10 Tips for Finding Family-friendly Hotels


See About the Dining Options

It's always difficult to find a restaurant that the whole family can agree upon, especially in an unfamiliar location. Some hotels try to make this task a little easier by offering dining options with special menus and discounts that appeal to both the kids' taste buds and the parents' pocketbooks.

Holiday Inn, the original family-friendly hotel, has added "kids eat free" to their "kids stay free" motto, offering free meals for up to four kids aged 12 and under at any of their onsite restaurants. But many lodging establishments offer kids' menus. For example, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts' children's fare includes the old standbys: Pop-Tarts, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets and ice cream with sprinkles. For families with more sophisticated tastes, there are programs like the Peninsula New York's "Fifth Avenue Fairy Princess" package, in which little girls accompany their mothers for lunch at the exclusive Manhattan restaurant, La Grenouille. Children who participate in this and other hotel programs receive a Tiffany & Co. silver spoon engraved with their initials as a souvenir.