They say children are the future—not only are they up to date with the latest and greatest in technology, but they’re constantly seeking out new trends. When we started searching for the best accommodations for kids, we turned to Booking.com (the global leader in connecting travellers to the widest choice of incredible places to stay)——who turned to the kids themselves.
Over 22,500 children, aged 5 to 15, shared exactly what they want from their family holiday. For teens, fast Wi-Fi connection and the chance to take cool photos for social media is an absolute must, whereas 5 to 11 year olds crave a lush swimming pool and all the ice-cream they can eat. Of course, having kids ourselves, we weren’t all that surprised at these answers. However, we are seriously impressed with the amazing destination suggestions.
We can’t mention vacations for kids without mentioning “the happiest place on Earth.” Experience a spellbinding trip for the whole family at the magical land of Disneyland Paris and meet everyone’s favourite characters from Mickey Mouse to Donald Duck. Stay at the comfortable B&B Hôtel à Disneyland Paris which is ideally located less than two miles from the theme park. Wake up to fresh, daily buffet breakfasts (Perfect for picky-eaters) and a selection of drinks and pastry snacks served each afternoon—you’re going to need fuel for an action-packed day at Disneyland, featuring rollercoasters and parades.
With a large outdoor pool and a collection of terraces and gardens, there is plenty of space to let the kids run around care-free without having to worry about their whereabouts. Parents can recharge their batteries at the hotel’s gym and beauty salon (We know, parenting can be tiresome!). Families will be spoiled for choice with Silken Al Andalus’s restaurant, serving international dishes and varied buffet breakfasts. There’s also the hotel’s café serving a daily set menu, as well as a poolside bar and a stylish snack bar.
Ideally set in Seville’s Heliopolis district, Hotel Silken Al Andalus Palace Seville is a five-minute drive from Plaza España and has a regular public bus service stop outside the hotel. The hotel is also close to Pineda Golf Club (lessons for the entire family? Don’t mind if we do!) and Maria Luisa Park, a beautiful public park perfect for summer family picnics.
From the iconic Big Ben to the London Eye, London is the ultimate European city to visit with the family. With the convenient location and easy transport links surrounding the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, families can hop from the Westminster Palace for a photo-op to the British Museum where there are free trails and workshops just for kids.
This large, contemporary hotel offers rooms, studios and apartments, to accommodate any family size. Children can play in the 20 yard swimming pool, while you relax at the Mandara Spa with its range of luxury treatments.
Families can beat the holiday crowds by unwinding on their very own private beach on the coast of the Black Sea with Apart Hotel Imeretinskiy Morskoy Kvartal. Set in Adler and just five miles from Sochi Discovery World Aquarium, the hotel features both an outdoor and indoor pool. All apartments feature a kitchenette—perfect for preparing family favourite foods and saving money on costly restaurants. The hotel also features a spa, fitness centre, tennis courts and bike hire—in other words, it’ll be hard to not find an activity for everyone.
Towering over the bay, this iconic hotel offers the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, 20 dining options and a world-class casino (your teens will be happy with the photo possibilities!). The Marina Bay Sands has direct access to Singapore’s premier shopping mall and the ArtScience Museum, which features the permanent exhibition, Future World. Take in breath-taking views of the city skyline from the rooftop infinity pool or at the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck on level 57. There’s no doubt the kids will be impressed with not only the city, but this grand hotel.
Whether you’re heading to Spain for the kids to practice their Spanish or to visit the beautiful Burgos Cathedral, this spacious and modern hotel has a convenient location. It’s a ten-minute walk from Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor Square and just a five-minute walk from Salamanca’s main shopping district. The best part? The Gran Sol Corona is surrounded by a range of tapas restaurants—so kids can fill up on paella before touring around.
While Paris may be exciting, Pays de la Loire offers something truly unique (and Instagram-worthy) for the family. Overlooking the River Erdre and the surrounding garden, the Novotel Nantes Centre Gare has a restaurant serving delicious French cuisine. When not touring, families can relax in the lounge, which offers free newspapers and children’s games. The Novotel Nantes is just a 15-minute walk away from Cité Internationale des Congrès, Saint-Pierre Cathedral and the Museum of the Fine Arts – so the kids will not complain about walking!
The Novotel München City Hotel, with a large indoor pool and spa, is a five-minute walk from the Deutsches Museum and a five-minute train journey from Marienplatz Square. Novotel München City provides rental bicycles so families can explore the wonderful sights of Munich, while getting in some exercise. The Le Jardin restaurant offers Mediterranean meals, while Novotel’s bar serves a selection of snacks and cocktails. Parents can enjoy some much-needed relaxation in the steam room, while younger guests can visit the play room with an array of Xbox games and consoles.
Located two miles from the exhilarating and must-see Niagara Falls, the Great Wolf Lodge is the ultimate resort for families, offering free admission to the on-site indoor and outdoor water parks. There is something to keep the whole family entertained with spas, miniature golf, a gym, three hot-tubs and indoor and outdoor pools. The Great Wolf Lodge even features a babysitting service, a children’s spa, shops and a games room. Let’s just say no one will be bored anytime soon.
Boasting a beautiful beachfront location to make sandcastles and relax, the Aqua Hotel Onabrava & Spa is a peaceful getaway for families. There’s an indoor and outdoor pool, a children’s pool, gym and spa. Parents can sit back and relax while enjoying the waiter service from La Pergola snack bar. The Onabrava’s restaurant serves delicious international cuisines, in the style of a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner – best for even the fussiest of eaters!
Geovillage Sport Wellness & Convention Resort will have the kids wanting to stay there forever. There’s ten tennis courts, one paddle court, a swimming centre with a children’s indoor pool, an adult’s outdoor pool and even a summer Olympic-sized outdoor pool. With two restaurants on site, serving delicious Sardinian, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, there is something to please everyone. Entertainment and activities for the whole family are also provided by hotel staff throughout the summer (Dancing lessons, anyone?). Parents can escape at the modern spa where they can book a wellness circuit featuring a Turkish bath, sauna, a large hot tub and sensory showers.
With free Wi-Fi and family rooms available, the Aquaria Natal Hotel is the best place to stay to experience the popular Ponta Negra beach. Families can choose to visit the outdoor pool, beach or relax on their private balconies with beautiful sea views. A breakfast buffet with fresh tropical fruits and juices are served daily, as well as regional snacks. For additional dining options, local restaurants and bars are located only 100 yards from the hotel.
Kids often want to be right where the action takes place – which is why this hotel is a great choice, being based in heart of London. The Premier Inn London Blackfriars features an on-site restaurant catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu features an all-you-can-eat full English and continental option, so you can re-charge for a busy day. Admire famous nearby landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, as well as the bustling and vibrant area of Covent Garden.
Located on the stunning Lake Garda shores, the Campeggio del Garda offers an outdoor pool, restaurant and evening entertainment. Facilities at the property include a bar, restaurant and a small supermarket with accommodation ranging from mobile homes to bungalows, ideal for families. Children will love the location of Campeggio del Garda with the exciting Gardaland Theme Park just a five-minute drive away.