The Best Family-Friendly Hotels in America

Sonesta

(800-SONESTA)

Don't let the plush lobbies or upscale restaurants fool you into thinking that kids aren't welcome at these 18 unique properties. After all, this is a company whose president, Stephanie Sonnabend, frequently travels with her own 10- and 12-year-old children. It's obvious she knows how to make little ones feel like big shots on the road.

Pluses for Parents

Spa treatments, afternoon tea, and fitness rooms. Up to two children under 12 can stay free in their parents' room.

Lures for Little Ones

A chance to experience a grown-up hotel with a staff that smiles over spilled milk -- and cheerfully brings another glass.

Noteworthy Properties

Sonesta Beach Resort, Key Biscayne, Florida

"My 12-year-old daughter was hesitant about joining the complimentary Just Us Kids activities program," says Sarah Gann of the oceanfront property. "But the counselors made her feel so comfortable. I was able to get some time for myself -- what every mom needs." Prices start at $180 per room per night through early December.

Chateau Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans

"The staff weren't just welcoming, they were playful with our kids," says Mimi Greenwood Knight, mother of a 3-, 6-, and 8-year-old. At the hotel's Red Fish Grill, not only did Knight savor "possibly the best shrimp I'd ever eaten, but my kids were served virgin daiquiris in fancy glasses, and the waiter made a big production of presenting the drinks!" Knight complimented the hotel for going beyond the call of duty: "We asked for cough medicine at 11:00 p.m. An employee went to a neighborhood pharmacy to pick it up and delivered it right to our room." Prices start at $99 per room per night through early September.

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