The Best Family-Friendly Hotels in America

Embassy Suites

(800-EMBASSY)

The country's largest chain of all-suite hotels, nearly 150 coast-to-coast, stays true to its slogan "100 percent satisfaction guaranteed." If guests are not completely happy, the hotel doesn't expect them to pay.

Pluses for Parents

Daily complimentary buffet breakfast, morning newspapers, and evening happy hour. Kids 18 and under stay free. Its two-room suites enable families to spread out during the day and allow parents to enjoy privacy at night. Kitchens come with a coffeemaker, refrigerator, microwave, and wet bar. No fighting over watching Nickelodeon or ER -- there's a TV in each room.

Lures for Little Ones

A swimming pool, free popcorn, and soft drinks during happy hour; cable TV with kids' programming.

Noteworthy Properties

Embassy Suites Downtown, Washington, D.C.

This hotel earned a high score from Sally Squires and her 11-year-old. "Not only is it located near all the best Capitol sites, it was clean and comfy," Squires says. Even though the hotel's restaurant offers a wide variety of child-pleasing fare, the kitchen concocted a special sandwich for her son, who is "a very picky eater," says Squires. Prices start at $149 per suite per night.

Embassy Suites, Burlingame, California

"My 1- and 3-year-old loved the rain-forest motif, with waterfalls and koi ponds," says Ginny Graves. She gave a thumbs-up to the pool with a shallow toddlers' area. Prices start at $139 per suite per night; or consider the Party Package, which allows up to six people to room in a suite for $189.

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