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The Top Family-Friendly Hotels for 2016

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | May 11, 2016

The Top Family-Friendly Hotels for 2016

PHOTO: The Sands at Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos. (Photo courtesy of The Sands at Grace Bay).

Just in time for summer travel planning, TripAdvisor's family travel website Family Vacation Critic has revealed the winners of its annual Family Vacation Critic Favorite Hotels Awards, highlighting more than 600 hotels spanning 15 different regions around the globe that meet a strict criteria.

So what does being named a Family Vacation Critic Favorite mean?

In order to earn the coveted title, the hotel must have been vetted and visited by one of the website's hotel experts and have received at least a four-star editorial rating.

What's more, the hotel must have been recommended by at least 75 percent of visiting families who reviewed it and rated it at least four stars.

Here we'll spotlight some of the notable winners in 2016. You can click here to view the complete list of winners.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

PHOTO: The Lodge at Torrey Pines (photo courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines).

Region: California

Recommended by a whopping 92 percent of families on Family Vacation Critic, La Jolla, California's Lodge at Torrey Pines is equipped with everything a family needs during a trip to the West Coast.

Kids are especially sure to love the junior-Olympic size pool, the putting green and the gift shop loaded with stuffed animals and other toys.

Three Bars Ranch

PHOTO: Three Bars Ranch (photo courtesy of Three Bars Ranch).

Region: Canada

Although it received a four out of five rating from Family Vacation Critic hotel editors, Three Bars Ranch in Cranbrook, British Columbia is almost unanimously beloved by families, earning a stellar 96 percent approval rating.

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There's no shortage of activities here, including horseback riding, hiking, river rafting and ATV rides. The Ranch also features a swimming pool and petting zoo.

The Sands at Grace Bay

PHOTO: The Sands at Grace Bay (photo courtesy of The Sands at Grace Bay).

Region: Caribbean

If your family is eyeing a summer getaway to the Caribbean in 2016, you might want to consider Turks & Caicos and the Sands at Grace Bay.

Recommended by more than nine out of 10 visiting families, this resort boasts a trio of swimming pools, countless snorkeling opportunities and complimentary non-motorized water sports.

The Dolder Grand

PHOTO: The Dolder Grand (photo courtesy of The Dolder Grand).

Region: Europe

It certainly isn't the first destination that comes to mind when you think family vacation, but there's plenty to do and see in Zurich, Switzerland, especially if you're staying at the Dolder Grand.

In the summer, a large public swimming pool known as the Dolder Bad opens and is free to hotel guests. Zoo Zurich and mini-golf are also nearby and the hotel is surrounded by nature trails that families can explore together. 


PHOTO: LEGOLAND Florida. (Photo courtesy of Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida).

Region: Florida

For traveling families, it doesn't get much better than LEGOLAND Florida. Recommended by 100 percent of visiting families and earning a flawless five out of five rating from Family Vacation Critic's hotel editors, this hotel features endless entertainment.

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Boasting a splash pad, LEGO Club playroom and a slew of other LEGO-related activities and events, you can bet the kids won't ever want to leave.

Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa

PHOTO: Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa (photo courtesy of Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa).

Region: Mexico

Families with their sights set on a relaxing beach escape this summer should put Cabo San Lucas, Mexico's Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa at the top of their list.

Lover's Beach is within walking distance of the resort, there are seven pools and the Kid's Club is typically open seven hours a day, which means mom and dad will be able to find some much-needed alone time by the pool bar.

Casablanca Hotel

PHOTO: Casablanca Hotel (photo courtesy of the Casablanca Hotel).

Region: Mid-Atlantic

New York City is without a doubt one of the most popular summer destinations. But it can also present a huge challenge for families. Fortunately, the Big Apple's Casablanca Hotel is well-equipped to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of your family.

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Perhaps the hotel's best feature, it's located near some of the city's top attractions, including family favorites like Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

One Ski Hill Place

PHOTO: One Ski Hill Place (photo courtesy of One Ski Hill Place).

Region: Rockies

It's far from the only reason families will want to check out One Ski Hill Place, but the Colorado hotel does feature the only bowling alley in Breckenridge.

If bowling isn't your thing, the ski resort has a pair of pools, a private movie theater and The Peak 8 Fun Park, which features attractions like mini-golf and an alpine coaster.


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