The Best Hotels for Families

1. Loews Hotels

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Universal Orlando, A Loews Hotel

Number of U.S. properties: 16 in 9 states plus the District of Columbia

  • Offers the Loews Loves Kids program, which gives children under 10 a free gift bag at check-in and allows parents access to a Kids Kloset with books, toys, baby supplies, and childproofing kits
  • Features kids' suites -- rooms with cute decorations and kid-size furniture inside main suites -- at some locations
  • Permits the family pet to stay at the hotel -- it's welcomed with a personal note from the hotel's general manager
  • Will soon update its kids' menus with recipes such as 1-2-3 Lasagne from Emeril Lagasse's children's cookbook

Supervised Children's Program:

For kids ages 4 to 12 at seven locations. Babysitting can be arranged at all locations.

A sunken Royal Bali Sea steamship, a gondola ride, and interactive water-play areas are just a few of the imaginative concepts that make Loews properties attractions in themselves. Each location capitalizes on its surroundings to create innovative programs for kids.

For instance, the Ventana Canyon Resort, nestled on 93 acres in the foothills of the Catalina mountains in Tucson, offers a package in which kids ages 6 to 13 can "camp out" one night in sleeping bags or tents on the resort's upper terrace while they hear ghost stories, eat s'mores, and watch the stars with an astronomer. The next morning kids meet up with their parents for a pancake and waffle breakfast. The Regency in New York City, which fills dishes in its common areas with M&Ms, often teams up with nearby FAO Schwarz to schedule children's activities. At Loews Miami Beach, a pool concierge distributes free Italian ice to children and invites them to play Twister bingo, build sandcastles, or take salsa lessons with Mom and Dad.

The chain also acknowledges the growing number of grandparents traveling with kids. Through its Generation G program, it offers discounts on adjoining rooms and hands out amenities like a photo album and a disposable camera.

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