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When it comes to planning family getaways there are so (so, so) many factors to take into consideration, and sometimes the idea of traveling can be just plain overwhelming. Need a change of scenery without the hassle of packing your life away and then flying or driving a long distance? A staycation is the answer to your prayers. You can play tourist in your own backyard, or just kick back and relax at any of these family-friendly hotels in Houston. Whether it’s the location, the hotel pool, babysitting services or even the “red-carpet welcome” they all offer something that will make a stay with your kids unforgettable. Just planning a visit? Your H-Town stay will be that much sweeter at any of these seven spots.
The swanky option: Houstonian
The Houstonian is by far one of the swankiest hotels in Houston. From the luxurious Trellis Spa and the health & fitness club to the hotel itself, you can expect great service from this hotel. You wouldn’t know you are minutes away from all of the hustle and bustle of Houston while you’re enjoying a walk on their 2.9-mile trail surrounded by pine and oak trees.
For families, the Houstonian has a fantastic “CityPASS Family Getaway” special offer. This package features a two night stay in a Houstonian Suite, one family dinner at the Olivette Restaurant, a $50 resort credit and complimentary use of The Houstonian Fitness Club and three resort pools. It also gets you a CityPASS for admission to Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo or Museum of Fine Arts, Kemah Boardwalk or Children’s Museum of Houston. The package is designed for two adults and two children, but additional kids can be added for $49 each.
For pint-sized amenities: St. Regis Houston
The St. Regis knows how to give your kids a taste of the finer things in life with their Family Traditions program. Your little ones will get child sized robes, slippers, and a little step stool to make their stay as comfortable as yours. You can stop by the concierge desk and look into booking a Family Experience, such as a visit to George Ranch Historical Park or a polo match at the Houston Polo Club. Of course, they also have an outdoor pool, childcare services for some alone time and delicious dining options on property. For something extra special, there is nothing quite like dressing up for a real afternoon High Tea at The Tea Lounge. Tea at the St. Regis features butler service complete with a menu of petit-fours, tea sandwiches, scones and Devonshire cream. It’s the perfect chance for them to channel their inner Fancy Nancy.
Float the rooftop river: Marriott Marquis
When the Marriott Marquis opened in downtown Houston, everyone couldn’t wait to take a spin in their one-of-a-kind Texas shaped Lazy River! Not only does it look cool, it also provides a pretty amazing view from the rooftop of the hotel. Did we mention there’s also an infinity pool and a 5,000-square-foot spa and fitness center? The Marquis overlooks Discovery Green and is walking distance to Minute Maid Park, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, and the George R. Brown Convention Center. Staying here gives you a chance to be a downtown tourist with pool perks.
For an escape from the city: The Woodlands Resort
The Woodlands Resort is the perfect blend of all the best resort features, but with the bonus of being less than an hour away from central Houston. For starters, they have a pretty sweet pool with slides, water features, a splash pad and a lazy river. The property also features nature trails, restaurants, and, of course, a spa. The Woodlands Resort keeps a busy schedule, too! They feature social hours, s’mores, trivia nights, social hours, wine tastings and bicycle rentals. On weekends and over the summers there are Movies Under the Stars.
Be sure to check out the family package deals. They are currently booking Spring Break packages that include free kids meals, along with family activities such as a video game contest, Beekeeping 101, a putting contest, family tug-of-war and lawn games. If you want to explore the area, the resort also has a free shuttle to The Woodlands Mall and Market Street.
For amazing on-site activities: Moody Gardens
We are pretty big Moody Gardens fans. Up until recently, visiting was a day trip event for us. That was until we discovered staying overnight included great perks for visiting the rest of the pyramids. The basic year-round Explore Moody Gardens Package include a night’s stay and four, two-day passes to the Moody Gardens Attractions including: the theaters, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Museum, Aquarium Pyramid, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, Palm Beach or IceLand (seasonal) and valet parking. If you book over a holiday, there are even more added events such as s’mores, Movies & Popcorn, face painting, water balloon tosses and sack races. Just look at this packed spring break schedule!
When the kids can handle their own suite: Omni Hotel
The Omni Hotel has figured out how to make kids feel welcome from the start. With the Omni Kids Crew program, upon check-in, kids receive a backpack full of items geared for them. The backpack is stuffed with an activity book with stickers, crayons, card games, binoculars and a small tabletop game. On the first night, they also get milk & cookies at bedtime. Who wouldn’t love that?
Look into booking the Kids Sensory Suite. We promise your kids have never stayed in a room like this. The suite has two double beds, a 55” flat screen complete with X-Box games and a “comfy sack” chair, microwave, mini-fridge and a complementary snack basket. The room also has a large chalkboard wall they can draw on and kid sized bathrobes. Of course, booking this room also comes with Milk and Cookies turndown service. The suite connects to a king size bedroom for you to also get a good nights sleep.
For the American Girl lover: Westin Memorial City
If you have a daughter who is in love with all things American Girl Doll, consider booking the American Girl Experience Package. Kids are greeted by a Hotel Experience Manager and presented with a V.I.G. (Very Important Girl) card. From there, you will be taken to your American Girl Doll-themed room, with an American Girl Doll travel bed. Booking this experience also includes breakfast for one child and one adult at the 024 Grille where you will have a keepsake photo taken. The Westin has a sky bridge to the Memorial City Mall, so you can do some shopping at Houston’s only American Girl Doll store. If that isn’t enough to blow your AG mind, you can also book an appointment at Brush & Blush to have your daughters hair styled to match her doll. We can hear the squeals of delight already! We can’t forget to mention that the Westin also books the Indoor Camping Adventure, if American Girls aren’t your style.
Main image: The Woodlands Resort
Originally Published on Mommy Nearest