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The Best Family Friendly Hotels as Selected by Popular Family Travel Bloggers

When traveling with a family, it’s so important if a hotel is family friendly before booking. There are so many great hotels for kids, but finding the hotels that go beyond kid’s menus and cribs in the room is the real challenge. We asked some popular family travel bloggers what their favorite family hotels were. The result is a huge collection of family-friendly hotels, reflecting locations around the world. Did your favorite make this list of the best family friendly hotels? If not, leave a comment and let me know what you think the best family friendly hotels are?

The Best Family Hotels as Selected by Popular Family Travel Bloggers

The Best Family Friendly Hotels as Selected by Popular Family Travel Bloggers

Legoland Hotel Florida

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Lesli from 365 Atlanta Family recommends the Legoland, Florida Resort.

Legoland Florida Resort. From the themed rooms to the zero-entry private pool, and from character breakfasts to free Master builder classes, Legoland Florida Resort is designed from the ground up with families in mind! Did you know they are the only Orlando resort that includes breakfast. Stay tuned for the new family Beach Villas to open in 2017!

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Jen Miner from the Vacation Gals recommends White Stallion Ranch in Tucson AZ

City slickers and suburbanites alike often have fantasies of getting away from it all at a dude ranch, but we also day dream about vacationing in the lap of luxury. The two meet beautifully at the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. One of the top luxury yet true dude ranches for families in Arizona, the White Stallion Ranch has horseback riding (of course!) along with rock climbing, hayrides, cookouts, a petting zoo and much, much more. After a long day outside, spending an evening eating BBQ and enjoying live entertainment like cowpokes strumming guitars and singing classic songs while the sun sets over the Saguaro Natural Park, makes for a perfect capper to a family vacation in the American Southwest.

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Sarah Ebner from Family Travel Times recommends Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire, England

We visited Calcot Manor when our children were small, and we’ve never forgotten it. It was – and is – set in a beautiful location, in the midst of the Cotswolds and about 90 minutes from London, and it just seemed to “get” what families want from a trip away. All the staff were lovely, the food (including children’s menus and special kids’ tea) was delicious, and the facilities, from the pool to the kids’ club, all day creche, and all manner of tech for tweens and tweens was just what any family would enjoy. We’d highly recommend it.

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Jessie Voigts from Wandering Educators recommends Jag Hotel, St John’s Newfoundland

The JAG Hotel, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, is such a fun hotel – perfect for families that enjoy a boutique hotel. There are large photos of musicians scattered throughout the hotel. The rooms are gorgeous, with an enormous shower. But the best parts are the amenities – bathroom amenities made with ICEBERG WATER!! and local, Newfoundland Chocolate Company chocolates delivered every day. It was a treat to stay here, made even more so by the warm, friendly staff.

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Red Jacket Inn

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Gilda Aliberti from Evan and Lauren’s Cool Blog recommends the Red Jacket Resort on Cape Cod

The Red Jacket Beach Resort is an amazing resort for families right on the beach with a complimentary Kid’s Club featuring activities for kids.  Staying at this resort takes all the stress out of a family trip to the beach as you can walk out of your room right on to the beach and you also have the option of going in their indoor or outdoor pool.

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Shobha George from Let’s Go Places recommends the Fowey Hall Hotel in Cornwall, England

My children absolutely loved the Fowey Hall Hotel in Cornwall in England.  Fowey Hall is set up with families in mind so nothing was a hassle.  My children could step out of our patio doors onto to the grassy lawn, kick a ball around, zoom on the zip wire or play in the pool. My husband and I lazed around with a book watching them enjoy themselves. 

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Katja Gaskell from Globetotting recommends The Wallawwa, Sri Lanka

Located just 20 minutes from Sri Lanka’s international airport, among three acres of Jungle Book type gardens, is the wonderful Wallawwa. This is the kind of stylish boutique hotel that makes really parents happy; the rooms are beautifully furnished, the restaurant is fantastic and there’s the excellent Z Spa. But this is a hotel that also caters to kids. The large Family Suites come with in-room games (Jenga, Uno and a Rubik’s Cube), there’s a tasty kids’ menu (with proper food, not just chicken nuggets and pasta) and the spa even offers a “Kidz” massage. Add to the mix cricket bats and croquet mallets, a cosy library for rainy days and a lovely slate-lined swimming pool and you have one of my favourite hotels.

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Lisa Grabelle from Hilton Mom Voyage & We Said Go Travel recommends The Hilton Waikoloa Village

The 62 acre oceanfront super-resort on Hawaii’s Big Island, the Hilton Waikoloa Village, is a perfect paradise for your family! Set among spectacular Hawaiian scenery, this fabulous resort will keep all the members of your gang having a blast – including multiple pools, ultra-fun water slides, lagoon activities, mini-golf, and even some entertaining classes on Hawaiian culture, such as dancing and lei making. Whether you dine in their many delicious restaurants, attend their famous Legends of Hawaii Luau or swim with the dolphins in their ocean-fed lagoon, you will love this family-friendly hotel! 

Hilton Mom Voyage writers receive free night certificates to use at Hilton Hotels & Resorts worldwide. Lisa’s family was provided with discounted and/or complimentary passes/meals at the Hilton so that she can review them for her readers. 

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Claudia LaRoye from The Travelling Mom recommends the Pan Pacific Village Centre

For skiing families headed to Whistler, Canada, the Pan Pacific Village Centre is our go-to pick. The hotel is just steps from the gondolas, has spacious suites with full kitchens, and a ski valet service to limit gear schlepping. The Village Centre is also the only hotel in the village that includes a full, hot European Breakfast for all guests between 7-10 AM. With a complimentary hot chocolate and cookie après-ski, and a heated outdoor pool, your kids may want to play hooky from the hills.



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Colleen Lanin from Travel Mamas recommends the Hyatt Regency Maui in Hawaii

Hyatt Regency Maui is home to some of the world’s first “fantasy pools.” Expect waterfalls, waterslides, a rope bridge, a watery cave with pool bar, a basketball hoop for a splashy game, and play fountains for tots. As though that weren’t enough, you can also find resident tropical birds, lush grounds, a sandy beach, an enticing breakfast buffet, and a spectacular luau. But what my family loves most about this hotel is its super-friendly staff who are always willing to go above and beyond to make sure your stay is incredible.



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Eileen Gunn of Families Go! recommends the Roxburgh Hotel in Edinburgh

Most lodging in central Edinburgh is apartment rentals or small guest houses that aren’t necessarily kid-friendly. The full service hotels seem to be generic chains and away from the city center. So we were excited to find the Roxburgh Hotel, a deceptively roomy hotel on the southwest corner of New Town. Our family room was comfortable, the concierge was extremely knowledgeable. There was a pool, sauna and steam room in the basement, and friendly bartenders were happy to bring Scottish desserts for our child and recommend whiskeys for us after dinner.  It was a short walk to both the Old Town tourist attractions and funky, fun Stockbridge. We ate several good dinners just a few blocks away and the Princes Street Gardens had a large playground just down the street. It was impossible to find an Edinburgh hotel that offered both a pool and complimentary breakfast, but we started most days at a French patisserie just around the corner. For visiting Edinburgh with kids I really can’t imagine a better balance of price, location and amenities.

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Craig and Bryanna from Crazy Family Adventure recommend Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys

Hawks Cay Resort is a great way to have a Caribbean vacation without leaving the US. Located in the middle of the Florida Keys you can paddle-board in the lagoon, swim in one of the many pools, or watch the dolphins swim at the hotels Dolphin Connection area. The kids will also love the Coral Cay kids club area and the pirate ship splash pad, large pool, soccer field, miniature golf, beach volleyball and playground. A great family travel location for sun, ocean and fun!

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Photo credit: Keryn Means

Keryn Means from Walking on Travels recommends The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

Luxury meets family-friendly accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, FL. The large, cozy rooms make it easy for a family to spread out and get the rest they crave, while the food options at the restaurants can fit any palette, even those pick eaters in your group. The beach is a short walk through the dunes, and the pool is the perfect spot to cool off on a hot day. Moms should definitely indulge in a spa treatment, giving them access to the spa pool, hot tub and steam room. I highly recommend the Himalayan Pink Salt Crystal massage. Parents can even sneak in a round of golf together, or a shopping trip into town, after they check their kids into the stellar kids club that offers craft activities, play time and more for kids of all ages. 

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Photo credit: Globalmouse Travels

Nichola from Globalmouse Travels recommends the Martinhal Family Resort in Sagres, Portugal

We adore Martinhal on the South Western tip of the Algarve. It’s as family friendly as you can get with childcare professionals in the restaurants to play with your children while you eat, wonderful indoor and outdoor pools and a lovely beachside location. It also has enough luxury for the adults to be happy too. Most of all though it just has a wonderful feel to it, it’s the kind of place you just fall in love with and want to return to time and again.

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Photo credit: Ale Lali Granata

Ale Lali Granata from Tips 4 Italian Trips recommends the Hotel Olimpionico in Italy

Dolomites are a stunning place to visit with kids: fresh air, superb hiking for beginner or well-trained families and delicious food. Trentino Alto-Adige, and in particular, Fiemme Valley is the best location to begin your journey at the mountain. We had an incredible staying at Hotel Olimpionico, in a tiny village close to Cavalese, the biggest town in Fiemme Valley. As a family we can highly recommend this place to you if you’re thinking of a holiday in the Dolomites because of the great atmosphere you can experiment there. There are plenty services for kids (their cuisine is to die for) and you can relax, have fun and go discover the territory, both in summer or in winter, where ski slopes are close to it.

The hotel is managed by the gentle and smiling family of Franco Nones, who took part in the Olympic Winter Games of Grenoble in 1968, winning for the first time in the history of cross country skiing a gold medal.

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Lara Dorman from 2 Moms Travel recommends the Resort at Paws Up in Montana

Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air and get your adventure on at The Resort at Paws Up in Montana. Families are pampered whether ‘glamping’ next to a babbling river or relaxing in a luxurious log cabin. With a plethora of physically and mentally challenging activities spread out over 32,000 acres, kid’s won’t even miss their electronics! 

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Paige Conner Totaro from All Over the Map recommends the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore

We love the Kimpton brand for its great service, comfy beds, and quirky amenities (request a goldfish for your room during your stay!), and their Hotel Monaco in Baltimore is one of our favorites. It’s within walking (or water taxi) distance of all of the kid-friendly attractions in Baltimore, like the National Aquarium, Camden Yards for baseball, the historic ships of Baltimore at the Inner Harbor, and the American Visionary Art Museum.

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Photo credit: Diana Rowe

Diana Rowe from Traveling in Heels and Hotel Scoop recommends the Fairfield Inn and Suites Southwest/Downtown Cheyenne

Our family ventures north to Cheyenne as often as possible. Why? Just 100 miles north of Denver travelers can explore the epitome of the Old West in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Last summer, we discovered a new hotel in this western town: Fairfield Inn and Suites Southwest/Downtown Cheyenne. But don’t let the brand name fool you; this Cheyenne hotel embraces its Western roots, with an enchanting dash of Wyoming Cowboy charm. The grandkids loved the pool (DUH!) and the complimentary hot breakfast. We loved the lobby embraces the Old west culture of Cheyenne with posters of cowboys, rodeos, and bisons. The convenient location sealed the deal — within minutes from things to do in downtown Cheyenne and a short drive to the Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration.

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Photo credit: Mary Solio

Mary Solio from the World is a Book recommends the Hilton Bora Bora

Hilton Bora Bora (converting to a Conrad in Spring 2017) was located on its own island with clear and pristine waters ideal for many water activities. We loved the overwater bungalows where kids could jump off the deck to snorkel in the coral gardens below or feed the fish from their bedside tables. The well-maintained tropical gardens and friendly staff also make this a favorite relaxing family getaway. 

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Photo credit: Kristine Dworkin

Photo credit: Kristine Dworkin

Kristine Dworkin from Trekaroo recommends the Hotel Zephyr in San Francisco

The Hotel Zephyr is part club house, old school game room, hang out pad, and all around fun!  Located adjacent to Fisherman’s Wharf  and Pier 39, the hotel opened during the summer of 2015.  The nautical themed rooms are cozy and many of them have a view of the great people watching along the wharf and Alcatraz out in the Bay.  This hotel also has a fun and colorful lobby that speaks to the history of the wharf.  

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Photo credit: Robin Hutson

Robin Hutson from Luxe Recess recommends the Wequassett on Cape Cod

The Wequassett on Cape Cod wins our love by providing an iconic New England vacation for families that is as elegant as it is family-friendly. The summer peak season has an extensive offering for families in their day and night programs, a playground, and the beach is a protected bay to catch crabs and build sandcastles.

The highlight each day at the pool filled with Ralph Lauren-clad staff is the arrival of the vintage Good Humor ice cream truck where a staff member in bow tie hands out free ice cream and popsicles to every aged guest. Parents enjoy the three-sided view of the ocean from the pool listening to retro 80’s hits.  We’ve loved it in both high and shoulder seasons, so even when it’s too cold to swim, the beaches are perfect for a sunny day collecting shells. The restaurants serve excellent local seafood, and the rooms are very spacious for families. It’s the only five-star resort on the Cape and is not to be missed.

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I recommend the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee

I’ve been to many great hotels for kids throughout the year, but none is as visually impressive as the Gaylord Opryland in Tennessee. With a location adjacent to the Opry Mills Mall and the Grand Ole Opry, the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville is a great place for your Nashville family vacation. My kids love the indoor riverboat ride, as well as the ICE! exhibit that takes place in the holiday season. The resort also boasts loads of restaurants, several pools, a fitness center, an indoor fountain show, and so much more.

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Friday 9th of December 2016

Love this! So many great hotels!

Carrick | Along for the Trip

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Hi Jodi!

There are so many great ones!! I have to agree with Colleen - the HR Maui was pretty spectacular. We stayed there in Oct. They seem to have thought of everything which I think is the hallmark of a top-notch, kid-friendly hotel. Wouldn't it be nice to have the time and money to visit them all!?!

Great post - It was a fun read!


Jodi Grundig

Thursday 8th of December 2016

Thanks! There definitely are some great ones here!

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