5 Family Hotel Suites You Need to Book Right Now
Take the kids to these family-friendly escapes for plenty of relaxation and quality bonding time.
From a beach-themed bungalow to a treehouse-inspired retreat, these innovative, family-focused suites cater to visitors of all ages. (Getty Images)
It's every "SpongeBob SquarePants"-watching kid's dream to stay in a pineapple under the sea. And now, you and the kids can live out the fantasy at the new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, a Karisma Gourmet Inclusive Resort, in the Dominican Republic. Lego fans are covered too, thanks to multiple suites, and soon bungalows, at the Legoland Florida Resort. If you want to take the kids on a trip to remember in 2017, take a look at five fabulous family hotel suites and act quickly and secure your stay – before they're all booked.
North Conway, New Hampshire
A stay at Adventure Suites in New Hampshire is, as its name suggests, an adventure like no other. Every room at the hotel is a fun, over-the-top, completely tricked-out suite. Even better, you can upgrade your hotel booking to include add-ons such as breakfast in bed, a family s'mores pack or a treat for your dog. Adventure Suites offers 10 different family suite options, including the Treehouse, which features a front porch and a carousel house for kids to ride. Another popular suite is the Jungle, which has a luxury hut with a thatch roof and a glow-in-the-dark Gorilla Villa for kids. For breakfast, head to the on-site 50s-inspired diner for make-your-own-waffles and breakfast sandwiches.
Legoland Florida Resort
Winter Haven, Florida
For Lego lovers, it's not enough to explore all that Legoland Florida has to offer, such as Heartlake City and Miniland USA. Take the experience to the next level with a stay at the Legoland Florida Hotel. Choose from four different themes, including Lego Friends, which has bunk beds and brightly-painted walls with each of the five Lego Friends characters. Or, come summer, you can book a stay at one of 83 beach-themed bungalows at the Legoland Beach Retreat. Set to open in 2017, the new beach retreat will be adjacent to the theme park alongside Lake Dexter, Florida. Here, guests will have access to a sandy beach for fun in the sun, a daily all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and a kids clubhouse.
Book a stay at the Fantasyland Hotel to make your kids' dreams come true. Located inside the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Canada (not at Walt Disney World), this hotel boasts one-of-a-kind family suites with kid-friendly themes. Try the Igloo Luxury Theme suite, which includes a round queen-sized bed in an igloo and a set of bunk beds. Another favorite is the Western Luxury Theme suite, which includes a queen-sized bed in the back of a wagon and bunk beds that are situated in the "County Jail." In all, there are more than two dozen different theme rooms at the hotel. Plus, there's an indoor amusement park, an ice rink and a water park inside the same entertainment complex.
Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade
Inspired by SeaWorld San Antonio, the Aquatica Suite at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade is an ocean-lover's paradise, complete with an aquarium, a pair of "stingray" bean bag chairs and loads of sea-themed books. A brightly-colored entertainment wall features two TVs, including one for movies and another for video games. Or, book a stay in the Discovery Suite, a colorful suite with a mini-basketball court and San Antonio Spurs basketball jerseys to wear while you shoot and dribble. For parents, an adjoining room with a cut-out allows for check-ins on children at play. And as an added bonus, the hotel offers dive-in movies and snacks after dark.
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Sure, you could book a swim-up suite or a super villa that's perfect for six people, but when you book a stay at the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts in Punta Cana, you want to book "The Pineapple." The suite, as its name implies, is inspired by the pineapple under the sea inhabited by SpongeBob SquarePants. And you'd better book well in advance. Inside the resort's signature stay, you'll find two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a pull-out sofa bed, an infinity pool and a private butler who can arrange everything from gourmet meals to pajama parties. For families traveling with babies, look for "Gotcha Covered" amenities, such as strollers, cribs and baby bottle warmers.
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Edited by Liz Weiss.