Best Luxury Hotels for Families

Mandarin Oriental Boston

Mandarin Oriental Boston

The Mandarin Oriental Boston opened in 2010 with the vision of being one of most elite and convenient addresses for residents and tourists alike. There's something about the hushed and quiet feeling of any Mandarin Oriental lobby I have visited that make even crying babies settle down. With a part spa and part library vibe, serenity is serious ...

Le Bonne Entente, Québec

Le Bonne Entente, Québec

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“Look, I’m a butterfly in a cocoon!” my friend’s daughter cried as she wrapped herself in the large canvas hammock under the bright blue sky and then quickly opened it and pretended to fly away. My kids, who were also swaying in their hammocks in the warm breeze, copied her. Just the night before, my best friend and I ...

The Carlyle Hotel, New York

The Carlyle Hotel, New York

''There are certain things that are just better left alone, and the Carlyle is one of them.'' Woody Allen The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel There’s a memory I have at the Carlyle Hotel that redefined what a luxury hotel really could offer. I was sitting in the lobby on one of their golden velvet sofas in the corner at the peak of ...

Hidden Dangers of Paris Playgrounds

Hidden Dangers of Paris Playgrounds

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“I want to go to the Eiffel Tower! I want to visit the Louvre!” my kids chanted as my husband offered up every tourist attraction for our upcoming trip to Paris. I, however, cringed at visions of long queues and sharing these experiences with people from every country but France. When I suggested a few Paris playgrounds, a ...

Ham Yard Hotel, London

Ham Yard Hotel, London

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It is unusual for one hotel to embody such paradoxes. Can you find a London hotel perfect for families that makes you feel like you are in the pages of Elle Décor? Can you wish for a location in the middle of everything but that is quiet and tucked away? You’re looking for the Ham Yard Hotel in the heart ...

Shore Hotel, Santa Monica

Shore Hotel, Santa Monica

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“Location, location, location” is everything for a hotel in a city like Los Angeles. When we decided on a family trip out West for a short winter break, I spent countless hours researching hotels in Century City, Beverly Hills, and West Hollywood. But this was a family trip, not a romantic getaway, and I knew what the hotel was ...

The Langham Chicago

The Langham Chicago

Romance and Family Fun at Langham Chicago A winter break in Chicago? Well, it may not sound like the most obvious choice, unless you live in Boston, which I do. As Boston had been experiencing near record-breaking snow levels, Chicago felt balmy walking down its naked sidewalks. My husband and I had some catching up to do. We were celebrating ...

The Langham New York

The Langham New York

We pulled up to the The Langham New York on Fifth Avenue for our annual December pilgrimage to New York. As a hotel design junkie, I love seeing how each property interprets Christmas decor. I had never been to The Langham New York, but I have been impressed with their remodeling of the Langham Boston hotel. We started our stay with ...

Four Seasons St. Louis

Four Seasons St. Louis

The phrase “urban oasis” is overused, and typically does not describe anything worthy of the meaning. I don’t think I had ever really experienced an urban oasis until I stayed at the Four Seasons St. Louis. Like many downtown St. Louis hotels, the Four Seasons is situated along the Mississippi River, and lucky guests are given views of the St. ...

Amy Jordan of WundaBar Pilates reports on Los Angeles

Amy Jordan of WundaBar Pilates reports on Los Angeles

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 Jordan, WundaBar Pilates, of Los Angeles, California   Amy Jordan lives in the Hollywood Hills and used to be a high-powered entertainment marketing big shot. She started a Pilates hobby in 2006, and by 2008, she officially traded her business attire for stretchy pants to run two Pilates studios of her own. In 2012, WundaBar Pilates opened doors using her own patented ...

The 4 Best Los Angeles Museums With Kids

The 4 Best Los Angeles Museums With Kids

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art My favorite museum in Los Angeles is LACMA. LACMA is very welcoming to children and even has a NEXTGEN program which means that kids under 17 get in free, as does one adult companion. LACMA also has free programs for kids on weekends where kids can learn about artists and make their ...

The Boston Harbor Hotel

The Boston Harbor Hotel

If you haven't spent anytime in downtown Boston in recent years, you have yet to experience one of America's greatest waterfront cities. The Boston Harbor Hotel has dominated this location in five-star glory since 1987 and can serve as your home base for a fantastic family vacation. I had called ahead and asked, "Do you have child-sized robes? "Yes, ma'am; we ...

The St. Regis New York

The St. Regis New York

Stuck in bumper to bumper traffic for hours one day in August en route to New York City, singing the Frozen soundtrack for what I think was six hours straight, I thought to myself, "We should have taken the train." As someone who is on the road a lot, I have a special, meditative place I can access to ...

The Delano Hotel, Las Vegas

The Delano Hotel, Las Vegas

The Delano Las Vegas Las Vegas isn't the right destination for every family, but if you like excellent food, inspiring hotel design, and incredible spas, then you should consider it for a family break. In a city where pet-friendly hotels are found more frequently than family-friendly ones, Vegas throws a few curve balls at you when visiting with your kids, but we ...