From portacots, babysitters, child-size bathrobes and hey delicious children’s menus—Australia’s best kid-friendly hotels have a lot going for them.
We know that when you’re keen to make like the Griswolds, you want everything but the Griswolds’ bad luck in terms of accommodation. You want luxury with a side of lego, a holiday with a hint of Huggies and the rooftop repping the pram accessible restaurant. We hear you loud and clear.
Read on for the best kid-friendly hotels in Australia.
If you’re a foodie at heart, rest assured that when you stay at the Citadines in Melbourne, you’ll be a stone’s throw from great lil’ espresso bars, Hutong’s famous dumplings, the famed brothy bowls with homemade noodles from Hakata Gensuke Tonkotsu Ramen and dare we mention, the flaky pastry goodness from Lune Croissanterie. Here, all kids under the age of six stay free of charge and you have the option of adding an extra bed or crib to your hotel room.
Aside from staying in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, the Four Seasons is a prime pit stop if you’re hailing in with a lot more (fun-size) baggage than just your check-in luggage. First and foremost, the Four Seasons is a handy base for exploring some of Sydney’s biggest attractions—from picnics or walks through the Royal Botanic Gardens to trips across the harbour to Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, the Maritime Museum or even the Aquarium—it’s all here. There’s a concierge that can help personalise your getaway as well as babysitting services, child-size bathrobes, items to childproof guest rooms and children’s menus.
Sandstone Point Holiday Resort
Name a child who doesn’t love a waterplay park for them to run amuck on—and a parent who doesn’t love the opportunity to sunbathe in peace? Located just off Bribie Island between Brisbane CBD and the Sunshine Coast, Sandstone Point Holiday Resort offers you the best of both worlds. Whether you’re looking to explore the surrounding areas or simply relax by the pool knowing the children are well entertained, Sandstone Point sure won’t disappoint. Not only does plenty of luxe villas to suit every sized family, but facilities include a heated pool, playground, jumping pillow, tennis court, swim up bar and more, as well as the family-friendly Sandstone Point Hotel next door—convinced yet?
Crown Metropol And Towers
It’s no secret that the Crown Pools are the source of many memorable family stays for so many Perth locals, and with endless pools, cabanas and water play areas, it’s not hard to see why families keep coming back to these gorgeous hotels. Ready to create your dream stay, Crown can also offer an endless string of thoughtful bespoke touches to your room such as teepees and cuddly bears to make the kiddies feel right at home. While you’re there, why not treat them to the chocolate fountain at Epicurean too? We guarantee they won’t stop talking about it for months.
We know ‘kids’ and ‘luxury’ are two words that don’t necessarily go together but Ovolo Laneways bridges the gap between these colliding worlds. Found on the corner of Little Bourke Street, the spacious rooms (big enough for any toddler to run around in) here are designed to fit the needs of any guest. The TVs host a number of kids channels to keep the little ones entertained, portacots can be supplied plus breakfast goes hard from 7am to 10am with cereals, bread, milk, juices, muesli and yoghurts for the whole family.
Palms City Resort
Picture this: you dip your feet into the cooling, azure waters of your private pool, surrounded by lush greenery, while you sip on a personally delivered cocktail. No, you’re not in the Bahamas, you’ve just escaped to a tropical getaway at the gorgeous Palms City Resort. This calm oasis is nestled in the heart of Darwin’s CBD, but you’re whisked away to paradise as soon as you enter the resort. The simplistically styled rooms are decked out with luxe amenities, your own balcony and modern decor. Palms City Resort defs deserves a spot as one of Darwin’s best hotels. This one is a bona-fide kid-friendly hotel in Darwin with beach access, a breakfast buffet and pools.
Its prime location and great deals grabbed everyone’s attention when Adelaide’s newest large-scale hotel first popped up (and trust us, it’s warranted). Pullman Adelaide is located on Hindmarsh Square, an easy 15-minute walk from Rundle Street’s famous boutiques and lively cafe culture. The 308 light-filled rooms overlook the leafy gardens of Hindmarsh Square and boast modern decor complemented by deluxe amenities. Pullman’s Salt Restaurant and Bar infuses impeccable service with a modern dining experience featuring the best of Adelaide’s seasonal local produce. It’s the perfect place for chance encounters, let’s-make-a-deal dinners or wind-down drinks. And heads up, they’re all about free WiFi and buffet breakfasts. Pullman Adelaide is ticking all the boxes of one of Adelaide’s best hotels. As to what makes it so damn kid-friendly—here you’ll find a breakfast buffet worthy of the Moana gods, babysitting services, an indoor pool and various activities for the littlies too.
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