Best Family-Friendly Hotel Chains: Hyatt Hotels

Florida's Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
THE LIFE AQUATIC: Florida's Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress (courtesy, Hyatt Hotels)

Hyatt, which launched its children's program in 1989, has long been a leader in family-friendly travel. At participating hotels, restaurants and room service always serve kids' menus and parents can purchase an adjoining room, when available, for their kids at a 50 percent discount.

The resorts that offer the well-regarded Camp Hyatt—32 properties around the world—host full- and half-day programs, as well as occasional evening activities, for ages three to 12. And once they sign up for camp, your kids get yearly birthday cards entitling them to a free ice-cream sundae at any Hyatt Resort, plus a passport to get stamped at other properties. After accumulating several stamps, young guests receive welcome prizes such as a plush animal or a compact-disc case.

Other important touches for families on the road include 14 kid-perfect pools, from Honolulu to Texas Hill Country, that recognize the essential value of a good pool. Not just a good pool, but an expansive watery fun zone of slides, flumes, wave pools, and lazy rivers that may well define your time away.'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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