Boston with the Family: Hotels That Make Your Vacation a Dream

 Kids are synonymous with stress, especially when you travel. Parents stress about every last detail from what to pack  to what to leave behind. Younger kids need such things as strollers and car seats, but do they have to be your stroller or car seat? And older kids want their favorites- technology, books, and toys. No one wants to be stuck in a hotel that makes it hard to access area attractions or snubs the kids. These Boston Hotels may not provide a break from parenting, but they take the stress away from travel with kids; turning your trip into the vacation you desire. Offering everything from strollers to toys, your load will be lightened while your kids will be pleasantly pampered. Boston is chock full of fabulous family friendly hotels. Spend your time in Boston at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf where your harbor-side location leaves you mere minutes away from many of Boston's best sites, and makes life easy for families who want to be on the go. Or indulge the family at the Ritz Carlton Boston Common where its signature service extends to the children as well. Special treats like a scavenger hunt through the hotel and a welcome gift are just two ways the Ritz makes a stay fun for the kids. Looking for a little "me time"?  Most hotels offer babysitting services, just be sure to book ahead. 


Situated across from the Public Garden, the Taj offers families the chance to stay in the center of the city's action. A walk across the street brings guests directly to the gates of the Public Garden, perfect for play, a ride on the Swan Boats (open seasonally) or a glimpse at the famed "Make Way for Ducklings" statues. Rooms include a "children's suite" option which allows families the chance to have a little space (one room contains a king sized bed while the adjoining is equipped with two twins). Toys and games are offered for kids, which will help to lighten your travel load. Babysitting services can even be arranged through the hotel.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A luxury hotel that offers families space to spread out makes the Taj a best bet for families visiting Boston.

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Positioned close to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Freedom Trail, the North End, the Financial District, TD Garden, the New England Aquarium and the Boston Harbor waterfront, the Langham Hotel is a dream for families looking to see it all without a car. The hotel's impeccable service extends to its young guests so that they feel at home for the duration of their stay. To entertain kids during your downtime head to the hotel's indoor pool where kids can splash away. The Langham offers family packages (add show or museum tickets at a discount) that can make your stay a little extra memorable.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Langham is a luxurious space in the Financial district that puts families close to everything.

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The Westin Copley Place, Boston
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Check into the Westin Copley Place and give your kids a chance to play. Traveling with an infant or toddler in tow? The Westin makes it easy by offering diapers, wipes, strollers, and cribs upon request. Older kids will love the goodie bags at check-in, the indoor swimming pool, junior suites, rollaway beds, mini fridges and the children's room service menu. Looking to leave the room without entering the elements? The Westin's Copley Place location allows you indoor access to restaurants, shops and even the Prudential Center Skywalk without stepping foot outside. Plus, you are just moments from all the city has to offer; a short walk will bring you to the Charles River, Boston Public Library, Boston Common, or the historic South End.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Set in Back Bay the Westin Copley Place it is central to many attractions and provides kids a little something special.

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Indulge your child's inner diva with a stay at the Mandarin Oriental. Watch your kids strut their stuff in the child-sized robes after their bath stocked with the hotel's bath toys. Kids will love the welcome gift, the use of Sony Playstation 3 and the movies they can borrow. Forget something or just don't want to lug any extra? The Mandarin Oriental can help you out with strollers, cribs and playpens. Room service even offers a 24 hour children's menu, in case your little ones need to eat a little early. The Back Bay location allows you the chance to stay inside and still explore the city with direct access into the Prudential Center, and from there, Copley Place. Looking for few adult hours? Take advantage of the babysitting services that the hotel can arrange.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Children are just as important as their parents at the Mandarin Oriental where kid friendly finds include miniature robes and bath toys.

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Kids love presents, and the Four Seasons is one hotel that knows their clientele! Kids get a gift when they check in, plus child sized bathrobes (yup, your little one can lounge in the luxuriously soft Four Seasons robes), complimentary toiletries, milk and cookies before bed, toys to use and movies to watch. But that's not all, the Four Seasons is across from the Public Garden, close to the theater district and the Freedom Trail. They offer babysitting services, an excellent children's menu, and easy access to lots of family friendly (and fancy) restaurants. Plus, the Four Seasons has many room options to allow your family to be at ease while staying there.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Four Seasons offers babysitting services that let you leave the hotel for a date night knowing your kids are well cared for.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Boston
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Leave it to Boston's Ritz Carlton to pamper even the youngest of guests. Kids are treated like royalty, starting at check in, when they receive a special welcome gift. If that's not enough to make your little ones feel like a million bucks, the Ritz offers a scavenger hunt throughout the hotel. Adjoining rooms or suites allow families to spread out and have a little more space. Top it off with complimentary infant toiletries, child-proofing kits, cribs, high chairs and strollers upon request, and a Boston Common location where kids can run about, and you'll be just as happy as they are.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Ritz Carlton offers luxury for all ages; check in and leave your worries behind as the staff of the Ritz attends to the details.

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In the center of Harvard Square, the Charles Hotel does everything it can to make a family vacation fun and worry free. Offering one of the coolest family packages around (The Smarty Pants Package), the Charles Hotel connects to its Harvard location by giving kids a taste of all things Harvard Square. Including tickets to the Museum of Natural History, books about money, bath toys, breakfast at Henrietta's Table (free for kids 12 and under), milk and cookies at bedtime, and the ability to borrow games and books from the hotel. Add the indoor swimming pool and skating rink (seasonal) to the mix and see why kids think this is a super fun place to stay. Who knows, your child may just decide that Harvard will be in his/her future.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Charles Hotel offers family friendly packages and adds helpful extras to make traveling as a family simple.

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Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at Custom House, Boston
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Marriott's Custom House is a landmark that stands tall over Boston Harbor. Situated in the Financial District this is a perfect place for traveling families. Steps away from many of Boston's attractions, it makes eyeing Boston a breeze. The game room lets kids leave the room and have a little fun without leaving the hotel. As a timeshare location, luxury and elegance are of paramount importance. The hotel provides a resort feel offering guests refreshments in the Counting Room Lounge, and an open-air observation deck on the 26th floor. Consisting of suites and catering to extended stays, the Marriott Custom House offers a mixture of location and amenities to provide you with a perfect stay.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Marriott's Custom House not only offers rollaway beds and cribs but also has a game room where kids can let loose.

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Enjoy a stay at Hotel Marlowe can make your family vacation one to remember for the right reasons. Kimpton Kids, provides hard to pack items for families so your vacation can be stress free. Items include cribs, playpens, highchairs and booster seats at its on-site restaurant that can be delivered to your room, child safety kits, a welcome gift, kids only comment cards, a list of area activities for kids, and child sized robes in fun prints. Babysitting services can be arranged as can car rentals with child seats, and stroller rentals. Hotel Marlowe's Charles River locations make sit easy to see Boston via the Charles. Rent a kayak and have a family adventure! Check out the hotel's special packages, some may be just right for your family.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Adjoining rooms, comment cards for kids as well as welcome gifts and extensive amenities make Hotel Marlowe a great choice for family travel.

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This ultra chic boutique hotel draws locals in droves to score a spot on its rooftop pool during summer months. But only guests get the royal treatment at the Colonnade where modern design takes on a stylish attitude. A Four Diamond hotel in the Back Bay, you'll be central to everything. A short stroll will take you to Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Copley Square Mall and Prudential Center. Guest rooms are appointed with comfortable touches that make your stay comfortable while remaining fashionable. Family travel is made easy; enjoy the comfort of knowing the kids are right next door with guaranteed connecting rooms. Their family packages includes tickets fro four to tickets to select tours or museums, full breakfast in Brasserie Jo, a complimentary walking map of the city, and welcome gifts.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Family focused packages that include guaranteed connecting rooms makes it possible to relax after the kids are down for the night.

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Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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