Booking a hotel or resort for your vacation is one of the most important planning decisions you will have to make. This decision becomes even more paramount for families traveling with children. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite family-friendly hotels in the United States. Many factors can affect whether or not a hotel is a good option for families. We have something for every type of traveler on our list, from those who prefer a traditional lodge-like experience that they keep returning to year after year to those who like to splurge on a luxury vacation, you are sure to find something that fits your family.
Innisbrook Golf Resort is a resort hotel surrounded by 900 acres of gorgeous grounds. There are four golf courses on the property, offering lots to do for the golf enthusiast. However, there are plenty of reasons for the non-golfer to book the property as well, such as six swimming pools including the spacious Loch Ness Monster Pool. The pools feature a beautiful waterfall, water volleyball, and waterslides that will keep your kids happy for days on end. Other kid-friendly amenities include a playground and miniature golf course. There are five on-site restaurants with plenty of options for kids as well as a variety of sports courts.
36750 US Why 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34683, Phone: 727-942-2000
2.Lakeway Resort & Spa
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Lakeway Resort and Spa is a contemporary resort on Lake Travis near Austin, Texas. The property offers gorgeous views of the lake that can be enjoyed from the property’s many lake-facing public areas, the outdoor deck, and the infinity edge pool with lake views. The property attracts families who come for the large, kid-friendly swimming pool with waterslides and play features. There’s also a kids’ club with inflatable toys, ping pong tables, and other games. The rooms are spacious and have all been renovated in recent years. Mom and dad will appreciate the 24-hour fitness center, full-service spa, and restaurant serving Southern-style comfort food.
101 Lakeway Drive, Lakeway, TX 78734, Phone: 512-261-6600
3.Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
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Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is a relaxing and luxurious family resort built on a golf course with views of the mountains. The resort features attractive rooms and suites with comfortable amenities and a snack tray. A highlight for family travelers is the Splashtopia water park, which offers waterslides and a lazy river as well as a sandy beach. Even though the water park is perfect for families, there is an adults-only swimming pool for mom and dad to enjoy while the kids are busy playing in the arcade. As an added bonus for guests who like to travel with their furry friends, the resort is pet friendly for an added fee.
41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, Phone: 760-568-2727
© Arizona Biltmore
Arizona Biltmore is a luxury resort dating back to 1929 and located on 39 beautifully landscaped acres near Phoenix Airport. The historic resort was designed by a student of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Throughout the decades, the resort has hosted a number of famous guests including Marilyn Monroe, several presidents, and others. Families will appreciate that the hotel is close to attractions and has a variety of versatile amenities including several beautiful swimming pools, tennis, and more. There is also a life-sized chess set, a nice, modern playground, and a kids camp for children aged 4 to 12, so mom and dad can enjoy a bit of alone time during their visit.
2400 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phone: 602-955-6600
Escape busy Waikiki at this family-friendly Disney resort that’s tucked away in quiet Ko Olina. Of course, you would expect family-friendly amenities from a Disney resort property. However, the Aulani is less overtly Disney-themed than the resorts on the mainland. The pool complex is stunning and features waterslides, an artificial reef, a lazy river, and more. The property’s decor is a mix of Hawaiian and Mickey Mouse themes. There are a number of kid-friendly activities planned each day and character sightings are common. The beach in front of the hotel is protected by a cove, making it perfect for kids to splash and swim.
92-1185 Ali’inui Drive, Kapolei, HI 96707, Phone: 866-443-4763
6.Chateau Sonesta Hotel
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The Chateau Sonesta Hotel has the distinction of being the most luxurious hotel on Bourbon Street. Bourbon Street may not seem like the most family-friendly location, and the balcony rooms can certainly be quite loud as the street gets a lot of foot traffic from the all-night party crowd, however, the interior rooms are quiet and perfect for families and the location is convenient. The pool is a favorite among guests with kids and features plenty of room for lounging, having fun, or enjoying a snack or a drink from the poolside snack bar. There is a variety of room sizes, providing families with a great deal of versatility when it comes to choosing an appropriately sized room.
300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-586-0300
7.Coronado Bay Resort
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Coronado Bay Resort features 439 rooms directly on San Diego Bay a short distance from downtown San Diego and Coronado. The resort is perfect for families traveling with children. There are three swimming pools and a full schedule of kid-friendly activities. If you are afraid your kids will be bored during your trip, not to fear. There’s gondola rides from the property’s private marina, surf lessons, a special club for teens, and much more to keep the little ones happy. Mom and dad will appreciate the fitness center, day spa, and tasty cuisine from the on-site restaurant.
4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, CA 92118, Phone: 619-424-4000
8.Disney’s Grand Californian
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Disney’s Grand Californian is one of the more luxurious ways to experience the Magic Kingdom.
The resort offers gorgeous accommodations and the kind of service that Disney is famous for. The park has several swimming pools, each with a unique theme such as the Redwood Pool, which has an actual giant redwood tree circled by a waterslide. Of course, it’s not just about the kids. Parents will appreciate the delicious food and luxury spa, among other amenities. As an added convenience, the hotel has its own private entrance to Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District. You also benefit from early admission to the park and other perks of staying at a Disney-owned property.
1600 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802, Phone: 714-635-2300
9.Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is missing many of the luxury features that some of the other high-end properties on our list offer. In fact, many guests complain that the property is crowded and that the beds are lacking in comfort. However, the 727-room resort continues to attract families year after year because of their top-notch amenities. Families will appreciate the large pool with an artificial geyser and waterslide as well as the kids’ club, which offers drop-off hours, and a long list of free activities. The resort is only 5 minutes from Disney World and guests can take advantage of extended hours at the park.
901 Timberline Drive, Orlando, FL 32830, Phone: 407-824-3200
10.El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort
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El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort is a Southwest getaway that perfectly melds desert beauty, indigenous culture, and luxury accommodations. The property spans 80 acres and includes a list of amenities that is hard to beat. Families rave about the resort’s on-site horse stables and the miniature Western village as well as the swimming pools. In addition, the resort always has something going on, with a schedule of weekly activities that includes something for every visitor. The resort’s dining options include award-winning Southwestern cuisine that has something for everyone in the family. Top it off with a fitness center and spa for mom and dad and you’ve got a great hotel option for family vacations in Tucson.
10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704, Phone: 520-544-5000
11.Fairmont Kea Lani
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This property’s name means “White Heaven” in Hawaiian and the name couldn’t be more appropriate. The property has 450 rooms, many with ocean views. There are three outdoor pools, two of which are kid friendly and one of which features a waterslide. The kids’ club makes this property a favorite among family travelers. The supervised club has full and half-day programs with a range of exciting activities including educational walks along the beach and a Hawaiian canoe experience. The resort has direct access to Polo Beach, which offers a relatively private beach experience for Hawaii. The beach offers calm waters, making it a particularly good option for kids.
4100 Wailea Alan Drive, Wailea, HI 96753, Phone: 808-875-4100
© Floridays Resort
Floridays Resort is a relaxed, family-friendly resort with a convenient location along International Drive. The resort offers spacious condo units that feature full kitchens, making them great for families. The property has a sprawling outdoor pool complex that offers family-friendly activities on the pool deck and features a water playground for kids. The rooms can sleep up to six people, making it a great option for those with multiple children. For those who are hoping to visit Orlando’s popular theme parks, the property offers a convenient, complimentary shuttle service to Walt Disney Theme Parks, SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Universal Studios.
12562 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821, Phone: 407-238-7700
13.Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
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The Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is a massive property with 1,014 rooms located steps away from downtown Disney. The property is an all-inclusive and has a long list of amenities and activities for families. There are three swimming pools, sports courts, and a game room for kids. The property has a number of delicious dining options, which include Disney character breakfasts that are a total hit among youngsters. The property offers free shuttle transport to the theme parks, so you don’t have to worry about parking. A number of Orlando’s most popular attractions and dining establishments are also located nearby.
1900 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-827-2727
14.Hilton Suites Ocean City
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The Hilton Suites Ocean City offers a beachfront option for families with a convenient location near Jolly Roger Amusement Park. The rooms are large and each features a full kitchen, which makes it a comfortable choice for families. There are plenty of amenities and activities for kids, with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, supervised activities in the kids’ club, and a game room. The hotel’s main restaurant serves tasty Caribbean food all day long and there is a coffee shop in the lobby for those who need their morning pick-me-up. The location is convenient for many of Ocean City’s popular attractions, including plenty of dining options.
3200 Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842, Phone: 410-289-6444
15.Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek
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The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa is a luxury resort at the base of the Beaver Creek Mountain ski area. The resort is perfect for skiers as it has direct access to the lifts. However, there’s more than just the slopes. The surrounding ski village features restaurants, shops, and an ice skating rink. Whether or not your kids are up for skiing, there is plenty to keep them happy and entertained, such as indoor camping, a game room, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a playground, and lawn games. The rooms offer mountain views, and suites have kitchenettes, which can be nice for families.
136 E. Thomas Place, Beaver Creek, CO 81620, Phone: 970-949-1234
16.Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
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The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has been a mainstay on Ponte Vedra Beach since it was first opened in 1928. The resort has a reputation for its upscale Southern style and fantastic views, but what really makes it popular are the wide variety of amenities on offer to resort guests. Families rave about the family pool with waterslide but there are other pools available too, including one especially for adults. Other resort amenities include a sprawling luxury spa, 36 holes of golf, and 15 tennis courts. The beach in front of the resort is calm and features beautifully clean white sand perfect for building sandcastles or playing in the surf.
200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082, Phone: 866-748-8083
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Reunion Resort is a large 411-room resort that offers one to three-bedroom villas that are perfect for families, although a bit pricy. The resort compound is quite large and requires intra-resort shuttles to navigate, but that just means there are tons of amenities. Exciting features include eleven swimming pools and a 5-acre water park that has a lazy river. The resort has a kids’ club with a full -schedule of activities each day. The six on-site restaurants offer a range of dining experiences, including a rooftop joint with views of the fireworks at Disney. Even though the resort’s amenities may be hard to leave, Orlando’s popular theme parks are just a few minutes away.
7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34747, Phone: 407-662-1000
18.Scottsdale, at Gainey Ranch
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The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is a beautiful property tucked away in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. The property covers 27 acres and combines stunning natural features with luxury amenities and fun. The rooms feature private balconies, many with stunning views of the sunset, mountain, or golf course. There are eight on-site restaurants and bars offering a variety of dining options during your stay. A popular feature among families is the 2.5-acre water park that has ten swimming pools, a waterslide, a white sand beach, and poolside bars as well as a relaxing whirlpool spa.
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, Phone: 480-444-1234
19.Sonesta Beach Resort
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Sonesta Beach Resort is a stylish, family-friendly resort conveniently located just across the A1A Highway from popular Fort Lauderdale Beach. The property’s sleek all-white design may not exude a family-friendly vibe at first glance, but rest assured that here is plenty for your kids to do and the relaxed vibe is perfectly suitable for families. The swimming pool is a popular option for those traveling with kids and is often bustling with activity. The beach in front of the hotel is none less busy but is a nice stretch of sand perfect for playing in the sand or waves.
999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, Phone: 954-315-1460
© Suncadia Resort
Suncadia Resort is a 6,000-acre resort set in a wooded area of the Cascade Mountains near Cle Elum Lake. The resort has two primary options for accommodations: a rustic mountain lodge and a smaller inn. The inn rooms offer a more intimate experience, complete with private balconies and gas fireplaces. The property has an impressive swim and fitness center, which includes both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool to keep your kids occupied for hours. There’s also a full-service spa on-site and two golf courses as well as a range of both fine and casual dining restaurants and a coffee shop on site.
3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum, WA 98922, Phone: 509-649-6400
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Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Lake Buena Vista is a popular, family-friendly, full-service resort in Orlando. The property is conveniently located near Walt Disney Theme Parks and many other major attractions. However, your kids would have a memorable trip even if you spent your whole vacation at the resort. There is a wide variety of family-friendly amenities, including special “Kidsuites” deigned just for kids with themed bed/playrooms that sleep two to four kids. There are plenty of supervised activities for kids on offer each day at Camp Holiday. Additionally, the resort’s Castle Movie Theatre plays family-friendly movies all day long and kids eat free at the resort’s restaurant.
13351 Florida 535, Orlando, FL 32821, Phone: 407-239-4500
Vacation Rentals at Tamarron offers a variety of lodging options in beautiful Durango, Colorado, near the Purgatory Ski Resort. There are options available for every type of group or individual, including studio units with kitchenettes all the way up to three-bedroom townhomes that offer plenty of space for a family with kids. The community includes 381 townhomes and condominiums, which are privately owned but share amenities. There is a restaurant in the main lodge, which has a kids’ menu. The Valley Clubhouse is a recreational center with another restaurant, party space, a golf shop, and much more. During the winter, there is a ski shuttle from the main lodge to the Purgatory/Durango Mountain ski area.
314 Tamarron Drive North, Durango, CO 81301, Phone: 800-678-1000
23.The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
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The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago occupies a fabulous location along the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago, offering a fabulous place for your family to base themselves as they explore the Windy City. The hotel sits atop a luxury shopping mall and features nice, spacious rooms, a luxury spa, and a large fitness center. There is a four-lane lap pool with skylights. The on-site restaurant only gets average reviews, but the views from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows are hard to beat. The hotel has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation in recent years, making it even swankier than ever.
160 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312-266-1000
24.The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
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The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Resort and Spa covers 800 acres of property within Arizona’s Dove Mountain and offers 253 posh rooms. The resort’s golf club has a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course that is popular among golf enthusiasts. The decor is inspired by the surrounding Sonoran Desert and has an authentic Southwest feel. Amenities at the resort include four restaurants and a cafe, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. They offer suites and cottages for families who need a bit more space than a standard hotel room. Many of the rooms offer gorgeous views of the canyon or mountain.
15000 North Secret Springs Drive, Marana, AZ 85658, Phone: 520-572-3000
25.Woodlach Pines Resort
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Family-friendly resorts in the Poconos can be a bit hard to come by, but you won’t mourn the lack of choices when you see the variety of activities and amenities at this lakeside property. Activities on offer include sledding, ice-skating, hiking, bumper boats, go-karts, sailing, and group games. In addition, there’s family-friendly live entertainment many evenings. The on-site kids’ club is a great option for mom and dad to be able to spend some time together relaxing on their trip. The rooms are fairly simple but are comfortable and clean. For more space, book a large private house on the lake.
731 Welcome Lake Road, Hawley, PA 18428, Phone: 800-966-3562
25 Best Family Friendly Hotels in the United States
- Innisbrook, Photo: Innisbrook
- Lakeway Resort & Spa, Photo: Lakeway Resort & Spa
- Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Photo: Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
- Arizona Biltmore, Photo: Arizona Biltmore
- Aulani, Photo: Aulani
- Chateau Sonesta Hotel, Photo: Chateau Sonesta Hotel
- Coronado Bay Resort, Photo: Coronado Bay Resort
- Disney’s Grand Californian, Photo: Courtesy of Kalim - Fotolia.com
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Photo: Courtesy of BillionPhotos.com - Fotolia.com
- El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort, Photo: El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort
- Fairmont Kea Lani, Photo: Fairmont Kea Lani
- Floridays Resort, Photo: Floridays Resort
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, Photo: Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
- Hilton Suites Ocean City, Photo: Hilton Suites Ocean City
- Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek, Photo: Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek
- Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Photo: Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
- Reunion Resort, Photo: Reunion Resort
- Scottsdale, at Gainey Ranch, Photo: Scottsdale, at Gainey Ranch
- Sonesta Beach Resort, Photo: Sonesta Beach Resort
- Suncadia Resort, Photo: Suncadia Resort
- SunSpree Resort, Photo: SunSpree Resort
- Tamarron, Photo: Tamarron
- The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
- The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
- Woodlach Pines Resort, Photo: Courtesy of jes2uphoto - Fotolia.com
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