Traveling the world with your family presents some special challenges, but luckily you can find accommodations that cater to all ages. From a hotel in Paris near the Metro station or an authentic “hutong” tucked away in the neighborhoods of Beijing, these hotels have those special touches that make traveling fun.
The Georgian Hotel has a home-like atmosphere that’s rather surprising considering its high-brow location next to London’s prestigious Baker Street, the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes. Spacious private quarters have up to three beds, complimentary coffee and tea, and even a clothes drying station in case you’re caught in London’s infamous drizzle.
Australia’s family playground, the Panthers World of Entertainment, is just steps from the Chifley Hotel Penrith. Entertainment venues, amusement rides and restaurants are all in walking distance of this resort that boastsa swimming pool, fitness center and parking area. Air-conditioned rooms have cable TV, coffee/tea stations, and Internet. It’s a 55-minute drive to Sydney and the Blue Mountains are even closer.
Nestled between city parks in a charming neighborhood, the friendly Sao Pedro Lisbon Hotel invites families to relax in spacious, modern rooms. Complimentary breakfast is served in the dining room and the lounge area provides sandwiches, pizzas and drinks all day. Take a 5-minute taxi ride to Lisbon’s famous Alfama district for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Plan on exploring Barcelona by car? The central location of Campanile Barcelona — along with the free parking — makes it an ideal starting point! Drive to the amusement park atop Tibidabo Mountain or head down to the sunny beaches. Grab breakfast before you leave and relax in their cozy bar after an adventure-filled day. Rooms are air-conditioned with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and courtesy snack stations.
A Zen-like oasis in hectic Morocco, the Riad Hamdane et Spa’s massage rooms are manned by beauty and relaxation specialists. The Mediterranean flair extends throughout the lobby/restaurant/lounge and outdoor restaurant. The beautiful spacious rooms have canopied beds and magnificently tiled bathrooms. The Bahia palaces and the gardens of Majorelle and Ménaraare all close by.
Family favorites like the Berlin Zoo are just a quick tram from the Hotel Transit Loft which is a few minutes’ walk to Volkspark, home of the fairytale fountain and sports facilities for rock climbing and volleyball. Family rooms include loft beds, Wi-Fi and private bathrooms. Complimentary breakfast is served until noon.
Surround your family with authentic Chinese architecture, furnishings, décor and artwork at the Beijing Templeside Deluxe HutongHouse. Complimentary breakfast and traditional tea are served and the self-catering facilities are available for family meals. A thirty-minute walk through fascinating neighborhoods brings you to the Forbidden City and Bei Hai Park.
Families who love sightseeing quickly learn the delights of Paris’ public transportation network. The Avalon Hotel Paris is ideally situated near the Gare du Nord train station to swiftly deliver you to sites like the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and all stops in between. The chic décor is maintained by daily maid service and breakfast is complimentary. High-speed internet, free maps and train schedules are available in the lounge.
If you have a bit more cash to splash, then why not explore historical Madrid while enjoying modern comforts at the Petit Palace Avenida – Gran Via. The huge family rooms have Wi-Fi, bunk beds, hydro-massage showers, exercise bicycles and stylish decor. Your pets are welcome and will enjoy accompanying your family to the nearby Parque del Retiro (Park of Calm) and Caso de Camp with its classic carousel. You can find this hotel on Hostelbookers, the travel website, and read more about the amenities available.
Stay on the exotic Istanbul coastline at Hotel Tashkonak near the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, the Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar. Start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast on the rooftop terrace while enjoying great skyline views. The friendly staff cleans the rooms daily and even provides fresh slippers and robes!
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