Keep the vacation expenses down and the adventure level up with these affordable, kid-friendly hotels that are perfect for your next family vacation. Don’t think that these are bare bones spots—scroll through to see all the amazing resort perks that are in store for your “budget” vacation! With rates of $200/night or less, you’ll have more bucks to spend on exploring the local area.
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort (Phoenix, AZ)
In celebration of Hilton’s 100 Year Anniversary, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs will be offering a sizzling summer rate from $100 per night, per suite with booking code “OX”. Guests of the resort will enjoy expansive, modern guestrooms, eight refreshing pools and a full calendar of events and family-friendly activities, including weekly dining specials and hourly activities that keep the youngest guests active and entertained.
Guests of all ages can learn about the local wildlife while interacting with animals, birds and reptiles during the resort’s weekly Wildlife World Zoo visits hosted at the resort’s Falls Water Village. Home to acres of sparkling swimming pools, the Falls Water Village features scenic waterfalls, a 138-foot enclosed waterslide, a basketball court, 23 private poolside cabanas and lots of room to relax and recharge. Additional weekly activities include Mermaid classes, dive-in movies, hourly poolside games and much more. Find all our favorite Phoenix activities here.
11111 N 7th St.
avid hotels (Orlando, FL, with more locations opening soon)
Sometimes you just need a clean, quiet, affordable place to rest before you blast off on vacation or catch an early flight home. We were guests at the Orlando location of the brand new wallet-friendly hotel brand avid, which is dedicated to giving travelers an ultra clean and convenient stay, as well as a seriously good night's sleep. From the same company that brings you Intercontinental and Kimpton comes avid hotels, a brand that promises to give travelers everything you need from a midscale hotel—and nothing you don't want. Rooms were designed for easy cleaning (no gross carpet, no drawers collecting dust, surfaces made for wiping down thoroughly), as well as deep sleep. Features ensuring shut-eye include blackout shades, high quality mattresses and linens, your choice of firm or soft pillows and sound-proofing. The hotel has a nice, open and bright lobby area, where healthy grab-and-go breakfast options are available daily (fruit, Chobani yogurt, cereal bars) as well as bean-to-cup coffee and still or sparkling water available 24/7. (Those last two offerings are some of our faves.) Kids need a late-night snack? The "pantry" stocked with affordable small bites has got you covered. You'll find other avids in Wisconsin, Oklahoma and beyond, with dozens more opening in cities in the U.S. and internationally. Rates vary by location and date; we saw prices ranging from $130 to $150 for the Orlando hotel.
Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Resort (Lake Buena Vista, FL)
Everyone knows that tickets to Disney World can cost you a pretty penny, so smart families look to save a little on the hotel. The Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Resort is one of the seven Disney Springs Resort area hotels that are offering the "Spring into Summer" package with rates as low as $80/night through the end of June. Even if your travels get you there later, rates typically fall in the $200/night and lower range, making this a very budget-friendly option. Guests staying at these seven Official Walt Disney World Hotels enjoy two great benefits at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks through December 31, 2019: Extra Magic Hours and 60-Day FastPass+, with valid theme park admission. Two water parks and shuttle transportation to the theme parks make this a no brainer.
1850B Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel (Lahaina, Maui, HI)
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is the perfect getaway for the whole ‘ohana. Located in Lahaina, Maui right on Ka’anapali Beach, this property is the authentic Hawaiian experience for all ages. Prices start at $205/night during low season, and with Southwest Airlines’ direct flights to Maui, you can’t afford to not take the family!
When the keiki (kids) arrive, the first stop they make is to the Ho’okipa (hospitality) department where they will receive their Aloha Passport. Through the duration of their trip, they will be able to get their passport stamped for a multitude of daily cultural activities such as lei making, hula lessons, ukelele, weaving and ocean observations.
2525 Kaanapali Pkwy.
Knott's Berry Farm Hotel (Buena Park, CA)
Located steps away from the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel perfectly combines comfort and fun to provide families of all ages with the most enjoyable stay possible. One of the hotel’s most unique and charming features is the 16-room wing of Snoopy-themed guest rooms. Each night, Snoopy visits these guest rooms and offers bedtime tuck-in services for kids for a dog-gone delightful ending to a fun-filled day at Knott’s Berry Farm! Rates start at $85/night. Suggestions for other activities in the Orange County area can be found here.
7675 Crescent Ave.
Buena Park, CA
Angad Arts Hotel (St. Louis, MO)
Opened in November 2018, Angad Arts Hotel is one of the coolest new hotels in the Grand Center Arts District of St. Louis, MO. The one-of-a-kind property celebrates the visual, performing and culinary arts and has garnered significant attention with its revolutionary concept of allowing guests to select rooms by emotion and color—green for rejuvenation, yellow for happiness, red for passion and blue for tranquility (stressed-out parents might want to choose this one!). But room colors don’t just stay on the walls; eye-catching details like rubber ducks in bathtubs carry the same tones through the room, as will sleek furniture and accessories. Check out the family-friendly bunk rooms and suites with kitchenettes for an eccentric and cultured experience everyone will enjoy. Rooms begin at $115 per night. Don't miss our favorite St. Louis spots like the City Museum at the St. Louis Zoo when you visit.
3550 Samuel Shepard Dr.
St. Louis, MO
Granlibakken (Tahoe City, CA)
Home to the largest alpine lake in North America and the largest concentration of ski resorts in the US, North Lake Tahoe will keep adventurous families exploring all vacation long. This summer, families can traverse the new Via Ferrata, a protected climbing route open to all ages, or experience the new Emerald Bay Underwater Heritage Trail, which reveals a sunken ship graveyard. Or try a dual sport day––by paddle boarding in the morning, and hiking or rock climbing in the afternoon.
The charming family-friendly Granlibakken resort sprawls across acres of forested meadow and features both hotel rooms and cabin-style lodges, as well as a complimentary continental breakfast. Families can traverse the on-property Tahoe Treetop Aerial Adventure Park, enjoy access to many trails, sled or ski down the beginner-friendly snow hill, or head to the nearby beach. Rates start at $139/ night. See all there is to do in the summer and winter in Tahoe.
725 Granlibakken Rd.
Tahoe City, CA
Las Brisas Ixtapa (Guerrero, Mexico)
Las Brisas Ixtapa is a watering hole for outdoor enthusiasts located on the coast of Mexico. This property was built into the side of the mountain on one of the most secluded beaches of the Mexican Pacific Riviera, and the resort features a contemporary design throughout the property surrounded by lush greenery. Kids will love the opportunity to participate in sea turtle release parties on the beach, while parents will love that room rates start at just $90/night.
Playa Vista Hermosa
Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, México
Andrew Pinckney Inn (Charleston, SC)
Experience Charleston, South Carolina through the historic and newly-renovated Andrew Pinckney Inn, offering an affordable (starting rates beginning at $199/night), luxurious accommodation option for summer travelers looking to stay steps away from the bustling City Market. The hotel’s distinctively curated multi-generational travel package is specifically designed to pique the interests of the entire family including a stay in one of the hotel’s spacious, two-story Townhouse suites that sleep up to four, ideal for families. Nearby activities include a tour of Patriot’s Point, where travelers pay a visit to the historic USS Yorktown, a visit to the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon to get spooked on a dungeon tour of one of Charleston’s oldest buildings and a tour of the birthplace of the Carolina colony, Charlestowne Landing, to learn more about Charleston’s rich colonial history.
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa (Palm Desert, CA)
Nearly finished with a resort-wide renovation, the 450-acre JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa encourages family time with outdoor activities such as mini-golf and bocce ball; private boat rides through Venetian-inspired waterways and five outdoor pools for plenty of fun in the sun. Summer rates start at $139 on weekdays. Families will make memories of a lifetime, especially if they take advantage of the resort's unique offerings like the shareable pink flamingo milkshake, s'mores at the boat dock and the famous 100 lb. donut.
74-855 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert, CA
Greek Peak Mountain Resort (Cortland, NY)
Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of central New York, Greek Peak Mountain Resort is not only a state-of-the-art ski resort in the winter, but also provides year-round fun for the whole family with indoor and outdoor adventure opportunities and downhill mountain biking. Its onsite Outdoor Adventure Center features a Mountain Coaster, a eurobungy, ziplining and seasonal snow tubing. Additionally, Greek Peak’s Hope Lake Lodge contains the massive Cascades Indoor Waterpark with a wave pool, four water slides, a cove, an outdoor pool and hot tubs for the whole family to enjoy. A budget-friendly option, the Resort offers room stays with access to these amenities in packages starting at only $55 a person/night!
2000 NYS Rt. 392
Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen (Quintana Roo, Mexico)
Designed with families in mind, kids stay free at the all-inclusive Panama Jack Playa del Carmen, offering 60% savings on rates through Dec. 20, 2019, with lowest rates this September, starting at $179 for standard rooms that comfortably sleep a family of four. A sun-drenched beach getaway in the heart of Playa del Carmen, at Panama Jack Playa del Carmen, parents and kids alike can play beach volleyball or kayak on the turquoise Caribbean waters and suds up at the resort’s foam pool parties. Camp Jack is specially designed for younger guests and packed with fun-filled activities like water sports, face painting, hula-hula, arts and crafts, games and a mini-golf course. Teens and tweens can socialize at the property’s #Hashtag space, which offers air hockey, ping pong and arcade games. The family fun continues well into the evening with rotating, nightly entertainment including a white beach party and a taco fest.
Quintana Roo, Mexico
Big Cypress Lodge (Memphis, TN)
Big Cypress Lodge is a fun and upscale wilderness-inspired hotel located inside the 32-story Bass Pro Shops Pyramid in Memphis, TN. Trade roughing it for city glamping in the hotel’s Fly Fishing Lodges, Treehouse Rooms and Duck Cabins which feature electric fireplaces, handcrafted wood furnishings, luxury soaking tubs and screened-in “porches” with rocking chairs that overlook the wondrous Cypress Swamp that sprawls across the ground floor.
The hotel offers an unexpected way for families to experience the spirit of the great outdoors right in the heart of a city. With 100-foot-tall replica cypress trees, two restaurants including one at the Pyramid’s top level that offers glass observation decks and birds-eye views of the Mississippi River and Memphis skyline, an archery range, the country’s tallest freestanding elevator and even a bike program for rides along the Mississippi River, Big Cypress Lodge is an unexpected way for travelers looking to get their "camp on” without having to actually rough it! Weekday rates start at $200/night. Memphis events can be found here.
1 Bass Pro Dr.
Little River Inn (Little River, CA)
The gorgeous coast of northern California's Mendocino is an ideal place to take the family for a getaway. The Little River Inn offers massive rooms that can sleep your whole crew plus an on-site restaurant that knows what kids want (and it's the Swedish hotcakes). With rates starting at $185/night, fall is the perfect time of year to explore this area of the country. Check out all our Mendocino tips here and be sure to visit the tidepools while you are there!
7901 N. Highway One
Little River, CA
The Jung Hotel & Residences (New Orleans, LA)
The Jung Hotel & Residences sits on Canal Street at the gateway to New Orleans, however, it’s removed enough from the crowds and noise of Bourbon Street for those traveling with families. Lauded as the region’s singular destination for glitterati of the Golden Era, The Jung offers a sprawling outdoor rooftop deck with heated pool (fun fact: the hotel is also home to New Orleans’ first retractable roof), a fitness center, on-site restaurant, free drink ticket upon check-in, live music on Fridays and Champagne and art tours on Fridays. The city also offers many surprising things to do with a family, from the National World War II Museum and the world-class New Orleans Museum of Art to kayaking along the bayou or exploring a larger-than-life storybook playground. Guestroom rates start at $139, and there are a ton of things for families to explore in the Big Easy.
1500 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA
Shore Lodge (McCall, ID)
Shore Lodge is a 77-room lakefront resort in McCall, Idaho—an under-the-radar mountain town in the heart of the Salmon River Mountains set on the southern waters of Payette Lake, a 5,330-acre expanse of clean, glacial water. Just a scenic 2.5-hour drive from Boise, it’s a killer four-season destination that offers families an incredible backdrop for both active and leisure pursuits. Shore Lodge’s Camp Sharlie is an action-packed camp specifically designed for guests aged 4-13 that offers endless outdoor adventures, from water activities in Payette Lake to mountain biking in Bear Basin. Every day brings a new adventure of nature exploration and outdoor activities from boating, rock climbing and stand up paddleboarding to horseback riding and golf lessons. Rates start at $169/night.
501 W. Lake St.
The Landmark Resort (Egg Harbor, WI)
The Landmark Resort is located on 40 wooded acres in scenic Door County and offers free wireless internet access, heated swimming pools, whirlpools, steam rooms, casual dining and plenty of resort amenities for adults and children. The resort features 294 one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites that are great for families of all sizes. Kids will enjoy exploring the hiking path and playing on the on-site playground. Door County has loads of outdoor activities, fish boils and more—check out all of our recommendations. Rates start at $124/night.
4929 Landmark Dr.
Egg Harbor, WI
Circus Circus (Reno, NV)
Right in the heart of downtown and walking distance to the Riverwalk, Circus Circus is a family-friendly option for those looking to stay a few nights in Reno. Two towers offer rooms that will easily sleep families with amenities like in-room coffee makers and refrigerators that make your stay just a little bit easier. Kids will love riding the trams between the two towers and parents will enjoy the coffee shop in the lobby and free parking. More than just a hotel with a casino, Circus Circus recently underwent a renovation to its Carnival Midway, and the kids will love it. Free circus shows take to the stage throughout the day. With nightly rates starting at just $55, you'll want to stay a few days and check out all that Reno has to offer.
500 N. Sierra St.
Ewa Hotel (Waikiki, Oahu, HI)
Comfortable, convenient and affordable, Ewa Hotel is located just two blocks away from the iconic Waikiki Beach. All guests receive free admission to the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hawaii State’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History, showcasing the history and science of the history Kalihi district of Honolulu. Managed by Aqua-Aston Hospitality, celebrating a 70-year Hawaii legacy this year, guests can save even more by signing up for the hotel's A-List program where the SHARETHEALOHA exclusive offer includes 15% off best available rate plus a free room upgrade and celebration gift (valued at $50). Rates start at $99/night. Check out our events calendar to see what's happening nearby.
2555 Cartwright Rd.
Club Wyndham Pagosa (Pagosa Springs, CO)
Wyndham Pagosa is situated on the pristine banks of the Pinon Lake Reservoir and only three miles west of downtown Pagosa. With 18,000 beautiful acres, you will find yourself just a short drive from many landmark attractions, such as the Wolf Creek Ski Area and state parks including the famed Mineral Hot Springs. Spacious one- and two-bedroom resort suites sleep four to six guests and range from 396 to 1,295 square feet including kitchenettes. Kids will love the opportunity to hike and go horseback riding in this gorgeous area of Colorado. Rates start at $129/night.
42 Pinon Causeway
Pagosa Springs, CO
The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort (Riviera Pacifica, Panama)
The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, a resort destination located in the Riviera Pacifica area in Panama, offers activities and adventures for the entire family. Most recently, Buenaventura launched a Family Experiences package starting at $169/night. It includes a daily breakfast buffet for two adults and two children under 12 years old, complimentary stand-up paddleboards and kayaks, daily activities in the Kids Club, a visit to the on-site Wildlife Animal Center and the use of tennis and volleyball courts.500-square-foot high ropes course park perfect for group gatherings, entertaining families, and team building, available throughout the summer. The park, built around trees, features low and high ropes, a climbing wall, swings, balance stations, and a zip-line. From now until December 23, 2019, families will have the opportunity to enjoy the various amenities and adventures the resort has to offer with the
340 Calle 3ra Buenaventura
Riviera Pacifica, Panama
Sunriver Resort (Bend, OR)
This 3,300-acre resort just outside of Bend, OR is an outdoor lover’s paradise. The property offers a myriad of activities and experiences for all ages, including a marina with rafting/SUP rentals to float the river, stables for horseback riding excursions, 40+ miles of paved paths and a Bike Barn with over 400 bikes for rent. With the 13 dining outlets, range of accommodations from hotel suites to rental homes and the Sage Springs Club & Spa, families have everything they need for an amazing vacation together. Sunriver Resort has many packages and offers available to suit guests’ needs, with rates as low as $125/night this summer.
17600 Center Dr.
The Westin Austin Downtown (Austin, TX)
This gem of a hotel is unlike any Westin you’ve ever seen; it has spunk and personality that make it one of the coolest hotels in town year in, year out. Just steps away from the beauty of Lady Bird Lake but also near the vibrancy of 6th Street, The Westin Austin Downtown is the ideal launchpad for all things Austin. The hotel has the highest rooftop pool and bar in Austin, where sunset cocktails and afternoon sunbathing are just an elevator ride away. Last but not least, the hotel is known for keeping it weird, with unique touches like a “Learn to be a Mermaid” package (yes, you heard that correctly) to their grab-and-go biscuits which are perfect for taking on a scooter around town. Rates for summer 2019 start at $166/night and we've got the full scoop on all the Austin hot spots here.
310 E. 5th St.
Radisson Blu Mall of America (Bloomington, MN)
Connected to the Mall of America via sky way, Radisson Blu Mall of America grants hotel guests easy access to over 520 stores and Nickelodeon Universe, the nation's largest indoor theme park. To help families make the most of their leisure vacation, Radisson Blu Mall of America offers its Play and Stay package (starting at $199), which includes the option of two Nickelodeon Universe All Day Ride wristbands or two tickets to the FlyOver America attraction. Kids can also become explorers with the complimentary
2100 Killebrew Dr.