Best Family-Friendly Hotel Chains

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READY FOR TAKEOFF: Kids' Club Lego time at Four Seasons Aviara, San Diego (courtesy, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts)

Even kids get the legendary Four Seasons service. While the chain's resorts keep ages five to 12 busy with crafts, nature walks, and games at complimentary, supervised Kids For All Seasons programs, its city hotels pamper kids, too. At check-in, most give guests under ten a plush animal as well as a newsletter listing local, family-friendly attractions. In the room, young guests get milk and cookies as well as pint-sized terry robes.

Four Seasons' Atlanta property adds your child's name spelled out in sponge letters just above the bathtub. The Washington, D.C., hotel provides Sony PlayStations, Super Nintendos, videos, and coloring books. At the Boston hotel, pre-teens can choose a baseball hat, key chain, or T-shirt gift along with a welcome treat of popcorn and soda. Book the Kids in the City package at the Four Seasons Chicago and your brood gets a great bedtime send off: a visit from the Ice Cream Man, who brings creamy flavors along with fudge toppings so your kids can concoct their own made-to-order sundaes.

Meanwhile, even the tiniest guests get attention when bedding down at a Four Seasons hotel. All properties provide cribs and many set these up with a stash of diapers, lotions, a teddy bear, and a bottle warmer. Forgot a bib? Don't want to schlep a stroller? No problem. Just call the concierge.


Away.com'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 Amazon.com.

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

Best Hotels in Boston

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Lenox Hotel
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The Langham, Boston
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Loews Boston Hotel
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Fairmont Battery Wharf Boston

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