Are you heading to Europe with kids? There's no need to be concerned about finding affordable places to stay. Just follow the locals' lead and get to know the names of these 14 kid-friendly and affordable chains.
AddressCalle Barceló, 1, 28004 Madrid, Spain
What to expect: You will find a modern, stylish decor. Choose between moderately priced Barceló Comfort hotels and the more stylish but still affordable Barceló brand. It offers free Wi-Fi in most locations.
Where: Best Western has more than 1,300 properties in 46 European countries.
What to expect: You're probably already familiar with this stateside collection of privately-owned properties, which also includes gems in Europe. Three tiers at different price points (Best Western, Plus, and Premier) offer a range in price and amenities. As with its U.S. counterparts, some hotels are just so-so while others are full of character at a very reasonable price.
Where: Center Parcs has more than 25 village-style properties in England, France, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, and the Netherlands.
What to expect: Accommodations at Center Parcs include cottages with full kitchens and separate living areas. Properties include indoor water parks and a slew of indoor and outdoor activities.
What to expect: This affordable but stylish chain is known for its modern vibe, modular "living room" lobbies, and frequent use of public art, including works by Julian Opie at its location at the Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris.
Where: This chain has more than 300 properties in 33 European countries. While Holiday Inn was founded as an American motel chain, it has grown to be one of the world's largest hotel chains and is now headquartered in England.
What to expect: The pioneer of family-friendly properties is well represented throughout Europe. Kids stay and eat free, and there's free Wi-Fi.
Where: Mercure Hotels has more than 560 properties in 24 European countries.
What to expect: These hotels are a step up from most budget properties, but the vast majority are well under $200 a night. Ask about suites and rooms with pullout sofas or rollaway beds.
Where: The Ibis has more than 1,000 properties in 28 European countries.
What to expect: This chain offers three tiers at slightly different price points (Ibis, Ibis Styles, Ibis Budget) and has comfortable rooms. It also offers a free buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Some properties offer family rooms with bunk beds.
Where: It has more than 70 properties in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
What to expect: Europe's answer to Motel 6 is this Germany-based brand, where rooms are basic but comfortable and more stylish than you might expect, always featuring the brand's distinguishing teal accents. The price is right, but be aware that bathrooms are shower-only—something to consider if you have young kids.
Where: The Novotel has more than 375 properties in 60 countries worldwide, including 23 European countries.
What to expect: You should find clean and reasonably spacious rooms. You have access to a 24-hour reception, buffet breakfast, and Wi-Fi. You can also have a sofa-bed for children who stay for free in your room if they are under age 16.
Where: The hotel chain is based in Portugal, with one location each in the United Kingdom, Spain, and Germany.
What to expect: Properties include some historic gems but are mainly beachfront high-rises with a variety of room sizes and styles, including apartment-style digs with kitchens.
Where: There are more than 750 properties in the United Kingdom and Ireland for Premier Inn.
What to expect: These hotels offer comfortable digs at an affordable price along with free Wi-Fi.
Where: You can find Qbic hotels in London and Amsterdam with others planned for Manchester and Brussels.
What to expect: This stylish Dutch chain pairs a sustainability mindset with attainable pricing. Expect complimentary artisanal coffee on every floor, communal lobbies, and free Wi-Fi. The green theme is more than just lip service; mattresses are made from recycled denim, organic lambswool, and coconut fiber, while bedside lamps are made from recycled garden hoses.
Where: Scandic has more than 140 properties in more than a half-dozen countries in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.
What to expect: These rooms feature a hip and contemporary design. British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver created the restaurant menu. Kids age 12 and under stay free, while everyone receives free breakfast and Wi-Fi. At least three dozen locations are deemed particularly family-friendly.
Where: There are more than 70 properties worldwide, with the vast majority of which are in beach towns in Spain, Croatia, and Bulgaria.
What to expect: You will find a family-friendly vibe, kid-friendly restaurants, large pools, and lots of recreational pursuits. Some locations offer family rooms with bunk beds.