Hotels for Large Families
One of the reasons that parents don’t travel with 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. Sure, it’s nice to stay in an Airbnb, but sometimes the extra cleaning fees make the price out of reach for a one or two-night stay. I know other families struggle with this, too, so I thought I’d combine my expertise as a former travel agent and a mom of 4 and provide you with a list of some of the best American hotel chains for families of 5 or 6.
Hotels with family suites
The best hotel room for our family is one that can sleep all of us in existing bedding. Although I am willing to bring our toddler-sized inflatable mattress, I’d rather not. So, this list is exclusively for family suites that can sleep 5 or 6 people.
Marriott Brand Hotels
This Marriott-branded hotel is one that we look for when traveling because it’s consistently clean, affordable, and has an indoor pool. The only thing I don’t like is that the suite is just one big room, there’s no separation between the room where the sofa bed and the bedroom.
The Springhill Suites has a new sofa bed that’s more like a trundle, so technically they will say that the room only sleeps 5. If you are a family of 6, you’ll have to enter 5 when searching for availability. (This is mother advice, not legal advice 😉 )
Springhill Suites also offers a small microwave and fridge.
We haven’t stayed at one of these before, but they are known as the extended-stay option for Marriott. Some Towneplace Suites offer two-bedroom and two-bathroom accommodations with kitchens!
Residence Inn by Marriott
The Residence Inn is one of my favorite hotel chains with suites. 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!
Residence Inns also have a full kitchen! Having a full-sized fridge and the ability to cook while traveling with kids is so helpful.
Sheraton & Marriott Villas
Marriott offers condo-like properties under the Marriott Vacation Club or the Sheraton Vistana name. These are timeshare resorts that can be booked by the public and are found in resort areas like Orlando, Lake Tahoe, or Hilton Head. One of our favorite vacation spots is the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida (just a jump from Walt Disney World). These resorts can have 1 or 2 bedrooms and sleep 6 people.
Hilton Brand Hotels
We’ve stayed at a Homewood Suites in Northern Kentucky, Savannah, and one in Asheville. The room looked almost exactly like this. I love these rooms because they give us space we need to spread out and the quality of being a Hilton brand also makes it a little more luxurious. The breakfast also has some hot items so everyone leaves with full bellies.
- The Embassy Suites are 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.
Home 2 Suites
One of the newer brands by Hilton is Home 2 Suites. These hotel rooms are perfect for families of 6. They offer 2 double or queen beds and a pull-out sofa. Unfortunately, there is no separation, it’s just one large room with a curtain that can be pulled between the double beds and the sofa bed. The rooms also offer a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave. These rooms are often located in convenient locations off of the highway and even in a few large cities.
Hyatt Hotels that sleep 6
Hyatt Place Hotels have rooms with 2 double beds and a sleeper sofa. They are perfect for a family of 6 if you don’t mind being snuggled up in one space. We like Hyatt Place because of the great deals that can be found with points. We just spent 3 nights in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and only paid 5000 points per night! The World of Hyatt Rewards Program has some of the best redemptions in the hotel world, and Hyatt Place is one of those!
The Hyatt Place Tulsa was recently remodeled, had space for 6, and a full breakfast!
Destinations by Hyatt
Destinations by Hyatt are their timeshare, condo-like properties. They have one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens. The resorts are also located in dreamy locales like Hawaii. The Destinations by Hyatt Resorts are another great choice for large families that want to travel on points!
Hyatt House is a newer brand in the portfolio that offers studio and one-bedroom suites that sleep six. The Hyatt House rooms have a full kitchen and space to eat, making this a great option for longer stays!
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 offers a weeknight happy hour with snacks and beverages (and even free adult beverages!).
Suites at the Drury Inn sleep 6 in 2 queen beds and a separate room with a sleeper sofa.
I hope this helps all of my friends who are parents and refuse to give up on dreams of getting out and exploring the world. What’s your favorite hotel brand for families?