1/10 Affinia 50
Affinia 50 apartments come in a variety of sizes, all with self-catering facilities, and are bang in the centre of midtown Manhattan. You’ll be within a five-minute stroll of Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center, with its winter skating rink, sparkling summer piazza and Radio City Music Hall. Highchairs, pushchairs and cots can be arranged in advance of your arrival.
Rooms: The Studio Suite’s offer two queen beds and oversized living space with fully equiped kitchen.
Price: From £160 per room per night. Book online at Affinia.com.
2/10 Le Parker Meridien
This midtown hotel is a big hit with kids for its newly renovated Penthouse pool, “secret” burger bar and proximity to all the great activities available in nearby Central Park.
Rooms: Junior Suites have a sofa bed in the sitting room, and inter-connecting rooms are available for families with older children. The hotel offers a Family Fun Package which includes a Junior Suite for four, a treat for mom at Drybar, and a haircut at SHARPS Barber, plus unlimited use of the pool.
3/10 The Mandarin Oriental
The Mandarin Oriental is close to Central Park, with its play areas, ice skating in winter and lakes on which to float model boats. It’s also on top of the bright lights of Broadway, and within walking distance of this swanky Upper West Side hotel you’ll also find Times Square and the famed Fifth Avenue toy store FAO Schwartz.
Price: Kuoni offers 3 nights on a room only basis at this 5-star hotel, in a city view room, including flights with British Airways from Heathrow. From £5,949 per family, based on two adults and two children sharing two rooms.
4/10 Gansevoort Park Avenue
This funky hotel is guaranteed to impress older children. There’s a great rooftop pool with views of the Empire State Building and a family-friendly Italian restaurant. Nearby attractions include the Flatiron building, Books of Wonder, dedicated exclusively to kids’ titles, and the vintage toy emporium Space Kiddets.
Rooms: The Gansevoort Loft Suites are best for families, with private king or queen size bedroom and separate living area with pull out sofa.
Price: Standard rooms start from £255 and Suites start at £470. Book online at Bushbaby Travel.
5/10 The Conrad
The Conrad is an elegant choice in Lower Manhattan, a convenient base for boat trips to the Statue of Liberty or across New York harbour, a journey on the legendary Staten Island Ferry and visits to the 9/11 memorial site. Battery Park is vibrant and closer to the edgy restaurants of Greenwich and East Villages and the arty shops and galleries of Soho and Tribeca.
Rooms: All rooms at the Conrad are two-room suites, each with two large-screen TVs, wi-fi access and separate living and sleeping areas.
Price: British Airways offer three nights from £2,796 for four including flights.
6/10 The Hotel @ Times Square
The Hotel @ Times Square is perfect for first timers who want to see the sights. Located within easy reach of the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Theater District, the Museum of Modern Art and Grand Central Station. Plus, children under 12 years stay for free!
Rooms: This super-central hotel offers a deluxe family suite which has two connecting rooms with one king and one queen bed, and a shared bathroom.
Price: From £130 per night per for a family of four. Book your room on the The Hotel @ Times Square website.
7/10 The New York Palace
The New York Palace lists several attractive offers for families, including a fourth-night-free deal in spacious suites. Little girls will jump at the American Girl Place package, which includes a tiny crib for dolls, and there’s a special Cinderella promotion to coincide with the Broadway show. Extras like child-sized robes and slippers and New York-themed cookies are also on offer at this elegant 19th century hotel close to the Fifth Avenue shops and fabulous Grand Central station.
Price: Expect to pay around £579 per night for four sharing two rooms on the American Girl Package.
8/10 Soho Grand
The SoHo Grand offers a unique itinerary geared toward children. Maclaren buggies are ready and waiting for a spin around the streets packed with eclectic cafes, galleries and boutiques. The hotel is located right near Chinatown, Little Italy, Canal Street, the West Village and other fun places to wander. Also take advantage of the babysitting service and enjoy the great dining options nearby.
Price: Standard rooms from £210 and suites from around £800 a night.
9/10 The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz Carlton at Battery Park is a tranquil oasis at the tip of a frantic city where children can sleep peacefully close to many of the city’s prime attractions. Nearby are the Skyscraper Museum, the September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero and the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Battery Park itself also offers a rare swathe of green space for chilling out, and both buses and subway are on the doorstep.
Price: A 6 night package for 2 adults and 2 kids under 12 and flights with BA from £4,390 with Bushbaby Travel.
10/10 The Omni Berkshire
The Omni Berkshire Place welcomes children with milk and cookies on arrival as well as backpacks filled with treats, toys and activity books. Several family-oriented deals are available through the hotel’s booking services, but the property’s most unique programme is Teen Connection, where a recent high-school graduate is retained to give visiting teens recommendations and tips on navigating the city.
Price: Expect to pay around £4,000 for four nights including flights for a family of four sharing two rooms with newyork.com.