LATB was lucky enough to have Oyster.com send over their top 5 Kid-friendly hotel recommendations. As a mom, it’s VERY important to know I’m staying somewhere that understands what it takes to keep kids occupied.
Top pick for Boston: Marriott’s Boston Custom House: A Marriott Vacation Club Resort
It’s housed in a historic 1847 building, but like most Marriott Vacation Club properties, all of the guest rooms are huge one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes and pullout couches. The location is another plus: The New England Aquarium, whale-watching boats, an IMAX theater, and over a hundred shops at Faneuil Hall are just across the street. And the in-house features and services include an arcade, staff-led historic walking tours or T-shirt-making workshops, free access to the pool at Marriott Long Wharf across the street, free laundry machines (and detergent!), and freshly baked cookies in the lobby. Cribs and rollaway beds are both free.
Top pick for New York: Hotel Beacon
Located in the quiet and safe Upper West Side, a short walk from the Natural History Museum and Central Park, the Hotel Beacon is very popular among families. About half of the hotel’s rooms are dedicated to one- and two-bedroom suites that can comfortably sleep a family of six. Even the standard rooms at the Beacon can easily accommodate cribs and rollaway beds (for an extra $20 a night). All rooms have well-equipped kitchenettes, and the hotel’s 24-hour coin-operated laundry room is especially handy for those traveling with spill-prone toddlers.
The Radisson doesn’t play up its family appeal, but it should. Its heated outdoor pool is among the nicest in the city, especially given the electric fire pit, gardens, palm trees, and plenty of deck chairs and umbrella tables on the pool deck. And while there are about a half-dozen other big-chain hotels vying for tourists in the family-focused waterfront area of Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Radisson is closer to the wharf than the Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn (and it’s often cheaper too).
Top pick for Miami: Trump International Beach Resort
Unlike at most other Miami hotels, the Kids Club at the Trump is free. The large, family-size rooms all have kitchenettes, and many suites also include washer/dryers. The grotto-style pool comes with a broad shallow area that’s great for little swimmers. Plus, there’s always Globie — the hotel mascot — who entertains kids around the pool.
Top pick for the Dominican Republic: Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa
In addition to one of the most expansive pools in the D.R., Dreams offers extensive child- and teen-oriented amenities. The Explorers’ club offers a full schedule of activities for young children, such as nature tours and “Looking for Shells and Snails” from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. The kids club has large indoor and outdoor play areas and also offers childcare. For teens, the resort staff hosts organized sporting events, and there’s even a “teen disco” at night. There’s also an active lifeguard on duty on the beach.
Do you have any hotels you’d like to add to this list? Where have you stayed and enjoyed while traveling with your children?