Top 5 Family-Friendly Hotel Chains

Where service comes with a kid-focused smile to make that family vacation a hit with Mom, Dad, and the rowdy rabble.
SITTIN' PRETTY: Tubing the Hyatt Regency Hill Country’s Ramblin' River (courtesy, Hyatt Hotels)
Top 100 Family Resorts
There's a bewildering world of choice when it comes to picking the right place to bed down on your family vacation, but it's a choice you want to get right. So let our definitive guide to the continent's best family resorts be your gold standard. A beach paradise on Maui, a rollicking good ranch time in Oregon, blissful escape on the islands of the Great Lakes? Rest assured, if you have a dream vacation in mind, we've got your base camp covered.

Make no mistake, family travel is big business. Hotel chains, even city properties with no supervised programs for youngsters, compete for family bookings by going that extra mile to make your stay more fun. Pick the right place and your children are greeted with plush animals, milk and cookies, and other take-home treats like backpacks or local activity booklets. They'll also ease your lug-along load by providing complimentary potty chairs, baby bathtubs, car seats, and strollers. Here, to help separate the gimmicks from the greats, we pinpoint five family-focused chains with the services and amenities to help smooth your way to that perfect family escape.'s resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from

Published: 25 Sep 2006 | Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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