You loved traveling before becoming a parent and there’s nothing stopping you from continuing your passion now. Sure, flying with a baby in tow isn’t always easy, but the light at the end of the tunnel is much needed rest and relaxation and an awesome hotel that’ll cater to your new “I’m with Baby” lifestyle. Check out the following eight baby-friendly hotels that’ll treat your tot like a superstar from pureeing special orders at mealtime to loaning you a bevy of toys and gear so you won’t tip the airport’s luggage scale.
Great Wolf Lodge
Think indoor water parks arn’t baby-friendly? All 12 of Great Wolf’s properties feature a zero-depth entry wading pool perfect for the littlest water lovers. They can sit and splash, crawl or practice their walking while staying cool. Big brothers and sisters will find an array of activities and water park features they’ll love, too. Pack ‘n Plays are available and every room includes a microwave and refrigerator, making mealtimes easy. Features available at some Great Wolf properties include a small-scale water slide area, evening story times, a Forest Friends Show, an outdoor play area and more.
Rates vary by location. For more information visit greatwolf.com.
Springhill Suites by Marriott
Budget-friendly and baby-friendly too, Springhill Suites get points for their layout and amenities. You’ll love that every room has a separate living room area (which you can use as Baby’s bedroom) along with a microwave and fridge perfect for dealing with bottles, baby food and pumping. The Tots Travel Too program means your baby will get a Coverplay play yard crib cover and fitted sheet, a bathtub squirt toy and a pad of DwellStudio designed disposable bibs. The same disposable bibs will be available at the daily free breakfast. In addition to a travel crib for Baby, you can also request night-lights, toiletries and outlet covers. You can find locations all across the country.
Rates vary by location. Visit marriott.com for more information.
Photo of Fairmont Pacific Rim: Trish Friesen, Trip Styler
Another top hotel chain for the littlest travelers is the Fairmont. Several outposts of the hotel chain feature great baby perks including the Fairmont Kea Lani and the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. They will provide everything from a bathtub and Diaper Genie to diapers and a bottle warmer. Big siblings will get a stuffed animal, backpack and coloring book upon arrival.
Rates vary by property and rooms. Visit fairmont.com for more information.
A total of 37 of Club Med’s all-inclusive, action-packed resorts offer a Club Med Baby Welcome service for littles 4 to 23 months old. The resorts will provide baby necessities including baby bathtubs, changing pads, cribs and even strollers. Restaurants boast a baby area, with highchairs a-plenty, serving fresh produce. You can also use bottle warmers and baby food makers 24/7 to prep your little one’s meals. Babysitters are available as well, even for the littlest guests, through the Pyjamas Club because sometimes, you need to enjoy a date night while away!
All-inclusive rates vary from $401 per person to $1,798 per person; kids under age 4 are free. Visit clubmed.us for more information.
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa St. Lucia
Looking for a little R & R in the Caribbean? Head south to St. Lucia. The Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa caters to families in the family-friendly Splash wing of the hotel. Every room has a mini-refrigerator to keep bottles and baby food cold, and cribs are available. At restaurants, highchairs are plentiful and chefs will accommodate food requests including pureeing food. The zero-entry Splash pool with fountains and waterfalls is perfect for babies whether they’re sitting, crawling or beginning to walk. Older babies and toddlers will love playing with buckets and fountains in the WaterWorks area. Older kids will love the properties water park and paintball.Need a moment to yourself? The CocoLand Kidz Klub has a special area for kids under age 3 and gives parents a free rental cellphone to keep in close contact with caregivers. Plus, you can get to St. Lucia with a direct flight from several East Coast cities including New York, Philly, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami and Toronto.
Rooms range from $228-$619 per person, kids under age 4 stay for free. Visit cbayresort.com for more information.
Several Loews hotels around the country offer a Loews Loves Kids program featuring a well-stocked kid’s closet that can help you pack lightly when traveling with Baby. Locations in Miami, Boston, San Diego and Tucson for example have baby bathtubs, toys, books, childproofing needs, potty seats, night lights, car seats, strollers and more. Cribs, of course, will be provided too. If you’re looking for a babysitter, the Concierge can help and they also have a list of nearby kid-friendly attractions and necessities (doctors, pharmacies, etc).
Rates vary by property and rooms, but kids under 18 always stay free. Visit loewshotels.com for more information.
Generations Spa Resort & Hotel Riviera Maya
Aside from the gorgeous beach front location boasting suites with private swim-ups or infinity plunge pools, this hotel goes out of their way to make all family members feel welcome. The hotel’s special “Just Bring the Baby” amenities include the usual cribs and Pack n’ Plays plus baby monitors, baby food, changing tables, bottle warmers, strollers, bath tubs and even baby bath robes. Adorable! Babies and toddlers will love playing with you at the on site Eko Kids Club, which is stocked with toys, a ball pit, slides and more. Older kids, ages 4 to 12, can play their supervised while you enjoy some alone time. Visit the resort in September and you can bring along Baby’s grandparents for free.
All-inclusive rates start at $235 per person. Visit karismahotels.com for more information.
Have you traveled with your baby? What’s your favorite baby-friendly hotel?