Suite Hotels in NYC:
Create Sweet Family Vacations
The reason why there are many suite hotels in NYC might surprise you. The big apple is home to several million children, not to mention a few more million child visitors, so New York City really caters to the little ones. Parents understand, all too well, the difficulties and challenges of traveling with children. (See my "Awesome Tips for Traveling with Kids," at the bottom of this page.)
Selecting the right type of NYC accommodation can really help to make your vacation more enjoyable. When vacationing in NYC, these suite hotels are an ideal choice for families and groups.
Other great options for families and groups include Apartment Rentals
, which can save you a lot of money, renting a timeshare
, and swapping houses!
Keep an open mind! Given the economy, this has become extremely popular way to travel and it's FREE!
Visiting with your family?
Check out my page dedicated to family vacations.
You'll find suggestions based on our experiences living in the big apple--places you won't find elsewhere.
A word about rates:
They vary wildly from hotel to hotel, but, most importantly seasonally. The least expensive time to visit is January. I've also found that you can snag better rates a day or two before--when hotels have rooms to fill.
WHY CHOOSE A SUITE HOTEL?
- Private bedrooms for children and parents. Parents can get some "alone time" while the kids sleep. This was really important to us during our trips.
- A private living room.
- More space!
- Amenities such as kitchens and kitchenettes: perfect for preparing meals and snacks at the right moment. You’ll save a bundle of money not to mention the convenience. My son was always hungry--chicken nuggests were constant request. So having a kitchen really helped at 9 pm!
- A vast array of child-friendly items such as cribs, highchairs, and childproof rooms.
- Babysitting services.
- DVD and book libraries. Watching a DVD together was a terrific way to wind down our son at the end of a day--and it provided some special time together too!
- Playstation and other game systems. The benefits of these need no comment, right?
- Swimming pools. Many suite hotels offer one.
- Lots to keep the kids entertained.
MY LIST OF
NEW YORK CITY SUITE HOTELS
I offer choices for every budget and taste, complete with my added “discounts and freebies” category and featured amenities that your kids will just eat up! Let’s face it, if your kids are happy, you’re happy.
371 Seventh Avenue
Located near Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building
, this lovely property offers large suites at family-friendly prices. You can even have a yellow rubber duck delivered to your bathtub! Amenities include babysitting services, 6 different pillow types, cribs, playpens, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, wireless Internet, Cable TV with movies on demand, fitness center, and full kitchens with microwaves, cutlery, glass ware, and plates, Comfort Zone bath amenities.
begin as low as $250, depending on the season. Check out these special interest package deals are available too.
a vast array of unique family specials and AAA, AARP, and government/military discounts. After you make one reservation, you will be placed on an e-mail list from which you will receive very favorable rates for later stays.
2130 Broadway at 75th Street
The Hotel Beacon is located on the upper west side, a very kid-friendly neighborhood that is chock full of kid-friendly restaurants. It's in walking distance to Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History
, Rose Center for Earth and Space, and Central Park. You’ll feel right at home with your own fully-equipped kitchenette with microwave oven, marble bathroom, on-site laundromat (love this), in-room movies, no-cost cribs, iPod docking clock/radio, and a 32-inch flat-screen TV. Every living room has a sofa bed! The subway is conveniently located 1 1/2 blocks away!
begin at $195.
Complimentary in-room coffee/tea, free daily newspaper delivered to your room, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities, complimentary wireless internet access in all rooms. AAA, AARP, and government rates available, but website rates are usually better.
Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square
1568 Broadway at 47th Street
One of my favorite suite hotels. It's centrally located near all the Broadway shows, the giant Toys R Us store that features a giant ferris wheel,
Radio City Music Hall
, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Restaurant Row,
The Museum of Modern Art
, Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral
, and it's directly across from the TKTS discount theater ticket booth
! You’ll find cribs, strollers, highchairs, and childproofed rooms upon request. Pet amenities. Enjoy Sony Playstations and kid-friendly items on the room service menu. All suites feature a sofa bed, two 37-inch flat-screen televisions, microwave, refrigerator and wet bar!
begin at $179
AAA, AARP, senior and government discounts, free fitness center, extensive number of package deals. Plan ahead, pay in advance, book online with the link above and save up to 20% a night. Become a Topguest member and Hilton Honors member and enjoy free perks.
242 West 76 Street (Between Broadway and West End Avenue)
The Milburn Hotel is located just off Broadway on the Upper West Side. Hop on the subway or bus and you are minutes away from the theatre district
, Central Park, Lincoln Center, cafes and fine dining, major museums
, and great shopping
. Their economical, one-bedroom suites feature a separate living room with sofa bed, Kitchenettes with sink, microwave, refrigerator, dishes, flatware, flat screen cable TV, DVD players, Playstation, a children’s book and movie library (priceless), free use of a 25-meter heated swimming pool that is just one block away, and upscale amenities.
from $199 for junior suites
Free continental breakfast, coffee maker with complimentary coffee and tea, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, main-floor exercise room, seasonal weekly special rates.
45 West 35th Street
Newly-renovated, large-size family room suites consist of two separate bedrooms and one bathroom. Located near the Empire State Building
and Macy’s department store
. Great roof terrace garden--weather permitting, iHome clock radios with iPod dock, mini refrigerator, marble bathrooms, and LCD Flat Screen TV.
from $169 for double rooms
Free continental breakfast, The New York Times, Wi-Fi, library, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities, new fitness center.
Hilton Times Square
234 West 42nd Street
Located on lively 42nd street and in the heart of Times Square,, you’ll have access to nearby Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
, Ripley's Believe it or Not
, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall
, the theater district
, and much more. You'll also find a children's menu, cribs, and high chairs. Newly-renovated, its suites feature a living area and private bedroom with a king-sized bed and oversized windows that open. Suites are 100% non-smoking, luxuriously decorated in muted sand tones, and feature panoramic views of the New York City skyline and Hudson River. In-suite amenities include a 46-inch flat-screen television, an MP3 player, a radio with an alarm, in-room refrigerator, and a laptop-size safe.
from $413 for Suites (you are paying for location)
AAA, AARP, military/govenment discounts, family packages, lots of seasonal specials, so be sure to check their website when you book. Join the Hilton Honors Club
before you book!
Book in advance and save up to 20%.
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Le Parker Meridien Hotel
119 West 56 Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Cartoons play in the elevator as you head to your room -- is there a better way for your kids to begin their vacation? This luxurious, centrally-located hotel, offers a fantastic roof-top swimming pool, roomy suites with full kitchens, 46" televisions, CD/DVD players, Wii playing sessions, ceder-lined bath and showers large enough for two, and room service with great selection for kids.
begin at at $400 - $500 for a junior suite.
Kids, 17 and under, stay free, AAA, AARP, and government discounts, great internet specials, free newspapers delivered daily, free DVD library. This hotel is part of the Starwood Hotels chain, so don't forget to join their Starwood Preferred Guest Program
and enjoy lots of benefits.
Manhattan East Suite Hotels
Surrey Hotel: 20 East 76 Street
The Benjamin: 125 East 50th Street
The Buckingham Hotel: 101 West 57th Street
Affina Gardens Hotel: 215 East 64 Street
Additional Properties: Check the website above.
You can’t go wrong with any of these all-suite hotels. These beautiful properties are sprinkled throughout the city in great neighborhoods and feature apartment-like accommodations with kitchens. Amenities vary from property to property but these suite hotels include fully-appointed kitchens with modern appliances, high-speed Internet access, fitness center, laundry facility, cribs, strollers and high chairs.
begin at $175 depending on property
Complimentary daily New York Times, huge array of on-line special packages and rates that just can’t be beat. AAA, AARP and government discounts. Kids' amenities include snacks, deck of playing cards, rubber ducky, complimentary packpack stocked with kids gifts, "Fun-for-Family" chest including board games and other fun stuff for use during your stay.
70 Park Avenue Hotel
70 Park Avenue
This boutique hotel offers special events for the kids, in-room Nintendo, 42" flat-screen TVs, fantastic audio systems, iHome sound system to dock your your iPod, play your music and wake you to your favorite tune, and cribs.
starting from $200 for a double, $300 for a suite. I found these low rates on their website last minute.
AAA members save up to 20%, senior and government enjoy discounts, save up to 15% when booking online in advance, hosted wine reception from 5 to 6 pm nightly, free custom designed PUBLIC bikes for your use around town, complimentary onsite fitness center, free yoga mat in every room, complimentary morning organic coffee and tea service, complimentary children’s gift upon check-in: back pack with lots of gifts and goodies. They also offer a vast array of unique and fun package deals.
This hotel is part of the Kimpton Loyalty Program,
so don't forget to register for it so you can enjoy special perks such as free WiFi, free snacks from the mini-bar, and more.
725 10th Avenue at 49th Street
The Skyline Hotel is a well-located, comfortable hotel that offers very inexpensive, large suites complete with refrigerator, movies on demand, flat panel satellite TV, Wi-Fi for a fee, on demand movies, and penthouse swimming pool.
begin at $149
Check their reservation page
frequently for special promotions. Special $10 overnight parking! Free fitness center.
Staybridge Suites Times Square
340 West 40th Street
The Staybridge Suites, a new all-suite hotel is located in Times Square, is a perfect home base for exploring NYC. All rooms are outfitted with a 37" flat-screen TV with over 150 channels including HBO, an iPod docking station, and a kitchenette with stainless steel appliances (great for saving money on meals), and a 24-hour convenience store. The hotel features an on-site guest self-laundry facility, and a 24-hour fitness center.
begin at just $264
AAA, AARP and government employees save up to 10%, free breakfast, free high speed wireless Internet, and free cocktail reception on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays.
Select any one of these suite hotels for your New York City vacation and it will prove to enhance the overall quality of your family vacation.
SUPER PACKING TIPS FROM
A REAL NEW YORKER
Preparing a vacation packing list for suite hotels will help to ensure the most enjoyable and stress-free vacation possible. Forget to bring something as simple as an umbrella, and you can be sure that there will be a 5-hour downpour. Forget to bring a bandaid on your walking tour and that blister can really dampen your day. Be prepared by checking out my New York City vacation packing list. You'll be glad you did!
BEST LOCATION FOR SUITE HOTELS
Be sure to consult your New York City street map
before selecting your suite hotel. Ensure that it is convenient to the majority of attractions you plan to visit or near a subway station or bus stop.
AWESOME TIPS FOR
TRAVELING WITH KIDS
....to enhance your visit and cut down on kiddie crankiness!
- Travel with a new bag of toys and books for the car, plane, or for waiting on lines. Just before you’re about to tear your hair out, tear out a new toy, and voila! you’ve created peace and harmony! Check out this super idea!
- Purchase advance entrance tickets online. Rather than wait on a long line to purchase tickets to the , show up with them. Or purchase them during your child's nap time.
- Schedule some rest time. NYC is a large, exciting, but exhausting city. You just can’t do it all at one time. Return to your suite hotel and take a rest in the middle of the day. The kids will be more relaxed and you’ll enjoy your holiday more.
- Before you head to the airport from your home or suite hotel, reconfirm carry-on allowances such as formula, juice, other liquids. You know that you need a array of items, but make sure that you can actually carry them on. Check out The Transportation Safety Advisory Board’s Traveling with Children article. It’s packed (excuse the pun!) with important and practical information for airline travel.
- Carry lots of snacks, water, and juice boxes throughout the week. You can buy them in NYC, store them in your suite hotel, and refill your backpack as needed.
- Check out my page dedicated to family vacations where you'll discover recommendations that only a New York City resident can provide.
- Bring a small, plug-in nightlight to lead the way to the bathroom. (This was a lifesaver for us.)
- Carry a photo of your child in your wallet in case you loose them in a crowd.
- Print out some fun word searches and games from the internet--for waiting time.
- One week before your trip, read the kids a book about traveling and New York City. Check out "Lisa's Airplane Trip." Then, point out New York City on a map or globe.
- Buy strips of "admit one" tickets to reward your kids for good behavior. The kids can cash them in at the end of the trip for a great souvenir. Each ticket can be worth $1.
- Dress your children in bright colors so they are easy to spot!
- Have your children wear an ID bracelet. Check out ID on me.
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