Extreme hotel perks for kids

Hotels and resorts realize the big impact that the smallest guests can have on their bottom line and with this in mind, they’re rolling out the carpet for children with gift packs, bath toys and nightcaps of milk and cookies. Because if the kids are happy, parents are happy, and happy parents make for loyal guests.

Here are a few hotels that have come up with some fun, kid-centric ideas:

Beaches Negril (Jamaica)
Multi-colored kiddy cocktails with names like Pink Boots, Superman and Chocolate Monkey are served poolside
Teens kept busy with group water sports, dance parties and karaoke.
A Sesame Street program offers festive parades and even a tuck-in and bedtime story with their favorite Sesame Street character.

The Grand Del Mar (California)
– For infants they provide parents with a gift box filled with baby bath amenities as well as a door hanger that says, “Quiet Please, Baby Sleeping.”
– Kids ages 3 to 8 receive a toy at check-in plus a child-sized bathrobe, slippers and travel neck pillow.

Trump International Beach Resort (Florida) has gone for a camping theme:
– Kids can nibble smores in a tent that fits right over their hotel bed and stare up at a twinkling cosmic galaxy thanks to a star projector
– Planet Kids (an educational kids’ camp) teaches children about marine life and protecting the environment

Hotel Monaco (Seattle)
-Children can pick a prize from a toy-filled treasure chest in the lobby
– Children are greeted by a temporary pet – a goldfish swimming about in a bowl in their guest room
– Parents can enjoy a nightly complimentary wine hour while kiddos are entertained by a magician, Guitar Hero on Xbox, with cookies and milk

The Benjamin (New York City)
– Families can order as many pillows as desired from a 12-choice pillow menu, including a 5-foot body cushion and a hypoallergenic toddler pillow.
– There’s a lending library of favorite stories can be delivered to the room.
– Children also receive a “Winks the Owl” stuffed animal for bedtime
– Parents can purchase a Cereal Smorgasbord with an assortment of cereals, fresh fruits and milk to be delivered the night before so kids can eat as early as they want
– Kids who sleep through the night are awarded a special Winks Sleep Certificate upon checkout

Omni Hotels this summer launched a “Teen Connection” program. At select locations, teen-age guests can contact the Teen Concierge through Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, or text message and ask for recommendations on what to do.

 


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