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Ciao Bambino Fall Giveaway

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If you’ve been dreaming about 2011 vacation in Italy, we have some exciting news.  Ciao Bambino has recommended Al Gelso Bianco to families for years and this glorious property is the prize for our fall giveaway!

This wine and olive producing estate in the heart of Chianti is a personal favorite of mine. Set in a superb, much-sought after location for regional sightseeing with easy access to Florence, Siena, and San Gimignano to name a few, Al Gelso Bianco is an ideal venue for families.

First, let’s talk about the owner. Irene Sanesi was raised in Florence and is an absolute gem; she is exactly the kind of small property owner everyone hopes for when traveling in Europe — one who is full of useful and reliable local advice and goes out of her way to share it! Irene and her staff are full of invaluable information from babysitter recommendations to the best local trattoria for dinner to wine tasting — anything and everything is covered.

Pair these services with a spectacular, pristine rural setting and well-appointed, cozy apartments and you have a winner. With just a handful of rooms, Al Gelso Bianco feels intimate and highly personalized — a better option than renting your own villa if you are traveling as an independent family.

Irene has donated a week in a 2-bedroom apartment in either April or October in 2011 to Ciao Bambino for our fall giveaway. If you were inspired by my fall family travel post from yesterday to plan a trip to Italy, now’s your chance to stay for a week for free! If you want to learn more about Al Gelso Bianco, read our complete family-friendly resort review.

Contest Details

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One lucky reader will win. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment before 11:59p PST by Wednesday, October 20, 2010 and tell us the name of your favorite family hotel (if you don’t have kids, just name your favorite hotel and note this is the case). A few tidbits on why you like the hotel would be great, but are not required to enter the contest.

Our comment form will ask you for your email – be sure to include it. Your email will not shared with anyone outside of Ciao Bambino, and we will not send you email unless you win.

On Friday, October 22nd we will have a random drawing for everyone that leaves a valid comment and will announce the winner on the Ciao Bambino Blog.

Earn More Chances to Win!

There are a couple of ways you can get additional entries in this contest. Each one takes only a few minutes to complete. You can get up to 4 entries!

  1. If you have a blog, link back to our 2010 fall giveaway page.  Email telling us you did so and show us the link where we can find it!
  2. On the Ciao Bambino Facebook page, under the Photos tab, we have posted a Fall Giveaway photo. Leave a comment and tell us where this photo was taken. If you guess correctly, we will give you an additional entry in the contest. Only one comment and guess per person.
  3. UPDATE: One more way to win added on October 11th. Tell your friends about the contest on Facebook with a link back to our 2010 fall giveaway page.  Email and let us know the post is live. One post per person.

Prize Details

The contest winner will receive a week-long stay in a 2-bedroom apartment at Al Gelso Bianco for up to 2 adults and 2-3 children. Accommodations must be booked by December 4, 2010 for a stay in April or October, 2011. A 200€ security deposit is required at the time of booking.


Only one comment per person per giveaway (except as outlined above where the comment is related to an extra entry). Duplicate comments, anonymous comments and comments with vulgarity, profanity, personal attacks and comments not directly related to the topic will be discarded.

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  • Mmm, I think visiting Italy in April or October is wonderful! As for my favorite hotel, I would always choose a villa or apartment, but with a family of five, I like any budget-minded hotel line that offers a small “living area,” fridge and pull-out couch for a third bed. Just stayed in a SpringHill Suites in Scottsdale, AZ and was impressed w their layout.

  • Favorite hotel with kids is the Grove Park Inn in Asheville NC, though hoping to take our first trip with them to Italy this spring so perhaps that will change! The Grove Park Inn is fantastic – gigantic fireplaces to inspire awe, friendly staff, kids activities, cute town to wander through, beautiful scenery to hike through and much more!

  • What a fantastic giveaway!!
    We love Hampton Inn & Suites. We have a daughter (4 now) with special medical needs, and Hamptons have always been exceptional in accommodating our special requests, plus, the rooms are always clean & lovely and the beds are fabulous!
    Thanks for the chance to enter! Fingers crossed!

  • Favorite hotel for me is the W. I don’t have kids yet so this contemporary style is right up my alley.

  • We haven’t traveled to any family-specific destinations, but had a good experience at the Carlsbad Comfort Inn when we were visiting Legoland California.

  • Our favorite hotel is the Lakeside Inn in Lakeside, MI. An old classic hotel right on Lake Michigan with the beach steps away and set in the woods so the fall color can’t be beat!

  • We just recently had a daughter so are new to the world of family travel. As avid travelers we hope to continue our adventures with Maya. My sister and her family love going to Wicker Inn in Longboat Key, FL. They are small cottages right on the beach. It has been the perfect vacation spot for a family with two children under 5.

  • Our family always stays at the Holiday Inn in Pocatello, Idaho on our annual trek to visit family in Canada. It has a huge indoor pool with a waterfall, which the kids love. Rooms are clean and spacious and reasonably priced. Best of all they accomodate our pets – a cat and dog. There is a large grassy area on the property where the boys can run and take the pets for much needed exercise too. As my oldest son says “It sort of feels like home to me!”
    Thanks for this wonderful contest! Best of luck to everyone.

  • We really enjoy staying at the Country Inn Suites because of all of the emenities and comfort like being at home. Love to cook our own meals.

  • My kids still talk about the Kaua’i Marriot. It’s right on the beach, and that’s pretty much where we spent the whole time. The pool isn’t deep, which was fine with us because our kids weren’t great swimmers. And there was an incredible koi pond where the kids could feed the fish every morning (it was a feeding frenzy like you wouldn’t believe). We got a suite with a kitchenette and either bought food at the hotel’s restaurants or at the local market, and then we ate a lot of meals in the room. Just made life much less stressful.

  • My favorite hotel with my family is the Timer Ridge Hotel & Waterpark in Lake Geneva, IL. Clean, fun and lots of good food! Plus it’s a beautiful area. Hope to take the family to Italy for a great time!!

  • My favorite family hotel is Las Palmas in Palm Springs! I love the Kids Club, the rooms, the kids pool, the cabanas… everything!!

  • My father, my two grown children and I travel to Italy fairly often to visit my father’s hometown in Calabria. On one of our last trips we stayed in Rome for a few days at a beautiful hotel – Residenza Canali. My fatherly is elderly and they made every accomodation to make him feel comfortable, to the point that it actually felt like staying in a family friend’s home rather than a hotel. It is a small establishment, but the rooms are clean and air conditioned (rare for an authentic Italian hotel but necessary for August in Rome) and the complimentary breakfast was true Mediterranean fare, not to mention that it was just minutes from the Piazza Navona and within walking distance to the Vatican, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. I would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Rome and cannot wait to return!

  • While I haven’t been to many family hotels, the Hilton Waikoloa Village offers something for everyone. Just getting around the property can be fun for the kids via a boat ride, small tram, or winding through the lush landscapes. You can swim with dolphins, enjoy the many kids programs, and parents can sit by the beach while older kids play on the sand.

  • My kids’ favorite hotel for family vacations is probably mine too – the Ritz-Carltons in Kapalua and in Laguna Niguel. Both have Ambassadors of the Environment programs in lieu of Ritz Kids camps, absolutely wonderful for travel experiences.

  • We have dreamed of, salivated over and even pretended within our own home walls of the beautiful Tuscany we have so heard of. friends have claimed it our most necessary next adventure and me as an artist, photographer an absolute unexcusable must for the soul! we have always believed travel to be one of the most important aspects of providing our children education. to feel, taste and experience something impresses so much more than to hear of it or even dream of it. This would be the chance of a lifetime for us and while we have traveled from friends couches, to 5star resorts, to camping in the jungle our boys sure did looooove the cozy vacation to one of our favorite places in the world. For now my cushy fam hotel is The Diria in Tamarindo, Costa Rica! they have very accomadating and nice rooms. right on the beach and endless fruit for kiddos ie….virgin banana daquiris and not so virgin daquiris for us!
    puravida- that’s what its all about, eh?

  • Oh and here I’ve had Italy on the brain lately. It seems to come up everywhere I look too. Universal consciousness?
    While it’s hard to pin down a truly fav hotel, seeing how that really depends on where you’re going, one that comes to my mind is 29 Palms Inn in Joshua Tree. While not luxe, it’s arty, warm, and has an interesting history. The restaurant serves veggies from their own garden. It’s close to Joshua Tree National Park.

  • We love staying at the original Palm Springs Hollywood getaway, La Quinta (not the chain). Lots of pools with a small number of casitas around each one, a great spa for mom, loads of golf & tennis, bikes to rent and really good restaurants.

  • A week in Italy sounds wonderful! My favorite hotel is Le Pavillon in New Orleans. I haven’t stayed there with my children (3-year-old twins), but they are friendly, beautifully decorated in without being intimidating, centrally-located in New Orleans, have a rooftop pool, and an elegant-yet-relaxed atmosphere. Their tradition of nightly PB & J doesn’t hurt, either!

  • We love to stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Although pricey, it’s the most glorious, relaxing place to stay. We hike around Jasper and love evenings in the heated pool. The place has a lot of history and I think that’s what makes it special. We were married there and had an amazing time.

  • Ciao!
    Our favorite hotel is more of an Agriturismo. ‘a Cunziria in Vizzini, Sicily is an amazing place. It is a little off of the beaten path, but totally worth the drive. You get to stay in little chalets with bunkbeds for the bambini AND the restaurant is literally inside old caves….don’t miss the wood-fired pizza!!!

  • My favorite resort is the Grand Wailea in Maui. The spa is amazing the slides are fun for the entire family.

  • The Kaanapali Alli on Maui. The condos are perfect for a family. The pool with a bbq area are fun for a larger family get together. The staff make you feel like you are truly at your home away from home.

  • My son is two years old and though we haven’t been able to take a family vacation just yet, in my own travel experiences I think the Hilton Waikoloa is a great hotel for kids. My boyfriend is half Italian so it’s always been our dream to return to his motherland.

  • In Florence, the Hotel California was one of my favorites. Simple, centrally located, good breakfast, and economical! (oh, and environmentally friendly!)

  • My boyfriend and I don’t have children but we love to travel. I’ve stayed at many great hotels, but my favorite is the Omni In Washington D.C. It has everything! Great location (away from downtown but in a very trendy location a block from a metro stop), awesome grounds and pool and ambience galor! Inaugural balls have been held here every election! The staff is friendly and accomodating and it is an all around great hotel.

  • Qualicum Beach and Parksville area has been named Canada’s best family friendly beach destination. (2009 I believe) That being said, Beach Acres Resort adds to the family vacation. near by you can take in hiking, caves, beaches, pool, tennis, and more. Vancouver Island is a great place to live and visit, but Italy would be great in 2011!

  • Haven’t had the opportunity to travel with my family. We have had a short outing at Timber Ridge Lodge in Lake Geneva, which was a lot of fun and very kid friendly

  • Favorite hotel with kids is the 4 seasons in maui – they cater to the family and the kids club is amazing. Everything you could possibly want.

  • My favorite family hotel is the Marriott Kauai Resort on Kalapaki Beach. Great location, the beach and pools are wonderful

  • My favorite family hotel is the Country Springs Hotel and Waterpark in Waukesha, WI. It’s great for kids in the 2-10 age group. Small enough that I don’t fear my kids getting lost, but enough different things to keep everybody happy.

  • During our trip to St. Paul De Vence in the South of France, I was lucky enough to stay in the most charming bed and breakfast.
    Les Orangers was small with only five rooms but so beautiful and quaint that I have not been able to stop thinking of it. Therefore, it is my favorite. I was so grateful to enjoy such an amazing place with my family. I dream only to return someday…..

  • My favorite family hotel is not expensive or luxurious. It is a Ramada Inn Limited in Murpheysboro, TN. It reminds my daughters of their grandpa who died 4 years ago. We always stayed there on our trips down to Florida. We have very fond memories of that place and still stay there even though grandpa is gone.

  • Italy in spring or fall…love it!
    My favorite family hotel is Hampton Inn, traveling with kids has been my best choice for many years, everywhere we go, there is at least one, I always know what to expect, a great service, comfortable and clean rooms and a hot breakfast!

  • My Favorite Hotel is in the south of france.Its called Beach Plaza on Princess Grace dr.I stayed there for the first time when I was 19 an promised myself I would return one day for my honeymoon.It was 10 years almost to the day that I had returned .It has the beauty that europe and the south of France is famous for

  • What a wonderful site you’ve got! thank you so much for such amazing & detailed information! Planing our family vacation to Tuscany, found everything I need on your site!
    Our favorite family hotel is Grand Mayan (Grand Bliss) in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. It’s absolutely fabulos for both adults & kids. Never felt like living the resort for a whole week, too many things to do & see! Great food, amazing spa.

  • oct 6th
    we had the best vacation this year in Sardinia, italy. We went to a beach called villasimius for 1 week and we stayed at Tanka village (ata hotels) and it was the best hotel for families. The beach was like a pool for the kids, shallow and you can walk for ever and never got deep. the hotel have baby and kids club where the kids can play and they have activities for them. you can rent bikes with the kids and go around the resort. the food was superb!! The spa in the hotel was excellent.

  • My favorite family hotel is Hotel Monaco in Portland Oregon. The service is wonderful, the rooms are beautiful, and the kid activities are top notch.

  • We as a family love to stay at Saratoga Springs in sunny Orlando. Traveling as a family it is very accommodating, we stay in a three bedroom suite with a full kitchen. So many things for the kids to do at this resort with out having to leave the complex, you can Even take a short walk, bus or boat ride over to down town Disney.

  • How’s this for a bad answer: I have never taken my child to a hotel! She’s only 2 years old, but we have managed to do all of our traveling while staying with friends & family. It’s one of my biggest worries about doing a big trip with her, so this place looks really fabulous. Thanks to everybody who’s sharing their good info — it’s inspiring.

  • We do quite a bit of travel to India, and we have found our favorite hotel to be the Ashok Country resort in Delhi. This is a smaller hotel that is VERY kid friendly yet, luxary has not been compromised. By the way, the food is amazing!

  • What a great contest – have been dreaming about going to Italy (my favorite place in the world) with my family. We had a good experience with the kids at the Atlantis resort – we stayed in the Beach Towers which was great for them – kid friendly food, arcade right downstairs, pool and beach right outside the door and of course all of the fabulous water slides.

  • Our favorite hotel is the Grand Geneva/Timber Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva, WI. The staff is fabulous and the rooms offer all the luxuries of home. There is something for everyone of all ages at this resort .

  • My wife and I like taking our kids to Sheraton. Even though it is in our home town it feels exotic to eat at the restaurant there, swim in the pool (past bedtime) and all sleep in the same room! Our dream trip is to go to Italy. Viva Italia!

  • We stayed at the Hapuna Prince Hotel on the Big Island in Hawaii sans kids, but the place was incredibly kid friendly and I’d love to go back with the kids.
    The hotel had a lovely pool and a really nice sandy beach. It was incredibly relaxing and beautiful.
    Thanks for the contest! Italy… mmm

  • We haven’t been able to take a vacation yet since we had our daughter so I’m still clueless on great family friendly hotels! haha. In the past we have loved staying at The Loews Hotel, tho. And probably our favorite experience (in an atmosphere that seemed good for kids, too) was at The Peace Lodge in Costa Rica – we were on our honeymoon, but there was lots to do and explore for little ones, too. I’d love to take our kids there someday. But, hey – Italy is top of the list, too!! 🙂

  • We don’t have kids, but we do like to travel with our dog. Our favorite hotel is the Petaluma Sheraton. Their customer service is amazing. And their rooms are HUGE. And they’re really good with dogs. In fact, there’s a huge walking trail right off the hotel parking lot that meanders through the nearby meadow and makes for a great walk or job (with or without the dog).

  • I was lucky enough to travel to Italy with my father once, but my husband has never been. We have a 5 year old now, and I would love to visit Italy with both of them and be able to relax together. My favorite place right now is the Mohonk Mountain House – the setting is natural and gorgeous and they have great programs for children, plus a spa and wonderful trails.

  • Cape Cod is one of our favorite family vacation destinations. There are so many fantastic activities for kids of all ages. On a trip this past July, we had a blast at the Red Jacket Beach Resort. Our kids loved the pools, beach, and fun activities (magic shows, etc) geared just for them. Great location and great service!

  • I have not really travelled a whole lot with my 2 year old but when we have we have chosen to stay at various Marriot locations because they seem very accomodating to us regarding pack n plays and kids meals in their restaurants.
    I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Italy and my husband and I were planning a trip in 2007 when I surprisingly found out I was pregnant. We weren’t married at the time (together over 6 years) and decided to take the money that we saved for our trip and get married instead. As happy as I am to have them both in my life, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to visit the boot very soon!
    Thank you for this amazing contest! YOU ROCK!

  • It’s not a “family hotel”, per se, but I love the Athenaeum at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY. During the Season, there are no cars allowed on the grounds, so you can open the door and let the kids tumble outside, safe to run around until dusk.
    The hotel itself is one of the old Grande Dame-style with porches big enough to hold all the great-grandmothers on Earth, and with hidden corners, spires, and windows to provide for endless exploration.

  • I like All Star Sports Resort at Disney World. Lots of pools and rec rooms for the kids to play in after a long day exploring Disney.
    roblyn66 at yahoo dot com

  • My husband and I are retired with grown children. Our favorite place to stay is the Iberstar in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. It is an all-inclusive resort with the best of treatment, food, and scenery.

  • No kids, but we have stayed in lots of hotels. It is hard to pick the best but one of my favorites is the Alexander House Hotel near Gatwick airport outside of London, England. Twice we have spent our “last night in England” here and have loved the large rooms, historic building, great restaurant, and lovely grounds. Hotels are great, but I prefer vacation rentals and would love to win this prize!! 🙂

  • Stiefvater’s Cottages in Inlet, NY is a wonderful place to take the family for a week or more in the Adirondacks Mountains in upstate New York. Located on Fourth Lake in the hamlet of Inlet, it offers rustic cabins and cottages with an all the amenities needed for a family vacation on the lake, including boats, wood to burn at the firepit and wi-fi hook-up. This is where families build memories with other families and return to bring their future generations for years to come. I just spent my first season managing this property for absentee owners who live in Pennslyvania and I couldn’t imagine working and living at a more beautiful area. The fall colors are awesome to boot. The local food and entertainment is fantastic and the sunsets and wildlife are awe-inspiring!

  • Oh, we love to travel with our children and have yet to take our daughter to Italy. We have so many favorite places to stay, it is really hard to choose just one 🙂 In my own home state, I would have to say Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe and otherwise I would give a nod to the Ritz Carlton Kapalua on Maui. Topnotch because it has so many things to do for outdoor enthusiasts (skiing, hiking, biking, tennis) plus plenty to do on-site (amazing pools indoors and out). I love The Ritz because of its location on Maui (away from Lahaina and Waliea), we love the pools, the view, the beach, the service. It is everything you expect from a Ritz.

  • One of our favorite family hotels is the Royal Pacific at UNiversal Orlando. We like the family friendly restaurant and they also provide complimentary toys for the kiddies

  • I LOVE Italy, and have only had the pleasure of visiting once – but never to Chianti, and it is definitely on my list. Ciao Bambino looks amazing!
    I think my favorite hotel was the Hotel Roma in Florence, overlooking the Piazza Santa Maria Novella. It had beautiful accomodations – very spacious, clean and gorgeous views of Florence. I’d love for the opportunity to stay again in Italy; from the looks of it, Ciao Bambino could become my new favorite. 😉

  • We recently had a fabulous family vacation at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake in Florida.

  • Our family of 5 really enjoyed staying at the Crotched Mountain Resort in NH. The resort had a bedroom and living space with a fold out couch that was perfect for all of us to sleep. We made a delicious egg breakfast the next morning in the little kitchen.

  • I honestly haven’t been to that many hotels that aren’t the Best Western but I did stay at the Venetian in Vegas. Awesome.

  • We love staying at the Hyatt Place on weekends. It’s usually near business parks, but the weekend rates for a family of 6 are hard to beat. $70 a night for continental breakfast, 2 double beds and a large sectional with a pull out. They are all new and just right for our family of 6.

  • WOW – what an amazing contest! I have two children ages 3 & 6 and so I like a hotel that is easy on our budget but still nice to stay in. We stayed in a suite at the Holiday Inn Express in Burlington, VT and thought it was great! The kids loved it, the room was clean, the staff was great and we enjoyed our time there! Thank you so much!!

  • Hello my name is Deja West and I am 19 years of age. I do not have any kids so I would need the kid free room =) I would love to win this vacation, because I have never been out of the Country, let alone the state. I live in California and I haven’t been able to experience many things such as this. I would really love to go on this trip, because I know I deserve it. I know I am young, but that is even more reason to grant me this prize. I know how conduct myself in a very mature matter. Please Help me out. Thank yOu !
    Sincerely, Deja West

  • Our family enjoys Door County WI and staying at The Landing. This resort has an indoor and outdoor pool so we can enjoy all the seasons. The Landing is located walking distance to stores and restaurants. The staff has always been pleasant and the atmosphere is very cozy.

  • one of our fave family hotels is embassy suites mandalay beach – on the beach and a fantastic park just down the path for the little ones. you can also rent pedal cars. not priced too high for on the water either.
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • When traveling with kiddos we typically stay at a Fairfield…they love the bright colors and the pool and I love the price point! If it’s just me I like to play it by ear and find unique places.

  • Hmmm. Favorite family hotel. We recently stayed at the Tahitian Resort in Las Vegas. I loved that it had a tv for the kids and a tv for the adults. The pool with the sand was perfect for my 3 year old.
    Putting it out into the universe: I will win this trip!!

  • 2 recent travels with the kiddos (girls, 4 & 6) stand out mostly because of (a) the other families staying there plus the event we were attending (wedding) & (b) after years of looking, my husband & I finally found the tree we carved our initials in when first dating back in 1984.
    The first place is the Spring Ranch in Mendocino, CA ( – simply amazing old home & property with loads of bedrooms, plenty of space for additional family/people to spread out, cook, lounge, eat, laugh & take in the beauty & all that Mendocino offers.
    The second place is the Lamp Lighter Inn in Carmel, CA – ( on Ocean Avenue – two easy blocks from the gorgeous beach at the end of Ocean Avenue. After traveling north from Santa Barbara without any reservations secured, we were able to get a fantastic, clean, quaint, surprisingly quiet room/suite for the 4 of us (girls on a pull out). Within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and the beach, Lamp Lighter offered so much without costing a fortune….and that tree? We’ve got pictures of it now so we know where it is and there’s a new carving next to the original with 4 initials instead of just 2.

  • I like Embassy Suites b/c it has a living room w/ pull out couch and a bedroom; kitchenette w/ fridge and microwave.

  • JW Marriott in Palm Springs. Love the “dive in” movies for the kids in the pool. The ponds are great to walk around. The breakfast included with the rooms. Putting greens. The gondola rides to the restaurants.
    Love the Ritz Carltons in Hawaii. The keiki clubs are wonderful for the kids and parents. Scavenger hunts for the kids throughout the hotel.

  • I have traveled solo with my son a couple of times and one of the best places we have stayed is Kursaal&Ausonia in Florence. Great location and very, very friendly staff!

  • We loved the Hotel Barolo in Piedmont. Ever wanted to swim in a pool overlooking Barolo Castle surrounded by beautiful vineyards? Then, step out of the pool and head to the veranda where you are served the most amazing barolo wine and pasta with truffles. They do it right! The family who runs has children too who can often be seen doing their part to greet customers. Check out the site. It really is this beautiful:

  • While most of our traveling involves visiting and staying with family, we have stayed several times at Hampton Inns on our way to our destinations. The rooms are always clean and comfortable with plenty of space, and the staff members have always been very helpful.
    A trip to Italy is on our family ‘bucket list’ of things we want to do before our kids, 12 & 15 graduate, so this would fit in with our plans perfectly! 🙂

  • Any hotel with bouncy beds, elevators and a long hallway! But no seriously, I guess I am gonna have to go with The Polynesian in Disneyworld, although I think almost any of the DW hotels would qualify (especially on a quiet week).

  • Our favorite family trip was to Lonesome Cove Resort on San Juan Island in Washington state. My sisters and I stayed with our husbands and kids in three rustic cabins right on the water’s edge. We had so much fun cooking together and enjoying the beautiful island.
    My husband and I don’t have children, and we love to travel. At the opposite end of the spectrum from the rustic cabins of Lonesome Cove, we love the elegant mix of modern and medieval at The Widder, located right in Old Town Zuerich.
    But our favorite kind of hotel is actually a vacation apartment. We always feel we get more value for money in an apartment. The best we’ve ever found are the apartments offered by Riveria Experience in Villefranche, which the owner has renovated to a very high standard. The owner takes wonderful, personal care of her guests: she even volunteered to put together a basket of breads, cheeses and charcuterie for us, because we were arriving so late in the evening.

  • I like the Disney Contemporary in Orlando Florida. It has the train that runs through the park come right into the hotel so you can go back for naps etc

  • We have already booked a Celebrity Cruise of the Med for 2011 departing Rome in Late September. We are travelling with another Bowen Island couple and a 2-bedroom suite would be ideal for our post-cruise vacation in Italy. Who says timing isn’t everything?

  • My favorite family hotel is the Four Seasons Jackson Hole. The location is beautiful. During ski season you’re right at the lift. It’s also a perfect jumping off point for visiting Yellowstone. There are many family friendly restaurants nearby. There is a neat gameroom in the hotel for kids and a great outdoor pool.

  • We love taking our kids to the Courtyard Inn in Niagara Falls. They play movies for kids in the courtyards at night, and there is a covered pedestrian bridge which leads us straight into the huge waterpark. So fun. They are located right in the heart of Niagara Falls, so lots of other activities and restaurants in easy walking distance.

  • I love the Marriott Resorts. We go to Aruba every year and stay there and on our travels we always try to stay in one of the Marriott Hotels. The bedding is wonderful and the staff and services are top notch! We traveled by cruise to Italy a few years ago to towns that my grandparents were born. Since returning I have been homesick for Italy and am hoping to return in the next couple of years.

  • While traveling for business I’ve stayed at many Hiltons and Marriott’s. And while those are fine for quick, impersonal stays, I much prefer the more intimate and unique establishments. It’s nice when you stay somewhere and the staff and owners say good morning to you using your name the next day. It’s a nice feeling. And in return it’s nice to leave a place knowing that you’ve made a few friends and will probably be returning to see them in the future.
    My husband and I have two young children, so staying somewhere with a little extra space is always a blessing. For a friends wedding we stayed on a beautiful property, The Three Stallion Inn in Randolph, VT. It was a very charming, very personable, and very inviting place to stay. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to stay in that area.

  • We just found the most wonderful hotel chain. The Country Inn and Suites by Carlson! they have multi-room suites for VERY reasonable prices and the closets are big enough to hold a pack ‘n play for the baby… so another room!! Plus the front desk has fresh cookies all day, full country breakfast is included and the decor is cozy and clean. We love it. We’d also love a trip to Italy!!

  • We are a very blessed couple joining a combined family of five children. We have spent some time up in Lake Placid at the Crown Plaza overlooking mirror lake and it was breathtaking. Previously being a single mother I have not been able to travel much, but we would love to have a destination wedding and have the whole family together. My distant relatives live in various places in Italy and I have not been able to visit as of yet. My all time favorite was a resort in Cabo that my Fiance`won through his business. Blue water, white sand, warm breeze, it was like heaven must be.

  • We have three young children and had a fantastic stay several years ago at the family owned and run Hotel Gardenia in Selva Val Gardena in the Trentino Alto Adige area of northern Italy. In the winter it’s ski country, but we went in the summer to escape the heat of Rome and it was crisp and cool – gorgeous alpine scenery, a range of trekking – fun for the kids as we took gondolas up the mountains for some easy walks – there are restaurants up on the peaks so never had to worry about food. The area is known for woodcarving and the children enjoyed watching woodcarvers at work. Hotel Gardenia had a kid’s club – activities for children during the day and in the evening there were babysitters who would feed the children and do activities with them so couples could have a bit of quiet time together at dinner if they wanted. The hotel’s rooms were clean, well-maintained, comfortable and well-adapted for families. It was nice to be in a place where we did not feel self-conscious if our child threw a wobbly or if the siblings were squabbling. There were many other families around and everyone seemed very happy to be there. We had a fabulous time and look forward to returning some day.

  • No kids at home….all grown and have left the nest. I have stayed at several wonderful hotels throughout Tuscany. Two small favs were Morandi alla Crocetta in Firenze and the family owned & operated Il Giglio in Montalcino..fabulous food at Il Giglio too. Absolutely love Tuscany…certainly my very favorite place.
    In the USA…..most recently (September) I stayed @ The Dakota Mountain Lodge in Park City, was fabulous.

  • the hotel Oltre il Giardino in venice, italy. we ae not a rah rah family silly kids hotel family … the oltre il diardino offered us a great location a little out of the insanity and space….and the owners and the workers took time to talk to our (then-15 year old) daughter about her trip to italy and her interests. it was a special time. she would drool for another chance to visit italy. we hope to win!

  • Our children are grown, but we took my mom on a roadtrip last summer and we all loved the Mariot Town Suites Hotel we stayed in. So that is my favorite US hotel right now.
    I’m sure my grown kids would love to join us for a week in Tuscany! October is a beautiful month to tour Italy.

  • Wow…I would LOVE to win a week in this lovely villa! Favorite hotel??? Hard to say. My visit to Italy in May 09 included stays in mostly inexpensive places along the way, but all were grand as far as I was concerned. I would have to say that Piccolo Hotel il Palio in Siena was probably one of the most noteworthy. It was in a 14th century building that had been a monestary, and in the quaint lobby was an actual Palio banner! Impressive! The folks at the desk were also extremely helpful and friendly. Bella Italia! In the USA, my husband and I love to stay in B&B’s when we travel. Hard to nail a favorite!

  • We travel with our 7 year old son and exchange students often–as much as we love the so called “kid friendly” hotel chains these often don’t have as many amenities for adults–as a hotel designer, I like to have a few more unique touches and frequent properties with either history or good design–I have to say 3 stand out properties that are fabulous for kids are the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, ME, The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego and Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny, Ireland–
    all these properties offer kids activities, were welcoming to our family–and provided unbelievable memories and the desire to return again someday–all fabulous qualities!!

  • one of my favorites is the chedi hotel in muscat, oman. a lovely little escape from the city and very couple and child friendly. beautiful decor and great restuarant….

  • Oddly enough, my favorite hotel is in my own town, the Hilton in Burlington, VT. I have no kids, money’s a little tight, so taking vacations is a little out of my league at this point. But the apartment just gets so claustrophobic, ya know? And you just can’t stop that wanderlust when it sets in….so when I get a few extra dollars, I like to make reservations for just a night. I get to get out of my own head for a minute, take it easy, and honestly, you just can’t beat a sunset over Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.
    Almost like tricking my brain into thinking it’s on vacation. Mental gymnastics!

  • My favorite family hotel is Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa , absolutly stunning and excellent service , the island itself it heavenly. Of course hawaii cannot compare to Italy my all time love, had the vacation of my lifetime there this past summer , Rome, Capri , Positano…planning my next trip back already. I would love to win this vacation…

  • My favorite family hotel in Italy….hmmm, very hard decision. My family absolutely loved Residenza Il Villino in Florence. Sergio and Elizabetta and staff managed to make us feel at home so far from our real home in Colorado. Bella!

  • Ah . . . to be in Tuscany in April or October! Che bella! As for my favorite hotel, it has to be the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco. One of the Joie de Vivre chain, they (1) restore older buildings in interesting places and (2) go out of their way to make your stay a memorable experience. We had wine every afternoon, with string quartets, staff musicians and much camaraderie. We hated to leave!

  • When my kids were little we loved the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod, MA. They cater to families and even warm bottles in Room Service! Now my kids are 11 and 13 and would prefer a great pool to warm bottles – and the Chatham Bars Inn has that too!
    Now were ready to see Italy!!

  • We live in San Diego, but, our Boston trip last summer was an especially great hotel experience. We went last summer & stayed at the Hyatt Place Medford, just outside Boston. It was easy access to downtown & quite a savings. Our kids were 13 & 7 at the time (we’re both mid-30’s). Our room was sleek & had 2 double beds, a sofa that pulled out to a be an additional bed, a desk, & a swiveling flatscreen TV. We used the small fridge in the room for snacks, but, the free breakfast was a great cost saver too (good mix of foods). Our kids loved the pool and went swimming all 3 days we were there. We had a car (free parking), but, were told (at check in) about a free shuttle to the train line nearby. Our room was very comfortable for the 4 of us and I loved the free internet & all the plugs for our laptops, phones, iPods, DS, etc! We spent a lot of time out of the room, but, it was very comfortable & we all slept soundly. We’ll definitely go back next time we’re in the Boston area.

  • The Marriott downtown Mpls..penthouse suite, 2 levels with views of the new “Twins” stadium. The hotel restaurant had awesome breakfast!

  • Thank you for the wonderful contest! …My recommendation for a family friendly hotel is the Royal Oxford Hotel in Oxford, England. It is a very good value for the money. The location was great, close to the train station and the city center. The room was large and spotless. The kids enjoyed the fruit, cookies and chocolate they provided in the room.

  • My family’s favorite hotel is the Hotel Dona Laura in Roma or the Americana in Florence…What a fantastic experience! We loved the Tuscan sights and smells! We have family that We’ve never even met there, (Lucca) and I have a girlfriend who also lives there, so wining this trip would be a dream come true!

  • We had a great time at the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. The pool, the beach, and the mini-burgers served next to the pool were great. The suite had a queen bed in the living room so the kids could nap with the bedroom door closed and we could still lay on the bed and watch tv.

  • We have one child and love a few places in our state…
    For a luxurious but fun family friendly weekend getaway we love the Marriott Hotel in Hollywood, FL (; For a relaxed family week or weekend next to one of the world;s best beaches, we highly reccomend the Lovers Key Resort(, it is on the bay and across from Lovers Key State Beach. It is centrally located near the triangle area of Fort Myers Beach and steps to great shopping and more great beaches in Estero/Bonita Springs and not far away from Naples, FL and their famous Gulfshore Drive, Fifth Avenue and Third Street districts.
    If you seek Island life mixed with family activities, you must stay on Sanibel/Captiva Islands at or another family owned property.

  • Favorite Hotel: Hmm… that’s a tough one. We don’t have children yet so we don’t stay at family friendly hotels a lot. One of my favorites is the Belvedere Hotel in New York City. It’s clean, comfortable, and fairly close to Times Square.
    We are hoping to take a trip to Italy next year sometime and to win this amazing giveaway would be perfect!

  • We had an amazing time at Le Case Del Borgo in Tuscany – on your recommendation. Absolutely unbelievable place – amazing staff, very child friendly. Best family vacation we have taken!

  • I don’t have any children (yet)…but I’d have to say my favorite hotel so far has been the Riu in the Bahamas. All-inclusive EVERYTHING, great pool, right on the beach. *sigh* I’d go back right now if I could! 🙂

  • My favorite hotel is the Mignon, in Venice. Its facilities are nothing special, but its staff is friendly, its prices are good, and its location is perfect. It’s convenient to everything without being in the middle of the crowds and noise, and you can get there from a vaporetto stop without crossing any bridges. (This last bit is excellent when you’re rolling your own luggage. 🙂
    (I have no info on how family friendly the Mignon is; I have no children.)

  • We love the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi in Rome. Just a little outside the city center, it’s an urban oasis that has a great pool for the kids to relax by after the sights of Rome. The have a fabulous new spa for mom and dad as well. The hotel is very near the the Villa Borghese, which has pedal boats, bike rentals, a small zoo, and plenty of room to run around!

  • Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas is fantastic for families! The indoor water park is perfect and the theme rooms that are available are so much fun, with several dining choices.

  • My favorite Hotel is any which is clean and offers a free breakfast, and free WIFI. These 2 ammenities are the best way to improve the stay away from home: the breakfast saves time and the wifi enables staying in-touch.

  • My favorite family hotel, though I’ve never been there with kids, is called Hotel Plinio. It’s a charming, cozy, slightly rustic place carved out of the tropical jungle just a few miles from Manuel Antonio park on the west coast of Costa Rica. The rooms are fashioned almost entirely out of well-varnished tropical hardwood logs and flooring, giving you the feeling that you’re living in a tree-house. In fact, my favorite room actually is a three-storey tree-house and has an actual tree in the middle of the staircase that leads to the top floor and a wonderful covered deck with a large hammock and a spectacular view of the jungle and the Pacific ocean. Most of the family-run hotel’s staff have been there for years and they are very friendly and helpful. And the restaurant has some of the best food in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area. There’s also bar by the pool (the deepest in town) which serves snacks and drinks. At night you can hear the howler monkeys in the jungle nearby and the deafening sound of cicadas at sunset. And it’s cheap, with rooms ranging from $40-$65 depending on the season and whether or not you want A/C. If you’re looking for fancy, this ain’t it. But if you want an authentic Costa Rican jungle experience, check it out.

  • My favorite hotel to stay with kids was the Embassy Suites near Disneyland. We stayed in a suite with four kids and there was plenty of room; the closing room divider made it feel like two rooms. Also, the free full custom breakfast was just the ticket to save us time in the morning and get everyone off to a healthy start. We didn’t have to make a separate stop to order breakfast. That’s the best part of Embassy Suites in general. The pool, of course, was a pleasure, and the nightly “cocktail hour” was a nice way to relax before diinner.

  • We like the Kanapaali Beach Hotel in Maui…lots of room for little ones to run around in the garden between the buildings, plenty of shade, and a kid-friendly pool. Nightly singing and hula was very entertaining for the children, too, and helped to keep them at the dinner table!

  • The hotel we have enjoyed the most is the Tamarack Beach Resort, Carlsbad, CA. The rooms have patios, some with ocean views, refrigerators, coffee maker, dvd player. Plus, there is a recreation room for the kids that offers DVD check-out, billiards, ping pong. Also a lovely heated pool with areas surrounding it equipped with nice barbeque grills for the use of hotel patrons- a fun and easy way to feed the family! Oh, also two jacuzzis and direct beach access! Fun, fun, fun.

  • A small inn in Cleveland, OH called the Glidden House – a beautiful old tudor style inn. Great location in University Circle with lots of things to do. We have stayed there a few times and would recommend it to anyone going to that area in Ohio. Just my husband and I.

  • My favorite hotel is the Locanda Oseolo in Venice. I’m a solo traveler myself, but this hotel is wonderful for solos, couples and families. It’s a small, family-owned and family-run hotel less than a 5 minute walk from San Marco – close enough to hear the amazing bells, but far enough so you’re not in the crowds. Leave your windows open at night to be awakened to the early morning sounds of Venice. You can always get perfect recommendations from the owners for restaurants and similar, but it’s also perfectly located to explore on your own, which is the joy of Venice. Charming hotel, perfectly kept, and the essence of Venice.

  • Thank you for such a awesome vacation contest…would love to visit Italy…maybe sometime in the future. I have a friend who lives there and whom I met here (California) on her vacation at the Winchester Mystery House… and would love to visit Italy and surprise her on my vacation….

  • Our favorite family hotels are 1) Costanoa on the San Mateo coast for quick weekend getaway (we live in the SF Bay Area) and 2) The Melia Cabo Real in Cabo San Lucas — awesome all-inclusive, great little kids club, terrific food choices, and an amazing pool.

  • My favorite hotel is the Edgewater in Seattle. It’s built right on a pier, a short distance from the Aquarium, and has a wonder view of Puget Sound. It is right next to the pier that has ferries to Vancouver and Victoria Canada. You can take a day trip to Canada and walk off the boat right to your bed. It’s the perfect place to end a long day. The rooms are rustic and each has a fireplace.
    BTW I don’t have kids but I’m planning my Italian honeymoon trip for 2011 right now.

  • My favorite family hotel is the Paso Robles Inn… it has the famous Hot Springs hot tubs for parents (and older kids), a great pool, and it is located right across from the beautiful Downtown Park (where there is a great playground for the little ones), the City library is right there, Park Cinemas to catch a movie, great restaurants, sweets shops…. There are so many things surrounding this hotel, something for everyone.

  • My favorite hotel is the Hotel Barabao in Venice, Italy. I don’t have kids, but it could work for those with kids as well. It is in a fabulous location but away from the masses. Charming rooms and an excellent trattoria downstairs.

  • We love the Hyatt Summerfield Suites, it is the first hotel we stayed in with our 9 month old twins and it was great. Pre-kids we loved the Park Hyatt but now we need the full kitchen Summerfield provides.

  • Favorite family chain is for sure Embassy Suites. Why? Each room comes equipped with a full kitchen which is priceless. It is also a reliable chain and you know what you are getting

  • Every hotel is my favorite hotel. My husband and I only sleep in them when we’re on vacation, and there is something to love about going to sleep in a “new” bed knowing tomorrow brings an adventure!

  • I’ve traveled a lot in my years as a journalist, but the hotel I remember with the greatest fondness is the Cour des Loges in Lyons, France. It’s centrally located and a great base for exploring the city. And who wouldn’t love its romantic history as a Renaissance monastery? Its elegance is simple, its staff is discreet and capable, and everything about the hotel is lovely to the bone.
    I don’t have kids, so not sure how children would fare there. But something tells me that the staff would be as kind to its child guests as it is to its adults. Totally lovely.

  • I love to travel and want more than anything to take my son abroad. We haven’t had the chance yet, but this could be an incredible opportunity for us to do so.
    Our favorite family hotel was not a hotel but a family-run farm on Orcas Island (part of the San Juan Islands). We stayed in a lovely cottage that opened onto an expansive vegetable garden. We were free to pick vegetables and had the best time playing and making dinner together. My son got to gather eggs in the morning and feed scraps to the goats. There was even a little rowboat we took to get to a tiny island – my son named it “Pirate Island.” 🙂

  • With kids: any clean suites-type hotel with a pool, especially in winter!
    Favorite hotel in general: Hotel Flora in Venice: Was there before having children.
    Very intimate, charming and in the heart of the city.
    Happy to have heard about this site.

  • It’s just my wife and I and our favorite hotel was the Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay in Bali. What a magnificant location and the service was outstanding.

  • Toss-up between the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India, and the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, USA. And I often remember the little pension (can’t remember the name) in Firenze where I stayed in 1968. Found it in Arthur Frommer’s “Europe on $5 A Day.” Ah, remember the good old days.

  • My favorite hotel is the Grand Hyatt located on Kauai in Hawaii. It is a beautiful location with perfect tropical weather.

  • My favorite hotel is usually the next one that I’ll visit because I enjoy travelling. If I could stay at any hotel, I’d always pick a Four Seasons hotel. The one in Scottsdale is beautiful and family friendly.

  • I was planning to take the family to Italy in the summer of 2011, so this is perfect! Our fave hotel is the Peninsula in the heart of Chicago. Top notch amenities and service, and close to everything Chicago!

  • My favorite family hotel is the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore, not only are the kids made to feel special, but the dog is welcome too.
    As for me, I’d love to win this contest!

  • I have traveled extensively around the world. I would have to say that my favorite hotel that I ever stayed in was in Lugano, Switzerland. It was Villa Castanolga. This hotel was nesteled in the mountains surrounding Lake Lugano and it was so elegant with understated luxury. It had the old world charm with modern amenities. The view was just unreal from the French door balcony of the Lake and surrounding mountains of Morcote… The grounds were breathtaking and the staff was delightful. In fact, I always said if I ever got married again, I would want to go there on my honeymoon because it was such a romantic place… too bad I was there on business! My grandmother was from Arezzo in Tuscana and I would LOVE to win this vacation in honor of her and the beautiful Italian roots she gave me and my family.

  • Our favorite hotel (although we haven’t been there is a really long time) is the Princeville Hotel in Kauai, Hawaii.
    The swim up bar is heavenly…

  • We LOVED the Lighthouse Key resort in Orlando this summer. We had a three-bedroom suite for less than $200 a night, and it had a state-of-the-art full kitchen (granite countertops), flat-screen tvs in every room, free wifi, and laundry in the suite. The huge, zero-entry pool was fantastic for my five and three year olds, and it was less than five minutes from Disney World. We’ll never stay anywhere else in the Orlando area!

  • My husband and I just had a baby in June so we haven’t stayed in a hotel with him yet. But we really like La Quinta hotels because they are pet friendly, always great customer service, and clean hotel rooms. They also have breakfast in the morning and cookies in the evenings. Love That!!

  • We plan to visit Italy in 2011. It will be my husband, myself and our 11 year old son. My son is extremely into the study of history and would love to see Italy, France, Germany and other European sites. We have saved up and will go. It woud be wonderful b to win the option and use our savings to get more out of our trip and see more of Italy.

  • My wife and I, and our adult son, savored our stay at Le Tre Vaselle in tiny Torgiano, Umbria. It is part of a winery and wine museum complex not far from Perugia, Assisi and Deruta. Staff was first rate, service impeccable with great dining, and rooms quite comfortable.

  • We recently stayed at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio. It was amazing! A great kids club and 6 acres of pools and waterslides; a fabulous spa and 2 PGA golf courses. And, of course, the beauty and food in San Antonio. We will definitely return- it’s a perfect family destination.

  • We would vote for Treebones in Big Sur, CA. The rooms are all Yurts overlooking the Pacific and ours had its own ping pong table.

  • Our go-to hotel is Hampton Inn. Pre-kids we used Hampton Inn when traveling with our dog, and now with kids, we continue to use them.

  • My husband and I spent a fantastic week in fall at The Mayfair in London. The hotel is lovely, in a great location, not too expensive and the staff were really nice.

  • Villas Akumal in Akumal, Mexico is a very family friendly resort. Beautiful private grounds and pool area. Close to activities and resturants but in a quiet area right on the water.

  • Our little family loves the Arizona Biltmore. The kids love the pool and the slide. They have pool side service and it is close to all of the hiking mountains that AZ has to offer.

  • I love any hotel that isn’t in the middle of tourist areas. This summer I travelled to Prague with my 17 year old son and we stayed in the Park Inn which was in a more family area with a park and university nearby. I enjoyed eating dinner in places where there were more locals than tourists and watching everyone get on the tram for work each day. Those experiences meant far more than watching the astronomical clock to my son!

  • Ocho Cascades is a wonderful hotel in Mexico overlooking the water with waterfalls that land on your balcony and continue downward. Marvelous food cooked by a local woman is an inexpensive way to go.

  • My favorite hotel is the Grand Floridian at Disneyland!!! The food is great! The people are so nice! It’s overlooking such a beautiful park!

  • We like the Residence Inn in Worcester, MA where we have a lot of family. It’s so nice to have a suite where we can do a bit of food prep instead of relying on restaurants all the time.

  • Italy in the Fall is superb! We love to stay at Poggio al Sorbo in Castellina in Chianti! Wonderful place for families! Organic vineyard and easy access to Florence and Siena and other Tuscan treasures – hill towns and cities, Osterias!

  • Hilton in Cancun Mexico, had a marvelous time. Shaped like a pyramid. The swimmingpools were fabulous- big and clean. The food was delicious- for different restaurants with variety dishes. The service was great, very hospitable. Next time we would love to go with our two kids.

  • Outrigger in Waikiki is our favorite place to stay on Oahu. We rent houses on the other Isles but on Oahu you want to stay where the action is. No rental car is needed; just call ahead & reserve limo/taxi service from the airport. Great restaurants & shopping are all within walking distance from the hotel. The staff is amazing, the beach is beautiful with a perfect view of diamond head, and they offer daily activities for the kids. My daughter made a fresh flower lei our last day & brought it home. Surf board rentals, outrigger canoes, everything is right the there.

  • I have two children ages 7 and 8. When we travel, I prefer to rent homes that allow for space and a kitchen to prepare meals. Makes it easy on the Mommy! A hotel that is a favorite of my family is the Water Color Inn. Lovely hotel in a beautiful location!

  • Our favorite family friendly accommodation is Podere San Luigi between San Gimignano and Certaldo, Italy. A choice of apatments fits any sized family. Animals, vegetables, flowers and fruit are abundant. and there’s a pool. When there, we are treated as family. On a prior visit, we met the new kittens born to their mama cat and visited the kitties in their converted wine barrel home every day. The hosts, Mario and Annalinda, named one of the kittens Brenda, so we have a kitty cat in Italy. If you’re lucky, you will get to meet their daughter and granddaughter too!

  • Within the past 5 years, our favorite hotel has been the Hampton Inn (at Daytona Shores-Oceanfront). The hotel itself isn’t as luxurious as others; nevertheless, the ammenities and service are above and beyond that of other, more highly rated and expensive hotels.

  • My husband and I liked the Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, MD. Cozy, comfortable, excellent restaurant, and great scenic views right on the water. Just lovely.
    Traveling to Italy in October 2011 for our anniversary.

  • Since our daughter was 6 months old, we have always stayed at the Marriott Hotel. She is now 12 years old and has experienced staying at Marriott Hotels throughout the world. We find the Marriott to be very accomodating for families by offering delicious food and a variety of activites on the property.

  • I was fortunate enough to earn a trip through my job at the time to visit the Grand Wailea in Maui. This was such an extravagance, but could not share it with my family as it was a “work trip”. This was extreme indulgence with the beautiful weather, tropical surroundings, not to mention the beach and pools. I can only imagine what beauty Italy beholds for the winner.

  • We have enjoyed an Agriturismo in Assisi called Malvarina. Nice grounds and pool with rustic rooms.
    We ate a delicious dinner (optional) at a table shared with other guests.

  • How about the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island? We love the relaxed feel and pace — about as close to a cruise as you could get without raising anchor….. Wonderful place for children.

  • Our favorite hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico would be Las Golondrinas. Small, beautiful garden right outside your room, great owner who makes you feel like a personal guest…and, its a few blocks from the zocalo! It’s great.

  • I love the Parc Waikiki – because it’s affordable – and right on the beach (well – it’s right behind the pink hotel ON the beach – so it’s just a few steps away). My husband and I have traveled to Waikiki an average of twice a year over the last 15 years – and the Parc continues to be the best value – especially because of the convenient location.

  • Below are my recommendations for a family friendly stay (we are a family of a 3 year old and a 15 month old):
    1. Waldorf-Astoria Orlando: we stayed at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando (at that time, my sons were 2 yo and 4 mths).
    Service – Maybe we were lucky with the service (the hotel just opened a few weeks before we checked in). The hotel offers a kids club service for families with children. This service was wonderful especially in the pool area – he was given pool toys to play with.
    Food – menu works well with both adults and children.
    Hotel Grounds – has ample enough space where children can run around.
    Location – always key in Orlando, and the Waldorf won’t disappoint you. It’s not in the direct center of Disney, but close enough where you can take the hotel shuttle or drive. Plus, you can see the fireworks from every direction at each different parks.
    Bonus Perk – the hotel property shares its location with Hilton, so you can jump from property to property (the Hilton pool has a much child-friendly pool area and lazy pool).
    2. Mohonk Mountain, NY
    This is a hotel where you and your family really bond with nature. its a great place to go for the fall season. Note to families that are attached to television – no television in the room unless by request and fee.
    3. Top House, New Zealand
    This is a rental house in a private-gated property. I’m suggesting this property for budget conscious families who want to stay in a place with lots of rooms and a kitchen. Also, it’s a perfect place for honeymooners and/or empty nesters. The house is situated in Lake Taupo and is very close to the lake (it has a lake view) and the center of town.
    soooooo…..PLEASE PICK ME! good luck to everyone!

  • We don’t have kids — just got married two years ago! But we do have dogs, and so one of our favorite hotels is La Quinta. We recently moved across the country and had to drive from Maryland to California with our pups, and we stayed at La Quintas every night. They are reliable, consistently have a safe, welcoming atmosphere, and there are only four in the entire country that aren’t pet-friendly! That leaves a lot that are. La Quintas are also very reasonably priced, and they don’t charge extra if you are bringing pets with you!
    When we are splurging on just the two of us, we frequently choose Embassy Suites — we have always enjoyed our stays there.

  • We love staying at the Hotel Medici in Florence. the rates are good and the location is fantastic. the terrace with a view of the Duomo is a wonderful for adults or children! When our grandson was visiting us in Italy he and I walked to the top of the bell tower and waved to Art as he sat on the terrace!

  • In the U.S – I am a big fan of the Four Seasons. I absolutely loved my trip last year to the location in Scottsdale.
    In Italy- I recently discovered the Una Maison Milano and had a fabulous stay. It’s in a perfect location…right down the street from the Duomo. Plus it’s affordable (at least for now) given its location. I probably shouldn’t be sharing this….lol!

  • Honestly, I have never stayed in a motel or hotel. I guess I could never really afford to go on vacation and enjoy it. I am a mom of two girls who are 2 and 3. I am married to my wonderful husband going on two years. It would really be nic to go on vacation and experience a stay in any motel because I think it sounds like fun.

  • My second favorite place on earth after Italy is San Francisco, so my favorite hotel is the Westin St. Francis on Union Square. I don’t have children. Italy in fall is heaven on earth!

  • I recommend The Evesham in the Cotswolds, UK. It’s known as the Teddy Bear hotel as all of its room keys come with little teddies attached! Has a lovely indoor pool too.

  • Great competition – thanks for the opportunity to stay in this wonderful apartment!
    My fiance and I don’t have children so family-friendly isn’t usually on our list of criteria when we’re looking for hotels/apartments. But, I think my favourite hotel is one that kids would love – it’s the Old Station B&B in St Andrews, where you get to sleep in an old refurbished train carriage! It’s so cosy and peaceful, and such a novelty too.

  • My husband and I are empty nesters, but we do have a new “baby,” His name is Dewey, a gorgeous and sweet lab/shepard mix. We love to travel with him. Our favorite hotels are Kimpton, not only pet friendly, they treat him as a guest as well. The three of us love them!

  • I do not have a huge preference on hotels, mostly because I haven’t stayed in many. For the most part I do like Grand Hyatt hotels. 🙂

  • The Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui. ALL the rooms are suites, so mom and dad automatically have a separate room, and kids can sleep in the living room. We love the baby pool and the 2 bedroom villas with washer/dryer and kitchen. Pack n’ plays are available by the pool and big kids (and adults) love the waterslide. Great kids club too!

  • Villa Osvaldo in Castiglione del Lago (Perugia) its beautiful. Don’t have kids so can’t comment on kid friendliness.

  • Hands down our favorite place for big people and kids is Sant’ Antonio ( right outside of Montepulciano. We have been there almost every year since 2001 and will keep going again and again. Sant’ Antonio is very kid friendly with a lot of room for exploration, running, swimming and just being kids. But.. it is also filled with beauty offering vistas that speak to the soul and epitomize southern Tuscany. The owners are gracious, helpful and all things you want in a host. Sant’ Antonio was a monastery in the 1300’s but now offers atmospheric holiday apartments.

  • One of my favorite family hotels is Rancho Las Palmas in Palm Springs, CA. This resort just underwent a multi-million dollar renovation! The resort is clean, the rooms are a perfect size, the gym is very nice … but the cherry on top is the POOL! There are two water slides, a sandy beach and … a LAZY RIVER!!! OMG, the adults love this area just as much as the kids. There is also another pool for those who don’t want to float in an inner tube. We had a great summer trip recently and look forward to going back in the winter.

  • We love Turtle Bay on North shore of Oahu….great grounds surrounding the hotel, right on the ocean and very child friendly! We had a fabulous time w/our 1st child when he was 13 months. If you visit their website you can find great deals too!

  • This summer our family stayed at the Hotel Del Sol in San Francisco. It was located in the Marina district…walking distance to the Exploratorium and Fisherman’s Wharf. The hotel was also one block from Chestnut (many restaurant choices) and one block from Union (lots of shopping). Aside from the great location, there was a pool, free family movies to check out, and a complimentary continental breakfast. The best deal was the free parking…which can cost about $20/day at other city hotels. We definitely recommend this SF gem!!!

  • I have been dreaming of a trip to Italy for many years but other than a day trip to Venice from London, have been unable to make it happen. We do not have any children, but our favourite hotel is the boutique Hotel Nelligan in Old Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  • Oh, how I’d Love to have a week in Italy’s Chianti Country with my chef husband! We don’t have children; our favorite hotel would have to be our historic inn in Southern West Virginia- the Elkhorn Inn & Theatre! Because hubby Dan restored this Italianate building- the last historic building in this area- after the floods of 2002, and turned it into un palazzo Italiano nella montagni di West Virginia! (Other fave hotel would be the restored railroad sleeper cars on the tracks at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel in Chatanooga, Tennessee!)

  • This would be a dream come true for me! As a family with 3 small children and one more on the way, we prefer to stay in cabins or rental homes for the added space, but our favorite hotel vacation is the Comfort Inn connected to Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park in Erie, PA. The hotel has kids suites with bunk beds that our kids adore and gives us a bit of privacy as well.

  • One of my favorite family hotels is Rancho Las Palmas in Palm Springs, CA. This resort just underwent a multi-million dollar renovation! The resort is clean, the rooms are a perfect size, the gym is very nice … but the cherry on top is the POOL! There are two water slides, a sandy beach and … a

  • We don’t have children, but our favorite hotel ever is the Four Seasons in Maui. Incredible hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and beautiful beaches.

  • The four seasons on the big island of Hawaii is spectacular… the island itself has so much to offer with the volcano, snorkeling, and exquisite beaches, its the only other destination I would compare to Italy… my true love!

  • THe Ca’ Maria Adele in Venice, Italy is our favorite; stayed here on first big trip with my husband to be. We had no kids at the time, but are welcoming a bambina any day now and hope to introduce her to our love of traveling!

  • Our family loves Mauritius! it is a beautiful island with the most friendly, warm people. Our favorite hotel on the island is ‘The Residence’. Our children are 6 and 8yrs old. They love the beach and the pools, and my husband and i love the fabulous food and the fantastic staff!!

  • Our family loves the Hyatt Place chain. They have a divided living room and bedroom. You can get two double beds and they have a kitchenette and flat-screen tv. Most locations have a pool and they all have quick, hassle-free check-in at a kiosk and a free continental breakfast. Their prices are also very reasonable!

  • Favorite place to stay in Cinque Terre is in Vernazza. We rented an apartment from Monica Lecari. She is the owner of Al Castello restaurant in Vernazza which is located just below the castle. The apartment has two rooms and a kitchenette. THe view is stunning. Monica is the most kind and generous host. She makes you feel like family. We recommend her without hesitation.

  • We stayed at a beautiful Residence Inn in downtown Sacramento last year with our children. I love places that have full kitchens, washer and dryer, etc. In Tuscany, we have stayed several times at La Falconara, an agriturismo near Montepulciano. Especially with kids, it’s so nice to be able to cook a meal at “home” when we’re traveling.

  • Well Me and my son like any hotel that is cheap!! We really enjoyed the Days Inn at Disneyland. It was close to the park and very clean!! We would love Italy!!!!!!!

  • We have five children and have traveled quite a bit with them in the past. We only have one at home now and she complains that her older sibling have traveled to Europe more than she has – poor baby! (Not). She has a week off from school every October so this trip would be great!
    Our favorite family friendly hotel is The Park Vue in Anaheim, CA.
    It is directly across from Disneyland and the staff is wonderful as are the rooms.

  • My favorite hotel is the Kalahari hotel in Wisconsin. Lots of pools and water slides, beautiful Lobby, lots of things to do, clean. I’ve never been to Italy but my wife and I have always wanted to.
    here is a link to the hotel I was talking about

  • No kids, but my favorite place to stay in the world is pretty kid friendly – it’s the Duerrlehen Gasthaus in Maria Gern, Berchtesgaden, Germany. The last point of a hiking trail, the road stops here. You can hike down to a river in a canyon on the other side. Great restaurant on the bottom floor, the family lives on part of the second floor and the rest of the place is six holiday apartments. Goats and cows abound, along with great hiking and views of the Alps.

  • We really like the Ocean Landings Resort in Cocoa Beach, FL. It’s a timeshare resort but rooms and apts. can be booked by the night also. We have been taking our kids since they were small. It is right on the beach and has two pools, several tennis courts, a playground, gym, etc. If there happens to be a space shuttle launch you can watch it right from the beach. The Space Center is a 15 minute drive and Disney World is an hour drive from the property.

  • My sister and I loved our family get aways to Big Bear Resorts at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. We stayed in a rustic cabin and learned to fish and would take the paddle boat out on the lake. We always had a terrific time. I don’t know if it still exists but there was a restaurant nearby that had a huge water tank that had “mermaids” swimming ( girls attached with air hoses that would do acrobatics underwater) and this great jazz band that I just loved to listen to. I will never forget those precious memories. To this day we enjoy layed back vacations with family and friends visitng different places but I have never found a similar restaurant. We were not blessed with human children but we cherish our five furry children- three dogs and two cats all of which are rescues except for one. Thanks to the other writers who gave us some great tips on other places to visit. Good luck everyone.

  • This is a little embarrassing to admit, but when we travel with our kids, we like the Embassy Suites – they’re always clean, usually have an indoor pool, a living room to escape to after the kids are in bed, a yummy free breakfast and best of all, free happy hour!

  • My favourite hotel with kids (and a top choice without) would be the Jean Michel Cousteau resort in Fiji. An included nanny per child keeps the little guys happy all day and the outdoor/natural activities are fantastic.

  • Our favorite family friendly hotel has been at Beaches Hotels and Resorts. They still have rooms big enough to house a family of 5. We love all the accomodations and activities they have to offer. The staff was amazing and really got to know our family. They even stopped our shuttle as we were pulling away because they had not said good bye and hugged our children. Such a lovely experience. We would recommend it to anyone. We are blessed to have any travel experiences as a family. Such memories and a chance for exploration into life other than where we are!

  • Favorite hotel (so far!) is Paradise Point in San Diego. It is perfect for large groups or just a new family (like us). The suites have great kitchens, two rooms, joining bathrooms, and they are right on the bay – perfectly situated between the beaches, zoo, and Sea World. LOVE IT.

  • I don’t have any kids, but my favorite hotel is the Corte Grimani in Venice. It is like an apartment set up, but with hotel services, and Donatella and her family are wonderful, very kind and helpful.

  • I don’t have any kids, but I have a niece and our favorite place to stay with her is the Boca Raton Resort and Club. The architecture and gardens are a great setting with lots of things to do on the property for kids and adults alike. Just the boat ride from the main hotel to the beach club is a treat! Lots of great restaurants, and one of the most beautiful spas ever for the adults (the baths are the best!).

  • My wife and I’s favorite hotel before we had kids is Hotel Gladiatori in Rome. The view from the rooms and its quaint rooftop terrace of the Colosseum is wonderful. It’s location near the Forum, Metro, and Taxi stands can not be beat. And the hotel’s manager Bruno ensures everyone’s visit is wonderful and surpasses all expectations.
    Since having our daughter little over a year ago, we have not been able to take a trip. But we can not wait to take her back to Italy!

  • We usually rent condos when we travel with our family, but we stayed at a fabulous hotel in San Franscisco (Intercontinental). The staff were amazing with my daughter, making sure to pay attention to her and give her a little prize toy every morning when we left the lobby.

  • My favorite hotel would have to be the Hotel Palazzo Stern in Venice Italy. I had the pleasure of staying at this spot back in 2008 with my lovely sisters. The hotel had just opened up that year. We had a room overlooking the Grand Canal. We spoke to one of the employees and told him how much we enjoyed the details, and he said that meant a lot to him, because they put so much into it. It definitely showed!

  • I have recently put up a beautiful painting of Venice, Italy on my Dining room wall as a daily reminder for me and my husband that this should by all means be our next vacation destination.
    Favorite hotel, I would have to say W, although we didn’t go there with kids.

  • My favorite hotel, without a doubt, is the Hotel d’Inghilterra in our favorite city, Rome. It’s located a few short blocks from the Spanish Steps. It’s small, elegant, beautifully appointed and the service is impeccable. The only downside is that the beds are beyond comfortable and the bedding is the plushest. The duvets are so cushy, the sheets are luxorious and soft and the down pillows are perfection! The problem? It’s hard to get out of bed! Oh, and there’s a flatscreen in the bathroom opposite the huge tub. Upside is that the more time you spend in your room, the less time you have to spend money shopping in all the fabulous stores that surround the hotel! lol. P.S. We don’t have kids

  • I do not stay in many hotels but I had a great visit to the Great Wolf Lodge with my family a few years ago. I also really liked the Amerisuites but they are gone. 🙁

  • one of our favorite family vacations with little ones was Club Med-Ixtapa. Fun day-long activities (even a trapeze!) and caring staff for the kids made for a relaxing vacation for mom and dad! I hear they just remodeled this resort also, so it’s probably even nicer than we experienced.

  • My husband and I are hoping to go to Italy next year to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. One of our favorite places we have stayed was in a convent in Siracusa, Italy about 5 years ago. It was located in the old section of the city, very clean and it was a fabulous play to stay.

  • We love Italy! Our favorite place to stay (8yrs ago) was the Brigolante Agriturismo near Assisi. In the U.S. I think my favorite hotel is Embassy suites because the rooms are so spacious and the kids LOVE the morning breakfast buffet!
    Fingers crossed. 🙂

  • Favorite Hotel? I think that depends on the type of vacation or whether you’re traveling for work. Also, what country you’re in! For vacations give me a small family run Inn, B&B, or hotel over a large chain any day. In France we’ve discovered that Best Western franchises tend to be reasonably priced, friendly, comfortable and in beautiful settings. A lovely B&B in Florence is Palazzo Galletti in via San’ Egidio, and we just spent a fabulous week at the Agriturismo Brigolante near Assisi.

  • Residence Inns are so affordable, well maintained and perfect for families. Last year we stayed in one in San Diego and it had hot tubs scattered about as well as a pool. Although our children (5) are now grown, we plan on having our grandchildren with us for many stays at many places. Of course to win this prize would certainly change my comment for the next contest like this I enter!

  • The Marriott at South Lake Tahoe, CA is great for the entire family.
    Spacious rooms, kids club, gondola for Heavenly Mountain just outside your door, pool, whirlpool, restaurants (Fire and Ice, Blue Dog Pizza) and shopping (Raleys) just across the street.

  • This Italy trip sounds incredible. My wife and I have always had a trip like this on our bucket list. Our favorite family hotel/resort is Tan Tara Resort in Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

  • Summer in the Rocky Mountains. Beautiful scenery, weather, historic charm of an old mining town, with modernized amenities and hiking galor- stay at the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. Enjoy the summer music festival, arts, food and plenty of outdoor relief.

  • We have not had too many hotel experiences since having kids, but one that we did enjoy was at the Kress Inn in DePere, WI, even though not necessarily a vacation destination. The rooms were quite large and supplied all of the usual items needed by a young family. Complimentary breakfast included lots of good choices for kids, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The hotel sits on the St. Norbert College campus in a suburb of Green Bay, and is close to Bay Beach, a great affordable amusement park for young children.

  • Our favorite hotel is the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. It is situated within easy walking distance of many key attractions as well as some nice, family friendly ethnic restaurants. Both the kids and the adults enjoyed the stay.

  • Our favorite family hotel is Embassy Suites. We love having a two room suite. The kids enjoy the indoor pool. The complimentary happy hour and breakfast is an added bonus that our family really appreciates especially with small children!

  • The Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii has a hot tub attached to the baby pool. Add umbrella drinks and talk about a great family hotel experience.

  • Oh Italy, wow. Enough said.
    When in the Green Bay/De Pere, WI area, we like to stay at the Country Inn and Suites Green Bay East. While it’s a 2 star hotel in price, it has an amazing swimming pool room, complete with both a big/adult pool AND a shallow kiddie pool with sprayers and a small frog water slide =perfect for toddlers through 6-year-olds. The rooms are of good size and clean and you can rent rooms next to each other and open up the doors between if traveling with large or extended families. Free breakfast, including a waffle maker (what kid doesn’t like waffles?) and warm cookies at check-in. Not far from the hotel is a movie theater and Bay Beach, one of the best amusement parks for young children, where rides are CHEAP and the staff is friendly, usually the lines aren’t too long. There are a few rides for the big kids to do and it’s near other child attractions, like mini golf and a small zoo I believe, we can never make it over there as our kids love Bay Beach so much. A great, inexpensive escape from big city Chicago without the high prices of indoor water parks.

  • 29 Palm’s inn in Joshua Tree national park ca, beautiful adobe rooms for the whole family in one of the best places in USA

  • My favorite family friendly hotel is Terra Nova in Sicily. The guys who own it are personable, wonderful and now – family. Great place to relax, swim, feed the goat, pick mandorini and enjoy amazing views and food.

  • My fav kid friendly hotel so far is Hyatt Place – had a great experience last month in Atlanta.

  • This place looks like a dream come true for our family!! We never stay anywhere without a kitchenette, and have fortunately never had a really bad experience. But I think the best places with the boys have been the Affinia Hotels in NYC and the Renaissance in Seattle.

  • My favorite family hotel is the Spartan Inn in Panama City Beach, Florida. It is run by a Greek family that I have known since I was little. In all the hustle and bustle of Panama City Beach, it is always quiet there. The family always ensures the rooms and pool are pristine. You will never have a bad stay there. It is close to shopping, restaurants and all the night life Panama City has to offer.

  • My favorite family hotel is Cambria Landing. I love it because the Pacific Ocean is in direct view of my room. I can walk to the beach, see the tide pools, & ride the trolley into town. It’s so great to stay there & listen to the ocean waves crashing as I fall asleep.

  • We have two kids and have stayed in mostly economy hotels but the All Star Resort at Disney in Orlando was very comfortable and accessible for us ..The pools were great and services were wonderful although a little expensive. i would recommend it for a family stay.

  • Try Floridays Resort in Orlando. Half way between Disney and Sea World. All Rooms are at least 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms, which is perfect for napping in the afternoon. It also has a great pool and is next to a grocery store, ideal for eating in to save a little cash.

  • Our favorite budget hotel chain is Hampton Inn. They offer free, kid-friendly breakfasts and the rooms are large with kitchenettes (fridge, microwave, etc). We had a lovely experience at the Fairmont in Santa Monica this summer. The kids were greeted with a small stuffed animal each at check-in, and the staff were very accommodating and forgiving when it came to “playfulness” in the lobby! Given these experiences, however, we have decided to rent a villa during our next trip to Europe!

  • We’re a family of four, but have never stayed in a hotel with both children, so we don’t have a favorite yet! I’ve stayed at the Casa Guadagno in Positano, and I think that would be my favorite place to bring the kids. Lots of space, sunshine and sea breezes. Who could ask for more?

  • We love the Hampton Inn in Savannah’s Historic District. It is well situated and convenient to downtown. The staff is wonderful and the rooms are always clean. When you travel with little ones, there are plenty of surprises….we don’t need the hotel to be one of them. We always know that there is a clean and friendly place for us to stay in Savannah.

  • Four Seasons Hualalai on the BIg Island of Hawaii is our favorite. Beautiful property, awesome staff that is very attentive to kids (all kinds of toys are in your room when you arrive), great beaches, spacious rooms, and good variety of restaurants.

  • I love the Palatino hotel in Rome. The views were amazing! It was close to all the sights. The people were friendly.The bathtub was relaxing after a day of sight seeing. It was wonderful! I love Rome. The lobby was chic and breakfast was yummy.

  • what a great giveaway – thank you! we’ve mostly rented homes while we travel, but we DO love the great wolf lodge waterparks – there are 13 i think all over the US. but we mostly head to traverse city to play there -it’s a great waterpark, with really friendly staff.

  • Hello. Thank you for this opportunity. I love Italy and especially Firenze. I do not have children of my own, however I did just stay in a Holiday Inn that was lovely. The beds were a bit high up and were fun to “slide down from” in the morning. The shower was warm and there was Internet in the room! I just posted your link on my Facebook page:
    and twitter :
    Thank you!

  • My favorite family hotel is one that’s pretty close to home for me – within driving distance. The Marriott Grand resort in Point Clear, AL – it’s a dream come true! Beautiful grounds, SO much to do for all ages!

  • We love the “Cancun Place” in Cancun, Mexico. We spent a week there over Halloween and it was amazing. It has top notch service! They were constantly cleaning the walls and public restrooms – and when you get room service they call almost as the door is closing behind the server to make sure everything is perfect. The staff is all helpful and friendly, the food is internationally diverse (delicious!) and meet the needs of picky [read: bland] “American” kids (not ours). There are several restaurants to choose from, the pool is beautiful and it’s wonderful as the staff gets to know your likes (think snanks and drinks). Our daughter was spoiled rotton in the kids club and it was so cute as all the “kids” trick-or-treated from restaurant and shop to shop with a party in the nightclub for all. There are several “Palace” hotels in the same chain and we visited almost all of them during our week in Cancun and would recommend all of them, including the Wet-N-Wild, Moon/Sun Palace and the one out on Isla Mojara (sp?). Because we were down there in the off-season there were enough other people at the property without feeling crowded anywhere we went. We had such a lovely time and dream of it often and this last year our friends from New Jersey and Europe we all keep watching the prices season by season (we all loved it that much!)

  • Oh my goodness, my husband and I have wanted to travel to Italy, and it would be even sweeter if my little one could come along! My favorite family friendly hotels are the Elite Hotels of Sweden. We stayed both in Stockholm and Lulea this summer with our then 16-month-old and they were so friendly and accomodating — and the rooms were very clean and “classy” for the adults, too! They even upgraded and transfered our room when I found a broken rung in the our bedframe. I never asked to be moved, just that it be repaired, and they took care of everything and were very appologetic. I’d stay with them again and again!

  • For a quick getaway from Los Angeles, we enjoy the Platinum Hotel in Vegas. With condo style hotel rooms close to the strip, the entire facility is non-smoking, modern and toddler friendly!

  • My favorite family hotel for all sorts of fun and activities is the Atlantis in the Bahamas. It is a wonderful destination with plenty to do for kids of all ages .

  • On a recent trip to the Cote d’Azur/South of France, we found the charming Hotel Les Verger de Saint-Paul in St. Paul de Vence to be a charming oasis with a great location and meticulous decor, while at the same time a decent value for high season family travel. This hilltown is wonderful with children, with tiny stone streets strung with white lights, a contemporary art vibe, and fun fortifications for the kids to view. Getting to the Nice airport was easier from this location than from the city itself, an added bonus!

  • Great giveaway!
    My favorite hotel for kids is actually a B&B in Hawaii called Island Goodes, close to Hilo on Big Island. The rooms, the staff, the food, the property, the views, the location, the price…. ALL perfect!

  • Fantastic giveaway- a dream vacation! We loved a hotel in Sonoma CA the Inn at Sonoma. Great size room- gas fireplace, balcony, and nice bathroom. Ask for an upstairs room and bring your bathing suit- nice Jacuzzi. Great breakfast in A.M., endless cookie jar at night when you get home from the wineries or dinner!

  • Our favorite hotel Casa Benavides, Taos New Mexico. My husband surprised me with a trip to Taos for our anniversary. This place is a gem in downtown Taos, quite, and romantic. And the breakfast was unforgettable, which included homemade granola. My only hope is, one day I can say my favorite is Ciao Bambino! We will celebrate our 20th anniversary in May and my 50th in October 2011. No kids.

  • Our favorite hotel chain is the Hotel Sierra. No children yet. A vacation to Italy for our 5th anniversary wouild be wonderful!


  • We do not often get a chance to vacation so we seldom visit many hotels. However, about a year ago we had an outstanding visit at the AmericInn located in Peoria, IL. Fantastic place for a ‘staycation’ with sound proof walls so you don’t have to worry about the kids fighting and disturbing the neighbors. Wonderful service and lots of entertainment for the kids. Oh, and the breakfast is over & beyond what I expected!

  • Aloha! I love to stay at Embassy Suites b/c of the room! It’s nice to stay in a suite when you are traveling with kids@!
    This is why I would love to win becuase I would LOVE to travel to Italy again (the last time was 16 years ago) and I love that the space is authentic and large enough for a family to travel and stay in.

  • I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to my ONE favorite family-friendly hotel. There are so many that I love! JW Marriott San Antonio for its fabulous waterslides, spa & customer service…Hyatt Regency Maui for its incredible Keiki (children’s) pool & tasty breakfast buffet…Hotel del Coronado for its grand architecture & pristine beach…I could go on & on!

  • The best hotels, resorts and entertainment for children of all ages (including me) is in Orlando, Florida. No other U.S. location even comes close to Orlando. We have several favorites in Orlando, but, our best is Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, which provides a very relaxed eco-friendly environment with easy access to other Disney and non-Disney properties. The best of best!

  • One of my favorite family-friendly properties is the Oberoi Maidens in Delhi, India. The hotel is located in a residential area, surrounded by lush gardens. The rooms and bathrooms are oversized, allowing for room to spread out the toys, baby gear, and luggage after an international journey. My son loves the large swimming pool and peacocks that roam the lawn. And, the breakfast buffet is fabulous!

  • Well we love to visit Florida ,especially being from Wintery Massachusetts, and our favorite hotel there is the Wilderness Lodge. It’s super kid friendly , relaxed and as far as Disney hotels go, remote and quiet!

  • I recently stayed at Innisbrook Golf Resort near Tampa, Fla., and I loved the large two-bedroom suite with full kitchen. We shared a lot of meals in the room, which cut costs. Also, my kids loved the Loch Ness pool, which also features 2 water slides. Plus, my daughter loved Camp Nessie, the kids day camp program. I, of course. loved the Indaba Spa!

  • My family of five has never had the good fortune to try any accommodations in Europe; however, we like to stay in Hilton’s Homewood Suites when available. They are spacious mini hotel apartments with lovely amenities, & they’re always reasonably priced.

  • We tend to stay at Marriotts with our 3 and 5 year old, they’ve especially sweetened the deal by “Nickelodeoning” your room! Prior to having kids I loved staying at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay – breathtaking views of the beach and golf course, would like to take the kids there one day. When we get back to Italy the Casa Howard in Florence is tops on our list, the Play Room is for families complete with a climbing wall and a soundproof sitting room!

  • We had a wonderful family vacation at Hotel Berghaus in Wengen, Switzerland with our 6 and 8 year old recently. The hotel is family owned and run so there is a lovely homey feel to it. Martina has excellent English, is a wealth of knowledge of all local attractions, public transport, interpreting weather in the alps and nothing is too much trouble. Rooms serviced daily,magnificent view of Jungfraujoch from spacious apartments. We would highly recommend families stay half board as the excellent three course meals in the restaurant on-site are wonderful value and impeccable quality made by Martina’s father. Small details like themed colouring in sheets for children at dinner time, impromptu napkin folding demonstrations and a Happy Birthday stencilled in icing sugar on her plate for my daughter’s birthday with cake made us feel part of this Swiss family!

  • Our favorite hotel is Hotel Ponte Sisto! The hotel is lovely and the staff are amazing. Someone was always available to help with anything we needed. The rooms were clean and spacious. Breakfast was delicious and they had a good variety of foods. I am hoping to stay there again soon. It made our first traveling experience with our kids great!

  • Our favourite family hotel is seahaven in Noosa Australia. You walk past the 4 pools, out the gate and straight onto the beautiful Noosa beach

  • We have a young daughter so we prefer staying in apartment hotels that can provide a small kitchen and extra room for our daughter to sleep in. We had a great experience with the Key Inn Appart Hotel in Luxembourg City this past April. Great location, big apartment, affordable prices and a very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff!

  • I love the Taj at Mumbai I stayed here 2 year back. But after seeing the terror attack i am scared to stay now. great place.

  • Renaissance Club Sport in Aliso Viejo California…..”WOW” is all I have to say! Fab Kids Club, Fab gym facilities, Fab pool, a Starbucks in the lobby…healthy food on their restaurant menu…just great all around.

  • We just came back from France. We stayed at the Chateau de la Villaine just outside of Tours. It was spectacular. The beds were very comfortable. We stayed in one studio like room on the 3rd floor with an amazing view of the valley. The view along at sunrise in the morning was enough to make me not want to drink my coffee.

  • Upon your websites recommendation we stayed with our 4 kids at the fairmont Mayakoba and had a wonderful time.

  • Our favorite hotel is the Homewood Suites with locations all over. We love the buffet breakfast, pool, and complimentary evening snacks & beverages. The staff is warm and welcoming and the service is excellent. The rooms are suites so it is convenient when you have children to have a 2nd room so they can go to bed. Our favorite one was in Carlsbad, CA. near Leggoland.

  • Our favorite hotel to stay at is the Embassy Suites in Chicago, just off Michigan Avenue. Embassy Suites is always family friendly…free breakfasts, a pool and free happy hour for mom and dad. There is also a microwave and fridge. This particular hotel is walking distance to One Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier and the Art Institute. It also has a Lucky Strike bowling alley and movie theatre next door for the untimely rainy day.

  • We have two young boys, ages 9 & 7. One of my favorite vacations was to the Chatham Bars Inn, on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. We visited during the month of July when their children’s programs are in full swing. The boys enjoyed the tennis lessons, golf with their Dad on a 9-hole course, and many drop-in activities planned by the camp counselors. They have a fun, family clambake at night, with counselors on hand to organize games on the beach and to prepare s’mores by a large fire pit. We enjoyed everything about it.

  • Our favorite family hotel is the Lost Lake Lodge in Nisswa, MN, just a few hours north of the twin cities. They have beautiful cabins in the woods, most of them on the lake. There is a paved path connecting all of the cabins to the main lodge/dining area. THey have great kids activies, a swimming beach on a small pond, and lots of places to just sit and relax.
    Most important to us was how extremely accomodating the staff was to our then 5 year old disabled son. They included him in all the kids activities.

  • Coming from Australia and a family of 10 children, travelling throughout the world by sea and air I have been blessed to explore the many wonderous cities and sites this world this big world has to offer.
    If I had children I would certainly have taken them to Bali to a fabulous and not to mention exotic hotel of Nusa Dua. I found it to be a place where the children can explore and have the experience of the different cultures and lifestyles Indonesia has to offer. The hotel has family rooms and children friendly facilities not to mention the fabulous beach where the hotel is located. The staff were amazing and the food was like something Julia Childs would definately write about…. make you want to keep going back for more.

  • Last January we took our 3 and 6 year olds on our first family vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii. We stayed at the Mauna Lani Beach Bungalows and it was heaven! The resort has everything you might expect, but is also very serene and quiet. The private villas are spacious (2200 sq. ft.) and beautiful. They have kitchens and wet bars and two enormous bedrooms, one with king bed and one with two queens. Every room orients to the wall of sliding glass doors that look out on the lovely private pool and ocean beyond. The staff was incredibly attentive and brought toys for the children. There is a store nearby where we could shop for essentials. We lived in our private pool! The kids still talk about it!

  • Each year my family, about 16 of us, all go to Sanibel Island, Florida for a week. Each family rents a condo for a week at Pointe Santo de Sanibel. They have a pool and it is located right on the beach. They have daily activities for kids. It’s also close to great restaurants!

  • My favorite hotel was this little boutique (yet super affordable – we are very frugal!) in Istanbul, right in the center of Sultanahmet (where all of the tourist attractions are.
    Sebnem Hotel
    Has a great breakfast buffet on a very cool balcony overlooking the Bosphorus. Very friendly staff.
    Went there with just the husband, but would feel totally comfortable bringing my one year old back – there were plenty of kids here!
    SEBNEM (best rooms 204, 301, 302) and will provide free pickup service from the airport. The manager is Huseyin Manav, tel: 90-212-517-6623

  • Our favorite hotel is in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.( It used to be NH Riviera and the new name of the resort is Now Jade. )The ocean is turquoise blue, the rooms are nice, the breakfast is wonderful, the staff is very friendly and our only complaint was our vacation time was not long enough!

  • Colca Canyon Lodge is my family’s favorite. As the name implies, the lodge is near Colca Canyon – a 10,000-foot deep canyon in Peru, where you can go to see HUGE Andean Condors riding the morning thermal winds to start their day. The lodge is built along the side of the canyon, with stone paths leading to a series of hot tubs. Rooms are in small buildings built with huge wood beams and adobe walls. In addition to tours to see the condors, you can do horse tours.

  • We are new to the world of travel with kids. We recently stayed at a Residence Inn in Glenwood Springs, CO. We hope to get back into more exciting, international travel soon!

  • We loved Montestagliano in Tuscany. We found it on this site and had a wonderful 5 days there. There were 8 of including one two year old. She loved it too. We would love to go back in a bit warmer weather to be able to use the pools.

  • Our favorite hotel to take our kids (4 and 10 mos) is the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, MD. Located on the beautiful Eastern Shore of MD, the resort has the BEST kids activities including a gigantic outdoor fireplace where you roast marshmallows and a dive-in children’s movie at their HUGE indoor pool. (The spa has great grown-up activities as well!) And the best part: they have suites which have bunk beds. Our 4 yr old thought that was the best part of the whole experience! We liked it so much, it has now become an annual tradition of ours to go every January.

  • Two years ago, we rented a 3 bedroom condo on Playa Samara, Pacific coast side of Costa Rica… which was perfect to accomodate our two young daughters and inlaws… extra room for sleeping, kitchen facilities, a pool, walking distance to the beach alongside a field of horses and cattle. It is an amazing village… beautiful and affordable restaurants, clear water, perfect weather and a vacation of a lifetime…but we would LOVE a chance to visit Italy with our energetic, clever girls.

  • my family has traveled a lot, often to villas/houses. Our favorite hotel experience to date was Viceroy Anguilla. the ocean, beaches, service were great and the included kids’ club was spectacular. twin five year olds loved it. Luxury, but there are great deals if you don’t go in high season and weather is great year round with exception of August/Sept/oct.

  • This summer we stayed at the Walnut Beach Resort in Osoyoos, BC, and it was wonderful. From the website, it looks like an adult resort, but it’s very family friendly.

  • My parents are both from Bari, Italy. I’m turning 50 years old next year and NOW is the time to plan my trip!
    My heritage is very important to me. I’ve taught my two adult children that they are proud to be Italians and to learn more about our culture.
    We would love to go to Italy in April 2011.

  • Our favorite hotel is Fairmont Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec. They are so kind with family, pool inside, 2 pools outside, hot tub, open anytime. Kids love swimming when there is still snowing! Hotel staff are so kind about food allergic. Our kids gets severe peanut allergy and we appreciate great and safe vacation.
    Hope to win! Never been in Italy!

  • My favorite family hotel is Los Itzaes Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. You can rent a spacious, but basic, suite for around $100 a night. it has several balconies and a roof top swimming pool. It is on 10th Avenue, and is within minutes of restaurants the beach and shopping. It usually includes breakfast.

  • We’ve stayed in so many lovely places, but one that really stands out as being family friendly is the Mar Vista Cottages in Mendocino, CA. This was such a lovely place to unwind. The kids loved feeding the chickens (and collecting their eggs), hiking down to the beach, and sleeping under the heavy down comfortors at night.

  • My favorite family hotel is the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, CA. It’s serene and beautiful, great for families and easily accessible from our home in Los Angeles. I also love the Four Seasons in Wailea, Maui. They are so amazingly accommodating… with and without children.
    Hope I win! Ciao!

  • Our favorite family hotel is the Four Seasons on the Big Island of Hawaii. The place is magical and incredible for kids.

  • We jsut got back from a trip to Italy. I have to say i loved every hotel, but here were some higlights: at the beautiful Santa Caterina in Amalfi, we came back to our room one night, to find that the housekeepers who had done the turn down service, tucked in my son’s stuffed animal all cozy with a blanket. Very whimsical. We LOVED La Posta Vechia near Rome, absolutely the most equisite mansion with a great pool and a museum. Very unique!

  • Our favorite family hotel is always the Four Seasons – our toddler is treated like a celebrity guest every time! They are incredible with kids and the amenities and treats are nonstop.

  • In Washington, D.C., I loved the hotel Mandarin Oriental. For me, an unbelievable facility; never saw such an accomodating and well appointed home away from home.
    Our usual stay is at any hotel which offers free breakfast, free wi-fi and will cater to families with youngsters. That’s the way life is.

  • Our favourite family hotel is the Delta Chelsea in Toronto. My husband and I started going there before we had children. We love that there are separate pools on different floors for adults and children. We now have a 2 yr old and a newborn so it will be a hotel that will have a lot to offer our family as the children grow.

  • We have visited Lindsborg, KS a few times to enjoy the Swedish heritage of the area. The Swedish country inn has a lovely family suite with connecting rooms which makes it much more fun. Rusk in the lobby and a lovely breakfast. My stepson enjoys it alot.
    We have also enjoyed the Best Western Beach View Lodge in Carlsbad, CA. Good breakfast with some portable items suitable for taking with on a trip to Legoland (snacks), comfortable room, and right across the street from the beach (lots of fun). Walking distance to some nice restaurants – including wonderful fish tacos!
    We have not travelled out of the USA with my stepson yet – we would love to take him to Europe. I know he is already interested in Paris, mostly due to the Disney movie Ratatouille, and his interest in becoming a chef. Italy would be a great place for him!

  • My favorite hotel is the Royal Pacific Hotel at Universal Studios Florida. It was the first hotel my husband and I stayed at (this was before we were married) and he was trying so hard to make it so romantic with candles around the bathtub, flowers, and champagne. We were there for New Year’s Eve 2003 and we had a wonderful time. We don’t have kids yet, but the whole resort is family friendly. We usually let our nieces come visit us when we stay at hotels so that they can use the pools.

  • One of my favorite hotels is the Ojai Valley Inn in Ojai, CA. We’ve been without kids, and they have family packages, discounts and activities like watching movies outdoors and renting cruiser bikes and riding into town or the nearby hills for a picnic. Now I want to travel and stay at the hotels recommended here. What a list!

  • In Canada my favorite Hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn. It is comfortable, not so big, inviting and personnalized. I now live in the Yukon Territory but I am originally from Québec. I have two kids, not so young anymore in their 20s. My husband and I retired a couple of years ago and it has always been a dream of mine to go to Italy one day and enjoy the beautiful scenery and the people.

  • A really great place for families is the Iberostar chain along the Riviera Maya in Mexico. They have huge, all-inclusive resorts (I believe there are 3 or 4), with lots of family-friendly activities along with added excursions to nearby attractions. I’ve stayed at two different ones, and the Paraiso Maya was definitely the best.

  • Our family enjoys the Marriot Residence Inn hotels. Specifically, the Residence Inn, in Spokane, WA had a little kitchen, and the essential indoor pool and hot tub. Also it is close to lots of fun entertainment in Spokane.

  • My husband and I have 2 boys – one almost 5 and one 3 – their favorite “hotel” (and therefore ours) was actually a cabin we rented at Three Rivers Resort in Almont, Co. It had a bunk bed that the kids loved sleeping on, a full kitchen so breakfast and snacks were handy, a grill that we made s’mores on, and on and on. It is directly on the river and guide services for fishing and rafting (all ages – we took our boys) are available. There is also a restaurant/bar, laundry facility and small convenience store.
    Super fun with lots of activities in the surrounding area but also plenty of room for downtime and family decompression!

  • Our family enjoyed The South Seas Hotel and Resort in Captiva Island, Florida. We had so much fun there! The thing we loved the most is that it was like having a family beach vacation and family resort vacation in one. We loved being able to go to the beach and poolside when we wanted to. They had so many activities to choose from and the accommodations were amazing for the family. We would love to return again!

  • We really love staying at bed and breakfasts with our daughter. She travels with us to many different locations and lots of B&Bs are family friendly. Since you are staying at the innkeepers’ home they are able to make modifications to the meals, have some child friendly books/games/toys on hand.
    As for hotels, we like Embassy Suites because they have a full free breakfast, nice pools and our daughter gets her own “room” (the living room area) with a couch that turns into a nice bed!

  • Sorry, kids, a hotel visit for me is for a rest and relaxation treat from the pediatric noise in the office; looking for those hotels which have suites and sound-proofing in their walls and ceilings. This helps me escape to the quiet when I want it and I can still get to socialize when the occasion presents itself.
    One such place I found is the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC. It is a superb facility!

  • I simply love the Marriott Hotel chain. Consistent accommodations and quality service, location to location, should not be underestimated!

  • I don’t have kids. My favorite hotel chains are LaQuinta Inns. They are pretty reasonably priced and I’ve never been in one that wasn’t pretty nice for a budget minded traveller.

  • This would be a trip in a life time. Especially since we are Italian.
    Our favorite hotel is a wood lodge in grand lakes colorado. Right in the beautiful mountains where my husband, daughter and i like to hike in the rocky moutain national park.

  • We enjoyed our stay at Rancho Palmas in Palm Springs, CA. Although we don’t have children yet, it also appeared to be very family friendly.

  • The best indication of a great family hotel is where the kids want to return. In our case, it is the Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha’s Vineyard. We’ve stayed there twice and will hopefully be back again. Our two boys (now ages 7 and 9) loved everything — Kids Club, tennis lessons, pool, giant outdoor chess set, outdoor ping pong, spider bike, late afternoon cookies and lemonade, boat races on the pond, Bingo on the Great Lawn, and of course, the beach just a short walk down the path. It was fantastic!

  • My husband and I honeymooned three years ago at the Riu in Aruba and it was incredible! The decor of the hotel was vintage and offered a great deal of amentities that made us feel like we had arrived! We stayed in a beautiful room the first week of our honeymoon then moved to an amazing suite with a hot tub on the balcony the second week. We laughed, had romantic days exploring the island, and dining on the beach. It was the most wonderful vacation and we would love to make new memories in Italy!
    We have been thinking about a romantic vacation to Italy since we met three years ago. With car payments, a mortgage, and planning on having children in a few years, there never seems to be enough money left for our dream vacation. We have done lots of research on Tuscany and Rome, but that’s all it has been so far. My husband is Italian-American so we would love to explore Italy and learn about his ancestry!

  • The best place my husband and I had stayed in was called the Alpine Village in Jasper Alberta. The views were amazing and the staff was just as great. My husband and I had chosen a one room cabin but they also offer river view cabins. The mornings were amazing, you never knew which animal …deer, elk or other would be walking by your cabin to go to the river for a drink of water. You need to be there to experience it. We now want to take our kids to the same spot because we know they will love it as much as we did. I have been to Italy before… in the city only.. but I truly think I am a country girl. To be in the country in Italy , wow that would be a dream come true!!!!

  • We like the Hampton in and Suites but that is me, I have a son and we would love to go on holidays together 🙂
    I also hear the The South Seas Hotel and Resort is nice too 🙂

  • For a fun weekend getaway our family has enjoyed the “Little America” in Salt Lake City. The pools are relaxing and their breakfast buffet is fabulous!

  • We recently stayed at Silver Cloud Stadium across the street from Safeco Field in Seattle. Lots of families stay there when attending baseball or football games. Nice facility, great restaurant, pleasant people.

  • As a family of four, we love staying in any family friendly hotel, like a Residence Inn, Hampton Inn or Springhill Suites. In New Orleans, we love the Windsor Court!

  • This family of 4 – with 2 amazing toddler children and very hardworking parents – is long overdue for a getaway. My favorite hotel to visit is Sunset at the Palms in Negril Jamaica, but admittedly I have only been there once with my husband and no kids. For basic travel, we like Hampton Inns and Renaissance Hotels. An amazing family vacation would be just the ticket to rejuvenate us.

  • We could stay here for weeks! This is such a lovely place. I always wanted to visit Italy, especially Tuscany. I hope I win!

  • Our favorite resort with our toddler (2yrs) and many other children of all ages in our family was Hanalei Bay Resort in Kauai. We loved the resort because our family was able to get rooms, all within walking distance of each other – and many side by side with patios out back that easily gave us access. Hanalei Bay is perfect for children, there is shade on the beach and a secluded calm cove for snorkeling, building sandcastles and watching fish right in the water. The bay is shallow and conveniently located in the North Shore area where you can find great shaved ice and family activities. Beach supplies, toys and swimwear is all conveniently located in town as well as a large grocery store. The rooms had small kitchens, so we saved money by grilling outdoors in the resort, pulling up enough tables to fit our extended family. We look forward to our next visit when our son is 3!

  • I really like staying at the Portifino Inn in Newport Beach CA It is located on the oceanfront so my son loves going to the beach
    there .I can watch the sunset over the ocean there and hear the waves crashing at night. They have the most comfortable beds and really were nice to my son. The food was really great too!!

  • We stayed at Novotel Bali Nusa Dua…it was amazing, I couldn’t believe it was Novotel. It had a resort feel. My older son LOVED the kids club and begged to go there each day. We were also able to get a sitter for the baby and took advantage of it to go have mommy-daddy surfing lessons! What a great vacation!

  • We really enjoy staying at Mountain Springs Lodge Resort in Leavenworth, WA with our children. Besides having so much to do there during ANY season (hiking, snow sports, horses, dog sleds, fishing etc…), the food is really wonderful.
    Thanks for offering this contest although I would read your blog anyways.. 🙂

  • When our son was just a baby (now a teenager) we went to FDR resort in Jamaica. They lead the way in accommodating very small children. Every villa suite has a personal nanny for their children! Because it was my first experience, and was so lovely, it will always have a special place in my heart. We sent Christmas cards to our nanny for many years that followed. 🙂

  • I don’t have any kids, but the Grand Hyatt Kauai in Poipu was hands down, the most amazing family hotel I’ve ever been to. They still have the same kids activity called Camp Hyatt Kauai. They do jewelry making, water sports and other kinds of fun things and it gives parents a little break on vacation (not too long though).

  • My family and I love Hampton Inn!! We have two children both with special needs so traveling is always a task. But each hotel we have stayed at has always been very easy to work with. We just love Hampton Inn!! Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful place!!

  • I guess I would have to say that the nicest hotel that I have ever stayed in was on our 10th anniversary at the Fairmount Scottsdale Princess. It was amazing! That was nearly 5 years ago. We have 3 children 13, 9 and 1 and a trip for 5 to Italy would be the vacation of a lifetime!

  • We have one in college and another one going next year. Cannot afford a vacation like this… would love to see the other side of the world. Especially Italy!!! Wow that would make a great 24th annivesary for us!!!

  • Amazing coincidence… Kristina, the commenter before me said the same hotel I’m going to say: the Grand Hyatt Kauai. The pool is the most beautiful I’ve seen and Camp Hyatt was great for the younger children.

  • This is a great question for a contest. My husband and I don’t have children yet, and spent our 4th anniversary at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee this August. It is packaged as a Victorian-era train, with each car converted into a deluxe hotel room. We thought it would be a quite, romantic getaway. Turns out this hotel is great for kids! We were always the most dressed up, the only ones ordering champagne, and always “battling” kids at the pool. We spent the entire long-weekend talking about how we couldn’t wait to come back once we had a family. The rooms are cute, and I can already tell a kid would appreciate the coolness of the rooms more than a couple would. In fact, almost all the train-car rooms have a queen bed plus a trundle bed for children. All in all, a great hotel for family and kids! Discounts for kids at breakfasts, two pools, free bus rides to downtown attractions, and of course, the train car hotel rooms! We laughed the whole time that our “romantic” anniversary turned out to be a scouting mission for future family vacations!

  • We have enjoyed many Italian locations. But the Hotel Principe in Venice was outstanding. Beautiful decorations, idyllic view overlooking the Grand Canal. When we had to leave, a beautiful water taxi took us across the lagoon directly to the airport.
    As much as Venice is without equal, so is Tuscany and other regions of inland Italy.

  • We are just learning to travel with with our 2 year old daughter! The Pan Pacific Whistler Village has beautiful accommodation in beautiful Whistler BC. Rooms are huge with full kitchen (great for making snacks). A lovely fresh breakfast is included! So you can get to the slopes faster.

  • My family enjoys Holiday Inn Express for its convenience, modern and clean rooms, and we come to depend on the free daily breakfasts which go above and beyond dry cereal and toast! Love those sweet rolls! I also love how Holiday Inn Express is usually on the lists of Hotwire and Priceline so we are sure to find a rock bottom “deal” wherever we go. We can usually find something well under $100/night for a last minute getaway.

  • It’s hard to pick one favorite hotel on my many trips to Italy. I have never had a bad experience traveling through Italy. Whether it was a small independent hotel or a major world wide hotel, the trips are always wonderful. Most of my travels involving children have been in the United States. There doesn’t seem to be a large variety of child friendly options advertised for Italy. I have rented a villa in the past when children are involved in order to have the freedom of outside space for them to run, play and explore. Al Gelso Bianco seems to have it all covered! It offers everything a family would want and need for adults and children traveling together.

  • The best hotel for families with children we think is the Hampton Inns & Suites. We have never been to a Hampton Inn that was less than wonderful, and always with a gracious staff. My children love the pools and spa areas as well as the breakfast. We always try to stay here when the 4 of us travel together.

  • My darling kiddo hits age 10 in 2011 and am planning to start traveling abroad with her. I spent 3 months all over europe, including 3 wks in beautiful Italia when I was 15 and have been waiting for the right opp to return. 🙂

  • As a frequent Italy visitor, my favorite family hotel / villa is La Badia in Orvieto. We recently brought young children there and they were welcomed very warmly by the entire staff. The hotel has many secret passageways that the children were encouraged to explore. It is a very sophisticated hotel with a stellar restaurant, that manages to make you feel as thou you are staying with family. I couldn’t recommend it any more!

  • Every year, my son Dillonand I spend Sept 11 together, as we lost his brother on 9/11. Dillon is in Fort Lauderdale for college and I needed to find a great place to stay for a few days. Although there are tons of hotels along the beach areas, none sit directly on the ocean except one- The Pelican Grand Resort. I knew I needed the ocean at my feet, so I booked a 4 day weekend stay. This hotel is beautiful! Rooms overlooking the ocean have a grea tbalcony to enjoy coffee and watch the sun…The staff was amazing and super attentive. I needed a relaxing stay with my son, minus the “crazy party people.” I have traveled all over , and this was one of my favoirte places to stay. It is not cheap, but well worth the money spent. I am returning for another stay in November.

  • Can’t beat Atlantis in the Bahamas for a family friendly hotel. Of course, it’s pricey, but if you can swing it, it’s well worth the expense. Lots of fun activities, indoor and outdoor, for kids of all ages and us parents too!

  • Blackwater Lodge in Blackwater Falls State Park is one of my favorite hotels. My grandparents lived right outside of the park in West Virginia and we would go to the lodge each time we would visit. The park is beautiful and the lodge fits into the landscape very well. The cabins are wonderful, too!

  • The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, in Southern California is one of our favorite destinations with our kids. With a significant renovation several years ago, came a new more relaxed, family friendly environment. Great service, location and amenities for all.

  • One of our favorite hotels is Hyatt Regency Newport Beach,CA. You can get get it on Priceline for around $55/night. The rooms are standard but the location is great. It has a nice walking/biking path through beautiful estuaries and connects with the San Diego Creek Trail that is pretty flat. It’s 5 minutes from Fashion Island and the beach. It’s a great, affordable getaway!

  • Puravida…. Hotel Verde Mar in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica. Rooms are simple and clean with a kitchen. Right on the beach, monkeys out the window and the Manuel Antonio Park just a few steps away. Love it.

  • The Hilton Niagara Falls is the best hotel I have ever been in. Great view of the falls, a water slide, and such friendly workers. What more can you ask for?

  • Our favorite hotel is the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort. It has a Bula Club for children, who get their own nanny to watch over them and a great water slide and many activities. It has the the most fantastic bures along the beach, adult pool, friendly staff and a wonderful restaurant. It really lets you feel and experience all that Fiji has to offer.

  • The Canal Park Lodge in Duluth – it is on the shores of Lake Superior and the kids can spend hours looking for rocks, swim in the pool and the beds are super comfy. We also love the Ridge at Lake Tahoe on the slopes of Heavenly Valley. It is a great ski area for kids with a lot of great long runs – but it is not cheap – kids over 4 must have a full priced lift ticket!
    Would love to tour Italy……

  • Our favorite hotel chain is the Embassy Suites as their rooms are large enough for family. We especially enjoyed staying in San Juan, Puerto Rico twice at the Embassy Suites and loved the free cocktail hour and breakfasts.

  • Great location, to visit Florence, Siena. Tuscany in April must be fantastic! What a jewel!!
    I have many hotels that I love to stay with my kids and husband, however my favorite is the Greenbrier in West Virginia. Christmas is gorgeous, family friendly and tons of activites for the kids and adults.

  • The W Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, FL is amazing. It has 2 infinity edge pools, one overlooking the ocean, with a bar and cabanas, free towels. Their 2 wonderful restaurants might not be kid friendly, but with their location being oceanfront near Las Olas Blvd, there is plenty nearby. I loved the plush lounge chair on the balcony, the plush alligator waiting on the bed upon check-in, the extremely friendly concierge and staff and everything about this hotel.

  • We go to Mackinac Island in Michigan every year. We always stay at the Super 8. Its affordable and we get a awesome view of the bridge. We don’t have the time or money to go anywhere expensive…

  • Our family has stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites many times and fits our needs. We especially like their free stay, park and fly shuttle service to the airport.

  • My favorite family hotel is the Hilton Orlando on Destination Parkway -between the spa for mom, the serene fire pits that you can read a book next to at night, the water slide and lazy river…plus basketball courts and more….plus of course so many fun things to do with the kids that are nearby… is a place with something for everyone in the family.

  • Holy cow, awesome giveaway!
    So far our favorite place to stay with our kids has been the new Club Med resort in Punta Cana, DR. Does that count as a hotel?

  • Well, we haven’t traveled much with the little one as he is just now 15 months…actually on the 20th…which I believe is the contest deadline. We love, love, love visiting wine country in the States but have yet to visit the beautiful Italian countryside and wine making region. What a wonderful way to share this experience with each other and also our little one and a half year old! Some of our favorite places have been: Waldorf in New York, B&B’s in California Wine Country, J W Marriott in Oahu, El Dorado Royale in Playa del Carmen, Riu in Cabo san Lucas, Marriott Marquis in NYC, Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Hotel ZaZa in Dallas and many more. Hope we get the opportunity to add Al Gelso Bianco to our favorites! Thank you for your consideration! Ciao!

  • Ohhh! This would be the perfect trip for my family!
    My oldest daughter was born in Italy since my husband was on an assignment there for 1 year… She is now 5 and we havent been there since she’s 1! Would looove to go back.
    Favorite hotel…. oh well. I dont remember their names. Usually we stay in agriturismo farms, when in the big cities…friends houses!
    Good Luck to everyone!

  • Me and my fiance have three children 5,6, and 2. We love staying at the Samoset Resort in Rockport Maine. Great place for kids, right on the beach absolutly beautiful!

  • My favorite family hotel may be an odd choice, because our daughter was the first child to ever stay there! La Poesia is a small B&B in Monterosso, Italy, and being a small, 7-room hotel, I suppose families typically bypass it for larger places. But it was like an absolute dream – the owner, Nicoletta, was attentive and kind, and she went out of her way to make our three-year-old feel special. When she served us breakfast, Nicoletta went down the street to the bakery and brought back a chocolate-filled pastry for our little girl. We woke up to the sound of the town coming to life in the tiny alleyways, and the smell of fresh-baked bread. When we left, she gave her a little sculpture of the hotel by a local artist. There was a painting of a large sun over our bed, and a year and a half later, my daughter still asks if we can go back to “the place with the sun over the bed.” For our family, La Poesia was a little piece of paradise.

  • We have yet to travel abroad with our two little ones. So far, our favorite family hotel is the Westin Blue Mountain because of the heavenly beds/crib, resort amenities and proximity to home. Far enough to feel like you’ve had a break, but close enough that the kids don’t complain about the travel time.

  • Candlewood Suites Hotels are our favorite family hotel. Each suite has a full kitchen with a dishwasher. They also offer FREE laundry facilities, DVD lending library, outdoor Gazebo with gas grills and a convenience mart with reasonably priced items (50 cents for a soda!). They are also pet friendly!

  • Awesome Giveaway.
    Never been to Italy looks excellent. Our Favorite hotel to stay at with the Family is the Ritz on Amelia Island. They make you feel like you own the place.

  • My favorite family hotel is Holiday Inn or Best Western, particularly any that allow pets without extra surcharges (which they all seem to do now).

  • Any hotel with separate bedrooms is a huge plus for me, but as clichéd as it sounds, the “Home Away From Home” resorts at Walt Disney World are about the closest thing to perfection for families as it comes. We love Old Key West!

  • We don’t have kids but a favorite hotel we’ve stayed at is The Giggling Tree in Yangshuo, China! It’s owned by a lovely Dutch couple and their hospitality was unforgettable. Our room was just delightful and had such exquisite European taste (and so did the breakfast!!) which was surreal in the Chinese countryside.

  • We’ve always been big fans of the Double Tree chain. Comfy beds, clean rooms, delicious complimentary choc chip cookies, & friendly staff! :0) My fiance and I don’t have kids yet, but what better place to start thinking about babies than in beautiful, romantic Italy?! Would make an amazing honeymoon surprise for the future hubby (the trip, not the baby LOL). Siiiigh!

  • Oh, it would be such a dream to get to travel with our twin boys, especially to such a beautiful country as Italy! We have not really gotten to stay in hotels much lately but before the boys were born we liked hotels with character like the Nautailus on the Island of Kosrae and The Village Hotel on the Island of Pohnpei. Now that the boys are six, a pool is at the top of their list! 🙂

  • we don’t yet have a favorite family hotel. Our son just turned one and we have a baby girl on the way, due in February.wehope to be able to travel successfully with them throughout their lives, so seeing all these great family hotels is very encouraging!

  • I have a five year old wee girl named Mollie and am a single mom and a singer-songwriter/business consultant. My life is full and good. I dream big and I know that life is even sweeter than I allow it to be sometimes. I’ve been to Northern Italy and Firenze is my favorite. There is an art gallery at the top of a hill overlooking the town–wish I could remember the name of it. It was lovely. I told Mollie I would take her there someday. She likes art and plays a mean harmonica. Seriously.

  • With a new little guy we haven’t ever really had a family vacation, but we would just love to make this our first experience. I think the Double Tree with the smell of chocolate chip cookies wafting in the air as you enter is a great place to start…for kids…and for big kids too. 🙂 A trip to Italy would be a dream come true. Bye Baby!

  • We went to Italy on our honeymoon-we stayed in Florence-, and are expecting a baby in April so an Italian vacation in October would be so wonderful! I don’t really have a favorite hotel, but I am sure the Al Gelso Bianco would be a top contender!

  • Anywhere my wife is a true vacation. I could stay in a hut and be happy with her. We have stayed in few hotels, Marriots are always nice. We dream of Italy and its Gelato!

  • We enjoy staying anywhere that offers a kitchenette to help reduce the cost of eating out. My son has a severe peanut/nut allergy. We like the Hilton or Marriott. He was also just recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes this past April so we haven’t really travelled since last year. Travelling to Italy is something I have always dreamed about, being able to taste true authentic italian sauces and pastries would be amazing.
    Thank You for this amazing opportunity!
    Dreams can come true to those who dream!

  • We love the Grupo Mayan resorts in Mexico. Incredibly family friendly with huge pools (all have or are developing “lazy rivers, etc…), kids clubs. Very safe. Medical staff on site. 5 star, but never feel like you need kids to “quiet down”. Anyone can book these rooms , but they offer a timeshare type deal as well. Italy is our next dream vacation!

  • I don’t have kids but I generally like to stay at Hampton Inn and Suites. They have everything you need at a decent price. Also they have locations all over so it is easy enough to find one. Thanks for the great giveaway, I would love to make a trip to Italy!

  • We have a fifteen month old daughter who has already been to New York, Florida, Spain, and Switzerland. We love to travel and it seems she inherited it because she is better behaved than most adults (including my husband). Our best experience was at the Westin Palace in Madrid. The staff was caring, friendly, and ridiculously efficient. We would call for anything and I would literally hang up the phone to answer the door. The hotel’s location is also great. It’s close every major attraction and across the street there’s a cute playground she played in everyday. I’m sure we will stay there when we return to Madrid.

  • our favorite family hotel is embassy suites. they’re usually decorated in a very modern style for very reasonable price and offer abundant family-friendly amenities. also, they offer lots of value packages for families, romantic weekends, theme-based, etc.

  • My favoritye family hotel is the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii. It has a Kids Club, Kiddie Pool, Water slide, paddle boats, live animals to view and a Dolphin encounter. I know it’s not practical for everyone but it does wonders for educating and entertaining everyone.
    We would love to try the Tuscany region. We have begun to enjoy the wines of the region and would love to educate ourselves on all the elements of the fabulous region.

  • Our favorite place in the whole world is Agriturismo Aiole in Castiglione d’Orcia in the Val d’Oricia area of Tuscany. The host Paolo and Noella welcome all visitors as if they are long lost family. It doesn’t take long to become part of the family, as we have.

  • My family typically stays in Marriots wherever we go. Not only does it have a great points system for free stays, but we’ve been a fan of their service and their help anytime we have stayed with them.

  • My favorite family hotel was the Sheridan Old San Juan Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It had everything: conveinence, location and price!

  • No kids… (thank god!) so I’d have to say my favorite hotel was the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef in St. Thomas. What a gorgeous place!

  • Hotel Guanahani St Bart’s. This is where we spent our honeymoon so we didn’t have kids yet. But I happen to know it is also kid friendly!

  • An opportunity of a lifetime! I had a wonderful experience in Italy 10 years ago and have been dreaming of a return trip.
    My favorite hotel is whichever one I happen to be in! Travel is on the “to-do” list but the budget cannot accomodate that at this time. But…my dreams are free!
    Here’s wishing me luck!

  • Conca D’oro in Positano, Italy is one of the nicest places I’ve ever stayed. The rooms, views, grounds are beautiful. Additionally, this family run hotel has a fantastic restaurant with lovely, friendly staff. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • We like the Taj Group of Hotels in India. Though they are expensive, they have excellent service and great food.
    In the US, we like the Residence Inn. For long-term stay, it comes with a kitchen and good cleaning service every day.
    It has been a while since my husband and daughter took a nice vacation. Italy is on our list of things to do, but we will do it when we have enough dough to pull it off conveniently.

  • I loved the Grand Lodge in Breckenridge, CO. A plush room, nice kitchen, game room and movie theater make its ski in out slopeside location that much better!!!awesome

  • We love the Wyndam at Wisconsin Dells. There is so many things for the grandchildren to do, and we love the relaxing atmosphere of the hotel’s large rooms. We love being able to share these vacations with our four grandchildren.

  • We love the Wild Dunes Resort in SC.
    I have always dreamed of going to Tuscany, maybe this will be my chance.

  • My favorite hotel is the San Jose in Austin TX! It’s simplistic, eclectic design is always comforting & welcoming. Another bonus is that it’s pet-friendly! 😉 It’s located on South Congress in the heart of the SoCo district where shopping, great Tex-Mex, nightlife & family activites are all fabulous & close at hand! It’s also close to the famous South Congress bat flight bridge, downtown, Zilker Park & Barton Springs (a natural springs pool). It’s great scenery & wonderful family fun!

  • My family’s favorite hotel is the King and Prince in Saint Simons Island, GA. Of all the places we have traveled as a family, the King and Prince takes care of every last detail. The grounds are beautiful and every employee we come into contact with is friendly and helpful. If we can afford to go back, we will. We haven’t had a family vacation in quite some time, so I would love to show my children Bella Italia! Ciao!

  • Although we live in Chicago, my husband is originally from Europe so we enjoyed a trip to visit his family summer before last. The highlight of the trip was a week in his parent’s timeshare in the Alps in Kaprun, Austria where we were close to hiking, and had access to a sauna and hot springs and an ice cave nearby. There were plenty of things for us to do and we had a blast. We have been talking about taking another trip, this time we are hoping to make it to Italy and we love wine, so Al Gelso Bianco looks like a dream come true!

  • This would be awesome as my new wife and I have not been able to honeymoon due to military obligations. I spent a week in Florence Italy back a few years ago. I simply loved it we were able to drive around the country side and enjoy many things that Italy has to offer. There are many deserving people on here I hope that you do pick someone that is deserving of such a great deal. I Loved my time in Florence and Pisa I have nothing but fond memories of my time in Italy. I do hope one day to return to this enchanting land.

  • We stayed at Beaches resort in Turks and Caicos and it was really great. We love to travel and our son appreciates the food, beauty and culture of wherever we’ve been fortunate enough to travel. Tuscany would be a dream destination for us all!

  • Where ever my husband and I travel we try to stay at B&Bs. We have met such wonderful people on our travels and the owners can always tell you the best places for food and fun! We tried our first all inclusive resort when in Cozumel-The Palace. The room was quite spacious, the food wonderful and the service couldn’t be beat. Italy is our goal for 2011-our 10th wedding anniverary.

  • We love the Marriott chains especially the Downtown Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Marriott World Center in Orlando near the Disney parks. It is our go to hotel. Our last visit to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis was when my husband returned home after a 1 year tour in Iraq (he flew into Atlanta). It’s a great family spot in the middle of everything Atlanta has to offer(aquarium, coca-cola museum, georgia dome). We also LOVE LOVE LOVE the Marriott World Center in Orlando as well….it has the most spectacular pool you’ve ever seen with water slides for the kiddos.

  • The best family hotel experience we had (married with 2 kids) was the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort in St. Maarten, in the Netherland Antilles – excellent weather, beach, snorkeling, food, spa, casino, entertainment, and hotel service.

  • I love the Marriot in St. Thomas for families, and Elbow Beach Resort in Bermuda! They made my son feel really special.

  • Great giveaway! I don’t have a ‘family’ and I generally like to stay in apartments or B&B’s when I travel. That said, one noteable place that I stayed in Venice was Ca Satriano. I also went on a press trip to the Marriott Grand Cayman and it was a fabulous resort with a perfect beach location. But Tuscany is my favorite place – not only in Italy, but in all the world and April would be a perfect time to visit.

  • Our favorite hotel is the Doubletree downtown in Houston. We take our grandson there. It’s within walking distance of the Houston Downtown library, a couple of parks including the wonderful Discovery Green, a Books a Million bookstore and all the venues and restaurants downtown. Thanks for a great contest!!

  • As a mother of 6, and Breast Cancer Survior I enjoy my family vacations. The best family vacation taken with all the children was when we went to Disneyworld. After battling Breast Cancer my husband took me to the Bahamas to celebrate life. So I believe a trip to Europe would be wonderful. We will be celebrating 18 years of marriage,in March of 2011 while our middle son will be celebrating 1 year. Then our daughter wants to get married in March in Europe so we would need a villa so we could bring all of our children over to celebrate love. Our family is living proof that blended marriages and cultures can work. Who says that true love no longer exist.

  • Our favorite family hotel is Best Western in Chicago. We been staying ther for annual trip for 10 plus years.
    Our family of four alwys dreamed of a trip to Italy to meet the local and indulge in the food and la Doce Vida. family time is so precious and important. Memories last forever!!!!!

  • My favorite hotel would have to be the Hotel Congress in Tucson, Arizona. A locally-owned, small, historic hotel, the Hotel Congress is the site that most famously led to thecapture of John Dillinger back in the 1930s.
    The place is filled with history, and has transformed itself into a chic destination point with a night club and restaurant all in-house, and I love that it balances modern amenities with classic elegance. The rooms are all uniquely decorated and have antique radios instead of televisions.. and an active and working switchboard still connects the front desk to the rooms!
    It’s a fun place for sure! I always stay here when I am transient in Tucson. I don’t have children yet, but it is kid-friendly, and pet-friendly too!
    Italy is one of the places I’ve wanted to visit most in this world! I have family I have never met there and I’m just absolutely dying to go! This opportunity is amazing, thank you so much!

  • The Comfort Suite Historic District in Savannah Georgia. It was my husband and I’s first vacation spot!! It has many great memories for us.

  • My favorite hotel is the Westin Kauai. At the moment the only kids I have are the furry four legged ones, but its seriosuly a hotel for everyone. They have BBQ areas, kiddie pools (for the two legged variety ;), relaxation pools and it’s situated on one of the prettiest spots in Hawaii. On top of all that, they have an amazingly attentive, yet totally laid back staff, and a SERIOUSLY good restaurant. :))

  • I love the Kapalua villas in Maui. Spectacular views, lots of privacy and can jog wonderful routes. You can also walk everywhere- to beaches, shopping, and a variety of restaurants. I dream of getting to Italy sometime next year.

  • We love staying at the Sofitel in Chicago. But, when my son was young, we loved to spend weekends at 7 Springs, in Pennsylvania. Lots of activities for families.

  • We are a family from the Philippines. We have three daughters ages 12, 10 and 6. In the Philippines, our favorite family hotel is at the Shangrila Mactan Cebu. The staff are wonderful! It fronts a beautiful beach and has activities for all ages: sandcastle building, snorkelling, scuba diving. There are banana boats, motorized boats for use. At night they have beach barbecues. Indoor activities cater to children of all ages: arts and crafts, indoor kiddie playground for toddlers, indoor “extreme” playground for children and tweens, a video game arcade, billiards, snooker, and more. It holds catholic masses in their chapel on saturday evenings and sundays. There are many pools in two main areas, and a child’s pool with water guns. Whew!!!

  • We try to vacation every year mainly in condo or private bed and breakfast, since they are more “homey” than hotels. But we have stayed in the Hilton. prices were affordable for the cleaniness and customer service you get. We have never traveled over seas, but would love to see Italy. We are a family of four, two boys- 8yrs and 3.yrs.

  • To be honest, I cant say I have a favorite. I do look at price, location and cutomer service. With kids I try to get a place- not so busy or loud. But traveling as a family of four, price is definitly an issue. In the past we have stayed at the Comfort Inns, often.

  • Hotel Reale, Montecatini Terme, Tuscany
    The BEST! The family that runs it is fantastic, AND THE FOOD IS TERRIFIC!

  • We’ve got three adopted children with special needs. They go everywhere with us. We are a mixed race and mixed ability family, and with that we believe in giving them many different experiences. Sometimes we camp, sometimes we stay in hotels, sometimes we site see, sometimes we visit art museums or hike. We have a good time no matter where we go. The people of Disney have family friendly down pat. We love it there. We also enjoy Great Wolf Lodge’s. Honestly we love to travel and are happy to try anything new….(at least once 🙂

  • I have wanted to go to Italy for as long as I can remember. My favorite hotels are Marriotts. When travelling with children the Courtyards are great because they are spacious and offer a small kitchen, which is economical. When it’s a just my significant other and I, we prefer the smaller, quaint places. We like the homey feel and the interaction with the locals. They offer the best insight and information about their home.

  • My children, a girl and a boy, are grown and it time for us to have some fun in life. There no better place than Italy to enjoy the cuisine and wine. We generally like to stay in apartments or B&B’s when we travel. This provides us with the atmosphere of the country and freedom to observe the culture. In the United States my wife like the Embassy Suites. Here’s to us writing to you from Italy.

  • My favorite hotel is the Sheraton @ Ka’anapoli Beach in Maui. Went there several years ago – the beds were heavenly, they had a fabulous pool & the location is right on the beach which is convenient for walking to several restaurants in the area.

  • This place looks amazing! Hard to say what my favorite hotel is, I feel like I love whatever one I was last at. Off the top of my head I would say the Chateau Marmont in LA, the W Miami Beach and the Quisisina on Capri for the poolside restaurant, the service and the terrace at night for a drink.

  • It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Europe. But Italy is by far my favorite. I took my girlfriend and daughter to Hawaii this year and they are wanting to go to Europe next year. Whenever I travel I prefer to stay at Outrigger properties.

  • My favorite hotel is the Royal Pacific in Orlando. I love the feel & layout of the hotel, plus I thoroughly enjoy riding the boat shuttle to all the other hotels in the area, Theme Parks & City Walk.

  • I love staying in Hilton hotels! They are so nice and very customer oriented. Would love to go to Italy, thanks for the chance!

  • I don’t have kids, so I can’t speak to a family hotel. The Tuscan Inn in Montecatini Terme is marvelous. Great staff, fine breakfast, and a few blocks from the train station.

  • My husband and I have been hoping to travel to Italy sometime soon and this would be perfect. We went to San Diego in June and stayed at the Doubletree and it was very nice. Also the complimentary fresh chocolate cookies are great after a full day of sightseeing.

  • Embassy Suites on Kaanapali beach, Maui. Wonderful location, beautiful views and very comfortable accomodations. Plus kids activities and care on the site, so that parents could play too.

  • It would have to be, without a doubt, the SAS Saint Helen’s, in Dublin, Ireland. It’s a refurbished mansion. And it’s absolutely beautiful. Marble stairs, and fireplaces, everywhere you look, beautiful marble. Even the gold trimmed, mirrored, elevators, were beautiful!! I’ve never seen, or stayed in a hotel, to ever match that one!!

  • I don’t have kids however the Kahala Hotel on Oahu is amazing. Great Beach, a Dolphin Pool, a great spa, peaceful, great rooms, great staff, good restaurants and not on Waikiki. It is truly paradise.

  • Disney Anaheim. What an amazing place for kids and adults alike. So much to do and see. Great rooms, price, food, and within walking distance to both parks. Who doesn’t like Disneyland and So. California?

  • Hotel Danieli, Venezia…. Enough said! 🙂 (My kids are grown.)
    Buona fortuna, everyone! We all deserve a lovely vacation. Wine with this lovely vacation. Even better. Salute!

  • I took my daughter on our 1st mother daughter trip this year & stayed in a bed & breakfast that my husband & I had enjoyed. It’s called the Sylvia House in Nye Beach, Oregon. Each room is themed to represent a different classical author. Twain, Hemmingway, Poe, cummins, all sorts of great authors are there. The breakfast is divine & the view is beautiful. The surrounding walking area is blooming with great cupcakeries, hand thrown pizza places & book shops.
    Italy is a dream of mine. Some day, some day. The winner of this prize is going to have an amazing time, I am sure of it. 🙂

  • Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole Wyoming is the best of all hotel worlds.
    No pretensions, just practical family amenities such as wonderful lodges and endless terrain for children to explore. At night a family can experience the stars with an astronomer on site.
    But there are modern needy amenities such as wifi, concierge services, gym, pool and a convenient shuttle into town. Overall, it’s not too off the beaten path rustic, but one can have a moose moment while sipping a margarita.
    An Aman resort is a stone’s throw, so one can upscale a bit, especially with the divine restaurant and not pay for a pricey hotel that children rarely appreciate.
    Best of all a bona fide ranch is on site for spirtitual open trail riding. After that you will be inspired for the concierge to arrange fly fishing, mountain bike exploring and enjoy God’s gift to America–Yellowstone National Park.
    Try it, you’ll love it.

  • Our favorite hotel is to stay at the Villas in the Animal Kingdom – Disney but this one could definitely become a NEW favorite!

  • When our kids were still with us, we liked to go to the Drakesbad Lodge, about 17 miles down a dirt road outside of Chester, California. It is the only lodging inside Lassen Volcanic National Park. The food was to die for, the staff and guests international, and there was nothing to do but hike, relax, sit by the fire, talk, eat, play games… no tv, phones or “entertainment.” My wife and I still go about once every three years.

  • I have been to Italy but only to Venice and Verona. I’d LOVE to see Chianti and more. I don’t think my life will be complete unless I have yet another chance to taste Italian coffee. Yes I know the pasta and the sauces are the best, but for me it’s all about the coffee. mwah!

  • When it comes to capturing family time and fun, I give a big hats off to Ilala Lodge/hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe South Africa, This place screams wonderful and although I do nt have children my sister and I travel together each year and this by far was the best hotel we ever experienced. Why? Because elephants, warthogs, and more are all at your door. It presented like this Italy Vacation Contest, the best of the best for an affordable price. It was a lovely vacation and offered the true pride of South Africa.

  • I would love to win this to take my family and their children to Italy.. It would be a once in a life time for most.. PICK ME!! PICK ME!!.. 😉

  • Our favourite hotel is kellys resort hotel, Co.Wexford,Ireland. Great staff, great food, great beach, and fantastic for kids & parents.

  • I don’t have kids, but I love to travel. One of my favorite hotels is the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Although rather pricey it is the perfect hotel in which to stay in New York City. The hotel contains several bars, a Starbucks, a 24 hour fitness center and a friendly staff. The hotel is also located smack dab in the theatre district so finding something to do or eat without taking public transportation is really nice.

  • My favorite hotel is La Fonda in Taos, NM. Very relaxing and tranquil. Great art galleries, food and beautiful scenery!

  • I’ll be celebrating my 45th birthday in April and a trip to Tuscany would be perfect! We’ve stayed in many hotels but the most memorable was at a Hampton Inn in Ky. We got a two room suite w/hot tub for only $120. It was very posh. Kids loved it!

  • I have always dreamt of a vacation in Tuscany. I have two children who would be absolutely thrilled with the overseas vacation experience. The only hotel I’ve personally stayed at is the Radison in LaJolla, CA. Very nice. I would live to stay in a quaint villa in the countryside however.

  • Hampton Inns are always consistent and friendly service. We have been on many family vacations and find that they are accomodating. Our favorite places to travel have been in Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Puerto Rico.

  • OUr favorite Italian hotel is Hotel Marconi in Sirmione on Lake Garda. It is situalted on the lake for relaxing, has very friendly staff, yummy food, and prime location for sight-seeing. We did not travel with children, but in my opinion would be wonderful.

  • We haven’t travelled too much with the kids but we loved it when we stayed at the new resort at disney. It is a vacation club hotel called Bay Lake Towers. They had enough room and things to do to keep the kids occupied!
    This would be great because we would be able to visit for my cousin’s wedding in Abruzzo!

  • My favorite family resort is the Tyler Place in Northern Vermont, it’s a wonderful vacation for the kids and parents. Great food, great activities, wonderful staff. Everyone gets something out of it.

  • Our favorite hotel is the Chesapeake Hyatt in Cambridge, Maryland thus far. It’s great for families and for those who are single, etc.! They have a spa, golf, it’s waterfront and we love it in the offseason. Would LOVE to win this getaway — not only have we never been to Italy, but I am registered to take Italian language classes this coming semester through our adult ed!

  • My favorite hotel with the kids is Homewood suite Hilton, it feels like home and love the kitchenettes in the suites!

  • Beaches Turks and Caicos was my #1 choice for kid-friendly travel! My son gets excited even when he sees the commercial on TV!

  • Guemes Island Resort in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. We were there in august with a large group and several kids of all ages. It was fun, safe and very family friendly. We loved it. My dad’s side of the family has been visiting the resort since 1962!

  • My favorite hotel is one we just visited this October in
    Olite, Spain. It is close to the medieval castle named the Palacio de Olite. The hotel has gardens and antique furniture with a restaurant that serves gourmet food but is also family friendly. The management is extremely friendly and courteous.

  • Was on a two week cruise in November of 2008 which left from Venice, Italy. My daughter n i booked a few days before the cruise to have time in Venice to explore. We stayed at the Locanda Orseola, a B&B just one block off St. Marks square.This is one of Italy’s best B&B’s. The rooms are well appointed n have windows over looking the canals..the morning breakfast is just simply outstanding.The service n the staff here r what make this a truly rare gem . It is family run n has won the Travelers choice award.If i’am ever in Venice again this is where i’ll stay.

  • We haven’t stayed in a hotel yet since we’ve had kids, but my favorite pre-parenthood hotel is Le Parker Meridein in NYC. It was absolutely gorgeous!

  • Last year I stayed with my one year old son, my mom, and my younger brother at the Hampton Inn in Minneapolis, MN, and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay! As it is a chain I’m sure that their other locations are just as great. I found the rooms to be spacious and clean, the customer service excellent. They include a FULL complimentary breakfast, and there were so many options (great for picky eaters!). As an added perk, they offer to-go breakfast with no-mess items like cereal bars!

  • We love the Delta Whistler Village Suites resort in Whistler, Vancouver. Our family loves to ski, but then loves to relax in a nice atmosphere once we leave the slopes!!!

  • When travelling with the kids we usually rent houses or apartments, but two hotels that pleasantly surprised us are the Best Western Cobbleskill in NY when visiting the Howe Caverns and Holiday Inn Express in Lititz, PA when visiting Amish Country.

  • Spending time in upscale hotels in Barcelona and Paris was fine, but the best time ever was at a villa in the Tuscan countryside.

  • We almost always rent apartments when we travel! But — I think The Hotel San Jose in Austin, TX, would be very do-able with kids. They have a pool and a large outdoor patio area – -and rooms are spacious and nicely spread out. All of the delights of South Congress — including great food within walking distance AND Amy’s Ice Cream right across the street — are right there.

  • We really loved the Dreams Tulum Resort. The kids club is excellent and the restaurants were wonderful with children. The children’s pool area was great for my little cruiser, just learning to walk. The rooms were nice, and the staff was always eager to help and charm my baby.

  • The Alfonso XIII in Seville is my dream! Although I’ve never stayed there, I hope to someday bring hubby and baby there…

  • Tenaya Lodge just outside of Yosemite. They have bikes for guest to ride to their private water hole. Plus you have the beauty of Yosemite minutes away. I’ve been going there for years and still haven’t seen all the sights that I want to see. I always take my out of town guest here for our Yosemite adventure! Lodge is beautiful and reasonably priced.

  • We love Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells. There can’t possibly be a more family-oriented place to stay. Our room was a log cabin with log bunk beds (in their own room, thank you very much!). And by day, it’s water park fun no matter then weather! ; )

  • I married a Belgian and we just moved to Europe two weeks ago with our three- and one-year old children. We are a bit out of sorts but would love to visit Italy next year! Our favorite hotel was this summer, we stayed at the WorldMark in West Yellowstone WY. We had a two bedroom apt… we cooked, we went to the pool, we saw buffalo – Fantatsic trip! Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely trip.

  • Favorite stay for the family was the All inclusive ‘Paridisus’ in the Riveria Maya, Mexico. Spacious accomodations, great food and entertainment, friendly staff, and the sights and flavors of the Riveria Maya/Cancun!!!

  • Just happen to be planning an Italy trip for the family next year & very thankful for your awesome website! My favorite family hotel is hands-down, the Westin. Nice digs, great beds and variety of amenties that please stressed out mom and dad (spa, fitness classes, dining on site, etc.) AND the kiddos (WestinKids club, children’s activities, pools). Great for the resort/total relaxation-type vacation.

  • I would love to see my husbands heritage! Italy is a country of Beauty, splendor, history and much much more… I would give anything to be there, and experience a one in a life time trip!!!

  • Our favorite family hotel is the Hill Country Hyatt Resort in San Antonio. Beautiful facilities with fun kid activities like a lazy river and smores in the evenings.

  • Last Christmas we went with our daughters aged 10 and 15 to The Four Seasons in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was sensational. Magically landscaped grounds including a working rice paddy and water buffalo living on the property. The most gorgeous infinity pool hanging over the fields. Amazing restaurants and staff and beautiful rooms. We toured ancient temples, rode elephants and had tons of R and R. We loved it!

  • Our favorite family destination is Sea Island Resort in Georgia. My husband and I love to bring our son to our favorite holiday destinations to establish memories that will no doubt last a lifetime. The resort runs a day camp that brings a new adventure each day with a different theme, from pirates and fish to frogs and birds, through games, crafts, and activities. We cannot wait to go back with our newest addition who arrives in February 2011.

  • While I didn’t have my children with me, I was impressed with the kids-friendly atmosphere at the Polo Towers in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the same time, my spouse and I like to take our two young children (2 and 4) to Circus, Circus in Reno, Nevada to enjoy their inexpensive suites before meeting up with family in Lake Tahoe. $65 for a living room with a convertible couch and a completely closed off bedroom with a king sized bed. It means everyone can sleep soundly and then play at the Midway.

  • Last spring we stayed at Le Cannelle a pensione in Fiesole, just outside Florence. We had the family room which had a king size bed and a loft with two twin beds. Each morning we had a made to order breakfasts. Sara, the owner, was very helpful and willing to make reservations and suggestions. We really liked being in Fiesole, it is very easy to take the bus into Florence.

  • A few years back we stayed at the Omni at Champions Gate in Orlando and the kids had a blast! It was a beautiful place…but Italy would be better!

  • Holy moly! How awesome, is this?! Not just the contest, but the amount of great info for travelling families. Thanks!
    Our fav family hotel, by far, has been the Hua Wei in Beijiing, China. Even after we were displaced and did not get to return due to a fire, we missed the Hua Wei everywhere else we went. It was like a condo…2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, washing machine, kitchen, living area, great East/West breakfast that kept us all going, central location in the shopping district and near the subway and all at a really reasonable rate. Everything you could need as a family of 5 in Beijing!
    PS: The hotel laundered our clothes for us and sent a fruit basket to our room post-fire after they put us up at a neighboring hotel.

  • My favorite hotel is the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas. Went there for my honeymoon and a few years later with my kids. The resort has a lot of fun filled activities and very relaxing.

  • When I was little my family and I would take vacation and usually we stayed in Holiday Inns. Now my fiance and I are getting married next October so no kids, but I’ve always wanted to go to Italy! We met in college and both finished and finally have jobs and we’re so excited! He’s promised we’ll get there someday, it’d be even better for a honeymoon! Thanks for the chance!

  • My favorite resort is the Cloister in Sea Island Georgia USA. The spa is terrific and there are lots of activities for kids.

  • My favorite hotel ever is the Sandcastle hotel on the beach in Lincoln City. It looks like a sandcastle.
    josephthesweeper at gmail dot com

  • The Lucas family of 5 needs a dream vacation to come true!
    Al Gelso Bianco could be our most favorite venue!
    It looks like Irene Sanesi is the woman to see!
    She will make sure our family stays busy with lots of activities!
    After all, she’s known for taking well care of their guests, being sure that they enjoy at best!

  • Love to hear about everyone traveling with their kids – it’s good for them and good for the human race. Our favorite hotel is Cabañas Maria del Mar in Isla Mujeres Mexico. Right on the Caribbean – you can’t beat it!

  • My favorite is the McMenamins with Edgefield Theater in Beaverton. Or is it Tigard? I haven’t been there in 6 years. I recall spending the night there because someone I met at a singles event won it and I held his winning ticket. I know he saw Anger Management at the theater.

  • we were just in Venice again and this time stayed at the Best Western in Chioggia – great beach location and short bus or boat ride across the lagoon into Rialto Bridge area. Good rates, rooms and breakfast….

  • Hotel seven one seven is situated on one of the most beautiful canals in the center of Amsterdam. They have an excelent service and a very cool interior. Their breakfast is to die for …

  • I don’t have kids, but my favorite hotel ever is probably the Beach House at Manafaru in the Maldives. And I was the only one staying at the hotel at the time (soft opening) so it was extra special!
    The husband worked in Sicily for three years, so we’d love to get back over to Italy again…this time, forever!

  • I’m a difficult commenter – I don’t have kids and I usually stay in apartments when I travel, so I’m searching. I did love the MediBnB in Naples, mostly because the people who worked there went out of their way to be helpful. I noticed they did this will all their guests, even when they didn’t share a common language.

  • My favorite family friendly hotel that I’ve stayed at recently is the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. So much history and so cool, beautiful prperty at the base of the Rockies. Lots of to die for scenery to explore in the park and surrounding area.

  • My favorite resort in Florida is “Tradewinds” in St Peterburg. Its a wonderful resort for kids all ages. They have many activities on site including a Pirate’s night where kids meet a real Pirate and get dressed like one. They also have a inflatable waterslide right on the beach that is a lot of fun.

  • Our favorite hotel is “Emerson Resort and Spa” in Mount Tremper, NY. The INN is the way to go. 2 floors, balcony with a view on mountains. You don’t want to wake up at that place until late afternoon because the bed is so comfortable, and the air is fresh and amazing.

  • We love the Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad for kids. Ours love the little pools, the thoughtful room gifts and the awesome kids-size buffet.
    There’s tons to do at the hotel,and it always packed with new families to meet.

  • I love the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Kona. Great family hotel with many pools, restaurants, and activities for adults and children.

  • We traveled to Italy in ’03. The beautiful hills of Tuscany have been kissed by the Gods. My husband and I are getting older , ( he is 73) and we would love to return one more time to “our Tuscany” as we call it. We stayed at La Suvera about an hour or so from Sienna. The castle was amazing and the suite we had was awesome. It was built around 1507 we were told. The many villas nestled in the country side are so beautiful. This was my favorite place I have stayed in my 62 years .Viva Italia

  • One of our destinations to visit as a family is the Montage in Laguna Beach, CA. The property is beautiful, the service is great and the kid’s club is wonderful. An exceptional location, that accommodates all ages.

  • Every year we have been staying at the Wentworth Inn hotel – just outside of Portsmouth,N.H. – We first pick up our daughter from sleep away camp which is outside of Portland, Maine – we travel about an hour to get to the Wentworth – the appearance reminds one of days past – looks like an old cruise liner . The breakfast buffet is well worth it and reasonable – my husband never feels nickled and dimed !
    Would be so great to spend a two week vacation in Italy – i love to cook so if we do win I hope to be able to take several cooking classes
    Wishing me luck

  • What an amazing contest! Our favorite place to stay sadly isn’t as exotic as most people’s here. We like the Country Inn & Suites chain because they serve evening cookies for the kids, always have fresh fruit out for the guests, serve a nice hot breakfast, and during the wk sometimes have a cocktail/appetizer buffet. They also have books you can borrow so it’s very kid friendly.
    But this would be our new favorite I’m sure!!! Thanks.

  • This place is on my bucket list. It is my dream to visit Italy. despite the fact that I hate flying this country seems so attracting to me more than any other country. I would absolutely love to go to Italy with family members. It looks awesome, historic, quiet, friendly, good food, it seems to have everything one would want for a vacation you would never forget!

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