The 10 Best Family-Friendly Airbnbs in NYC

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Let’s face it, hotels really don’t provide the same comfort as vacation rentals and comfort is king when you’ve just spent a busy day sightseeing (and finding your way through throngs of people to do so) in the Big Apple with kids in tow. For this reason, we rounded up the best family-friendly Airbnbs in NYC that provide all the creature comforts you need to enjoy your vacation. Read on and start booking.

20 Family-Friendly Airbnbs in Upstate New York

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Price: $499/night
  • Why We Recommend It: river and city views, central location, luxury amenities

Situated within walking distance of both Hudson Yards and Times Square, this five-star property gets rave reviews for its amazing views of the Hudson River and NYC skyline, as well as its central location. The interior is elegant and well-appointed (described as a “luxurious residence” by one reviewer) and the unit is, by all accounts, quite spacious, too—a hard thing to find in the heart of Manhattan.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Price: $421/night
  • Why We Recommend It: family amenities, spacious, close to beach, peaceful retreat

Although this home is farther away from Manhattan than other rentals on our list, it’s definitely worth considering for folks who are interested in a little sightseeing and a lot of beachside bliss. Located in Long Beach, this property is roughly one hour away from Manhattan by train, so it’s easy enough to carve out a full day (or several) for exploring the city. It’s also steps from the (beautiful and quiet) beach and so well equipped with everything families need—baby gate on the stairs, baby gear, fully stocked kitchen and more—that it has earned a perfect five-star rating from a boatload of seriously impressed guests. In other words, this rental is like a home away from home that will significantly reduce the stress of traveling with kids without denying you access to Big Apple attractions.

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Price: $620/night
  • Why We Recommend It: park views, central location, luxury amenities

If you want to feel like you’re staying in the Plaza Hotel, but prefer the homier vibe of a vacation rental, this is the one for you. This spacious apartment boasts breathtaking views of Central Park and promises a blessedly quiet stay, despite its close proximity (think: walking distance) to NYC’s finest cultural attractions—including MoMa, the Met, Broadway, Carnegie Hall and, of course, the sprawling park that it’s perched above. If you’re looking for an oasis in the very heart of Manhattan, this one’s a winner.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Price: $384/night
  • Why We Recommend It: great neighborhood, easy commute, outdoor space

Living spaces are famously cramped in NYC and backyards are almost as rare as unicorns, which is why this particular rental is such a gem. This gorgeous brownstone apartment affords guests easy access to Manhattan via subway and is located in the coveted neighborhood of Park Slope, which itself boasts so many shops, restaurants and bars, you’ll likely only want to go to Manhattan for major sightseeing excursions. Best of all, when you retire after a long day in the city, you can enjoy the generously-sized, private backyard and an impeccably designed interior that’s just the right size for small families or couples.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Price: $281/night
  • Why We Recommend It: vibrant neighborhood, easy commute, outdoor space, kid-friendly sleep accommodations

A beautiful back patio and garden, comfortable sleeping accommodations that are well-suited to families, and a location that’s just one train stop away from Manhattan—yep, this Jersey City sanctuary checks all the boxes. And we can say that with confidence, given that Executive Editor Alexia Dellner recently enjoyed a stay at the rental with her own family: “I’m biased because I love the neighborhood, but it was the perfect home base for our little family of four. The host was super friendly and responsive, the location was ideal (there’s a great playground just a few minutes walk away) and my kids loved playing in the bunk beds,” she says.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Price: $380/night
  • Why We Recommend It: easy commute to beach and city, spacious interior, rooftop access with city views

Another spacious Brooklyn pad, this airy and light-drenched space features a lofted bedroom and enough space to comfortably accommodate a family of four. (Psst: there are bunk beds for the brood.) The interior design is spot-on and the high ceilings are a luxury that’s hard to find in the city. Best of all, the location is just a stone's throw away from the beach and provides easy access to the Belt Parkway—a highway that provides easy access to the airport and will deposit you into the heart of Manhattan in no time, provided you avoid rush hour traffic, that is.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Price: $330/night
  • Why We Recommend It: vibrant neighborhood, easy commute, modern amenities, outdoor space

Here, a historic brownstone located in the vibrant Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed-Stuy featuring a newly renovated and oh-so sleek kitchen with floor to ceiling windows, modern interior design in the living and sleeping spaces and a generously-sized backyard patio. The place is very well appointed—there’s even a washer and dryer—and the host has two rental cars available for guests (for an additional fee). That said, you likely won’t need them since the neighborhood is home to some of the best dining options in Brooklyn and the unit is located within walking distance to a train that will get you to the heart of Manhattan in just 30 minutes.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Price: $313/night
  • Why We Recommend It: quiet neighborhood, close to park, spacious interior, modern amenities, easy commute

Located just two blocks away from beautiful Prospect Park in the quiet Brooklyn neighborhood of Windsor Terrace, this place is a dream for anyone who wants a more peaceful retreat that still provides easy access to Manhattan via public transit. The elegant interior is tastefully decorated, filled with light and very spacious. Plus, the kitchen is very well equipped and the unit features many modern conveniences, such as a washer and dryer, so you can really feel at home.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Price: $490/night
  • Why We Recommend It: easy commute, good for large groups, outdoor space, modern amenities

If you’re taking a trip to the Big Apple, don’t rule out the ‘burbs. This Mount Vernon home is palatial compared to anything you’d find in the city, so it’s great for larger groups and families, and it’s still just a 30-minute train ride to the heart of Manhattan, so you don’t have to sacrifice your sightseeing agenda. The large and well-groomed backyard features a gazebo and dining area for enjoying dinner al fresco and the renovated interior boasts a sleek, luxurious and thoughtful design. In other words, your stay will be more than comfortable.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Price: $656/night
  • Why We Recommend It: vibrant neighborhood, easy commute, outdoor space, modern amenities

Hoboken is another Jersey option that provides very easy access to the city (by ferry, car or train) and beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline along the river walk, to boot. This two-bedroom brownstone, tucked away on a quiet and picturesque street, is replete with charm. Exposed brick walls, modern interior design, an amazing chef’s kitchen and a backyard and patio are among the highlights of the rental. Plus, the perfect five-star rating provides ample proof that this place is every bit as good as it looks in the photos, if not better.

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