NEW YORK CITY is big on things to do but very small on space, especially when you're traveling with your family. OBVI. And searching for hotel rooms is a vexing process when there are four or more people involved.
The luxury hotels surrounding Central Park and the Upper East Side are often the best at accommodating families but they come with a steep price tag, especially since you have to book a suite to fit everyone into one room. *
However, there are some options that will let you cram your family into a single shoebox, er, hotel room, thanks to their bunk bed configurations. Most of these hotels are better for older children and the tween/teen set. And some are perfect for a Mother-Daughter or Father-Son trip to the city. A few will even accommodate the whole gang. Check 'em out!
* If you do decide to go this route, send me an email because I'd love to help you out.
THE PAUL: Located near FIT and the hip NoMad neighborhood, The Paul has Bunk Bed rooms which can be combined with Manhattan Queens to make a very family-friendly suite. The vibe of the hotel is aimed at millennials (think cute catchphrases printed on pillows, funky artwork and a dictionary in the rooms), but all generations will appreciate its peppy attitude. Plus, there's a small rooftop bar.
THE POD TIMES SQUARE: Smack dab in the middle of Times Square on 42nd street, The Pod is another hotel brand that is small on rooms but large on perks like free WiFi, mood lighting, comfy bedding, streaming capabilities and rooftop dining. Opening this winter, we found bunk bed rooms in early February for just $85 a night. However, just remember, this room cannot be connected. The Pod also has bunk bed rooms at their other locations in Williamsburg, midtown NYC and even Washington, D.C.
YOTEL TIMES SQUARE: The Yotel is similar to The Pod in that it distracts guests from its micro-rooms with fun room flair like mood lighting, fast technology, a rooftop bar, and a real, live Yobot in the lobby, but Yotel has a futuristic, space travel kind of flair. Their Executive Queen room can sleep two kids and two adults (if you are ok smashing, er, sleeping with your partner in a queen bed.) The hotel also offers a Queen room with a loft bed above it, if you're traveling with just one kid.
THE ARLO: Much like the others on this list, Arlo is a micro-room concept but one with stylish and thoughtful design. Their Bunk Bed rooms are encased in smooth walnut walls and each bunk has its own 32" LED flat-screen. This hotel has a lot more going on socially than the other hotels and it even has its own 24-hour bodega. Arlo has two locations—one in Soho and one in Nomad—and both have bunk bed rooms available. However, these cannot be connected to other rooms.
TRYP BY WYNDHAM TIMES SQUARE: If you feel more comfortable with a traditional hotel brand than an indie or boutique concept (and where you can earn/redeem loyalty points), Tryp by Wyndham in south Times Square (close to Penn Station) is your best bed, er, bet. Their family room has one king bed, two bunk beds, and a living room. That sounds like a lot but everything is pretty squished in. However, the hotel also has this same configuration with two queen beds, so if you and grandma or your sister take the kids, then you won't have to share a bed. Everyone is happy!
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