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Inspector Picks: Family-Friendly Hotels

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February 24, 2020
Here are our AAA Inspector Picks for some of the best family-friendly hotels around the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Check these out when planning family vacations and looking for things to do with kids.
AAA/Inspector 31

Great Wolf Lodge

Centralia, Washington
AAA Inspector 31: I really like the fact that this place offers families, with children of all ages, lots of opportunity to do things together from morning till night.
Whether enjoying the water park, arcade or the wolf-park tour, this hotel is a fantastic place for the entire family. Guest rooms are spacious and many have balconies. A nice selection of guest rooms are available, including some with bunk beds and a popular kids' cabin.
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AAA/Inspector 450

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Jasper, Canada
AAA Inspector 450: There's something for everyone in my family to do, from those who love the outdoors to those of us who like pampering in the world class spa!
It's said that at one time Marilyn Monroe frequented this resort set along the shore of gorgeous Lac Beauvert in its spectacular mountain setting. Rooms range from upscale rustic to fabulous décors. They are spread throughout the sprawling property in a series of buildings. Guests never get bored with the multitude of activities and scenic grounds. Service is superlative.
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AAA/Inspector 503

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Scottsdale, Arizona
AAA Inspector 503: When my family visits, they tend to stay here so the kids can enjoy the expansive pool area with water slides and a lagoon with gondola rides.
This sprawling property offers something to please all family members with a three-story waterslide and a luxurious spa. Guests will love the stylish and spacious rooms with oversize televisions. Complimentary nightly music, a 24-hour market, Camp Hyatt for young guests and a Native American learning center are also featured.
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AAA/Inspector 563

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Frankenmuth, Michigan
AAA Inspector 563: Families love this place! Boasting three pools, an indoor miniature golf course and a game room, my kids can burn off tons of restless energy here.
This riverfront, Bavarian-themed resort offers extensive recreational facilities, including four pools, one of which is exclusively for adults. The property is close to downtown shops and restaurants. This property features a variety of room types ranging from standard guest rooms to spacious suites that can accommodate larger families. Kids of all ages can have fun for hours in the game room that’s one of the largest in the state.
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AAA/Inspector 569

The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas

Kaanapali, Hawaii
AAA Inspector 569: With activities ranging from Hawaiian language sessions and lei making to ukulele lessons, this is where I'm bringing the family!
Prepare to be wowed by the upscale, condo-style units at this property, which sits on a beautiful stretch of beach. Units include a full kitchen. Be sure to check out the extensive list of daily activities offered at this resort, including a cultural museum with Ukulele lessons and botanical tours.
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AAA/Inspector 46

Cape Codder Resort & Spa

Hyannis, Massachusetts
AAA Inspector 46: If I was a kid, I wouldn't want to leave this resort. There are so many fun activities in season and the most amazing indoor water park on the Cape.
Your family will love the resort's 30,000 square-foot indoor water park complete with lazy river, numerous slides, wave pool, and kiddie splash zone. Other seasonal activities, such as outdoor movies on the lawn and magician shows, will keep the kids entertained every minute of the day while the adults run to the full-service on-site spa to unwind and relax. Attractively landscaped grounds surround this resort and the Romanesque outdoor salt water pool complete with dramatically lit waterfall. A dozen or so luxury suites with gourmet kitchen areas, steam showers and memory-foam mattresses are available for those looking for a more upscale experience.
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Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Waterpark

Gatlinburg, Tennessee
AAA Inspector 24: My kids would love the infinity pool, mini golf and summertime nightly movies at the pool. I always love the spectacular views!
The resort features cabin-style duplexes, plus one- and two-bedroom condos that can be expanded to even larger units via connecting room doors. All rooms have LCD TVs. Many units have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Nature trails lead from the property into the densely wooded forest of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Be sure to visit the new infinity pool!
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AAA/Inspector 31

Grand America Hotel

Salt Lake City, Utah
AAA Inspector 334: A families-come-first program is available for kids and babies. I wouldn't miss the toy store or the afternoon tea and sandwiches with a live harpist.
Guests are in for a memorable experience. The indoor and outdoor pools are postcard picture perfect. Spacious rooms feature a 55-inch smart TV, oversize desk, USB ports and upscale bathrooms. Convenient underground parking is climate controlled for all seasons. The shops at the hotel include a must-see high-end toy store. Inspired by the charm of Europe's classic hotels, the Grand was crafted from the finest materials, such as Italian chandeliers and marble, West African woods and French tapestries.
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