The Rittenhouse hotel is among Philadelphia’s very best, not just because of its lush appointments, impeccable service, nationally renowned restaurant, and location in elegant Rittenhouse Square Park. Just ask the child traveler, who receives a packet listing local family-friendly activities when his/her parents reserve a room, plus age-appropriate presents, books, a child-size bathrobe, and a free in-room movie voucher, complete with popcorn, upon check-in. Parents of babies get some help with bottle-drying racks, cribs and infant bathtubs and a box filled with baby supplies. What’s more, tickets to child-oriented attractions are sold at a 20% discount.
Take a 1950s motor lodge and add 21st century, kid-friendly amenities and you have the Hotel Del Sol, located in San Francisco's Marina District. Along with cozy, brightly-colored rooms, this boutique hotel offers a movie library, a heated outdoor pool (perfect for both sunny and foggy mornings and afternoons,) and a VIP program for kids. Within walking distance of the Hotel Del Sol is the Exploratorium, a hands-on interactive science museum, and the Palace of Fine Arts, an old exposition structure featuring a large pond with swans, ducks and plenty of picnic space.
Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios — Photo courtesy of Joel
Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California guarantees a perfect getaway for kids of all ages. A short tram ride away from Universal Studios and Citywalk shops and restaurants, experience all that Hollywood has to offer in a central location at discounted prices. The accommodating staff helps plan fun museum and beach day trips, and the entire family can enjoy L.A.’s year-round gorgeous weather at the pool. Kid-friendly amenities include a game room and babysitting facilities.
Walt Disney World's Pop Century Resort — Photo courtesy of BestofWDW
Teens often can't help but smile when checking in to Pop Century Resort at Disney World® resort in the Orlando area. Each building and its grounds are themed by decade, and a family walking tour will bring you to lifesize Rubik's cubes, gigantic (but amusingly outdated) electronics, pop culture references like popular cartoon characters, and more. Kids feel oh-so smart and cool when they recognize stuff they love, or can identify.