Top Family-Friendly Hotels Named in U.S., Worldwide

The travel site TripAdvisor has compiled hotel reviews logged by people who travel with children or other family members to create its Travelers’ Choice Awards for top family-friendly properties. These include hotels around the world including large resorts and smaller accommodations in the U.S. Note that these are not necessarily top budget-friendly properties (and see average prices below).

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Top Family-Friendly Hotels

Below are the top five hotels per category for best family-friendly experience according to TripAdvisor contributors. Complete listings are available on TripAdvisor.

Top 5 World’s Large Hotels and Resorts

  1. Treasure Island Resort & Holiday Park, Biggera Waters, Australia
  2. KeyLime Cove Resort and Water Park, Gurnee, Illinois
  3. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, New York
  4. Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center, Cortland, New York
  5. Protur Bonaire Aparthotel, Cala Bona, Spain

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Top 5 U.S. Large Hotels and Resorts

  1. KeyLime Cove Resort and Water Park, Gurnee, Illinois
  2. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, New York
  3. Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center, Cortland, New York
  4. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Orlando, Florida
  5. WorldQuest Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida

Top 5 U.S. Small Hotels and Motels

  1. Pollace’s Family Vacation Resort, Catskill, New York
  2. Starlight Motel & Luxury Suites, Ortley Beach, New Jersey
  3. Lampliter Oceanside Resorts, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
  4. VIP Motel, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
  5. Echo Motel & Oceanfront Cottages, Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Not Necessarily for Families on a Budget

There are deals available at many of the properties in the TripAdvisor list, but it must be pointed out that the large hotels (100 rooms or more) are not necessarily cheap, and this is true for the U.S. small properties although they are clearly less expensive.

Average Nightly Rate for Hotels for Families Winners

  • Overall average nightly rate: $274
  • Large properties in U.S., average nightly rate: $292
  • Small properties in U.S., average nightly rate: $131

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How to Save More on Hotels

As noted above, many of these hotels are destinations unto themselves – with resort features for children and adults alike. Families looking for a different experience such as a national park, a city getaway or visiting relatives may find that any number of budget chain motels/hotels will provide significant additional savings.

Note: rooms with kitchenettes may cost a little more but can keep eating-out costs way down.

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Published: April 9, 2012