11 Over-the-top Kid-friendly Hotel Rooms Your Little Ones Will Never Forget
Traveling with kids often means trying to find ways to entertain them and keep them comfortable in destinations designed for adults. But once in a while, you come across a spot that not only welcomes children, but goes above and beyond to make them feel special.
The ultimate way to make kids feel like the star of the show is to design a hotel room inspired by their favorite characters and shows. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? You do, if you check in to The Pineapple Suite at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana — the island paradise also happens to be one of the most affordable places to go for a luxury vacation getaway.
Kids can channel their inner witch or wizard while staying in The Wizard Chamber at the Georgian House Hotel in London or dream big while playing in a life-size Barbie Dream House on the Italian island of Sardinia — does Barbie like pasta al pomodoro, too?
These over-the-top hotel rooms designed for kids (or adults who want to feel like a kid again, we won’t judge) are guaranteed to spark the imagination of anyone who stays in them.
The "Eloise" Suite, New York, United States
If you always say what's in your head, this suite is for you. Live like the precocious Plaza resident in this pink and white room — there’s even an attached one-bedroom Nanny Suite you can book. Marvel at Eloise’s clothes in the closet and play with her books and toys that sit on the shelves. Eloise herself will even welcome young guests to the room with a special note and fun amenities like a robe, a copy of “Eloise at The Plaza,” and tea for two at The Palm Court.
Find it: The Plaza; New York, New York, United States
"Finding Nemo" Family Suite, Florida, United States
Have an underwater adventure in this family-sized suite that brings all your favorite "Finding Nemo" characters to life. Cuddle up under the blankets with Nemo and Marlin as your inspiration (there’s even a mural of them above the bed), and swim your way around with carpeting that looks like you should be under the sea. As a bonus, the room’s kitchenette and coral-inspired dining area will make vacationing as a family just that much easier.
Find it: Disney's Art of Animation Resort; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States
KidKamp Suite, Pennsylvania, United States
What kid doesn’t love the idea of spending time in the great outdoors? Now they can do it even in inclement weather with this camping-inspired suite. Kids will love the whimsical bunk beds that look like a giant tent (complete with forest animals dropping by to say hello), while adults will like the separate queen-sized bed. Plus, similar cabin-themed suites can be found at several Great Wolf Resorts locations so you can camp your way across the country without actually dealing with the elements.
Find it: Great Wolf Resorts; Scotrun, Pennsylvania, United States
The Pineapple Villa, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Kids will say “aye-aye captain” when it’s time to go to bed when they stay in this giant pineapple that happens to be near the sea, if not actually under it. The two-bedroom, "Bikini-Bottom" inspired villa comes with decor SpongeBob himself would approve of, as well as its own infinity pool for the ultimate relaxing vacation. Want to plan a pizza party or pajama party? Just tell one of the private butlers, and they’ll make it happen.
Find it: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Ultimate Barbie Experience, Sardinia, Italy
Sleep in your own pink dream house when you stay at this Italian island resort that will decorate your room with a Barbie bed set and toiletry kit and, of course, a Barbie doll to hang out with. Later, head to the colorful Barbie Activity Center (that looks exactly like a life-size dream house) to create jewelry and bags and participate in a kid-friendly cooking experience.
Find it: Forte Village; Sardinia, Italy
The Wizard Chamber, London, United Kingdom
You’ll feel like you’ve left London and gone to an enchanted castle in this gothic-inspired room featuring details like stone walls, stained glass, four-poster beds, tapestries, and cauldrons (so you can ace your potions class). To get to the room itself, you have to walk through the portrait-lined passageway that is lit by candle light. Complete your spellbinding stay with a British tradition: afternoon tea. Try an "eggspelliarmos" and wild cress sandwich, or maybe feast on an eye of newt scone to magically cure your hunger.
Find it: Georgian House Hotel; London, United Kingdom
Pirate Room, Edmonton, Canada
Sail off to sleep in a giant pirate ship bunk bed in this Canadian hotel that will turn you into a swashbuckling buccaneer. The adults get their own king-size bed, but kids can surely make them walk the plank if they try to impose a strict bedtime. And a life-size Jack Sparrow-lookalike statue guards the ship, so sweet dreams are all but guaranteed.
Find it: Fantasyland Hotel; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
LEGOLAND Kingdom-Themed Room, Florida, United States
Kids can be the kings and queens of their own castles in this LEGO-themed room inspired by the legends of the kingdoms of yesteryear. Kids are greeted with their own LEGO bricks to build castle reinforcements and homes for villagers while they stay, and they can even go on a treasure hunt (complete with a LEGO prize, of course). When it’s time to go to bed, parents can tuck them in to their own royal bunk beds.
Find it: LEGOLAND Florida Hotel; Winter Haven, Florida, United States
Treehouse Suite, New Hampshire, United States
What kid wouldn’t want to ride a carousel horse and hang out inside a giant tree trunk? This ultimate fantasy room is complete with kid-friendly activities in every nook and cranny, making it more than a bedroom — it’s an entire play room. Kids will love the miniature three-way doorway and hanging out on the kid-sized picnic table inside Mr. Tree Trunk. Parents, on the other hand, will enjoy the two-person jetted tub on the front porch (and the fact that the kids are entertained).
Find it: Adventure Suites; North Conway, New Hampshire, United States
"Despicable Me" Kids' Suites, Florida, United States
Kids will feel like they’ve stepped right into Gru’s Laboratory when they enter this minion-inspired suite. Parents can relax in their own master bedroom while the kids can go crazy — as minions are known to do — in their own bedroom complete with cool pods to sleep in and plenty of minions to keep them company.
Find it: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando; Orlando, Florida, United States
Castle-Themed Suite, Singapore
Climb the drawbridge to get into this castle-shaped bed that is sure to spark the imagination of any kid. The two-bedroom suite features amenities for kids, like a child-sized bathrobe and plush toy, plus movies and board games upon request as well as popcorn and cookies for the ultimate royal evening. And kids can continue to explore their kingdoms at Buds by Shangri-La, the over-the-top play space that spans indoors and outdoors.
Find it: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore; Singapore