Traveling with children? Finding a New York hotel with amenities such as roomy suites, lending libraries of games and books, and swimming pool access can make your visit even better. Here’s a sampling of family-friendly accommodations in Manhattan to help you choose.
The Upper West Side’s Hotel Beacon can give your crew room to spread out, with suites that sleep up to six. Whip up breakfast for the early birds in the in-room kitchenette, then set out for a day of sightseeing. Walk to Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History, or Hayden Planetarium in about 15 minutes, or hop on the subway three blocks away for destinations farther afield. When it’s time to call it a night, supermarkets and family-friendly restaurants are conveniently located within steps of the hotel.
At the all-suite Affinia Dumont NYC, another spacious New York hotel, you can settle in with grocery delivery, cribs, strollers, and high chairs. Treat the youngsters to a goody bag, and a colorable pillow, a gummy bear nightlight, and temporary tattoos will await them at check-in. From your room, peep the skyline through telescopes available at the front desk, then compare the views to those from atop the Empire State Building (which is just a short walk away). In warmer months, complimentary bicycles provide yet another way to see the city.
Loews Regency Hotel
From cribs and coloring books to handheld video game systems and free Wi-Fi, the family-friendly amenities at Loews Regency have kids from infants to teens covered—and you will appreciate the childproofing kits, multiple nearby train lines, and proximity to Midtown attractions. After walking the kids over to the Central Park Zoo or inspiring their creative side at the Museum of Modern Art, arrange for a babysitter through the hotel and enjoy a romantic evening out on the town.
If you prefer a downtown location, the family suite at the James, on the edge of Soho, could fit the bill. Complimentary welcome activity packs, milk-and-cookies turndown service, and games are among the hotel’s kid-centric offerings. In summer, escape the street-level hustle and bustle and cool off in the rooftop plunge pool (which is most family-friendly on weekdays). Looking for room to run? Borrow a jogging stroller and head over to Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, home to a 25,000-square-foot enclosed play area.
The Millennium Hilton
Not every New York hotel can boast an indoor pool, but if that’s a must-have for your family, the Millennium Hilton might be the perfect fit. While the kids splash around, soak in the downtown vista through the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, and map out Lower Manhattan’s must-see landmarks and historic streets. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, South Street Seaport, and the ferry to the Statue of Liberty are each within a 15-minute walk. A plethora of subway options makes exploring the rest of the city a breeze.