10Best family-friendly hotels in the Dallas area

Planning to take the brood on a family getaway or staycation? Then you’ve come to the right place. From amusement parks and kid-friendly museums to urban green spaces and vibrant entertainment districts, there’s no shortage of things to do and see in the Dallas area. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of family-friendly places to stay either.

Want to be within walking distance to many of Dallas’ top attractions? Then downtown is the best place to stay. For a hotel that not only features space to spread out but also a slew of cool amenities (think indoor golf simulators and indoor basketball courts) head to Homewood Suites. There’s also the Omni, a dazzling hotel that offers a rooftop infinity pool and incredible cityscape views.

If visiting an amusement park or taking in a major league game is on your bucket list, then you may want to make the Hyatt Place in Arlington your base. The hotel is within a stone’s throw of Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor and the AT&T Stadium. 

And if your idea of a family vacation is staying where the accommodation itself is the destination, then you’ve got options like the Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas and the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine.

Whether you are traveling with babies, toddlers, tweens or teens, these ten hotels offer everything you need to ensure your family vacation goes off without a hitch.


The Beeman Hotel
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Every member of the family, including the furry ones, are welcome at this sleek, and exceptionally affordable boutique hotel situated across from Southern Methodist University. The 292 modern, airy guestrooms and suites feature pillowtop beds, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffee machines as well as cribs, refrigerators and microwaves on request. Its location is great, both for the easy access to downtown (around a five-minute drive) as well as to the George W. Bush Presidential Library, and Mockingbird Station, a mixed-use development with restaurants, shops, the Angelika Film Center and a DART Light Rail station. In addition to a stylish bar and lounge area, the hotel boasts a restaurant, an on-site laundry, a 24-hour fitness center and an indoor heated pool. There's also free parking, a free shuttle within a 3-mile radius and free airport service to and from Dallas Love Field.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Beeman Hotel is an ideal place to stay in the SMU area.

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Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington
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Located in the heart of Arlington's Entertainment District, this modern, 127-room hotel is an excellent option for families. First of all, it's virtually a stone's throw from Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor, AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys); Globe Life Park (home of the Texas Rangers baseball team), and TexasLive, Arlington's new dining and entertainment complex. Secondly, there's plenty of room to spread out. All guestrooms offer separate sleeping and living areas complete with pull-out sofas, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, free-WiFi and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. Additional amenities include a heated pool, a 24-hour fitness center, a coffee bar and a 24/7 market. Best of all, the hotel is located on a free trolley line plus guests can take advantage of a complimentary shuttle to a variety of area venues. Pro Tip: Sign up for a World of Hyatt membership and enjoy free breakfast starting with your first stay.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Hyatt Place is the best spot for families who want to make their base near entertainment venues like Six Flags and AT&T Stadium.

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The Westin Galleria Dallas
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This contemporary 4-star hotel in North Dallas is a surprisingly excellent choice for families. For starters, the hotel is situated within the Galleria shopping complex, which features over 200 shops and restaurants as well as an ice-skating rink, a rainforest-themed soft-surface play area and an American Girl store. As if all that wasn't enough of a reason to stay here, the Westin also offers its own restaurants, a video game room, a 24-hour fitness studio and a heated rooftop pool with a splash deck. Added bonuses include spacious rooms and suites and welcome activity bags for the kiddos upon check-in. Oh, and it's pet-friendly, meaning you can bring your pooch on vacation here too.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Westin Galleria is perfectly situated for easy access to shopping, restaurants and the northern areas of the metroplex.

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Four Seasons Hotel Dallas
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For families who like to play together, look no further than this sprawling five-star resort which lies around 13 miles from downtown Dallas in the suburb of Irving. Set on 400 lush acres, the Four Seasons is a golf enthusiast's dream with access to two 18-hole championship courses, including one that is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. But that's just the beginning. In addition to three swimming pools, a fitness center and a spa, the resort boasts a slew of activities to keep the whole gang occupied. There's everything from racquetball, basketball, tennis and volleyball to video games and ping-pong. The resort also offers a complimentary Kids For All Seasons program, which keeps younger guests (ages 5 to 13) entertained with things like scavenger hunts, movies, crafts and sports. And Fridays are Kids' Night In, where children ages 3 to 13 are treated to an evening of dinner, games and themed activities such as pajama parties and adventure nights. Other perks include a children's Sunday buffet in the restaurant as well as child-size bathrobes and fresh cookies upon arrival.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: For families wanting an active urban escape, the Four Seasons will be right up their alley.

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Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
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Overlooking Lake Grapevine (22 miles from downtown Dallas), this massive Texas-chic resort makes a big impact as soon as you walk into its 4.5-acre atrium, which is filled with everything from shops and cafes to a replica of the San Antonio River Walk. But that's not the only thing the Gaylord has going for it when it comes to family fun attractions. The hotel also features a games arcade, miles of nature trails, an indoor pool and a 10-acre seasonal waterpark, complete with water slides, zip lines and a lazy river. Kids will especially love coming here when the hotel puts on its annual holiday-themed ICE exhibit, a walk-through attraction featuring two million pounds of hand‐carved ice sculptures and ice slides. And if that isn't enough to keep everyone busy, there's Legoland Discovery Center, Sea Life Aquarium, Grapevine Mills outlet and Grapevine Vintage Railroad located just a short shuttle drive away.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Gaylord Texan is best for families during the summer and winter when there are more activities targeted for younger guests.

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Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine
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Water slides, lazy rivers, laser tag, scavenger hunts and character encounters? If it's nonstop excitement you seek, then this kid-friendly aquatic paradise is the place. Sitting between Dallas and Fort Worth in the city of Grapevine, Great Wolf Lodge features more than 10 different dining options plus 605 suites, including some which are decked out with themed sleeping areas, fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. As for amenities, there's of course, the main attraction: an 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark boasting a slew of pools and water slide rides. But the fun doesn't stop when everyone dries off, the resort also offers everything from arcade games to a 4-D thrill ride, a rock wall and a ropes course. And we haven't even mentioned all the on-site programming like storytimes, organized games, contests and seasonal events. Pro Tip: Sign up to become a Great Wolf member to receive discounts on rooms and activities.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: For round-the-clock family fun, Great Wolf Lodge is just the ticket.

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Omni Dallas Hotel
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Owned by the City of Dallas and managed by Omni Hotels & Resorts, this hotel has become as much of a recognizable downtown landmark as Reunion Tower, thanks to the nightly light show illuminating from the LED lights stretched across its façade. And if you think the lights are dazzling from the exterior, just wait until you see Dallas' dramatic skyline from the heated infinity pool on the roof. Aside from the important practical stuff, like pillow-top beds, 42-inch LCD TVs, coffee makers and mini-fridges, the Omni gives kids the red-carpet treatment with milk and cookies turndown on the first night and complimentary backpacks filled sticker-books, card games, crayons and binoculars. Another bonus? The hotel is within walking distance to the Historic West End District where you'll find the Dallas World Aquarium and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Omni is a great place for families to stay when they want luxury with a dash of laid-back comfort.

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas Downtown, TX
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Not only is this modern downtown Dallas suite hotel wallet-friendly, but it's also within walking distance to a variety of attractions, including the historic West End, the JFK Museum and the Arts District to name a few. As far as space goes, accommodations range from large studios to one-two-and-three-bedroom suites, featuring everything from complimentary internet access and HDTVs to a well-equipped kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator. And when it comes to fun amenities, this Homewood Suites has plenty to satisfy parents and kids alike. There's an indoor golf simulator, an indoor basketball court, a mini-movie theater, a billiards room, an electronic game room, a fitness center and an indoor pool. Other perks include a complimentary hot breakfast, an evening social (Tuesday through Thursday), a complimentary grocery shopping service, a 24-hour on-site convenience store and a free shuttle around the immediate area.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Homewood Suites is situated close to all the downtown attractions.

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Hilton Anatole
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With a prime Design District location, an award-winning fitness facility, a destination rooftop restaurant plus a breathtaking lobby filled with museum-worthy art and antiques, the Anatole offers plenty of amenities to please grown-ups. But the hotel also makes a splash (literally) with kids too. Situated on the hotel property is a $15 million Asian-inspired resort pool replete with water slides, splash zones and a 630-foot-long lazy river. In addition to water activities, the hotel dials up the fun with everything from lawn games and dive-in movies during the summer to special holiday events and family stay hotel packages throughout the year. Other family-oriented perks include children's menus in the restaurants, coloring books, and cookie turn-downs on request. And just wait until the kiddos discover Geppetto's Marionette Theater hidden away in the basement.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Anatole is the only Dallas hotel that houses a waterpark and marionette theater.

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The Guild-Victory Park
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The slick, loft-style apartments at this boutique aparthotel might just be the best family-friendly accommodations in the city. The reason? You really can't get a better bang for your buck, especially if you're traveling in a sizeable group. On offer are stylishly furnished one and two-bedroom units (sized from 524 to 1300 square feet), that come with Tuft & Needle mattresses, seating areas, sofa sleepers, private bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. And then there's the location: the building is situated right in the heart of Victory Park, where you'll find the American Airlines Center, a DART light rail station and a terrific selection of eclectic dining spots. It's also walking distance from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and less than a mile away from Klyde Warren Park in the Dallas Arts District. Oh, and there's an outdoor swimming pool and fitness room on the property too. Prices begin at $121 per night.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Guild offers the flexibility and space needed when traveling with kids.

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