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You only get a few precious opportunities each year to take your children on a holiday and you want the experience to be perfect. TID’s resident travel blogger, Erin Bender, completely understands. Check out the 8 hotels her family rated 5 out of 5 stars.
Around the world there are more and more hotels that put families first, but sometimes tracking them down can feel like a daunting task.
We prefer to think of them as hotels that welcome and encourage children, and strive to include them as valued guests. And when you know where to look you will find that there is always a friendly place for your family to stay. Somewhere that will set the scene for a truly memorable holiday.
Family rooms with privacy for the parents, a kids club, a water playground, a pool with a swim up bar and an adults-only pool – this place does “family” well. Its central location places it only a few minutes walk from the popular Waterbom waterpark and shopping district. It is also home to a reputable restaurant offering buffet breakfast and themed dinners.
We love satay night on Thursdays, with all-you-can-eat chicken sticks and fruit fondue.
Sentosa Island is home to Universal Studios, water and light show, and an exciting water playground called the Port of Lost Wonder. It’s an entertainment-driven holiday locale and the Festive Hotel offers family size rooms at reasonable prices.
We love being next door to the Hard Rock Hotel and having access to the sizeable beach pool and water slides.
This luxury hotel in central London’s Mayfair district has perfected the art of putting kids first. They offer spacious 1-bedroom apartments with a convertible lounge that turns into a bunk bed. There is a health-conscious (yet tasty) kids menu at the restaurant.
We love that they provide kites and bird food so you can make the most of Green Park across the street. It feels like the movie Mary Poppins coming to life!
Some would mistake a 17th century monastery nestled in the hills above Florence as a lover’s hotel, but with their new fully-equipped kids club, the Villa San Michele is inviting families to take part in the romance.
We love the tiny slippers and pint-sized dressing gowns for its young guests, a welcome gift and much more. Kids will always feel the love at the Villa San Michele!
Possibly one of the most underrated tourist cities in Europe, Poznan is fast climbing the ranks of family friendly destinations to visit in Europe. And the Novotel is the perfect place to settle in. Plus it’s located a few minutes’ walk to an indoor waterpark that is warm all year round.
We love that kids receive a welcome gift, there is an Xbox conveniently located in the lobby for kids to play during check-in or waiting times. Not to mention the toy corner, giant bean bags and a swimming pool.
This comfortable hotel is in a great location for making your way around the scenic city of Budapest. In the reception area you’ll find a corner set aside with toys for the kids to amuse themselves. Roomy apartments complete with separate bedrooms, washing machine and kitchen, make this place the perfect home away from home for your family when visiting Budapest.
We love the child-friendly reception area and the laundry room.
Dubai is an indulgent city where you can choose to stay in any number of sumptuous hotels. Our pick for this city is the new Movenpick. Not only were the staff extra friendly to the kids, but everyday at 5pm is chocolate hour. Located in the lobby, for free, you can indulge in a chocolate fountain, truffles, brownies, or other delectable treats. It changes daily so there’s always a pleasant surprise. And what kids wouldn’t be over the moon to come home to chocolate hour?
We love the chocolate!
Germany is a very kid friendly city and this hotel in the centre is perfect. Close to public transport and walking distance to restaurants. The hotel also offers games in the lobby for kids to play, colourful steps for kids to climb and communicate with the reception staff and family rooms big enough for even large families.
We love the kids-only breakfast station at the dining room.