

The Belvedere

The Belvedere offers kitchenettes in every room. This feature can be quite important for parents looking to save a little money. Older children will appreciate the in-room Nintendos and parents will be happy with the inexpensive price tag. At under $300 a night, this centrally located hotel is an excellent choice.

The Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square

The Doubletree Guest Suites in Times Square is a prime New York City hotel choice for families. The hotel offers spacious suites that contain separate living and sleeping quarters. Children will enjoy the chocolate chip cookie they receive at check-in, while the parents will appreciate the privacy offered by the separate bedrooms and living rooms. Look for Doubletree Guest Suites' special Build-A-Bear Overnight. Little boys and girls will love the special case packed with items that make their vacation truly unforgettable. Prices for this popular package start at $269 per night.

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons is most child-friendly New York City hotel available. At close to $700 a night, however, The Four Seasons is a luxury that few families can afford.

Though the price is high, The Four Seasons treats children like royalty and children under the age of eighteen stay free. Special offerings of child-sized bathrobes, children's toiletries, a wide array of toys, coloring books, and games are meant to please children of all ages. Children will find the hotel is happy to fulfill any request. The concierge booth is filled with tourism information and it excels at matching children's likes with local activities.

Novotel New York

With its popular children's corner, Novotel New York is a leader in family-friendly hotels. Parents on a budget will appreciate that children under the age of sixteen stay and eat at Novotel for free. At $200 per night, Novotel New York is an excellent choice.

The Ritz Carlton Central Park

Another of the pricier New York City hotels, Ritz Carlton is a winner with children. The staff excels at answering children's questions. The milk and cookie bedtime service wins children over. At almost $800 a night, this hotel will not fit all family budgets. Nonetheless, families able to afford the pampering will love it!

The Skyline Hotel

The Skyline Hotel is two blocks away from the sights and sounds of Times Square. At a little over $200 a night and with a parking rate of $10 per night, this Hell's Kitchen hotel is the most affordable hotel in Manhattan. Centrally located, it is only a five-minute walk from The Skyline Hotel to Times Square and to Broadway. The multi-level Toys R Us, which is every child's dream, is a short walk from the hotel.

The Skyline Hotel's penthouse and inground swimming pool make this hotel a family favorite. Customer service is impeccable. Rooms are spacious and clean. Nintendo is available in all rooms, making it a perfect choice for families with older children. The friendly concierge also is more than willing to help families make the most of their vacation.

Family-Friendly Hotels in New York City