20 Cool and Quirky kid-friendly hotels in USA

A list of 20 perfect kid-friendly staycation hotels in the USA

By Evelyn
20 Cool and Quirky kid-friendly hotels in USA

Kid-friendly hotels in San Diego

Are you planning a vacation for the whole family? What destinations do you have in mind? How about the West Coast, we would suggest San Diego or Palm Springs; or you can visit Las Vegas. Or maybe you find that you like the East Coast better, well how about visiting New York City or Chicago? 

All those destinations have a lot to offer, and they have the coolest and quirkiest kid-friendly hotels so that you could really have a vacation. These cities offer hotels where your kids are pampered and entertained, while you grab a little (and a so much needed) R&R. 

Sounds like a good deal to you? Then keep reading, we'll provide you with some options of cool and quirky kid-friendly hotels for your staycation. Let's start with San Diego.

1. Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Located at one of America's best beaches according to the Travel Channel, Hotel Del Coronado is a great choice to spend some vacations days, enjoying the sun and the beach and all the amenities this very famous hotel has to offer. It has something for every member of your family.

Your kids are going to have a lot of fun in the DelVentures kid's club where they have lots of different and fun activities (like mermaid and pirates camps), or they can build castles and play in the surf at the gorgeous and flat sandy beach in front of the hotel. The whole family could do a little bit of exercise in their Mermaid Fitness classes, where you get to wear a mermaid tail! (imagine that smiley) Your teenagers can also have fun by booking treatments in the spa center or renting a bike or a surrey. 

2. Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the perfect staycation for your whole family when a little pampering is needed. This is a five-star hotel, so if you love and can afford this luxury hotel, this is the best one in San Diego. 

What makes it a cool kid-friendly hotel? Lots of amenities for your little ones: the kid's club is a state-of-the-art Explorer Club where your kids (ages 5-12) can watch the latest video games, they can explore their creative side in the arts and crafts center, or play a game of foosball or ping pong.

The hotel also offers a children's dining program where kids get discounts if they are accompanied by an adult. Want to dance in the water? They got you covered, the family pools have underwater music! 

3. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

The Omni is a five-star resort with amenities for the whole family. The kid's club named Kidtopia (design by an architect that specializes in themes parks and museums) offers a 2-hour nursery for kids ages 6 months to 3 years old (this is offered for only 2 hours) and a half day, full day or night program for kids older than 3. A plus here is that LEGOLAND is just minutes away.

Your kids are going to have a blast in the Splash Landing Pools and water slides. Your older kids (10 years and older) can hang at Vibz, a games lounge that offers pay-per-play games and other fun activities. If your kids are into golf, they can book a free golf lesson and at night they could delight with some nightly s'mores.yes

4. Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara

This luxury hotel offers villas that have kitchens, separate bedrooms and living area so is kind of a home away from home. You can have an extended vacation here and enjoy all the amenities for the whole family.

Your kids will have fun at the Kid's Club 760, where lots of fun activities occur, like art and crafts. They can play ping-pong or video games or watch movies. They can get some board games to play in the villa. In the villa's bathroom, they will have their own bathrobes and slippers (all child-sized). And there's a special pool for children.

For you, there are surf lessons awaiting, a full-service spa and fitness center and a babysitting service if you need it.

Kid friendly hotels in Las Vegas

Now let's see what Las Vegas has to offer.

5. Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

This hotel with its golden towers located at the end of the Las Vegas Strip. The main attraction for your family and all the families that have visited the hotel is the Mandalay Bay Beach. This is the hotel pool area and consist of a lazy river a quarter mile long, a huge wave pool and a beach with real sand. Your kids of all ages will have a blast here.

Another kid-friendly amenity the Mandalay offers is the Shark Reef Aquarium, where you'll see 15 species of shark, piranhas, stingrays, and eels. Also, for your older kids, the Mandalay is home to Cirque Do Soleil' Michael Jackson ONE show. 

6. Circus Circus Hotel

Circus Circus Hotel

This hotel has entertain kids and adults for decades and is the most kid-friendly hotel in The Las Vegas Strip. The Adventuredome theme park will provide your kids with all kinds of fun and exciting attractions. And of course, it offers free daily circus acts and in the midway, they'll enjoy carnival games and prices. We're sure your whole family will have the best of time here.

7. Excalibur Hotel & Casino

Excalibur Hotel & Casino

Do you fancy staying in a huge King Arthur theme castle right in the Las Vegas Strip? The Excalibur offers that experience. Your kids will definitely like this place, it provides fun for everyone. They can spend time in the Fun Dungeon, or in the Excalibur arcade which has a lot of video carnival and prize redemption games. 

it has a pool area with waterslides and waterfalls. For dinner, you can take your kids to an awesome medieval Tournament of Kings show. You'll dine and get to watch and cheer for your favorite knight. That sounds so exciting!

8. The Mirage

The Mirage

This resort has a tropical theme and is fun for the whole family. The main kid-friendly attractions the Mirage has to offer are The Aquarium, right behind the front desk, where your kids will get to see 450 exotic fish. After you leave the lobby Aquarium, you can turn right in the entrance and enter the beautiful and peaceful hotel's Atrium, which is a 100-foot dome resembling a tropical rainforest with waterfalls and huge lagoons and exotic trees. Be sure to take your family picture on the bridge that lays over the lagoon.

And lastly, on the outside, the Volcano awaits. The explosions occur every hour and are a fiery show that you don't want to miss.

Kid friendly hotels in New York City

The exciting New York City has some very good options. Take a look

9. Loews Regency New York

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Loews Regency Hotel

The Loews has a program called Loews Love Kids and that is why is among the top kid-friendly hotels in NYC. The hotel is located in the Upper East Side, near Central Park (excellent location) and if you have kids under 10 years they're in for a treat.

Your kids would get upon arrival, a complimentary activity book. There's a "Kid's Closet" and it offers toys, car seats, strollers, age-appropriate DVD. They provide you with a list of nearby kid-friendly attractions too.  There's a music download card for your teenagers and access to a lending library of Gameboys.

10. Lotte New York Palace

Lotte New York Palace

Your kids will have a royal treatment in the Lotte Palace. The hotel has a Little Royals package where boys can be knights and girls can be princesses, a costume will await them in their rooms upon arrival. They can have cookies and beverages with a Royal Palace them too.

They have a Mommy & Me spa, your kid gets a 25% discount for a manicure and pedicure. It sounds like a royal fun. wink

11. JW Marriot Essex House

JW Marriot Essex House

The Essex is located at Central Park South and is an ideal getaway for the whole family. It offers the Family by JW Program where you'll get to do activities together like hands-on cooking classes with hotel's chefs (how does a pizza party sound?). You can do movement classes (kid-friendly yoga with some running and jumping) with members of the Joffrey Ballet. That sounds like a lot of fun.

12. The Peninsula

The Peninsula

This five-star hotel is located on Fifth Avenue near the MOMA and it's a great place to bring your kids along. Be sure to book the Camp Peninsula (they'll add a $150 to your room) and your kid will get a personalized welcome card, a child-size robe and slippers, and a delicious s'mores kit. The best amenity is a Camp Peninsula tent pitched right there on your suite! No kid could resist that, right?

Kid friendly hotels in Chicago

If you're going to Chicago, these are some kid-friendly hotel choices

13. The Omni Hotel Chicago

Hotel entrance

The Omni Hotel

There's an Omni in Chicago too and they have a kid's crew, a treatment tailored for your little ones. Upon arrival, your kids will get a backpack tailored for them, filled with fun items (activity book with stickers, crayons, 2-in-1 card game, binoculars, and a tabletop game). On their first night, they get cookies and milk delivered to their room.

And if you have a girl who's a fan of American Girl, the Omni Chicago offers three different American Girl experiences.

14. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Four Seasons Hotel

Your kid loves ice cream? Well, the Four Seasons offer schedule visits from the hotel's very own ice cream man (old fashion fountain cart included!). Inside the room, they will find a toy chest and all kinds of kid swag (mini bathrobes, toys, and caps).

They could have access to the Kids Club Room with a foosball table, crafts, and movies. 

15. The Fairmont Chicago

The Fairmont Chicago

The Fairmont is a good choice for a kid-friendly hotel in Downtown Chicago. During summer you and your kids could visit the Shedd Aquarium, they offer a package where the whole family could enjoy a gourmet picnic at Millennium Park.

You can ask for a suite where your kids can have their own space and kids under the age of 5 can eat free from the kid's menu. During the holidays they offer a Kids Cookie Camp program with the hotel's executive chef and staff.

16. The Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge

The Great Wolf features an 800-foot water park with slides, wave pool and toddler water play area. You and your kids could also hit the Great Wolf Adventure Park (ropes courses, climbing wall, and an arcade) great fun for the whole family. The KidCabin suite comes with bunk beds and they can wake up with Wiley and friends.

Kid friendly hotels in Palm Springs

Let's get back to the West Coast and see what Palm Springs has to offer.

17. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Resort

Your family will love this resort just for the setting, it's flanked by towering palm trees, it has swimming pools, golf greens, tennis courts, and a kid's club. Your kids are going to love Camp Hyatt, which is the supervised kid's program.

It's for kids ages 3 to12 and they offer lots of fun adventures, like walkings in nature, scavenger hunts, they get to hang with Spike and Shelly, the camp mascots. They also offer indoor activities like arts, crafts, games, and movies.

18. Westin Desert Willow Villas

Westin Desert Willow Villas

The spacious villas of this resort are perfect for your entire family as they will have a lot of space to move. The main pool area has a waterslide, there are other pool areas including one for your little ones. In the Westin Kids Club, your children will enjoy fun indoor and outdoor activities ($45 per child for half a day). 

They offer scheduled activities, your kids could learn how to dye a T-shirt, create a stuffed bear or design their own squirt gun. There's also a teen room with Xbox, air hockey and pool tables.

19. La Quinta Resort & Club - A Waldorf Astoria Resort

La Quinta Resort & Club

Your whole family is going to love this resort, the casitas have lots of space and they can have their pick of pools as the resort offers 41. The main Olympic pool-size pool features a children's playground. They have something for everyone: bicycling, hiking and golf.

20. Marriot's Desert Springs Villas II

Marriot's Desert Spring Villas II

Your family will enjoy lots of activities in this resort like the main pool, The Palmeras which offers two pools where you kids can delight.

They offer a recreational center, The Shade, here your kids will get to be part of the Maze Kid's Club where they can rent bicycles, Ipads, they can do wall rock-climbing and play in the foosball table. These activities are not supervised, so you'll have to join the fun.


Have you picked one of this kid-friendly hotel for your next family staycation? We're sure you'll have fun and great family time. smiley

We hope you have a happy vacation!