The Best Family-Friendly Hotels in America

Holiday Inn


The renowned chain recently launched 24 family-geared SunSpree Resorts. At these hotels, large rooms are partitioned -- half for parents, half for kids.

Pluses for Parents

Parents can enjoy a set of tennis, a round of golf, a dip in the pool, and intimate dinners.

Lures for Little Ones

The children's side of the room has bunk and daybeds, a TV and VCR, Nintendo, a phone, a CD player/radio, and a junior-size activity table for games and puzzles.

Noteworthy Properties

SunSpree Resort, Panama City, Florida

"The bright playroom is filled with toys, games, and art supplies," says Shirley Courson, who has a 1- and a 3-year-old. During peak season -- late spring through summer -- supervised activities, including scavenger hunts and Kids Night Out (a five-hour party with movies and games), are scheduled for kids every day. The small grocery at the hotel came in handy, as the Coursons forgot to pack baby wipes. Prices start at $69 per room per night.

SunSpree Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Kids have a separate check-in desk, where they're greeted with a bag of goodies. The supervised, free children's program, Camp Holiday, is open daily and offers arts and crafts, games, treasure hunts, and videos. "The staff bent over backward to make us happy -- we felt as if we could ask for anything," says Sally Shifke, whose children are 23 months, 6, and 8. Prices start at $127 for Kid Suites.

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