Author: Laura Allen
Tags : Family-Friendly Hotels, New York, North America, USA
See what the professional hotel reviewers at Oyster.com pick for their top family hotel choices in New York, New York.
New York may be full of parks, ice cream, and toy stores, but rooms are often tiny, pools are scarce, and finding a great hotel for the family can be tricky. That's why we compiled a list of the best hotels for families in the city.
Located in the quiet and safe Upper West Side, a short walk from the Natural History Museum and Central Park, the Hotel Beacon is very popular among families. About half of the hotel's rooms are dedicated to one- and two-bedroom suites that can comfortably sleep a family of six. Even the standard rooms at the Beacon can easily accommodate cribs and rollaway beds (for an extra $20 a night). All rooms have well-equipped kitchenettes, and the hotel's 24-hour coin-operated laundry room is especially handy for those traveling with spill-prone toddlers. Read more about this hotel.
Families love the Affinia Fifty, given its safe, convenient location in Midtown East, its large rooms (most of which sleep at least four people with sofa beds and can attach to other rooms), and its laid-back lounge with plenty of board games. Affinia also runs a popular "Jet-Set Kids" promotion, where young guests receive a New York City guidebook for kids, plus NYC stickers, a scrapbook, and even a digital camera.
The apartment-style accommodations at the Buckingham include a full kitchen with a stovetop, a minifridge, and a microwave. There's also plenty of space to breathe. Rooms start at 400 square feet (about twice the size of a standard room at most NYC hotels) and the one-bedroom suite is twice that size, with a separate living area that can accommodate little ones on a pullout couch. The Central Park ice-skating rink and petting zoo are both just a short walk away.
Loews will make your kids feel like VIPs. Age-appropriate welcome gifts -- from Etch-a-Sketches to iTunes gift cards -- and in the spring, kids often get backpacks and jump ropes to use at nearby Central Park. Free milk and cookies await in rooms. The Library restaurant in the lounge has a kids' menu, and every other Sundays the supper club, Feinstein's, puts on a sophisticated magic show.
Though most guests are business travelers, children are definitely welcome at the Omni Berkshire. At check-in, all kids under age 12 get a suitcase filled with games, puzzles, and coloring books, plus a kids cup with unlimited refills anywhere in the hotel. Housekeeping's standard turndown service includes milk and cookies. There's a kids' room service menu for the Fireside restaurant that includes, among other items, ants on a log, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and grilled cheese (no crust!). Rollaway beds or a folding cot are available for $30/night and cribs are free.
At the Kimberly, all guest rooms are large, multibedroom suites. The one- and two-bedroom suites are a good choice, as they come with kitchenettes and an additional queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Cribs are free and rollaway beds are $30 per night. The Midtown East location is near the American Girl Store and FAO Schwarz.
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