15 Coolest Kid-Friendly Hotels Around the World
Anyone can stay in a hotel that boasts a swimming pool and kids' activities—but there are other hotels that offer even more. Read on to learn about these super-cool places to spend the night.
Overnight at a tiny Bavarian house
At Leavenworth Tiny House Village, located at Leavenworth RV Resort in Leavenworth, Washington, the five tiny houses each come with their own unique Bavarian theme and décor and are rented out as "glamping"-style vacation rentals. Kids will love exploring the 300 acres of forests and meadows and kayaking or paddle boating on Alpine Trout Lake and Otter Pond, both located on the preserve, are big draws, too. These are the other American cities that could pass for European.
Experience a wooly wonderland at a former sheep processing plant
The Singular Patagonia is a 57-room luxury hotel built out of a former sheep processing plant in Chilean Patagonia. It was built in a 100-year-old and landmarked circa 1915 cold storage plant that was resurrected by fourth generation family members of the original pioneers who built the factory and settled the area in the late 1800s. Kids will love staying in a hotel where the history of Patagonia took shape.
Sleep in a pyramid
Located inside a 32-story steel Pyramid, Big Cypress Lodge in Memphis, Tennessee is a quirky wilderness-inspired hotel that brings the spirit of the great outdoors inside with 103 rustic-elegant guest rooms and suites that resemble vintage cabins. Additional only-here spaces inside the 535,000-square-foot Pyramid include a fantastical Cypress Swamp environment on the ground floor featuring 100-foot-tall replica cypress trees, ponds, and aquariums teeming with fish and an old-fashioned general store; two restaurants including one at the Pyramid's top level that offers glass observation decks; an underwater-themed bowling alley and shipwreck bar; an archery range; and the country's tallest freestanding elevator.
Tap into your inner caveman
At the Gamirasu Hotel in Turkey, a hotel that opened in 1999, guests get to stay in one of 35 meticulously restored and designed cave rooms. Located near Urgup, the hotel, which was used as a monastic retreat in the Byzantine Era, offers a surprisingly beautiful step into nature, peace and contemporary comfort as well as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sleep in an actual cave.
Pass the mess kits at this former army barracks-turned-hotel
The Inn at Diamond Cove in Portland, Maine is an undiscovered gem—a hotel built within what was formerly an army barracks housing 200 soldiers. Located on Great Diamond Island, a 30-minute ferry ride from Portland, families will love spending their vacation running, walking or biking on miles of trails and island roads—and imagining what it would have been like to be a soldier stationed here. Next, check out these other strange hotels you can stay in.