According to a Virtuoso survey of more than 1,000 travel advisors, multigenerational travel is the most popular vacation trend for 2019, with kids becoming more involved in the trip planning process. It’s hardly surprising, then, that properties are expanding their on-site offerings to include additional activities, facilities and room features for children. But with so many kid-friendly accommodations to choose from, finding the right hotel for you and your little ones can seem daunting. To help you narrow down your options, U.S. News rounded up 17 properties that appeal to children of all ages – all of which appear on the 2019 Best Hotels rankings
Children who love spending time outdoors will likely enjoy staying at the Brookstreet Hotel. Every winter, this Ottawa property offers an ice skating rink with lights for daytime or nighttime skating. And during the warmer months, kids can go for a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool, make music in the instrument-filled jazz garden, play putt-putt on the mini-golf course or borrow bikes (which are free to use for two hours) to explore the area. Additional facilities, such as a game room and an indoor wading pool, are also available. Plus, families who visit on a weekend have access to free activities like treasure hunts, movie nights and cookie decorating.
Though New York City’s elegant Plaza New York has welcomed everyone from world leaders to celebrities since opening in 1907, its iconic Eloise Suite makes it a prime destination for fans of the “Eloise” books. Decorated by designer Betsey Johnson, the Eloise Suite features pink accents throughout, as well as books and dolls. Outside the suite, children can peruse The Plaza’s Eloise Shop to buy keepsake Eloise items. Or, kids can visit the hotel’s Palm Court, which hosts an Eloise-themed afternoon tea service with treats like cake pops, cotton candy and cupcakes. The service is available from noon to 4:45 p.m. daily and costs $60 per child 12 years old and younger.
Overlooking a stretch of sand from its perch in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, Panama Jack Resorts Cancunappeals to children of all ages. At the resort’s water park, visitors will find two splash pads, a family-friendly pool and seven waterslides, including several that are attached to a pirate-themed play structure. The property also offers poolside and beachside movies, a mini-golf course, magic shows and a turtle release program every August through November. When it’s time to bed down for the night, families can retreat to a Family Junior Suite, which comes outfitted with bunk beds and a terrace with direct access to the Camp Jack kids club