Picking a kid-friendly hotel isn’t complicated, especially in California, where pools come with the territory. But add the family-friendly bells and whistles like some of these lodgings - like special kids’ programs, in-room treats, and rooms that feel like private playgrounds - and your little ones are going to think you’re the coolest parents on the planet.
Kids can live out their actual playtime dreams at the LEGOLAND Hotel. This temple to everything LEGO has nailed every last detail, down to the themed rooms, from pirates and kingdoms to cowboy adventures. The lobby even features a giant mosh pit brimming with plastic bricks, so kids can jump right in on the fun wile Mom and Dad check in. There’s a LEGO brick box in every guest room, as well as separate sleeping areas for kids and grownups.
For families that swing more luxe, consider The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Surrounded by family-friendly Northstar California alpine resort, this luxury lodging is all about the kids with its Ritz Kids program, chock full of summer and winter activities. Family-friendly touches include fire pits for s’more making, on-site ski schools, ice skating rink, and an Indoor Campout package, which includes a pint-size dome tent sleeping nook for kids to be set up right in the room.
Hotel meets water park at Great Wolf Lodge in Orange County, making the perfect getaway for family fun. This 603-too hotel in Garden Grove, California has a completely indoor 105,000-square-foot water park, with more than a dozen slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, and a surf simulator.
These are just a taste of some of the family-friendly hotels that California has to offer. Other hotels to consider include the wacky Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, and, of course, any of the lodgings at Disneyland.