One of the reasons that parents don’t travel with small children is they are worried about where to stay. I like my personal space, too, but I also want to know my kids are safe and secure. We do travel on a budget, but we also don’t want to stay at a Rodeway Inn with 3 kids.
Suite-like properties with the convenience of a kitchenette are our ideal room. We typically try to do no more than $120 a night, so it depends on your destination as to whether that is feasible, but here are some places to try!
Here are my favorite American hotel chains for families:
Marriott Brand Hotels-
I was really impressed by a recent stay at Springhill Suites. I had asked for a crib when I booked online. When we entered the room, I found a pack-n-play set up in the room, with a separate package on the desk. This package included a Coverplay which is a washable cover for the hotel’s pack-n-play, making it more sanitary for your child. They also had a letter that noted we were traveling with a baby and asked us to stop by the front desk if we needed any Johnson’s Baby wash, nightlights, or outlet covers! We took them up on the outlet covers (which will now be going in my bag on the next vacation). I was pleasantly surprised by this extra effort put towards parents of small children.
- Affordable, clean
- Downside- no separate living room/bedroom (i.e. no door)
We haven’t stayed at one of these before, but they are known as the extended stay option for Marriott.
Residence Inn by Marriott
My mom and I stayed at the Residence Inn in Ottawa this past spring and had a great, spacious room. It was more like an apartment! I really love these hotels because they have all the amenities of a small apartment, but many are also located in the CBD or sightseeing district. Traveling with kids doesn’t always mean you have to be stuck by the highway! The only downfall to a Residence Inn is that prices are typically higher than a Springhill Suites or Towneplace Suites, but you will get a hot breakfast!
Hilton Brand Hotels-
We’ve stayed at a Homewood Suites in Northern Kentucky and one in Asheville. The room looked almost exactly like this (except we had a king in the bedroom). We’ve been able to put the boys on the sofabed and then request a crib for the baby. You know a plus of putting the kids in the living/dining room? Running the oven fan for white nose! LOL. Anyhow, I love these rooms because they give us the space we need to spread out and the quality from being a Hilton brand also makes it a little more luxurious. The breakfast also has some hot items so everyone leaves with full bellies.
- Another suite property with separate bedrooms and a hot breakfast
- I find that the prices are usually higher than the Homewood Suites, but check them out anyhow for an occasional special
Country Inn and Suites
These hotels are owned by the Carlson Group- their most popular brand worldwide is Radisson, but you will find quite a few Country Inn and Suites in the states. We haven’t stayed in one of these as a family yet (we did pre-kids) but they also offer studio suites and one-bedroom suites for a reasonable price.
We have only stayed once, but a big perk for me was a REAL crib. I’m not sure if this is brand-wide, so ask before booking, but my kids definitely do better in a crib than a pack-n-play because it is more similar to the crib they have at home. Drury Inns also offer a weeknight happy hour with snacks and beverages (and even free adult beverages!). The downside is you will most likely be cozying up in a one-room typical hotel, but hey, you’ll have a fridge for all the sippy cups of milk!
I hope this helps all of my friends that are parents and refuse to give up on dreams of getting out and exploring the world!
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