Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Homewood Suites.
Last week while I was in New York City for a conference, I stayed at two different hotels both by Hilton but each one very different. The Homewood Suites really stood out as my favorite and I kept thinking over and over that it was such a great family hotel in New York City. I’m sure you’re thinking, wait, isn’t the Homewood Suites more business geared – but honestly I think that hands down this is the hotel to go to when you have your family with you too. Let me tell you why!
What I look for in a hotel when traveling with kids
If you’re like me, you have several things you look for in a hotel when you have your kiddos with you. Here’s my list
Space – We need to have a little room to move and if you know NYC at all, that isn’t something very common. Our room was complete with a king sized bed, pull out sofa, a full kitchen (yes, a fridge, microwave and cook top) and a 42 inch TV. Along with a desk for working and of course a bathroom. There’s certainly area for everyone to spread out in the evening or during a quick break through out the day.
FREE WiFi – I cannot stress enough how important this is with kids who use computers, games, and gadgets. Having to pay for Wifi for everyone really ads up and in this day and age it’s nearly impossible to go with out it for an extended period of time so having FREE Wifi is HUGE for our family.
FREE Breakfast – I have to admit, this is often the FIRST thing I look for when I’m booking a hotel. It makes our mornings run so much smoother if we can grab a bite to eat at the hotel before we head out for the day. While I was at Homewood Suites, I had scrambled eggs, sausage, french toast, muffins, and juice for breakfast. It was a fabulous way to start the day!
Outside Space – This is a pretty big deal too in NYC, there was not only an outdoor space on the main level and an amazing rooftop terrace that provides some beautiful views of the city. Just look at the photos below to see what I mean!
A few more amenities that Homewood Suites provides that made me think this was the best family hotel in NYC:
Grocery Service – Leave a list of groceries you want to have on hand for your trip and they’ll go out shopping for you! How awesome is that? I don’t remember seeing a lot of grocery stores while I was out and about in NYC so this is a huge deal because we always like to have bottled water and snacks for the kids on hand.
Complimentary Evening Social – Monday through Thursday there’s a free evening social that’s provided with food and drinks!
Onsite Laundry – Instead of packing tons of clothing, you have the ability to pack light and wash your laundry as you need it.
Fitness Center – The fitness center is awesome because there’s not just one tread mill, there are several available so you don’t have to wait around. You can get in and get your work out done so you’re ready for your day.
The Homewood Suites Manhattan is only a block away from Times Square and has a lot of restaurants, shops and more that are very close. We enjoyed some delicious New York style pizza that was two blocks away.
If you’re planning a trip to New York City with your kids, this is THE place to stay! Or if you have a business trip coming up, you can’t go wrong either! We’re definitely Homewood fans and always look for one when we’re traveling, so be sure to check them out, I know you’ll love them too!