There are plenty of hotels with offerings for children and good packages geared specifically to family travel, but these six properties go above and beyond the norm to really make a trip memorable for younger guests. From day camp-style programs to all sorts of free treats, plan the ultimate family vacation in Los Angeles.
Many people think of this California Plaza hotel as a primarily catering to business guests and conventioneers, but there are also resort-style amenities for leisure travelers. As part of the Omni Sensational Kids program, children are provided with a complimentary small backpack full of maps, snacks, knick-knacks and crayons. Milk and cookies are sent to the room the first night, too. For the duration of their stay, kids can also borrow a separate, rolly bag with books, games and toys.
251 South Olive St., Los Angeles, 213.617.3300
The Paintbox program at the Montage Beverly Hills is like camp for kids ages five through 12. It can be purchased in half-day, full day or even evening increments, and includes a meal. Activities take place indoors and out, and each day of the week has its own theme, such as Saturdays’ “Hooray for Hollywood,” in which children can make their own Walk of Fame-style handprints, compete on mock game shows and have their faces painted or get inked with temporary tattoos.
225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310.860.7800
Who says high tea is just for grownups? At the Hotel Bel-Air’s Little Royals Tea, the savory side of the menu eschews adult offerings in favor of more familiar but still upscale bites like a gussied up grilled cheese sandwich. Among the sweets, there is a caramelized apple tart and even swan-shaped cookies. A special surprise gift is included as well. We don’t want to give it away, but the cookies are a good hint. Tea is held Fridays and Saturdays; reservations are available at 3pm, 3:15pm, and 3:30pm. The cost is $36 per child.
701 Stone Canyon Rd., Bel-Air, 310.472.1211
The Magic Castle Hotel takes pride in surprising its guests with unexpected amenities. Normally, tourists are not allowed to visit the next-door Magic Castle—entry is limited to members and friends of members. But hotel guests are given access—even kids can get into the normally 21-and-over venue, but only during the weekend brunch. Besides that, there are a ton of freebies that will appeal to children, including popsicles by the pool, WiFi, DVD rentals, and mini-bar snacks at the front desk or even delivered to the room—also for free. The pool is 24 hours, just in case regular bedtime rules are lifted during vacation.
7025 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, 323.851.0800
Baby’s first boutique hotel? The Hotel Palomar gets the little ones started young on the trendy vacation experience, thanks to the welcome surprise of a “wild child” leopard-print robe, which will be waiting in the room, based on any reservation that indicates children ages 3 through 9 are in residence. It can be purchased for $45 upon checkout, if desired. Complimentary sunglasses for tykes, available at the front desk, are theirs to keep at no charge. Little ones are sure to get a kick out of the pet goldfish, too. As part of the Kimpton Kids program, the onsite eateries all offer high chairs and booster seats, and the concierge can arrange for loaner items like a Pack 'n Play.
10740 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.475.8711
For a small fee of only $30, the Langham Huntington Kids Program offers children (ages 12 and under) a backpack with a teddy bear picture on it that's filled with goodies like a coloring book, crayons, and a newsletter with suggestions for family-friendly adventures in the area. The cost of the bag also includes entry for the whole family to join in the nightly 7 p.m. s’mores poolside event by the fire pit at the Terrace. Kids cooking classes take place about once a month, and can be reserved through the restaurant reservationist.
1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.568.3900
The Tide Pool Kids Club takes advantage of the Terranea Resort’s unique coastal location to provide children with a bevy of activities that are a mix of fun, fitness, and educational. Examples include Marineland-inspired games, treasure hunts, and astronomy lessons. Kids ages two through 12 are able to participate. On top of all that, there are boundless adventures to be had in exploring tide pools, horseback riding, stand-up paddleboarding, whale watching, and even falconry.
6610 Palos Verdes Dr. S., Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.265.2800