Incredible Family Hotels That Don’t Cost a Fortune

Keep the vacation expenses down and the adventure level up with these affordable, kid-friendly hotels that are perfect for your next family vacation. Don’t think that these are bare-bones spots—scroll through to see all the amazing resort perks that are in store for your “budget” vacation! With rates of $200/night or less, you’ll have more bucks to spend on exploring the local area.

The beauty of the majestic McDowell Mountains, palm trees, cacti, wildflowers, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture, and the spirit of native peoples combine to create the Southwestern elegance of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. Enjoy the many recreational amenities this desert oasis has to offer including a 2.5-acre water extravaganza complete with 10 pools, 20 fountains, 45 water spills and its signature sandy beach.
Located in the gorgeous, family-friendly town of Healdsburg, the Dry Creek Inn offers easy access to restaurants, tasting rooms and shopping, as well as outlying wineries and bicycle trails. The property also offers two swimming pools, two hot tubs, a fire pit and outdoor fireplaces, so plenty of space to relax in style. There is also a steam, sauna and fitness room. Guest rooms in the inn's Villa Toscana section have amenities like gas fireplaces, ergonomic workspaces, bathrooms with granite countertops, and jetted whirlpool tubs with separate showers. Some of these rooms have a private patio or balcony. The accommodations in the Casa Siena wing are more standard. All rooms have refrigerators, tea/coffee makers, and flat-screen TVs. Through the summer there are many nights when rates can be had right around $170/night. And, you can find our massive list of local family-friendly activities here. 

Catering to adventurous kids and adults of all ages, Hope Lake Lodge at Greek Peak is located in the storybook village of Cortland, NY in the Finger Lakes region with amenities for the entire family with easy access to the Cascades Indoor Waterpark and the Adventure Center with zip-lines, ropes courses, Euro Bungee and mountain coaster.

Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms, including 69 Fairmont Gold rooms and suites, six sparkling heated swimming pools—including a new white sand beach, the luxurious 44,000 square-foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at adjacent TPC Scottsdale, the Trailblazers Kids Club & Family Adventure Center and personalized concierge services offering access to exciting activities to satisfy everyone.

Radisson Blu Mall of America is a top place to stay for families, conveniently connected to Mall of America via skyway and a short drive or Metro ride away from downtown Minneapolis. The hotel features 500 fashion-inspired guest rooms, a gym, indoor saline pool, farm-to-table restaurant, and gives families easy access to the nation’s largest indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe, located inside Mall of America. To keep kiddos active during their stay, Radisson Blu Mall of America created family-friendly #BluRoutes perfect for a brisk or leisurely stroll around Bloomington. The hotel is also located within walking distance of the scenic Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which offers over 46 miles of trails.