With multiple bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, and all the other comforts of home, vacation rentals are always a good bet for family vacations. And there’s nothing wrong with budget hotels, either, especially since they usually offer complimentary perks such as continental breakfasts and use of the swimming pool.
Themed Hotel Rooms That Will Spark the Imagination
But if you’re looking for something extra-special for your next vacation, surprise the kids (and kids at heart) with a stay in one of these kid-themed hotel rooms that will delight everyone in the family.
The Sweet Escape at Sanderling Resort – Duck, North Carolina
In partnership with Duck Donuts, Sanderling Resort has launched The Sweet Escape, a donut-themed guestroom. Available for bookings through June 30, 2021, the room features donut-themed everything, from wallpaper to decor; an in-room coffee and donut bar with donut-decorating kits; and donut wake-up calls, with which you can place an order for customized donuts with the dedicated donut concierge.
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Guests of The Sweet Escape guest room can also take a complimentary behind-the-scenes tour of one of the original Duck Donuts locations in the Outer Banks.
Adventure Suites – North Conway, New Hampshire
When it comes to themed hotel rooms, nothing quite compares to the rooms at Adventure Suites in North Conway, New Hampshire, where each of the hotel’s rooms features a unique theme. Popular themed rooms include The Jungle, Haunted Castle, and the Treehouse, which has a giant tree “trunk,” picnic table, and a mini three-way doorway the kids will love.
Camp Snoopy Room at Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel – Buena Park, California
After you’ve spent the day at Camp Snoopy and Knott’s Berry Farm, retreat to your Snoopy-themed room at Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, located just steps from the theme park. Themed rooms include Snoopy plush dolls and a bedtime tuck-in from Snoopy himself!
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Pineapple Villa at Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob Squarepants—and your family when you book a stay in the Pineapple Villa at the all-inclusive Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana! This whimsically themed villa can sleep up to six guests (four adults and two children or two adults and four children) and features an infinity pool and SpongeBob-inspired furnishings and decor throughout.
The Lair Suite at Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Riviera Maya – Puerto Juarez, Mexico
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed Lair Suite at the new Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Riviera Maya is the perfect place to relax, swim (in an infinity pool that runs the length of the suite), and enjoy a pizza party, of course. This rooftop penthouse suite can accommodate up to five guests. Cowabunga!
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Eloise Suite at The Plaza New York – New York, New York
Outfitted in pink and white, this darling suite at The Plaza New York features Eloise books, dolls, and dress-up clothing; Eloise tea for two at The Palm Court; a $100 gift card to the Eloise at the Plaza store; a letter from Eloise herself; and so much more. It’s the ultimate splurge for kids.
Despicable Me Kid’s Suite at Loews Portofino Bay at Universal Orlando – Orlando, Florida
The Despicable Me Kid’s Suites at Loews Portofino Bay at Universal Orlando accommodate up to five guests with a king bed in one bedroom and a second bedroom that resembles Gru’s Laboratory, complete with two missle-shaped beds for the Minions in your group. The Universal theme parks in Orlando are only a complimentary shuttle away.
Jurassic World Kids’ Suite at Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Orlando, Florida
The neighboring Loews Royal Pacific Resort features Jurassic World Kids’ Suites with two rooms (one for parents and another for kids) complete with dinosaur prints on the floor and gyrosphere beds designed to make kids feel like they’re navigating jungle terrain in search of Velociraptors and Pterodactyls. These suites sleep up to five guests.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Orlando, Florida
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort features themed guest rooms for The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Cars, and other Disney favorites. Better yet, the guest rooms can accommodate up to five guests—the only Disney Value Resort to offer this option.
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Wolf Den Suite at Great Wolf Lodge – Multiple Locations
Kids love the indoor water park, high-energy ropes course, and family-friendly dining options at Great Wolf Lodge locations across the U.S. But here’s another reason these indoor water park resorts are so popular: The Wolf Den Suites! Available at select locations including Great Wolf Lodge Poconos, the Wolf Den Suites feature a separate bunk bed area for kids.
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Cinderella’s Gown at The Roxbury – Roxbury, New York
An unassuming motel in the Catskills, The Roxbury features eight Tower Cottages with unusual themes ranging from The Superhero Incognito to Dracula’s Fangs. Perhaps the most magical room—especially for kids—is Cinderella’s Gown, featuring a giant pumpkin carriage and, of course, the princess’s gown.
Winter the Dolphin Room at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida
In 2017, the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach announced what would become a huge success: a partnership with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to Winter the Dolphin (star of Dolphin Tale) and her “sister,” Hope. The beachfront hotel offers Winter the Dolphin-themed guest rooms with a Visit Winter package that includes overnight accommodations, a Winter the Dolphin and sea turtle plush, and aquarium tickets. The best part? A portion of the proceeds are donated to the aquarium.
Mickey Mouse Penthouse at the Disneyland Hotel – Anaheim, California
The ultimate place to overnight at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, the Mickey Mouse Penthouse at Disneyland Hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows with stellar views of the parks. It also features unique artwork, including photos of Mickey and Walt Disney rarely seen by the public, and Mickey Mouse motifs like a Mickey Mouse light on the living room ceiling.
There are two bedrooms, one of which has an animator’s station where kids can draw characters and watch them come to life. The Disneyland Hotel also offers other themed suites.
Powerpuff Girls Dream Suite at Cartoon Network Hotel – Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The Cartoon Network Hotel offers four Dream Suites, one of which has a Powerpuff Girls theme. Buttercup, Blossom, and Bubbles can be seen on all of the decor throughout this room, which accommodates up to six guests with a separate master bedroom and another themed area with two sets of bunk beds. Several of the hotel’s standard guest rooms are also themed. Bonus: The Cartoon Network Hotel is located right next to Dutch Wonderland.
LEGOLAND Hotel – Multiple Locations
At LEGOLAND California Hotel (and the brand’s Florida and New York locations), families can stay in themed guest rooms with bunk beds. Themes such as Adventure, Kingdom, Pirates, Friends, and Ninjago are available, and amenities include in-room scavenger hunts! Other LEGOLAND hotels such as LEGOLAND Castle Hotel (California) and LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel feature themed options as well.
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Suite for Kids at the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo – Monte Carlo, Monaco
The Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo recently debuted a Suite for Kids. In partnership with Sabrina Monte-Carlo Kids. The delightfully over-the-top room includes furniture, decor and amenities just for kids, including a small boudoir with an entrance for little ones. Guests of this suite enjoy buffet breakfast and access to the onsite pool (designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld), as well as tickets to the Oceanographic Museum and a Petit Train Tour of Monaco.
Willy Wonka Room at The Chocolate Box Hotel – Bournemouth, UK
LateRooms.com and The Chocolate Box Hotel have teamed up to offer a Willy Wonka-inspired guestroom in honor of the the movie’s 50th anniversary. This fantastical room features lick-able wallpaper (just like the movie); a chocolate fountain with fruit and other treats for dipping; jars of gobstoppers, gumballs and other candy; and in the bathroom, chocolate-scented toiletries and a bathrobe that resembles the purple jacket worn by Mr. Wonka. The key to the room? A golden ticket.