The Results Are In: the Top Hotels for Families


The Caribbean Club in the Cayman Islands was the top-rated family hotel in the Caribbean. (Photo: Julie Corsetti)

Any family who booked a hotel at the last minute only to check into a room above an after-hours nightclub knows the importance of picking appropriate lodgings. To that end, a report released today aims to highlight which hotels and resorts best cater to families around the world.

The travel site Family Vacation Critic announced its Favorite Hotel Awards, which represent the top 12 percent of their listings. They based the winners on two factors: the hotels had to receive a four- or five-star editorial rating and be personally visited by a member of the site’s team, and they had to be recommended by 75 percent of reviewers, with the same rating.

Top-rated hotels by geography included the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Cozumel Palace, and Hampton Inn Daytona Beach/Beachfront.

“These winners represent hotels that truly excel as family-friendly properties,” said Lissa Poirot, Family Vacation Critic’s editor-in-chief.  “Because awards are only given to hotels that receive a high rating from both our team of experts and  family travelers who have stayed at the property, the Family Vacation Critic Favorite Hotels designation offers parents a credible stamp of approval to use when searching for the perfect hotel for their family.”

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The more than 500 winners were announced by their region, and what follows are the current top-reviewed hotels for each region, plus why families liked them. Many of the top-reviewed hotels are on the pricier side, but you can find budget options within their regions as well:

Florida: Hampton Inn Daytona Beach/Beachfront


(Photo: Hampton Inn Daytona Beach-Jeff Zipay)

Recommended for: Oceanfront location, free hot breakfast, water parks

California: The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara

Recommended for: Rooms with walk-out patios to the pool, complimentary breakfast, free tours in summer

Mexico: Cozumel Palace

(Courtesy: Palace Resorts)

Recommended for: All-inclusive resort, including kids club; English-speaking staff; convenient location to beach clubs, shopping, and world-class snorkeling

Hawaii: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea


(Courtesy: Four Seasons Resort)

Recommended for: Family-friendly poolside service, complimentary Kids for All Seasons children’s programs, complimentary beach services and watersports

Caribbean: The Caribbean Club, Cayman Islands

Recommended for: Spacious villas, direct access to the beach, centrally located and close to airport

Europe: The Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

Recommended for: Kids program, kid-friendly on-site dining, convenient location

Mid-Atlantic: Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton, N.Y.

(Photo: Whitney Hayes)

Recommended for: Classic Hamptons charm, complimentary snacks, free bike rentals

Central America: Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Costa Rica

Recommended for: Rain forest, opportunities to spot sloths and monkeys, large balconies, Jacuzzi tubs

Canada: Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Recommended for: Family entertainment at Sunday brunch, connecting rooms with walk-through closets, feeding ducks in the hotel’s private pond

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Southwest: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, Albuquerque, N.M.

Recommended for: Native American experience, children’s programs, convenient location

Southeast: The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville

Recommended for: On-site restaurant, spacious rooms, convenient location to Nashville attractions.

Rockies: The Sebastian, Vail, Colo.

(Courtesy: The Sebastian-Vail)

Recommended for: Vail Village location with easy access to restaurants and entertainment, Sebastian Base Camp is steps from the gondola One, suites with full kitchens and laundry facilities

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