A vacation with kids can mean chaos, forgotten essentials, expensive accommodations, and the dreaded scowl from other not-so-kid-friendly hotel guests. As a result, you may think you’re limited to larger run-of-the-mill hotels that lack character and charm. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Your family can find a comfortable home away from home if you look for B&Bs that enjoy having those smaller, louder guests. Here’s our list of local kid-friendly B&Bs, which offer a whole lot more than just a bed and a breakfast (though you get those too). Each place is perfect for a stress-free getaway with innkeepers that welcome both you and your kids.
Two words: swimming pool. If that’s not kid-friendly, we don’t know what is. Housed in a circa 1883 mansion in historic Dupont Circle, Swann House envelopes you in the grandeur of a bygone era while offering all the modern conveniences necessary for today’s family. All guest rooms are roomy, have a private bath, and are decorated with rich colors and luxurious fabrics. Some rooms have wood burning fireplaces, whirlpool bathtubs, private decks, and DVD players are available upon request for the 294th viewing of Moana. A good option for families is the Serengeti Suite, which features two bedrooms and a private entrance through a gated courtyard. Swann House openly welcomes children 8 years and older, but you can call and make special arrangements for younger tikes. $175 – $395/night
1808 New Hampshire Ave., NW (Dupont Circle)
Woodley Guest House
This charming Victorian style house with a comfortable front porch sits in Woodley Park, close to fine dining, tourist locations and public transportation. The rooms are elegant, the food is delicious, and the hospitality is warm: Exactly what you want in a B&B. Breakfast features a full buffet of healthy, local, organic foods, (and great coffee), plus you’ll find homemade cookies in the afternoon and a complimentary glass of wine (for Mom and Dad) to enjoy from a cozy rocker on the porch. Children 8 and older are welcome. The largest room accommodates three people, but larger families can reserve multiple adjacent rooms. $150-$350
2647 Woodley Rd., NW (Woodley Park)
This charming boutique hotel with B&B charm is perfect for a family-friendly weekend getaway. Tucked in the happening hood of Adam’s Morgan and conveniently close to public transportation, from here you can easily reach any D.C. location. Choose from several different family-friendly rooms with multiple beds and private or shared baths. There’s even a two-bedroom family suite (bonus: they’re pet-friendly if you’d like to bring your furry family member, too), which has a full-sized kitchen and a washer/dryer. Plus, there’s free wifi, complimentary toiletries, and a refrigerator available upon request. $99 – $254
1746 Lanier Pl. (Adam’s Morgan)
Hotel Rouge is not exactly a B&B, but it’s so unique that we hesitate even to call it a hotel. Centered in the heart of D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood Rouge features a unique blend of upscale feel, eccentric décor, and family-friendly touches. You know they are serious about welcoming children because they offer a Kimpton Kids program designed specifically to meet the needs of babies, toddlers and school-age children. Edgy, funky design features are spread throughout and coupled with kid favorites details like bunk beds, Xboxes, and animal print bathrobes. $139-$369
1315 16th St., NW (Dupont Circle)
The Dupont Collection, Inn at Brookland
If you’ve stayed away from B&Bs because the rooms are too small for a full family, Brookland Inn has exactly what you need: apartment style suites. You’ll get the quaint feel and the Victorian charm of an Inn without compromising space or privacy. Located in the Brookland neighborhood, two blocks from Catholic University, you’ll be away from the hustle and bustle of busy downtown, but close enough that you can hop one the Metro and easily join in the city fun. Choose from one and two-bedroom suites. Each comes with a kitchenette equipped with mini-fridge, microwave and a dining table, along with a private bathroom and a living room with a sleeper sofa. $99 – $250
3742 12th St., NE (Brookland)
Have you ever checked out a local bed and breakfast? With kids? Tell us in the comments section below.