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Hot To Trot And Kid-Friendly: Praia Verde Is A Trendy Parent's Dream Hotel

June 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are you a parent who prides themself on being cool, not frumpy? Does your heart sink if you check into a family-friendly-but-mediocre resort? Do you have too much self-awareness to run the gauntlet of wrathful looks if you chance it with the kids in a trendy place?

If so, you need to get to Portugal. Specifically, Praia Verde, in Castro Marim, on the eastern coast of the Algarve. It’s the latest property for the Design Hotels portfolio, and it’s family friendly. No, apparently that’s not a contradiction in terms.

The all-suite property opened in April, and goes for a look that will complement, rather than dominate the landscape: a low-rise building with neutral colors and natural materials – wood, slate, even straw – to keep the focus on the outside, even when inside.

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Hyatt Regency Mission Bay is Throwing Kids a Poolside Halloween Party

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  Site Where: 1441 Quivira Road [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92109
October 15, 2009 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Instead of trick-or-treating in the cold, where your kid's forced to put a bulky coat over his adorable Transformers costume, you can spend Halloween with the fam poolside at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, so you can get some sun in San Diego while you partake in spooky events.

This is the first time the hotel is getting into the holiday spirit with Halloween happenings. The hotel's three water slides will get a scary twist with haunted music accompaniment and creepy lights. While you're in the water, you can watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, which will be screened near the pool. There'll also be a "Monster Mash" hula-hoop contest and fireside stories as well. But it wouldn't be Halloween without some treats, so while you watch the movie, gobble on s'mores oozing with orange marshmallows and candy corn.

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The Loews Miami Beach Serves TV Dinners to Guests. The Little Ones.

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  Site Where: 1601 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, fl, United States, 33139
September 29, 2009 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember TV dinners? Oh, the excitement they signaled. A big TV show about to start (like Knight Rider!), getting to sit on the couch with a cute little tray in front of you, and, um, the food. Right. Well, two out of three ain't bad. And if the Loews Miami Beach Hotel gets its way, TV dinners will now be known as delicious.

The property, one of the few on the South Beach strip that dares to promote itself as "family friendly" is introducing new kids' menus at its poolside Nautilus Bar and Grill, and at the hotel's signature restaurant, Preston's Brasserie, where "Floribbean" cuisine is the order of the day. And, yup, the new kiddie food is served TV-dinner style.

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The Five Best Hotels for Easter Weekend

March 30, 2009 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Don't feel like dressing up as the Easter bunny this April? Not interested in hiding chocolate all over the house while desperately hoping the dog doesn't find it before you children do? Having second thoughts about cleaning up the house to host the in-laws? Our advice: go spend Easter weekend, April 9th through 12th, at a hotel.

Lucky for you, as the flowers begin to burst and bloom, so do some of the sweetest, most family-friendly, keep-the-kids-occupied deals at hotels all over the place. We've rounded up the Five Best Hotels for Easter Weekend; spots to take the whole fam to celebrate the bunnylicious, chocolatey holiday in style.

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Marriott Marco Island Follows Fertile Turtles With Baby Butlers

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  Site Where: 400 S Collier Blvd [map], Marco Island, fl, United States, 34145
March 2, 2009 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Since it's been about nine months since the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Florida put out their Fertile Turtle package — yes, a hotel package designed to attract couples hoping to conceive a child — it only makes sense that they're now ready to cater for the offspring of these packages. Enter the Baby Butler deal.

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Halloween Hotels :: Very Important Kids at Swissôtel Chicago

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  Site Where: 323 Wacker Drive [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
October 13, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Many of you must remember the various scares over the years when it came to Halloween. It's hard to imagine that at one time kids would just traipse blithely from stranger's house to stranger's house, accepting and eating candy without protective individual wrappers -- even homemade treats!

Kids today have it a bit safer, and posher. Lucky little monsters in Chicago can spend Halloween this year at the Swissôtel Chicago. VIKs (Very Important Kids) will be entertained by  a costumed T-Rex character from the Field Museum, make creepy-crawlies and long-legged beasties at the arts and crafts table and create their very own Egyptian funerary masks.

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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide :: A Family Package That Rocks at the Mayflower Park in Seattle

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  Site Where: 405 Olive Way [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98101
July 7, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. If you have a question about where to stay in the region, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

Seattle's Mayflower Park Hotel first opened in 1927, built for $750,000 and in a move that was rare at the time, all 240 rooms had their own baths.

On the downside, this was during prohibition, so the current bar was then a drugstore. Double rooms ran from $3.50 to $7 and suites topped out at $10 during peak periods.

You will pay $289 a night a now for a suite under the "Family Fun Package," but in today's dollars, it's a good deal. For that price you get a true suite--as in put the kids in a different room--and some quality extras.

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Sheraton Kids Stay Free with 'Existing Bedding'

May 7, 2008 at 5:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

We are fortunate enough not to have to travel with kids (not yet anyways) so normally, we're not concerned about which hotels are family-friendly and which aren't when we book our hotels for personal stays. However, we do keep track of that here.

Yet when we saw this we got confused. The "kids stay free" part we get. The other part not so much. Straight from the Sheraton website:

Your kids are Sheraton's kids. Kids stay free at Sheraton Hotels & Resorts around the world as long as they are staying with an adult and using existing bedding.

So...kids bring their own bedding? Or kids stay for free only if they use the bedding in the room? Thus once you call for extra blankets and pillows, you get charged? Either way, confusing. Thank god we're kid-free!

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Lug the Rugrats to Jamaica's Half Moon Resort

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  Site Where: Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
May 7, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

As all kids know, there comes a time in every young life when it's unfathomably uncool to be seen with your parents...unless you and the units are down in Jamaica, and you're traveling for free, mon.

The Half Moon Resort has a new package, "Hangin' With the Rents," that lets your rugrat stay free, as long as he/she is under 18. There's also 50 percent off meal plans for kids aged 3 to 11.

This is a massive resort sitting on more than 400 acres, with endless stuff to do, either as a family or just for kids--from tennis courts and horse-back riding to close encounters of the third kind with dolphins at the Dolphin Lagoon.

There's free snorkeling, kayaking, and floatie things available, and tons of sailing lessons, parasailing, glass bottom boat tours, and scuba, if you want to pay extra.

Or just play along the beach, or in the three huge pools (the hotel actually has 51 pools but most are part of villas, suites or cottages...but still...)

Suites are as low as US$380; two- bedroom suites start at $1,060, and the imperial suites are $1,100.

[Photo: 1LB]

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Cubicle Dreamin': Looking Ahead to Spring Break

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  Site Where: East Highway 9 [map], Zion National Park, UT, United States
February 12, 2008 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven/Super Mom NatalieWW plans a Spring Break the whole family can enjoy.

Believe it or not but college kids aren't the only ones who look forward to Spring Break in March and April. Families like/need a break too.

Right now, I'm thinking about heading to Zion Mountain Resort, near the East entrance to Utah's Zion's National Park. It's either that, Rocky Point or San Diego.

The kids would be jazzed about the rustic ranch setting and all of the adventurous activities the ranch offers. Me, I think the deluxe lodges with modern and even semi-luxurious amenities such as Jacuzzi tubs look great. Dad, well, he'd just be happy this trip wouldn't include shopping. Although there is a gift shop in the lobby...

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Where to Stay with Kids in New York City, Part Deux

January 23, 2008 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter's contributing editor NatalieWW knows a thing or two (or more) about kids and traveling with 'em. Here she returns with some more favorite fam-friendly hotels for New York City.

70 Park Avenue is primarily known as an upscale boutique hotel from Kimpton. And yet, it is surprisingly family-friendly. Case in point: the Murray Hill neighborhood location is primarily residential yet also walking distance to many prime attractions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Empire State Building, Broadway and Times Square. Thirty connecting rooms are available, which lends itself well to larger families or parents of older kids wishing a little privacy.

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Weekend Hotel Happening: Iguanas and Fish-Shaped Cookies at Chicago's Swissotel

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  Site Where: 323 E. Wacker Drive [map], Chicago, il, United States, 60601
January 18, 2008 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel: Swissotel Chicago

When: Saturday, Jan. 19th. 10am to 1pm.

Where: The hotel's lobby lounge.

What: Consider it the ultimate family-friendly hotel weekend happening event. Iguanas and other reptiles will be on show for kiddies (and adult guests) during the "Animal Encounters" event put on by the Shedd Aquarium.

The hotel's pastry chef Mary Terisi will also help kids decorate fish-shaped cookies, but after the petting of reptiles is done we presume.

[Photo: HectorMesa]