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Six Of Our Favourite Family-Friendly Hotels In America

America has some of the best family-friendly hotels in the world. These are some of Citizen Enfants’ favourites.

The USA is a fantastic destination for a family holiday. Including stylish sightseeing in New York, beachside fun in the Hamptons and the opportunity to learn how to be a cowboy (or girl) in Montana, these are some of the best hotels in the States to visit with children.

Lone Mountain Ranch, Montana

Live out the all-American cowboy – or girl – dream at Lone Mountain Ranch in Montana. Deep in the heart of Yellowstone County, this working ranch gives visitors the chance to try horseback riding, axe-throwing, fly-fishing and more, plus organises tours to Yellowstone National Park, where experienced rangers will help you spot bears and eagles in the wild. Stay in a two-bedroom luxury log cabin; it’s the epitome of rustic-chic with wood panelling, cosy throws and a wood burner. For dinner head to Horn & Cantle restaurant, The Saloon, or eat under the stars – there’s no light pollution here. The ranch lives up to its promise to be a playground for all ages: The Outdoor Youth Adventure Programme aims to develop children’s appreciation of nature, accompanying them as they roam free in wide open spaces, and passing on knowledge of local flora and fauna. Elsewhere, canoeing, archery, trekking and rodeo shows promise you and your kids the spirit of the American West.

Gurney's, Montauk

A summer getaway for chic New Yorkers, this charming Hampton’s fishing village is a stylish beach destination ideal for families. Gurney’s Resort – the only luxury hotel in the Hamptons on a private beach – is the place to stay. Beautifully-designed, well-appointed, three-bedroom Oceanfront Cottages come with cots, high chairs and fenced verandas for little ones to play within, and the beach club is just a few steps away – or head to the pool or tennis courts. There are five restaurants, all with kids’ menus, babysitting is available for younger children, and the incredibly popular complimentary kids’ programme, Camp Gurney’s (for those aged five to 12), offers a ton of fun including arts and crafts classes, donut decorating, beach games and movie nights. It runs all day during summer – book in advance. While kids have fun, mum and dad can relax at the beach club or try out the 30,000 square-foot spa which recently completed an extensive $20 million renovation.

The Boca Raton, Florida

Florida is a firm family favourite thanks to year-round sun, soft powdery beaches and a relaxed vibe. In Palm Beach County, The Boca Raton is a series of five hotels set amid 200 waterfront acres and, though there are many choices of rooms (more than 1,000, in fact), the iconic Cloister houses two-bedroom suites with living areas and kitchens that are ideal for families. But it’s the huge range of activities and facilities that make The Boca Raton so popular: a stunning private beach, an 18-hole golf course, a full-service marina, a Racquet Club with 16 tennis courts and six pickleball courts, and seven swimming pools make it holiday-heaven for families. Kids will make a beeline for the brand-new FlowRider, a wave simulator which allows you to boogie board or flowboard, with resort lifeguards providing one-on-one instructions to ensure a safe and fun experience. The Banyan Bunch Kids’ Club (for children aged four to 12 years-old) has a daily programme of activities from yoga to origami, and at Kids’ Splash Zone, children will love the interactive play area featuring an explorable pirate ship with water cannons and mini water slides.

Hotel del Coronado, San Diego

Hotel del Coronado is a legendary beach resort on a prime stretch of San Diego coastline. Steeped in history, this grand American hotel has been welcoming guests for over 130 years – including stars such as Marylin Monroe and Charlie Chaplin. But for all it’s old-world charm, this five-star property provides families with all the mod-cons they could wish for. As well as a picture-perfect beach you’ll find pools, a fitness centre and a spa. Learn the art of surfing with instructors chosen by world-famous surfer, Jamie O’Brien; hire MURF e-bikes to ride along the sand; or catch an open-air movie on the beach. Babysitting is available for young children while older kids will love the Ocean Explorers club to learn about the underwater world with hands-on adventures. This vast resort is split into neighbourhoods with different types of accommodation. Try a cottage with a kitchen at the Beach Village, or a sleek apartment at The Views: all are kitted out with cots and high chairs (plus beautiful sea views). There are several child-friendly restaurants and an ice cream parlour on-site, while San Diego has plenty to offer families – from the world-famous zoo to LEGOLAND California.

The Little Nell, Aspen

It’s hard to beat Aspen for a Stateside ski trip, and that includes with the family. Here, skiing for all abilities is spread over four accessible mountains. For the best ski-in ski-out experience, stay at The Little Nell; this five-star hotel located beside the Aspen Mountain lifts is super family-friendly. Gorgeous, interconnecting family suites come with cots, highchairs and soft toys, as well as children’s robes, slippers and toiletries. Let the ski concierge team arrange ski hire, lift passes, private lessons and guides, along with restaurant reservations – nothing is too much trouble. Experienced, qualified babysitters are on hand to look after non-skiing little ones, leaving parents and older siblings free to enjoy the miles of exquisitely-groomed pistes. There’s a hotel spa for adults and a heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub where kids can enjoy a dip, then it’s off to dinner at its award-winning restaurant, Elements 47.

The Plaza, New York

Located on Fifth Avenue, at the edge of Central Park, this elegant building is the Grande Dame of New York’s hotel scene and a wonderful base from which to explore. Oozing old-school charm, the five-star Plaza is surprisingly unstuffy and extremely welcoming of little guests, with huge family suites and interconnecting rooms. The hotel has plenty of nice touches for children, such as the resident fictional character, Eloise, from Kay Thompson’s Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown-ups. Eloise’s mischief and antics have delighted readers and visitors of The Plaza since the book’s publication in 1955: kids can enjoy her themed Afternoon Tea, or post a letter from her pink mailbox. Having featured in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Plaza offers a four-hour private limousine Home Alone tour of the city, too; it stops at famous locations from the movie including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, Central Park and Radio City Music Hall (all while eating Kevin McAllister’s favourite pizza and ice cream sundaes). On top of all this, the concierge can arrange other memorable experiences, from Broadway Shows to NBA games and personal shopping trips.

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