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Guess the Hotel Revealed: Vision Quest Ranch in CA. Not Africa!

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  Site Where: 400 River Road [map], Salinas, CA, United States, 93908
December 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM | by | ()

Elephants, zebra, water buffalo and ostrich roam the play pen surrounded by bungalows at Vision Quest Ranch

Last week we tried to stump you with another game of Guess the Hotel, sharing a photo of an elephant who had joined us for breakfast off our porch at Vision Quest Ranch B&B. We figured you'd assume an African lodge and never an exotic wild animal retreat in Salinas, California, but doggonit, you done figured it out in less than 24 hours in one correct reply. Right on, hotel smarty pants!

We shared a full report about a year ago when we recommended you Please Feed the Animals at Vision Quest Ranch B&B, but visited again recently as we were dying to bring the kids along and also wanted to check on rumors of a new, onsite zoo.

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Hilton Opens First All-Inclusive Resort in Puerto Vallarta

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  Site Where: Av. de las Garzas s/n, Zona Hotelera Norte, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, 48300
October 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM | by | ()

Today Mexico adds yet another all-inclusive resort to its hotel inventory with the opening of the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort. It’s Hilton’s first one-price-pays-for-all property in Mexico.

Right in the heart of PVs Hotel Zone near the Bay of Banderas, this Hilton is pretty modest in size with just 259 rooms and suites, which makes it less overwhelming than other resorts of its kind in the region.

Guests won't go hungry thanks to the four a la carte dining restaurants on site serving international cuisine, fine Mexican foods, French fare, and Brazilian churrasco. Plus, snacks are available at the La Bonita deli, and the beach-bar serving up cocktails and light bites.

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Pink Power! Barbie's Cruisin' to Costa Rica's DoubleTree by Hilton

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  Site Where: San Antonio de Belen, Ciudad Cariar, San Jose, Costa Rica, 40701
September 21, 2012 at 4:46 PM | by | ()

You know we're the biggest kids at HotelChatter. We see rooms intentionally designed for children and we get all pouty and think "we want that, tooooo!". But alas, we're big kids now, some with little tykes of our own, so we get our thrills when we see things like this--the new Barbie Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari in San Jose, in Costa Rica.

We are positively entranced by all the pinkness that is Room 2036. It is filled top-to-bottom with Barbie-themed linens, clothes, costumes, games, dolls, movies and accessories galore. And do not ask about Ken. This is not about Ken!

Through Nov. 11, 2012, kids can spend the night in the Barbie room for only $139 per night (two-night minimum), and includes breakfast for two children. The room is attached to connecting parents room which starts at a rate of $109 per night for a king-size bed. And yes, you have to purchase the parents room, too.

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Legoland Resort Now Accepting Reservations for..Next Year

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  Site Where: One Legoland [map], Carlsbad, CA, United States, 92008
September 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM | by | ()

We know many of you have finished up your family holidays for the season and sent the children back to their so-second homes called school. But for those parents with tiny tots at home and those advanced planners we all secretly aspire to be, you’ll want to know this: Legoland, Californiais now taking reservations for May 7-August31-2013.
These are for hotel packages at its new 250-room hotel
near San Diego.

Now families will have a complete theme-park experience with days spent at on rides, , and nights at the resort-like themed hotel which has a dragon-guarded entrance, interactive features, themed play areas, pool and kid’s entertainment. You won’t have to travel far to reach the hotel either as it’s located right at the main entrance of the theme park.

Guests can choose from three types of themed rooms—Pirate, Kingdom, or Adventure-with accommodations including two separate sleeping areas: queen-size bed for adults, and one for kids ( up to three) with bunk bed and pull-out trundle bed, plus their own television, so no fighting over the remote!

The package includes:
*Four 2-Day Resort Hopper tickets, including 2-day admission to Legoland California, Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Water Park (water park open weekends only until May 25th, then open daily for the Summer)
*Exclusive early admission to the park on both days
*Breakfast for up to 4 people daily

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The Waldorf Astoria Chicago Wants Your Kids To Stare at The Walls

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  Site Where: 11 East Walton [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM | by | ()

Earlier this summer, we took a look at some of the family and kid-friendly offerings out there in the hotel world and we even did an up close look at the amenities offered to kids visiting Chicago. Today, we've got another kid-approved hotel in Chicago to add to the list--The Waldorf Astoria Chicago.

The hotel is now stocking augmented reality wall decals from RoomMates for their pint-sized guests. When families check-in, the kids can choose from six different Disney designs to be stuck on the room walls. (Don't worry, they peel off easily.) The designs include Cars 2, Phineas and Ferb, Agent P and Dr. Doofenshmirtz, The Muppets and Mickey Mouse.

Aside from giving the little ones something fun to look at, the decals are also interactive. Just download the BoostAR app from iTunes or Google Play, then hold your phone or tablet up to the decal and voila! The decal will unlock interactive features, videos and games for the kids to play.

Best of all, the wall decals are totally complimentary. That should make you feel a little better about spending $300+ on the room.

[Photo: RoomMatesDecor.com]

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Where Glamping Meets Your Childhood Dreams: Tree Houses at Chewton Glen

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  Site Where: New Milton, New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom
August 6, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

Whether you are visiting London and would like to experience the English countryside during your trip, or live in the city and need a weekend break, there is no shortage of quintessential country escapes within a few hours' drive that could fit the bill.

One of these is Chewton Glen, a very genteel country house hotel in Hampshire, about 90 miles outside of London, close to the New Forest National Park and the southwest coast. Think roaring log fires, interiors that mix traditional and modern (floral-print curtains and B&O sound systems, mahogany desks and flat-screen TVs in the bathroom), ivy covering the red brick facade, and a croquet lawn out front.

In addition to its 70 bedrooms and suites, ranging from entry-level "Bronze" rooms to the Marryat Suite, the hotel is now offering a different type of accommodation altogether in the form of six Tree House suites, nestled in a wooded valley across from the hotel.

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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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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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