These are 18 of the best hotels for families in New York City

Aug 4, 2022

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It may be the city that never sleeps, but if your family visits New York City, they still need a place to lay their heads.

While it’s no Orlando, NYC is still a must-visit destination for many families. This is especially true for those who love theater and live entertainment, seek out great food and enjoy world-class museums, plus anyone keen on experiencing all the magic of the winter holidays.

But NYC is also a city where it can be tough to find the right hotel for three, four or five people. The rooms are usually small, nightly rates are high and amenities are often lacking given the price.

I’ve stayed in dozens of Big Apple hotels over the years — many with kids — for both work and personal trips, and I’ve found that some properties are simply not ideal for families. That said, the city does offer several solid options for families across price points and locations.

Whether you’re looking to use points to cover your stay or treat yourself to a budget-busting option, NYC has you covered. Here are some of New York City’s best hotels for families.

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Park Hyatt New York

Let’s start at the high end with the Park Hyatt New York, which sits on West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. It occupies the first 25 floors of a skyscraper that’s within walking distance of Central Park, Times Square and more.

In addition to the location, which provides easy access to the paths and playgrounds of Central Park, what makes this hotel terrific for families is that it offers rooms that are above average in size for the city. Standard rooms at the Park Hyatt New York start at 500 square feet, with many offering even more space than that.

Additionally, the hotel has a legitimately fabulous indoor swimming pool that is not only stunning but a true rarity in the city. It’s been the perfect break from fast-paced city exploring for my kids on more than one occasion.

Park Hyatt New York. (Photo by Jonno Rattman for The Points Guy)

One challenge to booking a stay here is that while there are standard rooms that sleep four with two double beds, there are not a ton of them, so if you are looking for that arrangement, you may need to plan in advance and reserve as early as you can.

If you are lucky enough to have Hyatt Globalist status, you can take your breakfast benefit in the room, which is the included cherry on top. While there’s no guarantee this perk will always be available, the hotel also occasionally has kid-friendly tents available to set up in the room for fun slumber parties.

To book a stay here, expect cash rates to start around $1,000 per night. You can also book a room with 35,000 to 45,000 World of Hyatt points per night, which is usually the best approach to take.

If this hotel sounds like the right fit for you and your kiddos, here’s how you can start racking up World of Hyatt points to prepare for a big (and budget-friendly) trip to NYC.

Related: Book this, skip that — NYC hotels edition

AC Hotel Times Square

Don’t worry, it’s not just $1,000-per-night hotels on this list.

If what you want is a simple, clean place to stay where standard rooms with two beds are available, then the AC Hotel Times Square may be a better option for your family. It offers a bright, airy and minimalistic approach to travel that actually translates pretty well for families — especially those with school-aged kids and up.

This points-friendly option puts you close to all that Times Square has to offer at a moderate (for NYC) price.

(Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

The AC Times Square is mostly just a place to sleep, but it is still a hotel that my family has enjoyed. Additionally, there is a lovely rooftop lounge, should you want to grab an evening cocktail without having to leave the building.

Cash rates here start around $200 per night, while Marriott Bonvoy awards start at 43,000 points per night on select dates. That puts the property in the range of using a 50,000-point certificate, which you can get each year if you sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card.

Hyatt Centric Midtown 5th Avenue New York

If your family wants to be close to Bryant Park, the New York Public Library and the Empire State Building, Hyatt Centric Midtown 5th Avenue New York is a solid option for your consideration list.

It’s both centrally located and moderately priced, but its most important attribute as far as family travel is concerned is that standard rooms go beyond offering two beds. Rather than the usual double bed setup, you’ll find two queen beds.

It’s very rare to find larger beds in a standard two-bed accommodation in Manhattan, so if two doubles just won’t cut it for your group, keep this property in mind.

While you’ll find low cash rates starting around $200 per night here, if you’re eager to pay with points, you’re in luck: Points prices range from 21,000 to 29,000 World of Hyatt points per night, with most nights coming in at 25,000 points.

Related: These are the best NYC holiday activities for kids

Motto by Hilton New York City Chelsea

The Motto by Hilton New York City Chelsea is another great option for families. Hilton‘s Embassy Suites collection may be the company’s most family-friendly brand, but with its Motto group of properties, it’s trying something new: a series of connecting rooms that can help you scale up depending on the size of your group.

(Photo by Scott Mayerowitz/The Points Guy)

This New York hotel offers one-bedroom options with a king-size bed in the main sleeping area and a living room with a pull-down Murphy bed. Those connect to an additional room with a king-size bed and a twin bunk bed above it. There is also a room that has four bunk beds in it.

The key here is flexibility. Although the rooms are small, they give everybody their own private space. Get a room on a high floor and you may even luck out with another perk: spectacular views of the city.

(Photo by Scott Mayerowitz/The Points Guy)

Prices at this Motto property start at $200 per night. You can also book an award stay here starting around 70,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Related: 16 ways to earn more Hilton points 

Conrad New York Midtown

While still on the expensive side of things, this may be one of my favorite options on the list because it manages to balance price, size and location.

Most (though not all) rooms at the Conrad New York Midtown are actually true suites with real doors between the living room and bedroom. This makes for a very handy way to sleep more members of the family in relative privacy.

For example, this is our go-to spot when traveling to the city with grandma, as she gets the (quite decent) pullout sofa in the living room while the kids and I crash in the king-size bed.

If you have at least Hilton Honors Gold status (which you can attain simply by having the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card), you’ll be able to take advantage of a food and beverage credit here — though at NYC prices, it admittedly doesn’t go super far.

However, if you find dates that are decent on cash rates, you can book via the American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts program and not only get free daily breakfast for two (that is a credit, so it may feed more than two), but also a $100 property credit you can also use for food and beverages. You also get a guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout.

That’s what I did earlier this year to use up the $200 hotel credit on The Platinum Card® from American Express. I loved that I could choose a room that could house all three generations. The free breakfast in the room wasn’t bad, either.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Considering the amount of space you get here, cash rates are reasonable for NYC at around $500 per night for an entry-level room. Meanwhile, award rates start at 95,000 Hilton Honors points, though be aware that at present, the award rate only goes up to a junior suite and not a true suite.

If you’re looking for an even better points deal, check out the Conrad New York Midtown’s sister property, the Conrad Downtown. Its all-suite accommodations are usually priced below the Midtown location, costing just 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Central Park

Full disclosure: This is not on my list of personal favorite spots in NYC. However, enough friends have had good experiences here that I’m including it.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

The Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Central Park is located just a few blocks south of Central Park. This hotel is in a building that describes itself as the tallest hotel building in NYC, and thanks to some floor-to-ceiling windows, it does offer some nice views. It also provides free breakfast to all guests.

While it advertises itself as an all-suites property, don’t go in expecting that to translate to having a lot of square footage or traditional suite features. In fact, I found the rooms to be a bit lacking in space.

The hotel does offer family rooms with both a double and twin bed, as well as rooms with two double beds. However, most standard rooms only have king-size beds, so you may need to spend more to get additional beds.

Should you decide to book a stay here, expect to spend between $200 and $400 per night when paying with cash. Award nights for standard rooms usually cost anywhere from 46,000 to 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

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TRYP by Wyndham New York City Times Square/Midtown

If you want an economical way to sleep a bunch of people in NYC without occupying multiple rooms, this is the property to choose.

(Photo by Jill Krause for The Points Guy)

TRYP by Wyndham New York City Times Square/Midtown offers family and premium family suites that can accommodate up to eight people in one space for rates that are typically quite competitive.

In these family-friendly accommodations, you’ll find two queen-size beds, plus one sofa bed and bunk beds.

(Photo by Jill Krause for The Points Guy)

Because the hotel is a little south of Times Square, it isn’t too hectic of an area, but you can easily stroll to Broadway shows and other parts of the city when you’re ready to get out and explore.

While not the fanciest place on the list, it is the spot to stay when you have a bunch of folks to sleep in one room. We used this for a slumber party with cousins and grandparents once, and the kids had a blast.

Cash rates at this Wyndham-affiliated hotel often start around $300. While you cannot redeem points for this specific room, you can redeem Wyndham Rewards points for a Go Fast award, which you can use for your stay to help bring the cash cost down.

The St. Regis New York

This one is bougie, but if you have the points (or cash) to burn and want a taste of old-school glamour in NYC, then The St. Regis New York will be a real treat for your family.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Here, you get your own butler and other luxuries that make the stay nice for you — and therefore your entire family.

From the butler who can handle most of your travel needs (when they’re not bringing you a free daily cup of tea or coffee), a house car to drive you within a certain radius for free and the doormen who can assist with getting you a cab and managing your luggage (among other requests), you’ll instantly feel at ease and pampered when you stay here.

If you are lucky enough to have Marriott Platinum Elite status, you’ll enjoy an additional perk I highly recommend: free daily breakfast either in the on-site restaurant or via room service.

This is not where you go for the most modern decor or technology, but if you want to be right off Fifth Avenue and experience classic New York (complete with white glove service), then this is your spot — especially around the holidays.

One potential drawback to keep in mind is that the base-level rooms mostly have king-size beds. If you want one of the harder-to-get standard rooms with two double beds, you’ll need to specifically request one, which may add a bit to the price.

For a stay at this St. Regis outpost, plan on paying at least $1,000, or 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, per night.

TWA Hotel

This may seem like another surprise addition to the list of best NYC hotels for families — and, to be clear, it isn’t where I would stay for most of a family trip to the Big Apple. However, if you’re beginning or ending your time in the area at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), this could be a fun option. If you happen to be raising a budding aviation enthusiast, it’s a no-brainer stop.

The TWA Hotel at JFK is a flashback to the 1960s’ “Golden Age of Travel.” In addition to featuring a pool made for planespotting, it offers an on-site roller or ice skating rink (depending on the season) and even a 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” airplane that has been converted to a cocktail lounge.

(Photo by Brendan Dorsey/The Points Guy)

Everything costs extra here — including use of the pool most of the day — but rooms do have the option of two queen-size beds, which isn’t always the norm in NYC, so that’s a plus.

To soften the blow of those extra nickels and dimes spent on the property’s quirky, entertaining activities, skip spending an extended period of time here and instead opt for a one-night stay.

 

Rooms at the TWA Hotel usually start around $300 per night. Remember, though, that that rate does not include any of the special amenities and activities offered on-site, so budget accordingly.

Hard Rock Hotel New York

The new Hard Rock Hotel outpost in Times Square has “teen scene” written all over it, offering a sleek design and tech mixed with quirky pop references and memorabilia. (Do teens care about Slick Rick’s high tops? Maybe not, but Beyonce and Jay Z’s performance outfits certainly translate.)

TPG’s Melissa Klurman recently visited with her high schooler, and the little things in the surprisingly spacious room could have kept them there all day. This included the gold booth that subs for a desk and the flat-screen TV with music playlists and quick-connecting Chromecast.

Bed linens subtly imbued with guitar designs also impressed, as did the “dirty deeds” laundry bags and other music nods — but the floor-to-ceiling portrait of Lady Gaga on the bathroom’s glass door pretty much eclipsed everything else.

The first-floor shop that’s equal parts Hard Rock bling and coffee bar is also a teen pleaser, with plenty of treats for both shopaholics and sweets fanatics. (Melissa and her son walked out with macarons and iced coffee, though they were tempted to also grab the gold pleather jacket hanging on the wall.)

All-day dining at Sessions, one of several on-site restaurants, left something to be desired due to the high prices and limited selection of casual bites. However, spotting table after table occupied by parents with phone-focused big kids confirmed what they had been thinking from the start: that this hotel is a “teenage dream.”

Standard rooms at New York’s Hard Rock property often start at $300 per night, though you may see prices hover around $500 a night during select dates.

Margaritaville Resort Times Square

Another property on this list that may or may not be right for your family, depending on your taste and preferences, is the Margaritaville Resort Times Square.

If you don’t mind a hotel that goes all-in on a theme, chances are you’ll find this one-of-a-kind place to be worth hanging your hat. After all, where else can you stay in NYC that doesn’t take itself too seriously?

 

With a bar called It’s 5 o’clock somewhere — and a laid-back attitude to match, especially around the outdoor pool — the property is a good fit for teens and older kids, though it can get a little lively at times in the public areas.

There are room options with two double beds, but know that these rooms are on the smaller side at roughly 250 square feet. Still, the decor is eye-catching, featuring bold hues inspired by the beach and unexpected details like whale tail-shaped faucet handles in the bathrooms.

A stay at this new Margaritaville property will set you back between $200 and $400 per night.

Hotel 50 Bowery

You’ll see that lots of hotels on this list are located in the Midtown or Times Square areas of Manhattan.

Those neighborhoods have their advantages, including proximity to some popular attractions and destinations, but there’s something to be said for staying in a neighborhood with a lot more character and charm. Enter: Hotel 50 Bowery in Chinatown.

If you are OK with being a little farther away from tourist staples like Central Park, Times Square and Broadway, you’ll find that the hotel has a lot going for it that your family will appreciate.

 

Take the indoor and outdoor informal hangout space, where you can enjoy your food delivery or milkshakes from Milk Bar (which is only about a 7-minute walk away). You’ll discover plenty of terrific (and affordable) food options within a few blocks of the property, too, so you can nosh on everything from authentic Asian fare to tasty Italian dishes.

Another reason I love Hotel 50 Bowery for some of our family visits to NYC is that its standard rooms are more budget-friendly than those found in other parts of the city. Plus, the property offers one of the more affordable (and spacious) suites I’ve been able to stay in while visiting the area: the Bowery Suite.

While you’ll need to drop a decent amount of cash to stay in it (you can sometimes book it for between $500 and $600 per night), it’s not quite as painful on the wallet as other suites in the city, which often surpass $1,000 a night.

 

For a standard room, prices are lower, starting around $200 per night. If you have World of Hyatt points to use, you can cash them in here, as award stays are available for 20,000 points per night.

Related: Everything to know about the World of Hyatt Credit Card

Hyatt Union Square New York

If you want to be close to some more authentic neighborhoods and be near a serious transportation hub with subway lines going every which way, Hyatt Union Square New York is a great pick.

While this is very much a chain hotel (so you can earn and redeem points and take advantage of elite status perks), it has its own vibe that is equal parts fresh, dark, moody and industrial. Like a few other properties on the list, the hotel is one that families with older kids will likely enjoy more than those with younger travelers.

(Photo by Lisa Weatherbee/The Points Guy)

From the hotel, you can quickly reach the East Village, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chelsea and more via a short stroll. It’s also a great property to choose if you are spending time at New York University, which is just a few blocks south. In fact, it’s the hotel that makes me feel the most like I’m still living in NYC.

You can book rooms that are around 300 square feet and come with two queen-size beds, but do know that these are not standard rooms. This means you can’t usually redeem Hyatt points to book them; they will cost a bit more than the entry-level rooms and on many dates start around $500 per night.

(Photo by Lisa Weatherbee/The Points Guy)

Options for families of 5

Unfortunately, standard rooms for families with five (or more) people are extremely rare to find in NYC. If you are willing to stay a little outside of Manhattan (more on that below), your options increase a bit, but in the city center itself, you may be looking at suites, connecting rooms and family rooms.

Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South

Here’s a true NYC unicorn: a hotel available on a standard points rate that sleeps five people.

The Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South on 36th Street has rooms with two queen-size beds plus a sofa bed. Additionally, this hotel’s branding as a Hyatt Place means room rates cover daily breakfast, as long as you book directly with Hyatt.

Expect to use between 17,000 and 23,000 World of Hyatt points per night for award stays or $200 — $400 if paying with cash.

Related: These are the best free hotel breakfasts

New York Marriott Marquis

The New York Marriott Marquis, a mega-hotel in Times Square, offers what it calls Family Connector Rooms that have a room with one king-size bed and another with two doubles and a pullout sofa. This room configuration sleeps up to seven, but it isn’t available on points and costs more than a standard room, often starting around $700 per night, so budget accordingly.

(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East

A fairly reasonably priced option that can sleep five is found at the Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East. Although it’s not the fanciest option out there, it is close to a subway stop, making it a great option for venturing out and exploring.

The junior queen suite is the accommodation to book, as it has two queen-size beds and a sofa bed. Prices for that room type often start around $500.

Related: Tips for booking hotels for large families 

Jersey City options

You are correct that Jersey City is not, in fact, in New York City. However, if you’ve gotten this far on the list and haven’t found what you need, heading across the Hudson River into New Jersey may be the way to go.

If you don’t need to be within walking distance of NYC’s top attractions, you’ll find more square footage for a smaller cost per night in New York’s neighboring state. Additionally, it can actually be easier to get to some parts of the city from here, though that depends on where you’re going.

(Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

In Jersey City, you could stay at the Hyatt House Jersey City or the adjacent Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson. The Hyatt House is the newer of the two, while the Hyatt Regency is a more full-service property.

When you’re ready to venture downtown, all you have to do is hop on the NY Waterway ferry or the Port Authority’s PATH train. As an added bonus, you’ll get some pretty epic views of NYC as you make your way into the city.

Both the Hyatt House and Hyatt Regency can be booked with a Category 1-4 certificate awarded to World of Hyatt Credit Card cardholders, unlike the Hyatt properties in Manhattan. Prices here can dip below $200 per night, but are often between $200-$400.

Bottom line

From high-end hotels to budget-friendly properties, you’ve got lots of options to choose from in NYC. While some hotels are better suited for families than others, you can’t go wrong with any of the above accommodations.

Now that you know which places have rooms for five or six people and which ones come with lavish extras like a butler or a pool, you’re armed with a TPG-tested list of hotels ideal for a family trip to the Big Apple. All that’s left to figure out is which one you’ll pick.

Featured image by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.

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