Top Places for a Family to Stay in New York
Admit it, New York City can be a little overwhelming to visit with kids. But despite the Big Apple’s tendency to be crowded, loud, and expensive, there are hidden gems throughout the city. The Guardian compiled all the best things to do in New York with your kids , which include checking out the Statue of Liberty through a Staten Island Ferry ride, walking along the High Line, or enjoying fun and games at Bryant Park. Don’t worry about where you’re going to stay. Here are some of the best kid-friendly accommodation options you can book in New York City:
Novotel New York
($109 – $329 a night for a double room, plus a facilities fee of $16 per day)
This particular hotel has all the standard amenities you and your family will need, but the best thing about this location is that kids ages 16 and below can stay free in their parent’s room. They also eat for free, too, at the hotel’s Cafe Nicole. Pets are allowed here, which means you don’t need to leave the dog at home.
The Leon Hotel
($110 – $239 a night for a double room)
If you’re looking for massive rooms, friendly staff, and a kid-friendly neighborhood, The Leon is perfect for you. It’s located in Chinatown, which is great if you want to give your kids a different New York experience. The rooms have high ceilings, well-designed bathrooms, and cushioned window seats.
Le Parker Meridien
($193 – $552 a night for a double room, plus a daily facilities fee of $15 per day)
Your kids will love Le Parker right from the moment they step foot in it. Frommers lists it as one of the best family-friendly hotels in New York. The property has a burger place right in the lobby, they play cartoons in the elevators, and they have spacious rooms and suites with feather-top mattresses. The hotel also features a 17,000-square-foot fitness center that has basketball and racquetball courts, a spa, and a rooftop pool.
($620 – $700 a night for a double room)
For moms and dads who feel like indulging a bit, The Lowell will give you everything you’re looking for in a luxurious hotel—some of their rooms even have a fireplace! Although it’s a luxe hotel, it has the homey feel of a residential dwelling. Most units have either a kitchenette or a full kitchen.
($125-$145 double in Brooklyn, $150-$175 double in Manhattan. Unhosted apartments: $175-$300 for doubles and triples, $350-$700 for rentals that can sleep up to eight.)
If you want to save money without sleeping in a hotel room the size of a closet, you can opt to stay in a NY apartment instead. A lot of families thinking of visiting New York find it difficult to look for an affordable kid-friendly place to stay. Don’t limit yourself to hotels, as vacation apartments combine a good location and a wide array of amenities. Apartments sound a bit pricier than hotels, but with a bit of research, you can actually save more money.
You can choose between hosted or unhosted locations, and companies like City Sonnet will place you in the most exclusive and sought-after areas in the city. They have 2-bedroom vacation apartments that can accommodate you and your kids comfortably, without being too expensive. Just don’t let your kids get too used to living in a fancy New York apartment. Purchasing one is really expensive, as Yoreevo reports that the average price of a New York apartment was $1,120,572 in 2017. Apartments are great for families because you will have more room than most hotels. You won’t, however, get room service or an onsite spa for that valued parent time.
Whichever kind of accommodation you choose for your NY vacation, it all boils down to your budget, where you’re going, and who you’re bringing with you. One thing is for sure though, we know that you will have a good time.