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10 family-friendly New York City Airbnbs that are easy on the budget

Relax, and stay a while because we've rounded up 10 hotel alternatives that are not only affordable, but also will give your family a true slice of what it's like to live in the big city.

By Simone Olivero

10 family-friendly New York City Airbnbs that are easy on the budget

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It’s no secret that a night in the Big Apple doesn’t come cheap. But that doesn’t mean you should cram all the wonderful attractions (Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and FAO Schwarz) into a New York minute. Relax, and stay a while because we’ve rounded up 10 hotel alternatives that are not only affordable, but also will give your family a true slice of what it’s like to live in the big city.

Family-friendly New York City Airbnbs that are easy on the budget

Williamsburg penthouse with terrace

Move over Manhattan, Williamsburg is the place to rest your head. Just one stop (on the L train) from Union Square and the heart of Manhattan, this spacious penthouse is brand new with better-than-hotel amenities, including high-speed wireless internet, laundry facilities and a massive terrace with 360-degree views of the city and Brooklyn. $252 per night, sleeps 4 guests, airbnb.ca. 

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Jersey City condo with pool

Okay, you caught us. So technically this apartment is in New Jersey, but it’s literally one stop (on the PATH train) from Lower Manhattan. Plus, there’s an awesome rooftop pool for sweltering summer days when you need an escape from the concrete jungle. $284 per night, sleeps 4 guests, airbnb.ca.

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Artsy Bedford-Stuyvesant retreat

Again, this isn’t right downtown but hey, you wanted cheap alternatives. This Brooklyn apartment is not just a place to stay, it’s an experience. Owned by an artist who splits her time between NYC and Paris, the home has quirky details, like a hammock strung across the living room and funky Moroccan tile in the kitchen. $145 per night, sleeps 3 guests, airbnb.ca.

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Architectural brownstone

Kid-friendly doesn’t necessarily translate into rubberized corners and bright, tacky bedding. This historical, Brooklyn brownstone has two roomy bedrooms and a clean, minimalist aesthetic. $156 per night, sleeps 3 guests, airbnb.ca.

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Homey Greenpoint row house

There’s a reason a lot of New Yorkers call Brooklyn home—it’s got lots of green space, tree-lined neighbourhoods and hip restaurants. This historic row house is on a quiet street with two bedrooms, high ceilings and tons of natural light. $198 per night, sleeps 4 guests, airbnb.ca.

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Artsy Williamsburg loft

Give them a taste of the Bohemian in this cool Brooklyn loft located in trendy Williamsburg. Completely renovated with a full kitchen and lots of space to spread out, it will feel like a home away from home. $251 per night, sleeps 5 guests, airbnb.ca.

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High Line studio

Easily one of the best attractions in the Big Apple, the High Line is a 2.33 km elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail running between the Lower West Side through Chelsea. This cozy studio is located right in the heart of it all with two beds and a full kitchen. $264 per night, sleeps 4 guest, airbnb.ca.

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Williamsburg duplex

Move right in to this modern townhouse with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a 700- square foot garden. The home comes with a fully stocked kitchen, AC, wifi and an easy self-check-in. With the third bedroom, this is a great option for when grandparents want to tag along on the trip. $268 per night, sleeps 8 guests, airbnb.ca.

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Trendy East Village

In terms of New York City living, this place is a palace. Three bedrooms, two storeys, a private backyard and one of the hippest locations you could hope for—you won’t want to leave this place! $396 per night, sleeps 6 guests, airbnb.ca.

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Modern Fifth Avenue

It’s not every day that you take the family to the Big Apple so why not treat yourself. Located on Fifth Avenue near the famous Empire State Building and a straight shoot down from FAO Schwarz (the store Kevin visited in the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York), this is two-bedroom apartment has all the comforts of home—maybe more. $488 per night, sleeps 4 guests, airbnb.ca.

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