Element Austin — Large rooms with full-size kitchens that can be stocked with healthy Blue Apron meals make this hotel in the heart of downtown convenient for those traveling with kids. Other family-friendly features include free bike rentals and the casual Caroline’s Upstairs restaurant, where youngsters can play lawn games and eat finger foods with the big kids—and maybe even get a mocktail with a little umbrella as a treat.
Four Seasons Austin — Tell reservations that you’re traveling with kids and you’ll be automatically enrolled in the free amenities program, which gets you everything from child-size bathrobes and baby toiletries to age-appropriate toys and books. You don’t have to schlep your baby gear along either; the hotel can provide car seats, strollers, playpens, disposable diapers and pacifiers, and more. There’s a kid-friendly menu, lots of fun things to do on the property—and bonded babysitting services should you need some grown-up alone time.
Habitat Suites — These low-key guest lodgings offer spacious, common-sense living quarters, plus the convenience (and economy) of kitchen facilities; free parking and a central location are assets too. This super eco-friendly place will especially appeal to kids who are concerned more about the environment than they are with glitz.
Lone Star Court — Reasons for families to stay here include lawn games, Ping-Pong tables, an outdoor pool, fire pits for marshmallow roasting, and a big barn dining room with a menu that’s not too frou-frou for picky kids. In addition, you’re smack in the middle of a major shopping mall, thus lowering the potential for boredom even more.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.