6 highest rated family-friendly hotels in the U.S.

Traveling with kids doesn't have to be daunting

Entertaining them on the flight, securing the right sleeping arrangements, wondering if they’ll be amenable to the local cuisine… But finding a hotel that offers the amenities both parents and kids fantasize about shouldn’t be impossible. Here are 6 of the highest-rated family-friendly hotels in the U.S., all of which are guaranteed to earn rave reviews from kids and adults alike – without requiring a trip to Chuck E. Cheese.

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1. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali, Maui, Hawaii

Who goes to Hawaii without wanting a little bit of r&r? Often family fun gets in the way of downtime, but this sprawling four-star resort is fun for the whole family. The beautiful beachfront property is a family-friendly mecca – a 128-foot waterslide, onsite babysitting services and a Children’s Club are just the beginning. Kiddos will go crazy for the 87,000-square foot pool, water activities like parasailing and snorkeling and the nearby hiking trails. Grownups will bliss out at the Heavenly Spa, with 16 different treatment rooms, along with an outdoor massage cabana. The resort is the perfect spot for a bit of family bonding!

2. Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This 2,200-acre property is perfect for parents that like to get their time on the green as well as some family bonding. Guests give this resort an average rating of 4.6/5 stars, and families love it for the indoor and outdoor pools and access to activities like golfing and dolphin watching. The hotel features a full Children’s Activities Program that runs from 10am-4pm seven days a week, featuring Pirate Boat Races, a water balloon toss and origami. Make your stay even more convenient by booking a Junior Suite, which comes equipped with a small kitchen.

3. Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

Taking a bite out of the Big Apple is not for the faint-hearted, especially with your family in tow. After long days sightseeing, it’s important to rest little heads somewhere special. Situated close to Midtown Manhattan’s prime sight-seeing spots like Times Square and the Empire State Building, Langham Place is modern luxury meets family friendly. The hotel offers babysitting and childcare and 24-hour room service, so no 2am request for a glass of milk needs to go unsatisfied.

4. Terranea, L.A.’s Oceanfront Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Located on a dramatic clifftop, this palatial resort is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Families love the Terranea for its rocky beach, multiple pools and amazing restaurants. The resort’s many kid-friendly amenities include free shaved ice, lawn games, evening movies by the pool and s’mores kits for an after-dinner treat. And in case unlikely boredom does emerge, iconic L.A. sites like Sunset and Rodeo Drive are within driving distance.

5. Catamaran Resort and Spa, San Diego, California

Sitting right on Mission Beach, and just across the road from San Diego’s famous Pacific Beach, the Catamaran is popular with guests of all ages, but families will love the big pool, onsite arcade and game room and Polynesian-themed décor – complete with a weekly luau on the beach. Extra perks include free rollaway and infant beds and a private beach offering kayaking, scooter rentals and boogie boarding. The resort even has its own paddle steamer, the Bahia Belle, which cruises each night around Mission Bay, free for guests, with a special family-hour sailing.

6. Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii

Fresh leis and mai tais on arrival (tropical punch for the kids) immediately gets guests in the aloha spirit at this resort, where bigger is definitely better. The enormous 350,000-gallon lagoon pool featuring swim-through waterfalls and a water slide, and the largest accommodations in Kauai (each room comes outfitted with a kitchenettes) ensures no one feels crowded. It’s truly a slice of family-friendly paradise.

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So many places to go, so little time! As a PR manager for Expedia, Christie spends her days thinking, talking or reading about travel, and strategizing on how to get herself and others to exotic destinations. Her wanderlust has taken her to the karaoke joints of Tokyo and the crab shacks of Maryland - and a lot of places in between. Most recently she can be found in Seattle, Washington, researching tips and tricks for traveling around the world with a baby in tow.
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