Holiday Inn is a giant hospitality chain, with nearly 3,500 hotels and resorts all over the world; this is a brand that aims to be known as family-friendly hotels, with many features that are kid-friendly.
Known for its afffordability, the Holiday Inn chain began as a motel chain in the 1950s and has always attracted families. In 2008, Holiday Inn was relaunched to bring a more consistently high standard to the brand.
Motels in the brand were either demolished or closed, and what remains are full-service hotels and resorts. Today, fewer than 10 Holiday Inn motels still fly under the brand's flag.
Kids Eat and Stay Free
At Holiday Inn hotels and resorts worldwide, children 19 and under stay free in a parent's room. Also, at Holiday Inns in the US and Canada, kids 12 and under eat free from the kid's menu in the hotel restaurant, when accompanied by a dining adult.
- Read more at the Holiday Inn web site about Kids Stay Free, Kids Eat Free, and other family policies.
Guest rooms at Holiday Inn properties typically include a sitting area with a sofabed or dining table. Select suites also offer kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. Occasionally, a branch will offer themed KidSuites, including bunk beds and gaming systems. At a number of Holiday Inn properties, families with kids ages 4-12 can enjoy KidSuites, a children's themed "room within a room" where kids can play and sleep, with special decor (jungle, circus, or pirate themes), board games, electronic games, videos, etc.
- Find out which Holiday Inns offer Kidsuites and see a sample, at the Holiday Inn web site.
Holiday Inn hotels provide fitness centers and most properties also have swimming pools. Families make up a significant portion of the clientele and some locations offer children’s activities.
Holiday Inn properties are found in nearly every popular destination, from cities to small towns.
Over two-dozen properties are located near water parks in the U.S. and Canada. Many Holiday Inn properties are located near major attractions or airports. With so many roadside locations, Holiday Inn also offers a reliable place to stay along road trips.
The Holiday Inn Family of Brands
Holiday Inn – The most recognizable brand offers full-service plaza hotels and low-rise, full-service hotels. Each property includes a restaurant, swimming pool, room service, and fitness room.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – These properties offer all the amenities and services of a regular Holiday Inn but offer suites in addition to standard hotel rooms.
Holiday Inn Resort – Located in top tourist areas, these properties also offer all the amenities and services of a full-service Holiday Inn.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations – Holiday Inn's timeshare brand. The original loction is Orange Lake resorts in Orlando, Florida.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations – These resorts are only found in the U.S. The accommodations are a mix of mostly villas and suites. Membership operates similar to a flexible timeshare basis.
Holiday Inn Garden Court – The properties exist only in Europe and South Africa and are designed to reflect the national culture.
Holiday Inn Express – The mid-priced properties are smaller versions of Holiday Inn hotels with fewer amenities and services.
Family Specials at Holiday Inn Resorts and Hotels
The Holiday Inn brand frequently offers special deals for families. Check the Holiday Inn web site. It's also a good idea to phone Holiday Inn at 1-800-HOLIDAY; staff can tell you about current promotions at individual resorts.
- Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
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