Families make Times Square their home base when visiting the city because of its central location and close proximity to several attractions, including the mega-sized Toys ‘R Us Store and M&M World. Amidst a sea of adult-centered hotels, parents choose from Times Square hotels with amenities geared toward children, such as child-friendly meals, special discounted packages and over-sized rooms.
Novotel New York
Kids 18 and under stay and eat for free at the Novotel New York, and parents who book a second room for their kids get that room at a 50-percent discount. Take your time enjoying the sites thanks to the hotel's 5 p.m. Sunday checkout option. Novotel family rooms are large enough to feature a living room with a double sofa bed and a TV with kid-friendly music and television stations. While parents enjoy the hotel's babysitting services, kids like the collection of tourist guidebooks titled “Kids’ Voyage” for children ages 7 to 12.
Hilton Times Square
With rooms ranging from 330 to 360 square feet, families at the Hilton Times Square appreciate the extra space that offers more than most standard hotel rooms. Kids stay free at this Hilton, and parents can request cribs and high chairs at no extra cost. Kids order off the children's menu when calling room service or when dining at the hotel's Restaurant Above, which offers kids spectacular views from 25 stories high. The front desk keeps children's board games on hand for rent.
Westin New York Times Square
Kids under 12 eat free and watch one free movie per day on weekends at the Westin New York Times Square. They also receive a fun pack at check-in complete with a hat, crayons and coloring books all tucked into a Westin Kids Club drawstring pouch. This Westin locale provides a daily kids' menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Shula’s Steak House. Although Shula’s is located nearby at the Westin New York, Westin Times Square guests order food through In Room Dining. Children are welcome at the fitness center, equipped with Nintendo Wii systems loaded with games like Wii Fit and Wii Sports.
Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square
The Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square has dedicated an entire floor to families. Parents rest easy on this floor because many of the rooms have been childproofed -- and because the Kids Club for ages 3 to 12 is also located here. Choose from a handful of family discounts that often cut as much as 20 percent off of standard prices. Past specials have included special packaging with treats from places like the American Girl Doll Store and Build-A-Bear Workshop.
- Hilton Times Square: 234 West 42nd Street; New York, NY 10036; 212-840-8222
- Novatel New York Times Square: 226 West 52nd Street; New York, NY 10019; 212-315-0100
- The Westin New York at Times Square: 270 West 43rd Street; New York, NY 10036; 212-201-2700
- Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square: 1568 Broadway; New York, NY 10036; 212-719-1600