Best Luxury Hotels for Families

All of the Luxe Recess have contributors stayed in more than one hundred hotels this year on three continents. We reflected on some of the best city hotels for families, and we wanted to pay tribute to those properties that are doing what they do really, really well.

We know this list of reviews is by no means exhaustive of the great city hotels in the world. Give us time. We’ll get to them!

The Athenaeum Hotel London: Luxe Family Suites in Mayfair

The Athenaeum Hotel London: Luxe Family Suites in Mayfair

Celebrating Spring in LondonAfter trying our first daytime flight from Boston to London, we congratulated ourselves for avoiding an overnight flight. We felt energized, and both kids and parents were ready for a London adventure. Instead of trying to squeeze a night’s sleep into an uncomfortable six-hour flight, we flew all day watching movies, reading, and playing games.We ...

The Inn at Hastings Park, a Relais & Châteaux hotel for the whole family near Boston

The Inn at Hastings Park, a Relais & Châteaux hotel for the whole family near Boston

As a mother and travel writer, few phrases I think spawn vacation fantasies more than “family-friendly Relais & Châteaux.”The Inn at Hastings Park celebrates the richness of Lexington history and a drive-worthy restaurant for the greater Boston area. Outfitted by Vineyard Vines.Since 2015, the Boston area now has its own gourmet outpost at the ...

The Hay Adams Hotel, Washington

The Hay Adams Hotel, Washington

Luxury Family Travel to Washington DCThere are few hotels that can rival sleeping close to at the White House as well as the Hay Adams. Not only is the Hay Adams the closest hotel to the White House, it exceeds the President’s residence in its hospitality and style. It has to, as it is practically the White House ...

The Best Dubai Hotels for Families and 10 Marvelous Things To Do in Dubai With Kids

The Best Dubai Hotels for Families and 10 Marvelous Things To Do in Dubai With Kids

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Dubai is a fantastic destination for a family vacation. With luxurious hotels, beautiful beaches, and multiple theme parks, families have endless choices for fun.Dubai is a popular vacation destination year round, with many indoor experiences once temperatures climb beyond 100 degrees from, May through September.To help persuade you, here are a few reasons why we have loved our ...

Paris Museums With Kids, A Guide For Families and The Tours to Book

Paris Museums With Kids, A Guide For Families and The Tours to Book

Navigating Paris museums while keeping kids interested and trying to enjoy the experience yourself is black-belt level parenting. The Paris Muse For Families As I sat at a Mayan dinner ceremony at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, I spoke with the family to my left and their college bound twins. I mentioned I was heading to Paris with my family, and ...

From Paris to Versailles: A Guide for Versailles Tours, Hotels, and Restaurants

From Paris to Versailles: A Guide for Versailles Tours, Hotels, and Restaurants

Bicycles, Segways, rowboats, trams, and golf carts are some of the many ways you can explore the Versailles Gardens.Why Travel to Versailles, France? Versailles was once the hub of French royalty; its beauty and French history continue to be a cultural force. Many parents might be fans of the recent shows, Versailles, Outlander, or Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. The ...

The Best Resorts in Texas: Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, & Hill Country

The Best Resorts in Texas: Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, & Hill Country

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Texas has no shortage of world champion BBQ, big hair, baseball champions and really long road trips. The Lone Star State is filled vacation options filled with water park hotels, lazy rivers, theme parks, zip lines, and horsing around.  From luxury dude ranches like the Inn at Dos Brasis to 5-star city hotels, Texas has it all. Are you ...

The Ultimate Red Sox VIP Experience: The Jim Beam Dugout Suite & Hotel Commonwealth

The Ultimate Red Sox VIP Experience: The Jim Beam Dugout Suite & Hotel Commonwealth

What do you do for the ultimate Red Sox fan in your family? Gather your 24 closest friends or family and book the Jim Beam Dugout Suite that just opened at Fenway Park and book the Fenway Suite at Hotel Commonwealth.  The intimate view from your own dugout at Fenway Park. The Jim Beam Dugout Suite: VIP Fenway Park How would ...

Private Florence With Kids & LivItaly Tours

Private Florence With Kids & LivItaly Tours

Florence with kids is really all about gelato. A Room With A View came out when I was thirteen years old. My best friends and I watched it on VHS tape dozens of times, and we quoted the film’s brilliant wit doing our best impressions of Maggie Smith and Helena Bonham Carter. Most of all we each longed to ...

The K Club, Kildare Ireland, and the legacy of Straffan House

The K Club, Kildare Ireland, and the legacy of Straffan House

This was our first vacation at an estate resort. We traded walks on the beach for strolls through wooded fairy villages, hunting crabs for holding falcons, and flip flops for wellies. We’re hooked.The K Club Have you ever had a happy owl shake her tail feathers back and forth perched on your wrist? Add it to your bucket list. The K ...

London’s Winter Wonderland at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

London’s Winter Wonderland at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Christmas in London: Simply A Wonderful Time I thought I loved New York City to celebrate the holidays. It turns out that New York doesn’t hold a Christmas or Hanukkah candle to London’s festive celebrations. Fortunately for Americans, most holiday festivals are in full swing by Thanksgiving week, so it is a perfect excuse to ditch the turkey for warm scones ...

17 Things You Must Do For Christmas in New York With Kids

17 Things You Must Do For Christmas in New York With Kids

New York City is far from cozy, but there’s something about Christmas in New York that makes its glamour irresistible. The first two weekends in December are the most crowded with tourists. New York is surprisingly quiet during the actual Christmas week. The holiday season in New York delivers a special opportunity for families to enjoy parades, markets, holiday ...

A five-star New York weekend at the Mark Hotel and the guide to Central Park with kids

A five-star New York weekend at the Mark Hotel and the guide to Central Park with kids

With a strong Parisian influence, The Mark is a hamlet for the Upper East Side’s most elegant residents and visitors who enjoy being seen. The concierge is infrequently asked to procure tickets to the Lion King. The lounge area of The Mark's lobby. The Mark, A New York Legend Pin for later!The Mark is not for the New York ...

Le Meurice Paris: Where to Stay in Paris if you like Palaces

Le Meurice Paris: Where to Stay in Paris if you like Palaces

If I had to sum up my recent stay at Le Meurice, it would be “Pas de problème.” From check in to check out, the service was immaculate and any request, whether big or small was answered with a smile, and a “Bien sûr, tout de suite.”Upon arrival, the two doormen greeted us by name as we exited ...

The 7 Best places to visit in Asia with kids and 17 hotels to book

The 7 Best places to visit in Asia with kids and 17 hotels to book

Have you always dreamed of going to Asia? The food, sights, hotels, legendary service, world famous spas, and night markets?If you’re like most, you’ve put it on your to-do list for when the kids are a little older, but Asia is a fantastic place for family travel. Once I realized how easy it is to travel Asia with kids ...

The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Even if your invitation to Vanity Fair's after party gets lost in the mail, you can take the kids to the Four Seasons Los Angeles and can enjoy Oscar-worthy elegance on a family vacation in Beverly Hills. Another private, red rope event at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly HillsThe Oscars remind most parents that they don't get ...

The Langham Huntington: Art, Tea, and Teddy Bears in Pasadena

The Langham Huntington: Art, Tea, and Teddy Bears in Pasadena

The Langham Huntington is more of a suburban hotel, popular for weddings, stay-cations, and business travel, but for those who enjoy exposing their children to art, design, and history, it's the perfect complement for a southern California itinerary. History of the Langham Huntington If anyone is a regular reader of this site, my passion for historic hotels is no secret. ...

The Mandarin Oriental London Spa: Urban Tranquility

The Mandarin Oriental London Spa: Urban Tranquility

A most distinguished Hyde Park Address The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is the only hotel to boast an address directly on the edge of London’s iconic green space.  Rooms located on the back side of the hotel (what to request) offer amazing views, and one can occasionally catch the horse guard marching by midday for the Changing of the Guards. ...

Ritz-Carlton Westchester Cooking Classes for Kids

Ritz-Carlton Westchester Cooking Classes for Kids

For anyone who loves luxury hotels and also loves a bargain, I'll share a secret. I've discovered a favorite family indulgence: the suburban Ritz-Carlton hotels. (My kids adore the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, too, outside Washington.) The Ritz Carlton Westchester is not on the radar of many people visiting New York City with their kids, but if you're driving to ...

The Monaco Philadelphia, Exploring the Old City With Kids

The Monaco Philadelphia, Exploring the Old City With Kids

The Kimpton Experience When selecting which would be the best family property in Philadelphia, I knew I wanted a to be in the heart of the historical district on our first trip, so I chose the Monaco Philadelphia.I’ve always enjoyed the guest experience of the Kimpton brand: playful and stylish. The brand consistently creates beautiful, bold— but very comfortable— spaces ...

So Suite: The Perfection of the Four Seasons Las Vegas

So Suite: The Perfection of the Four Seasons Las Vegas

So we couldn't believe it. We were off to the Four Seasons Las Vegas for our first child-free vacation together in five years.It was an incredibly exciting opportunity to be different people a few days, more rested and stylish versions of ourselves. The last time we had been away alone was our babymoon before our second child was ...

The Best Castle Hotels in Ireland With Kids

The Best Castle Hotels in Ireland With Kids

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Read on for highlights of four of my favorite areas for an Ireland family break ensuring a sample of some of the most luxe and kid-friendly castle hotels to stay in Ireland that offer the classic country estate past times like falconry, archery, horseback riding, and golf, as well as gorgeous, modern spas and pools. Ireland is a land of ...

The Alfond Inn, Orlando’s Most Unique Luxury Hotel

The Alfond Inn, Orlando’s Most Unique Luxury Hotel

Luxury Orlando at the Alfond Inn If you were to converge all the things in life that I love: art, architectural preservation, design, museums, and beautiful sunny weather, I would proclaim it paradise. I found my Garden of Eden at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park, Florida.This isn't the Orlando that you thought you knew if Disney World has ...

Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

Luxury Family Travel to Washington DC   The Ritz-Carlton philosophy is about opulence and excess, and that rings true with the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City. If you're a defense contractor looking to be near the Pentagon, you can wait for your appointment in the lobby while browsing through coffee table books on the military. But if you are traveling with kids, you came to ...