Q: Hi Playground! I’m thinking of surprising my family with a trip to New York City this summer to see a Yankees game. I would love suggestions on affordable hotels in NYC that would fit a family of four. The few times we have gone we have stayed in New Jersey. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks! ~ KJK
A: Hi KJK! What a great idea for a trip! I always think New York City is a great family destination, but I know hotels can sometimes seem prohibitively priced. Luckily, however, there are a few hotels I know of that offer either more space, a few extra perks, or just a great price, for families.
Here are a few fun family budget hotels in New York City I recommend to friends and family:
The Roger Smith: This is near Grand Central, which would make it easy for you to take the subway or train, and is a converted apartment building with plenty of space to stretch out. I stayed here with friends in a two-bedroom, one-bathroom suit with a kitchen and living room that felt like a shabby-chic apartment (albeit with a definite 80s aesthetic) and cost us less than a single hotel room in a fancier midtown hotel. I thought it was very comfortable, and as an odd added perk, there’s free granola and yogurt available in the lobby for breakfast.
Hotel Belleclaire: Located on the Upper West Side in the 80s, near Central Park, this older hotel offers a quieter location and bigger rooms than midtown. There are multi-room family suites, and fun family perks such as a complimentary arcade games. Plus you’re close to The Museum of Natural History, The Children’s Museum, and Zabars for snacks and treats.
Residence Inn Marriott Midtown East: I’ve visited this hotel, and I found it to be an especially nice Residence Inn; there’s free breakfast, large rooms and suites with kitchenettes, and a super-convenient location near Grand Central but walking distance to Times Square.
The Library Hotel Group: A fun and quirky group of boutique hotels that all offer free breakfast in the morning, free snacks in the afternoon, and other value-added perks, including free WiFi, that you don’t usually get in NYC. There are four options in NYC, including The Library (across from the NYC Public Library), Casablanca (in the heart of Times Square), The Elysee (uptown), and The Giraffe (above; this is an especially good option for families in the Gramercy neighborhood), which can all be accessed at the link, above.
If all else fails:
Holiday Inn Express — Chelsea: Set on the jam-packed 29th Street, I actually stayed here with my son recently when we needed to be in the city for an early wakeup appointment. Although the room was small, and there’s not much in the character department, everything was spotlessly clean, the staff was super nice, and the location is just a short walk to Penn Station. (Bonus: prices here are low enough you could get two rooms for your family).
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