Luxury hotels are all about catering to their guests’ needs. That’s why you’ll find everything from embroidered sheets to top-of-the-line beauty products at the world’s five-star properties. Although, for young travelers, none of those perks matter. But, that doesn’t mean that the little jet-setters shouldn’t be pampered too. That’s why some hotels created amenities just for kids to make them feel as special as their older chaperones. Here are some of the best ones.
Cookie and Stuffed Animal Welcome Kit
Mr. C’s “Little C” program indulges their tiniest visitors while helping out busy parents. Available at their New York City and Beverly Hills properties, kids are treated to a complimentary welcome Mr. C teddy bear, and a plate of freshly baked homemade cookies with Nutella spread and sprinkles, plus milk. That’s in addition to plush, child-size bathrobe and coloring book in the room. For parents, they have access to Chicco strollers, play yards, and car seats.
Check-In Camp Counselor
After a long travel day, you can have a cranky kid on your hands. That’s why The Peninsula Beverly Hills instituted their Camp Peninsula to ensure that their little guests start their trip on the right foot. Available as an add-on to any room reservation, the package begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a cute teepee awaits. It’s then followed by an afternoon of camp-themed games like a hotel-wide scavenger hunt. Parents will love that the program includes four hours of babysitting sitting services and use of a complimentary BMW to explore Los Angeles.
Lego Butler Service
Make your young one feel like a real prince or princess at Ashford Castle in Ireland. How? Indulge them with the fun Lego Butler service. Yes, someone will deliver Legos on silver trays as a room service option. After playing with the new toy, your little one can partake in the bedtime story program where they are written into tales as characters and read the story while chowing down on homemade cookies. Talk about having sweet dreams!
Tailored to children 11 years and younger, The Willard’s Kids Concierge offers a selection of amenities and activities to ensure that even the youngest of guests have a luxury experience to remember. Concierge Brian Thomasson will reach out to families before their arrival to ensure everything they want is set up upon their arrival. This includes a complimentary in-room dessert, a Children’s Library where kids can “check-out” a book during their stay, and a treasure chest containing a variety of board games and toys that children are welcome to borrow with their Willard Treasure Chest Card. Like their parents who are earning valuable reward points, children also have the opportunity to earn “Millie Bucks” during their stay that can be redeemed for a sweet treat at Le Bar inside of Café du Parc.
The Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo doesn’t just cater to their adult guests—sea views and spa services are just a few benefits—but also their younger ones with their VIK program. Upon entering your room, your tyke will find a fruit juice, chocolate lollipops, and coloring kit waiting. Staying in a suit? Then your little one will get a personalized bathrobe or bib, Gustave teddy bear, dominoes, hat, and t-shirt, as well as afternoon tea every day.
There’s nothing like winding down after a long day and reading a bedtime story to your child. The problem is carrying all those books when traveling. Luckily, the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. recently extended its popular Beside Reading Program to include children’s books. The new program allows younger fans access to age-appropriate children’s books from the comfort of their guestroom. Parents simply advise the child’s age when making a reservation or at check-in, and guest relations will deliver a selection of age-appropriate children’s titles to enjoy.
Indoor Pirate Campout
Adults might like simple hotel rooms, but kids tend to be more imaginative. That’s why The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in Florida will transform your suite into a pirate ship with the resort’s Indoor Pirate Campout. The experience includes a pirate-themed tent with porthole window, double featherbed, “How I Became a Pirate” book by Melina Long and David Shannon, treasure chest, pirate map, camping lantern, and plush animal. Additionally, make bedtime fun with the resort’s Pirate Tuck-ins where your tot will get milk and cookies delivered to your room by a pirate, princess and the resort’s mascot Amelia, a seven-year-old blue and gold Macaw. The pirate and princess will read a story and leave the kids with a keepsake treasure chest.
Kid’s Camping Turndown Experience
Parents love that Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is the only ski in, ski out luxury resort in Beaver Creek, Colorado. But, kids will love the unique turndown service. The Kid’s Camping Turndown Experience includes a personal tent (set up and ready to go), equipped with a snuggly sleepy bag, a faux fire pit to stay "warm,” and a chef-prepared s'mores kit. The package also comes complete with luxury kids' pajamas for the ultimate cozy family night.
Talk about the ultimate family-friendly turn-down service. At the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel in Portland, Oregon they offer a Bedtime Butler that makes the rounds a few nights a week. What does that mean exactly? Well, he delivers a cart of traditional nightcaps and selection of other treats to rooms. The offerings rotate with the seasons but include liqueurs, hot tea, and aromatherapy for adults, plus cocoa, cookies and story books for kids. The catch is, you can’t request or ‘order’ the Bedtime Butler. He or she will visit rooms at random with their cart of complimentary nightcaps to choose from, so guests have to keep an ear out for a knock at the door.
There’s nothing better than having your kids get excited about a vacation. The problem is, much of the planning and the itinerary setting is left up to the adults. Hotel Hassler Roma decided to change by providing youngsters with a mini guidebook to Rome. In it, they’ll find kid-friendly sites that will get them excited to go sightseeing. In addition to the book, young guests also get a Hassler Rabbit stuffed animal, bathrobe and slippers, plus a welcome glass of milk with a choice of marshmallows or cookies when they check-in.