The top hotels for traveling with kids
By Aimee Heckel
They should add this website to the parenting books: Minitime.com.
This site is a must for parents planning a trip with kids. Just plug in your kids’ ages and your destination, and Mini Time suggests the best kid-friendly places to stay. Your kids — and the non-breeders of the world — will thank you.
Headed to San Diego, Calif., with a 3-year-old? Mini Time suggests a stop at the San Diego Zoo, and a top hotel recommendation: the Hyatt Regency Hotel Mission Bay (with four and a half family-friendly stars). At only $87 per night on average, this hotel is close to the airport and SeaWorld.
You can also read other parents’ reviews of hotels for bonus tips and advice. For instance, take the water taxi from the Hyatt right to a special gate at SeaWorld, and avoid the traffic and parking.
Money-saving tip: Buy your SeaWorld passes through ShopAtHome.com and get 2.5 percent Cash Back.
Best of all, this hotel offers special “baby services.” Get diapers, formula, food and more delivered right to your hotel room by Babies Travel Lite. You can even order a “beach time baby bundle,” complete with everything you need to keep your baby happy and safe at the beach — sunscreen, a water-resistant blanket, floaties, a sun shade — starting at $59.99.
Other note-worthy family-friendly hotels
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. You’ve got it all here: a water park, a dolphin cay, a shopping mall, a giant casino, plenty of restaurants. The resort even offers a special Kids Club with cooking classes, theater shows and more.
Money-saving tip: Some of the lowest rates at Atlantis are set for June. Travel before Aug. 17 and you can earn more than $150 in food and a free kids fun pass worth more than $350 — which comes with tons of goodies, like free pizza, free toys, a free movie and popcorn, free ice cream and more.
Use this coupon to get a Taste of Atlantis Pass with your room purchase, plus 30 percent off a shallow water interaction and up to 3 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com.
Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Club Med calls this a “tropical family paradise.” With the Baby Club Med program, staff will take care of your babies (4 months to about age 2) — and even feed them and put them down for a nap. For older kids, caretakers lead them through creative games outside, sports, dance lessons, theater classes, circus school and more. All of this, while mom and dad get a massage, enjoy the all-inclusive amenities and relax on the beach.