10 Kid-Friendly Hotels That Cost Less Than $199 a Night

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If you are traveling as a family, the last thing you want is to pick a hotel that your kids won’t enjoy. That’s a sure-fire recipe for vacation disaster.

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But no one wants to pay $2,200 per night for the kid-friendly perks, if you can avoid it, and GOBankingRates readers are financially savvy. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best values in kid-friendly hotels below.

First, let’s define what we mean by “kid-friendly” or “family” hotels. What are some of the amenities you should want?

There are some basics you definitely need:

  • rooms that can accommodate two adults, plus kids or the ability to have adjoining rooms
  • kid-friendly menus, and high chairs (and breakfast-included places are great)
  • kitchenette
  • babysitting services
  • kids’ activities, such as a swimming pool (or even better, a pool with a slide and a lazy river)
  • good location near restaurants and activities
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Here are some of the best kid-friendly hotels across the United States where you can stay for less than $199 per night (this is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s a good start for your search):

Skyline Hotel: New York

  • Price: $199-209 per night for family of four
  • Perks: indoor heated pool, on-site Tex-Mex restaurant, cots available

Nothing is really cheap in New York City, but the Skyline Hotel has a good location for easy access to other family entertainment.

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Seaside Inn: San Francisco

  • Price: $124 per night
  • Perks: good location, beach access, on-site parking

Seaside Inn is walking distance away from San Francisco’s tourist areas, and it’s also close to the beach.

Circus Circus Hotel, Casino and Theme Park: Las Vegas

  • Price: As low as $25 per night
  • Perks: amusement park, outdoor pools, good location

Many wouldn’t think of Vegas as a family-friendly destination, but the hotel has plenty of kid-friendly activities.

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Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel: Anaheim, California

  • Price: $111 per night
  • Perks: close to Disneyland (with shuttles to the park), outdoor pool, game room

This family-friendly hotel is a short shuttle ride to Disneyland, but far enough away that you won’t get caught up in traffic (other than typical Southern California snarls).

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front: Pensacola Beach, Florida

  • Price: $141 per night
  • Perks: outdoor pool with lazy river, beach access

This resort comes with an added bonus of big-screen movie nights by the pool, Trivago.com reports.

Embassy Suites: Portland, Oregon

  • Price: $145 for 2-room suite
  • Perks: good location, game room, salt water pool

This hotel is centrally located to many Portland amenities.

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Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel: Buena Park, California

  • Price: $169 per night (although there are plenty of special packages if you also go to the amusement park)
  • Perks: 5-minute walk to amusement park, good outdoor pools
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Let’s be honest, nothing else matters when Snoopy comes to tuck your kids into bed, Trivago.com reports.

Red Cliffs Lodge: Moab, Utah

  • Price: $189 per night
  • Perks: great location, big suites with kitchenettes, outdoor pool

For a different trip, with hikes and horseback rides replacing amusement parks and rollercoasters, visit Moab.

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Great Wolf Lodge: Traverse City, Michigan

  • Price: $169 per night for family suite
  • Perks: indoor water park

We could have listed any of several Great Wolf Lodges. The water parks provide great entertainment.

Margaritaville Resort: Biloxi, Mississippi

  • Price: $89 per night on weekdays
  • Perks: lazy river, water park, game room

As a resort, Margaritaville has everything you need in terms of dining (ice cream shop, too!) and entertainment (arcade rooms, pools, live music).

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