Holiday Inn is a giant hospitality chain, with over 2,500 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 affordability, 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, hotels are designed with families in mind and 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.
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 the special decor (jungle, circus, or pirate themes), board games, electronic games, videos, etc.
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
With over 1,100 properties worldwide, the largest and 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 more upscale properties also offer all the amenities and services of a full-service Holiday Inn. Of the 18 Holiday Inn Resort properties in the United States, eight are located in Florida and two are in southern California.
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, but families who are not members can also book a stay as they would at any hotel. The original location is Orange Lake resorts in Orlando, Florida.
Holiday Inn Express
These mid-priced properties exist all over the world and in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Competitive with other value-oriented chains such as Hampton Inn and La Quinta, Holiday Inn Express properties tend to be smaller versions of Holiday Inn hotels with fewer amenities and services, while still offering breakfast and wi-fi. Families should look for Holiday Inn Express & Suites properties, which offer family suites among its room configurations.
Holiday Inn Garden Court
The properties exist only in Europe and South Africa and are designed to reflect the national culture. Since the re-branding and relaunch of Holiday Inn in 2007, many Garden Court Hotels have converted into other Holiday Inn hotels or have left Intercontinental Hotels Group.
Family Specials at Holiday Inn Resorts and Hotels
The Holiday Inn brand frequently offers special deals for families. Check the Holiday Inn website. 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