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More Than a Goodie Bag: Chicago Hotels Go All Out For the Munchkins

July 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Bunk beds! Get 'em in your very own family suite at Hotel Lincoln

We love summertime in Chicago, and not just for the warm city nights and rooftop cocktails, but also for the city’s tremendous family-friendly offerings. From the Lake Michigan beaches and boating to Millenium Park, the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium, there are countless ways for families to live large while the kids enjoy summer break.

We say you shouldn’t stop short when it comes to your hotel stay either. And thankfully, you agree as we often hear from readers who want to know more about family friendly hotels in Chicago. While there really are a good lot available, we recently came across two Chicago hotels that bring better game to kid-friendly stays.

Kiddos, meet two new Chicago dream hotels.

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5 More Hotels To Consider for Your Family Getaway This Summer

July 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel Bel-Air's stuffed swans ($12) are great gifts for little ones to remember their trip by.

Summer's here and school's out which means your summer travel plans may involve schlepping the little ones along with you. Same goes for new parents who aren't quite ready to compromise their jetsetting lifestyles. While it definitely requires more planning and more organization, a dream vacation can still be had. All this week, we'll be looking at a few hotels that are making it not just fun but easier for families to have a summer trip to remember.

If you still plan on getting away with your children this summer, then you're in luck as tons of hotels have been rolling out new programs and offerings for kids, big and small. We've only scratched the surface on some of the cool things that hotels are doing for their young guests and we've got five more hotels to check out.

Admittedly, most of these luxe properties with high room rates but wherever you end up staying, it's worth calling the hotel before you get there and finding out just what they can do for your kids. Chances are, they have something more than crayons behind the front desk.

Keep on reading for more hotels catering to kids this summer!

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OMG! Omni Hotels Have a Staff of Teen Concierges

July 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer's here and school's out which means your summer travel plans may involve schlepping the little ones along with you. Same goes for new parents who aren't quite ready to compromise their jetsetting lifestyles. While it definitely requires more planning and more organization, a dream vacation can still be had. All this week, we'll be looking at a few hotels that are making it not just fun but easier for families to have a summer trip to remember.

So far this week, we've talked about what hotels have been doing to pamper babies and kiddies but what if your kids are a little bit older? What if they are in the dreaded teenage stage? Just chill, Mom and Dad because Omni Hotels totes has the answer.

This summer, Omni has kicked off their "Teen Connection" program where teen guests at select Omni Hotels can get suggestions for activities to do during their stay from a real-life fellow teen who is in fact the hotel's official Teen Concierge.

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Introducing Ollie, Fairmont's Toiletry Mascot for Kids

July 11, 2012 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer's here and school's out which means your summer travel plans may involve schlepping the little ones along with you. Same goes for new parents who aren't quite ready to compromise their jetsetting lifestyles. While it definitely requires more planning and more organization, a dream vacation can still be had. All this week, we'll be looking at a few hotels that are making it not just fun but easier for families to have a summer trip to remember.

Fairmont Hotels have long been a family favorite, thanks to the plentiful Kids Clubs activities at their hotels but this summer special attention is being paid to attention to the kiddies up in the guestrooms.

Fairmont has unveiled a new ambassador, Ollie, for their youngest hotel guests at their North American properties. Ollie's main job is to provide babies and tots with complimentary amenity kits that include an Ollie the Otter stuffed animal, no-tears hair wash, cleansing soap, toothbrush & paste, bubble bath and gentle lotion. If you're staying at a Fairmont this summer, then no need to squeeze all your baby products into travel-sized bottles and when you're already trying to pack up the gear, toys, books and blankets, it's a small relief to not worry about this.

Other hotels that we've come across with excellent toiletry kits for kids include the Trump Soho which has an exclusive Lather toiletries kit and the Canyon Ranch Miami which included mini-bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby toiletries.

But there's even more for kids up in the guestrooms at Fairmonts.

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A Kids Club to Remember: The Rose Buds Program at Rosewood Hotels and Resorts

July 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer's here and school's out which means your summer travel plans may involve schlepping the little ones along with you. Same goes for new parents who aren't quite ready to compromise their jetsetting lifestyles. While it definitely requires more planning and more organization, a dream vacation can still be had. All this week, we'll be looking at a few hotels that are making it not just fun but easier for families to have a summer trip to remember.

Kids clubs are an important part of a hotel stay for families--sometimes even more important than the hotel room--as they offer parents a chance to engage in some real deal R&R while the kids burn off their crazy energy.

But the specific activities offered at a hotel's kids club are important too. Parents don't want their kids sent down to some windowless rec room in the hotel basement for a few hours each day or similarly, just lazing around by the beach or pool all day getting fried by the hot sun. So if you want your kids to have an experience worth remembering, consider booking a stay with a Rosewood Hotels and Resorts.

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A Crib With a View at The Soho Grand

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  Site Where: 310 West Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
July 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer's here and school's out which means your summer travel plans may involve schlepping the little ones along with you. Same goes for new parents who aren't quite ready to compromise their jetsetting lifestyles. While it definitely requires more planning and more organization, a dream vacation can still be had. All this week, we'll be looking at a few hotels that are making it not just fun but easier for families to have a summer trip to remember.

One of the greatest things about New York City is that you can find pretty much anything you want at any time of the day from vintage clothing and rare books to exotic cuisine, late-night party spots, outdoor recreation, entertainment for all tastes and something as random as a nail salon open past 9pm. And everyone delivers, even the grocery store.

So when it comes to families staying at The Soho Grand, it shouldn't be a surprise that the hotel has equipped the guestrooms with all the necessary basics for babies including a crib, a diaper pail and a Maclaran Volo stroller. Yet this is the first time we've seen a hotel go all out for babies, beyond plush crib bedding and a stuffed animal (the Soho Grand has one of those too, a soft cuddly teddy bear.)

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Kids Can Now Work the Red Carpet at The Beverly Hills Hotel

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  Site Where: 9641 Sunset Boulevard [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
June 4, 2012 at 3:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Speaking of hotel kids packs to try this summer, we popped into the Beverly Hills Hotel the other week and discovered this mini-red carpet set-up just before the entrance to the hotel.

We snapped a picture of it but wrote it off as just another Beverly Hills-type event happening at the hotel, perhaps involving child actors. As it turns out, this is actually something for hotel guests and their little ones...because it's never too soon to start your kids on the red carpet?

The Little Legends package, available now at the hotel, includes a red carpet arrival for kids with sunglasses and a boa for girls and top hats for boys, an "autograph seeker" on hand to ask for their signatures, a paparazzi-style photo taken in front of a velvet rope and paparazzi wall and then presented in a keepsake frame, a VVIP card that offers them unlimited soda throughout the hotel, a personalized "Walk of Fame" chocolate star, an "I'm a Little Legend" t-shirt and the choice of an old-fashioned ice cream sundae or milkshake in the Fountain Coffee Shop.

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A Haven for Rock Stars, The Sunset Marquis Also Likes Your Kids

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  Site Where: 1200 Alta Loma Road [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90069
June 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

The forever cool Sunset Marquis Hotel, tucked away beneath Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, has long been a retreat for actors and rock stars alike but we were thrilled to see that the hotel thinks kids rock too, thanks to their Kids Rock at Sunset Marquis kids packs.

Once you check-in to the hotel with your little one, there will be a black or pink nylon backpack waiting for them with a nametag attached. Inside, there's a black or pink t-shirt that says Kids Rock (sizes can be exchanged at the concierge desk), crayons, an "all-access" key and the Sunset Marquis Kids Passport which kids can color in, fill out a Hollywood-themed Mad Lib and also use for a scavenger hunt on the property. Totally cool.

Rates at the Sunset Marquis start at $395 next weekend for a deluxe suite with a king bed that also includes a separate seating area. Kids under the age of 12 stay free with parents if using existing beds in room. Be sure to tell the hotel before you arrive just who your little rock star-in-training is before you arrive.

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The Kids Will Be Alright at Camp Boca at the Boca Beach Club

May 18, 2012 at 2:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer's nearly here and if you're a parent that means you're on the lookout for fun places to take the kids. Yup, once you're a parent, your vacation plans are pretty much ruled by the little ones.

However at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla. there might be a way for both you and the mini-tyrants in your life to have a good time. The resort's Boca Beach Club just unveiled their very own Random House Kids Library.

The custom-made library features more than 100 titles including books from Dr. Seuss and Stepping Stones collections. These books are accessible to kids who enroll in the beach club's Camp Boca program but they can also be borrowed by families at no extra cost during their stay.

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The Legoland Hotel San Diego is Rising!

April 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

For the folks who can't make it across the pond for the just-opened Legoland Hotel in the UK comes news that the Legoland Hotel San Diego, on property at the Legoland theme park, is indeed under construction and set to open in Summer 2013.

The Union-Tribune reports that excited Lego fans can even watch the building's progress via webcams:

Cameras installed last December after grading on the site began will remain on, tracking construction from sunrise to sundown, until the hotel opens in the summer of 2013. The website shows two different angles of the 250-room hotel and gives viewers the ability to watch time-lapse footage and zoom in and out of the site. The walls are currently going up, reports Legoland spokeswoman Julie Estrada.

Keen to stay here? Better get on the list. Advance room sales will open this August. Also, we're keeping our fingers crossed that "junior concierges" will be hired at this hotel too.

[Photo via Legoland Webcam]

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Disney's Art of Animation Resort Will Open on May 31st at $395 a Night

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  Site Where: 1850 Century Drive [map], Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States, 32830
March 22, 2012 at 4:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

While adults will be partying the Memorial Weekend away at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, families with children will be waiting until May 31st to take their vacation at the new Disney Art of Animation Resort, full of family suites and standard rooms done up in Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, Cars and Lion King themes.

The resort is still on track for the May 31st opening and rates are going for $395 which is also the going rate for the 2012 Summer Season from June 1-August 4 for a weekend stay. (Disney Resorts have about 11 different "seasonal" rates.) Later in the summer, aka when it's too hot in Orlando, the price drops to $249 a night.

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Where to Stay with Tweens This Summer in Chicago

March 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

A reader from France recently asked us for family-friendly Chicago hotel recommendations for their upcoming summer visit. Here’s what they wrote:

“What would be your recommendation for a family of 4 (with 2 tweens) for a long weekend in Chicago this summer? Would Public be a good choice?”

While Public is incredible in its own right, it’s definitely adult-posh and not necessarily what comes to mind when we call up our favorite family-friendly Chicago hotels. That said, here’s our top picks for the cool fams, especially those adding tweens and a taste for design to the mix:

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