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 kid-friendly and affordable chains.
Where: Over 1,000 properties in 28 European countries.
What to expect: Three tiers at slightly different price points (Ibis, Ibis Styles, Ibis Budget) offer comfortable rooms, free buffet breakfast, and free wifi. Some properties offer family rooms with bunk beds.
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: 26 village-style properties in England, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. The first Center Parcs property in Ireland will open in 2019.
What to expect: Accommodations in cottages with full kitchens and separate living areas. Properties include indoor water parks and a slew of indoor and outdoor activities.
Where: Over 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 also free wi-fi.
Where: Over 140 properties in 7 countries in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.
What to expect: Hip, contemporary design. British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has created the restaurant menu. Kids age 12 and under stay free and get free breakfast and there's also free wi-fi. At least three dozen locations are deemed particularly family-friendly.
Where: This small design-oriented Dutch chain has nine properties in Europe, mainly located in major cities such as Amsterdam, Glasgow, London and Paris.
What to expect: This affordable but stylish chain is known for its modern vibe, modular "living room" lobbies and frequent use of public art, such as by Julian Opie at its location at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris.
Where: Over 400 properties in 60 countries worldwide, including 23 European countries.
What to expect: Clean, reasonably spacious rooms, 24-hour reception, buffet breakfast, wi-fi, and a sofa-bed for children, who stay for free in parents' room if they are under age 16.
Where: Over 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 their U.S. counterparts, some hotels are just so-so while others are full of character at a very reasonable price.
Where: Over 560 properties in 24 European countries.
What to expect: 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 rollaways.
Where: London and Amsterdam.
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: Over 750 properties in the UK and Ireland.
What to expect: Comfortable digs at an affordable price, plus free wi-fi.
Where: 71 properties worldwide, the vast majority of which are in beach towns in Spain, Croatia and Bulgaria.
What to expect: Family-friendly vibe, kid-friendly restaurants, large pools and lots of recreational pursuits. Some locations offer family rooms with bunk beds.
Where: Based in Portugal, with one location each in the UK, 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.
Address1 Calle Barceló, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Where: The brand is based in Spain (40 locations), with a few properties in Italy, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, and Bulgaria.
What to expect: Modern, stylish decor. Choose between moderately priced Barceló Comfort hotels and the more stylish but still affordable Barceló brand. Free wi-fi in most locations.