The lights, the lively retail outlets and restaurants, family-friendly entertainment and interactive museums make Times Square—at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets—a great place to start off or wind up your day in New York. (Almost every subway line runs through or connects with Times Square.) Because of its central location, the area is host to many of the city's hotels—but which of these are the best for families and kids?
The Doubletree Guest Suites at Broadway and 47th Street is smack dab in the middle of the action, and can’t be beat for convenience. The TKTS booth across the street and a stop on the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus are selling points, as are the all-suite accommodations with pullout sofas in every guest room. It’s just steps from Madame Tussaud’s and Ripley’s Believe it or Not, as well as American Girl Place and Build-A-Bear Workshop.
There's plenty of room for the entire family at the stylish Millennium Broadway, which has increased its double/double rooms to accommodate both kids and parents comfortably, offers kids’ menus at its eateries and is happy to help with babysitting services.
Other options: The Hilton New York offers traveling families the Vacation Station program: fun gifts on arrival and a selection of board games to enjoy for kids. Renaissance New York Hotel is literally in the heart of Times Square and just steps from the giant Toys 'R Us. The Muse offers children a special gift at check-in, and they can borrow a child-size animal-print robe (just like Mom and Dad's).
Before booking a Times Square hotel, however, consider the ages of your children. While the convenience and attractions are a draw, this is also a heavily crowded and difficult-to-navigate intersection, particularly on weekdays when commuters double the street traffic. Be aware of any events that may be hosted in Times Square during your stay—from New Year’s Eve to music festivals and stage productions, there is often a circus-like atmosphere bound to draw crowds and stop traffic. Times Square is also very bright and loud every day of the year, something you may want to consider before settling the family in.