Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (courtesy of Singapore Tourism)
Top Hotels Chosen by Kids
Booking.com reveals magical stays worldwide that are kiddie favourites.
Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers to the widest choice of incredible places to stay,
reveals big opinions from today's little adventurers. Over 22,500
children, aged five to 15, share exactly what
they want from their family holiday: a fast Wi-Fi
connection and the chance to take cool photos
for social media is an absolute must for
teenagers, whereas five- to 11-year-olds crave a
lush swimming pool and all the ice-cream they
can eat! Here, Booking.com shares the top accommodation chosen by kids the world over
and all of the fun activities you can get up to
while on your family holiday.
Experience a spellbinding trip for the whole family at the magical land of Disneyland Paris
and meet everyone’s favourite characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Stay at the comfortable
B&B Hôtel à Disneyland® Paris which is ideally located less than three kilometres from the theme park, perfect for excited little ones. Wake up to fresh, daily buffet breakfasts and a selection of drinks and pastry snacks served each afternoon, the best way to fuel up for an action-packed day at Disneyland.
Silken Al-Andalus Palace is great for the whole family with a large outdoor pool, perfect for teaching little ones how to swim, plus beautiful terraces and gardens with plenty of space for children to run around and play. Parents can recharge their batteries at the hotel’s gym and beauty salon and guests will be spoilt for choice with Silken Al-Andalus’ restaurant, serving international dishes and varied buffet breakfasts. There’s also the hotel’s café serving a daily set menu, as well as a poolside bar and a stylish snack bar.
Ideally set in Seville’s Heliopolis district, Hotel Silken Al-Andalus Palace Seville is a five-minute drive from Plaza España and has a regular public bus service stop outside the hotel. The hotel is one kilometre from Pineda Golf Club and 1.9 kilometres from Maria Luisa Park, a beautiful public park perfect for summer family picnics.
This is the perfect venue to soak up the culture of London, ideally situated opposite to some
of the capital’s most iconic landmarks: the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and close to the
London Eye and the Aquarium. Families will love the convenient location and superb transport
links surrounding the
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. This large, contemporary hotel offers rooms, studios and apartments great for any family size. Children can play in the 18-metre swimming pool, while mum and dad can relax in the Mandara Spa offering a range of luxury treatments, or recharge at the hotel’s sauna, steam-room and gym.
Guests can beat the holiday crowds and unwind on their very own private beach on the coast of
the Black Sea with
Apart Hotel Imeretinskiy Morskoy Kvartal. Set in Adler and just eight kilometres from Sochi Discovery World Aquarium and featuring both an outdoor and indoor pool, there is enough to keep the whole family entertained. All apartments feature a kitchenette, perfect for preparing family favourite foods and the hotel features a spa, fitness centre, tennis courts and bike hire.
Towering over the bay, this iconic hotel offers the world's largest rooftop infinity pool, 20 dining options and a world-class casino. It has direct access to Singapore’s premier shopping mall and the ArtScience Museum, which features the permanent exhibition, Future World. Take in breathtaking views of the city skyline from the rooftop infinity pool or at the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck on level 57.
This spacious and modern hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor Square
and just a five-minute walk from Salamanca’s main shopping district. The
Gran Sol Corona offers guests bright, airy rooms and a convenient location surrounded by typical tapas dining.
Overlooking the River Erdre, the
Novotel Nantes Centre Gare has a restaurant serving delicious French cuisine with on-terrace dining overlooking the beautiful gardens. All floors at the Novotel Nantes Centre Cité Des Congrès have lift access and the hotel has a 24-hour reception. Guests can also relax in the lounge, which offers free newspapers and children’s games. The Novotel Nantes is situated next to the Cité Internationale des Congrès and Nantes old town, Saint-Pierre Cathedral and the Museum of the Fine Arts are just a 15-minute walk away.
Novotel München City – Munich, Germany
The Novotel München City hotel offers a large indoor pool and spa and is just a five-minute walk from the Deutsches Museum and a five-minute train journey from Marienplatz Square. Novotel München City provides rental bicycles perfect for families to explore the wonderful sights of Munich. The Le Jardin restaurant offers Mediterranean meals, while Novotel’s bar serves a selection of snacks and cocktails. Parents can enjoy some much needed relaxation in the steam room and younger guests can visit the play room with an array of Xbox games and consoles.
Great Wolf Lodge – Ontario, Canada
The Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect getaway for families, offering free admission to the onsite indoor and outdoor water parks, and located just 3.2 kilometres from exhilarating Niagara Falls. There is something to keep the whole family entertained with spas, miniature golf, a gym, three hot tubs and indoor and outdoor pools. The Great Wolf Lodge even boasts a babysitting service, a children’s spa, shops and a games room.
Aqua Hotel Onabrava & Spa – Catalonia, Spain
Boasting a beautiful beachfront location, Aqua Hotel Onabrava & Spa is the perfect getaway for families, featuring an indoor and outdoor pool, a children’s pool, gym and spa offering luxury beauty treatments for mum. Guests can enjoy the waiter service from La Pergola snack bar while relaxing on the terrace surrounding the pools or Onabrava’s restaurant serving delicious international cuisines, in the style of a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, perfect for even the fussiest of eaters!
Geovillage Sport Wellness & Convention Resort – Sardinia, Italy
Geovillage Sport Wellness & Convention Resort boasts 10 tennis courts, one paddle court, and a swimming centre with a children’s indoor pool, an adult’s outdoor pool and even a summer Olympic-sized outdoor pool. With two restaurants on site, serving delicious Sardinian, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine there is something to please everyone. Lunch is also served by the poolside bar and entertainment is provided for the whole family throughout the summer. Parents can relax at the modern spa where they can book a wellness circuit featuring a Turkish bath, sauna, a large hot tub and sensory showers. Massages and beauty treatments are also available.
Aquaria Natal Hotel – Grande do Norte, Brazil
Situated on the popular Ponta Negra beach and featuring an outdoor pool guests can enjoy beautiful sea views from their private balconies. A breakfast buffet with fresh tropical fruits and juices are served daily, as well as regional snacks. For additional dining options, local restaurants and bars are located less than 100 metres from the hotel.
Premier Inn London Blackfriars – London, United Kingdom
Based in the heart of London, Premier Inn London Blackfriars features an onsite restaurant catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu features an all-you-can-eat full English and continental option. The lunch and dinner menus feature – among other choices – a selection of steaks, burgers, pasta and pizza. Admire famous nearby landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard and be close to the bustling and vibrant area of Covent Garden.
Campeggio del Garda – Veneto, Italy
Located on the stunning Lake Garda shores, the Campeggio del Garda offers an outdoor pool, restaurant and evening entertainment. Facilities at the property include a bar, restaurant and a small supermarket with accommodation ranging from mobile homes to bungalows, ideal for families. Children will love the location of Campeggio del Garda with the exciting Gardaland Theme Park just a five-minute drive away.
This article appeared in volume 50 of Holidays with Kids magazine.
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