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Not all hotels are created equal, but I do my best to find the best, safest, and cleanest family-friendly places for our crew of five to stay when we’re on a trip.

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favorites for family accommodation in Europe


Traveling in Europe with kids is a totally different ball game, and it can honestly be a little overwhelming trying to find a great spot for your family to spend the night. Here’s a quick breakdown of all the family-friendly places we’ve stayed at in Europe. If you have a question about a specific place, shoot me an email!

  • Kinder Hotels are like the holy grail of amazing family accommodation in Europe. Think: all-inclusive/half-board with childcare included. Staying at one is like going on a cruise but on land.
  • Yelloh Village and CenterParcs are our favorite budget-friendly versions of a kinder hotel. They’re super fun, casual, and great for longer stays. (No childcare, but lots of other great activities.) I have more info on these types of European accommodations here.
  • Hostels aren’t just for backpackers; they’re a great option for families, too. Search for private rooms on HostelWorld, or see if your destination has a Meininger hotel chain.
  • We use Booking.com often; the more you book through them, the more perks you get.
  • AirBnB and VRBO are other great options. If you’re booking from here, make sure there are plenty of reviews available; I often double-check (by googling the name and finding the same listing on different sites) to make sure it’s a legit place to say. Also, keep in mind the extra fees and extra deposits—they add up quickly.
  • TripAdvisor is a great place to see where a hotel ranks within a city. I use this as another way to check reviews on activities and family-friendly places.
where we’ve stayed

Our Favorite Family-Friendly Places in Europe


These are all family-friendly places we’ve stayed at in Europe. Please keep in mind that places and prices may change, and what we love may not work for your family. Unless otherwise stated, these places all fit our family of five.

I’ve also asked trusted friends who have multiple kids (trying to stick to families with 3+ kids right now) to share their favorite family-friendly places to stay in Europe. Their recommendations are designated with an asterisk (*).
If you’d like to contribute, shoot me an email and we can chat.

Austria

Burgenland

Where We Stayed:
Streckhof Frauenkirchen

The Space:
Huge house for 8 people; 3 rooms, 7 beds (4 of them bunk beds), and 2 baths

Good to Know:
This is an American’s dream and a perfect family-friendly place to stay in Austria. It would be great as a “hub” to explore the area. Not only is it huge, but every detail was considered for your stay, including the giant fridge with an ice machine and a washer and dryer. The kids never wanted to leave their room, and when they did, they never wanted to leave the garden area with all the playground fun. Highly recommend.


Tyrol

Where We Stayed:
Alpenrose Familux Resort – a kinderhotel

The Space:
Marienberg Apartment (but just like a regular room) 1 queen-sized bed, a couch/bed; a small room with bunk beds. Also had a balcony and a split shower/bathroom.

Good to Know:
Wow. This kinder hotel in Austria will blow your mind! Stayed over NYE, and had the best time; it was a true vacation! Childcare is included (my kids never wanted to leave), the food was fantastic, and you can’t beat the location. It was all beyond wonderful.

Belgium

Bruges/De Haan

Where We Stayed:
Centerparks De Haan

The Space:
Comfort Cottage for 8 people

Good to Know:
We love Centerparcs, and this one was a perfect place for a family to stay near Bruges. We spent most of our time at the AquaMundo (waterpark), but you’re close enough to Bruges (30 minutes away) to spend the day there, too. The beach and surrounding towns are also awesome.


Ghent

Where We Stayed:
Hotel Onderbergen

The Space:
Family apartment (with 2 bedrooms/1 bath)

Good to Know:
The location was great, but it’s not attached to the actual hotel, and parking is bout 10 minutes away at the cathedral. It has a small elevator, and if our family of five visited Ghent again we’d stay here.

Czech Republic

Prague

Where We Stayed:
Old Prague House

The Space:
Maisonette with Terrace (two bedrooms—one was in a loft; one sleeper sofa; two bathrooms)

Good to Know:
Our place was HUGE and the city-center location was perfect for walking around Old Town. But, there is not a 24-hour reception and there is no lift to the top floor where the huge family room/apartment is.

If you need a place to stay in Lesser Town (the other side of the river by the castle), I have many friends who recommend Dům u Velké Boty, aka The House at the Big Boot.

Denmark

Billund

Where We Stayed:
Lalandia Billund

The Space:
Design Plus 6-person Holiday Home

Good to Know:
This was much like the Center Parcs we’ve stayed at, meaning it was a “self-catering” spot, kinda like an AirBnB. It was perfect for what we needed it for and loved that it included access to their water park. Our cottage was the furthest from the main part of the property, but luckily there was a little train that came by twice an hour to take you to the front. The walk wasn’t too bad either.


Copenhagen

Where We Stayed:
Urban House Meininger

The Space:
6-person private room (4 bunk beds and two twin beds pushed together). Private bathroom with shower.

Good to Know:
This Meininger was busy and the room we had was much smaller than any other Meininger we’ve stayed at. The breakfast area was extremely small and we often had to wait for a table. However, the location and the price were fantastic, and the reason why we picked this spot.

England

London

Where We Stayed:
Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington

The Space:
Two-bedroom suite (plus living area) room, and there were two bathrooms and a kitchen.

Good to Know:
This was a HUGE space for a hotel. There were two bedrooms, a great-sized living area with a kitchen, two full bathrooms (toilets and showers), and even a hallway. I searched high and low for a place that would fit us all, and while this was still pricey for us, it was the cheapest I found. It was about a 10-minute walk to a tube station, but that could be made faster if the bus schedule worked in your favor (the stop was in front of the hotel).


Finland

Lapland

Where We Stayed:
Holiday Home Villa Vihtori

The Space:
House with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (technically; one is in the adjacent building). Great entertaining area with separate outdoor kitchen + shower. Washing machine (no dryer)

Good to Know:
It is an EXCELLENT beachfront property and the house is exactly as it is in the photos. Perfect spot for a long stay in Sicily. The host is fantastic and has beach activities + ample towels.


Alsace (Nothalten)

Where We Stayed:
Independent house in the Alsatian vineyard

The Space:
Apartment with 2 bedrooms (4 beds)/1 bath + terrace

Good to Know:
LOVED our stay here around the holidays. The house was decorated and so festive. Don’t miss out on breakfast—it was a feast and a highlight of our stay. The hosts were SO friendly, and the location is close to so many picture-perfect towns! Would be fantastic any time of year.


Alsace (Colmar)

Where We Stayed:
My Sweet Homes

The Space:
1 bedroom apartment with 1 double bed, 2 pull-out sofa beds, room for pack ’n play or air mattress, 1 bathroom, kitchen, bathtub. 

Good to Know:
Great location steps away from the Grand Rue and Place de l’Ancienne Douane. Very quick walk to several Christmas markets. No elevator and narrow stairway up to the apartment and parking is only available at nearby public garages Montagne Verte or Saint-Josse.

*Submitted by Lindsey (Abroad Wife)


Amnéville

Where We Stayed:
Spacious Accommodation – Airbnb

The Space:
Two bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

Good to Know:
The space itself was fantastic; I loved the design everywhere. The kids’ room had bunkbeds and toys, and there was a pool table for the grown-ups.


Grand Est (Hattigny)

Where We Stayed:
Center Parcs Les Trois Forêts

The Space:
Cottage VIP New design for 6 people with three bedrooms, two toilets, three showers, and one fabulous—yet small—sauna. There was a large living room and even a storage area.

Good to Know:
Classic Center Parcs vibes here, but this was the cottage to have since it had ample room for everyone. We picked one near the main area, but it was still a decent walk to get there, so plan on bringing or renting a bike if you don’t pick a very close cabin.


Lille

Where We Stayed:
Chez Charlotte

The Space:
House/Apartment with 2 bedrooms (2 beds/1 bath)

Good to Know:
Things to note: Only stayed one night, but would’ve stayed longer. Close to Lille, and the space was great. Street parking (looked a little shady, but was perfectly fine).


Normandy

Where We Stayed:
La Capricieuse

The Space:
Premium Cottage with 3 rooms (5 beds)/2 baths

Good to Know:
Stayed here for a week and it was PERFECT. Just enough space for our family and plenty to do within the camp. Restaurant on site, walkable into town, and activities for the whole family. Would stay here again.


Paris

Where We Stayed:
Hotel Caumartin Opera (an Astotel)

The Space:
Triple room.

Good to Know:
I stayed here with my two daughters and it was perfect. The area was safe, the hotel was clean, and it wasn’t very expensive. We loved the location. We asked and this location has connecting rooms for a family (up to 6 people). This chain has one more hotel that also has a family room. You can see it here. We haven’t stayed in these, but we’d also look into staying at the MEININGER Hotel Paris Porte de Vincennes or the YOOMA Urban Lodge.


Paris (near Disneyland)

Where We Stayed:
Villages Nature Paris (Center Parcs)

The Space:
Premium Cottage for 6 people. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Good to Know:
Loved, loved, loved this for our stay around Paris. Our place was big enough for the five of us, it was close to Disney, a train station away from Paris, and we got to swim and relax in December.


Strasbourg

Where We Stayed:
Hôtel Kaijoo by HappyCulture

The Space:
Deluxe Family Suite

Good to Know:
This place hit the ball out of the park. The design was fun (bunk beds for the kids) and a double for the adults. All in the same room, but it was fine for all of us. There was a separate bathroom and shower, and there was a balcony. The elevator was fast, the breakfast in the morning was excellent, and it was close to the city center—everywhere we wanted to visit was 5-10 minutes away!


St. Tropez

Where We Stayed:
Camping Yelloh! Village Les Tournels

The Space:
Premium Cottage: 3 bedroom/3 bedroom with a whirlpool sea view.

Good to Know:
Oh. My. Word. This place was FANTASTIC! We were blown away by it, and to stay in St. Tropez? So great. We were traveling with my mom and she had her own somewhat separate space here. Two of the bedrooms/bathrooms were attached and the third set was off to the side. The view was STUNNING.


Germany

Black Forest (Alpirsbach)

Where We Stayed:
Large Apartment

The Space:
Apartment with two bedrooms (4 beds), 1.5 baths, and a balcony.

Good to Know:
This place was a delight and the location was fantastic. The apartment is above the owners and below the owners’ parents, but we weren’t bothered by that at all (except to remind the kids to be a little on the quieter side). There was ample room for all of us, and other was nothing more delightful than seeing the Black Forest as the sun rose in the morning.


Cochem

Where We Stayed:
Charming holiday home in Roes with a balcony

The Space:
Apartment with 2 bedrooms + couch bed/1 bath

Good to Know:
You’ll need a car, but it’s a great location for exploring the area. About 20 minutes to Burg Eltz. We loved everything about this apartment.


Limburg/Idstein

Where We Stayed:
Carolinger Hüttendorf

The Space:
chalet (two bedrooms; bunk beds; 1 bath)

Good to Know:
Bare bones and small, but had everything you need in it and makes for a great “hub” for exploring the area. Breakfast was also good, and there was a delicious restaurant within walking distance (make a reservation


Munster

Where We Stayed:
Ferienhof Kotten Kunterbunt

The Space:
Apartment within a house. Kid room with 3 beds; 1 queen bed + couch/ 1 bath

Good to Know:
Super hospitable and close to Munster without actually being in the city. The kids had a blast and never wanted to leave.


Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Where We Stayed:
Hotel Garni Kreuzerhof

The Space:
Quadruple room.

Good to Know:
There were technically beds for all of us, but it was a tight squeeze. Still, I’d do it again for the location. There was parking and we were right in the heart of Rothenburg, which is what I wanted. The breakfast (included) was small but fed us sufficiently.


Schwerin

Where We Stayed:
Pension am Schloss

The Space:
Apartment Type 3: two bedrooms (one room with bunk beds), one sofa bed, and one bathroom.

Good to Know:
This was just for an overnight and we picked it because it slept six of us (my mom was traveling with us). It was fine for one night. We chose not to have breakfast there, because it would’ve been too expensive. There was also no parking, and the apartment was around the corner and up a block from the main place.


Wernigerode

Where We Stayed:
Charming apartment in a half-timbered villa

The Space:
Apartment with 2 bedrooms (4 beds)/ 1 bathroom

Good to Know:
Close to the center of town, the apartment had toys for the kids. Had to bring our sheets (brought sleeping bags for kids; paid for sheets for the grownup’s bed). Stairs to reach the apartment; street parking, and a very safe area.


Hungary

Budapest

Where We Stayed:
7Seasons Apartments

The Space:
Two-bedroom apartment

Good to Know:
Fantastic location in the heart of Budapest. Parking was available below the apartments, and the apartment was a good size for our family of five. Breakfast is down below in the restaurant, and it was great each morning.


Maniago

Where We Stayed:
Casa Valcellina

The Space:
Family room x2. (Just a regular room, but with three beds in each)

Good to Know:
We wanted to stay in Maniago since we lived in the city before, and this was the closest we could find with availability. It was a great little place, and they had a restaurant (although it was pricey).


Sicily (Avola)

Where We Stayed:
Ammari Sicily Villa

The Space:
House with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (technically; one is in the adjacent building). Great entertaining area with separate outdoor kitchen + shower. Washing machine (no dryer)

Good to Know:
It is an EXCELLENT beachfront property and the house is exactly as it is in the photos. Perfect spot for a long stay in Sicily. The host is fantastic and has beach activities + ample towels.


Tuscany (Volterra)

Where We Stayed:
Agriturismo Biologico Diacceroni

The Space:
Two-bedroom apartment (I wish I booked a three-bedroom, though)

Good to Know:
This was a very last-minute booking, but it came through. We stayed there in February, which wasn’t peak tourist time. It would have been FANTASTIC if we had been there in the spring or summer to take advantage of the pool and later nights. We did a pasta-making class on-site (reserve ahead of time) that I’ll remember forever. It did take awhile to get to the place, but if you want the pretty views, you need to stay in the middle of Tuscany!


Venice (Mestre)

Where We Stayed:
Meininger Venezia Mestre

The Space:
Family room. 4 Bunk beds and two twin beds pushed together

Good to Know:
Excellent value for a family and is super close to Venice. It’s a few feet away from the train station (a 10-minute ride into Venice), and there’s garage parking next door. The rooms are large and there’s a great breakfast in the morning. There are also washers and dryers available.


Venice

Where We Stayed:
Ca Derai Fenice

The Space:
2-bedroom Apartment (2 double beds and 2 pull-out sofa beds), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, and washing machine. 

Good to Know:
Excellent quiet location; 5-minute walk to Piazza San Marco and less than 10-minute walk to the Rialto bridge. Plenty of space for a bigger family and a very helpful host. Located near the Fenice Theater, plenty of eateries and gelato are just steps away. No elevator; the apartment is on the 5th (I think) floor.
*Submitted by Lindsey (Abroad Wife)

Liechtenstein

Coming soon

Nendeln

Where We Stayed:
Hotel Weinstube

The Space:
Two triple rooms (we traveled with my mom, so 6 people).

Good to Know:
This was a fine place to stay for just one night. The rooms were okay, but the breakfast was the star of the show in the morning.


Netherlands

Amsterdam

Where We Stayed:
Meininger Hotel Amsterdam City West

The Space:
5-bedroom hotel room (4 bunk beds; 1 double bed + bathroom/shower)

Good to Know:
Great location; one train stop away from Amsterdam central, and has storage lockers. Great breakfast, too. “Dorm” style, but private room


Amsterdam

Where We Stayed:
Mr. Jordaan

The Space:
Double Small Canal view (mom and daughter)

Good to Know:
Excellent location, fantastic place, wonderful breakfast, and very helpful staff. If staying with a family they said to call to book two rooms together. Splurge on the canal view; has a (slow) elevator!


Giethoorn

Where We Stayed:
Chalet Park Kroondomein Giethoorn

The Space:
3-bedroom chalet (sleeps up to six) OR two chalets

Good to Know:
Stayed as a family of 7 (we had two chalets between two families). Great location; rent a boat or bikes at the front desk.


Het Heijderbos

Where We Stayed:
Center Parcs Het Heijderbos

The Space:
VIP Cottage (two rooms; 1 bath)

Good to Know:
This is a bare-bones but has everything-you-need spot, and we’ve stayed here twice. There’s a water park, activities for all ages, restaurants, and a grocery store on site. We loved both of our stays here.

Bolesławiec

Where We Stayed:
Hotel Chrobrego 9

The Space:
Quadruple Room. Technically sleeps four, but more like three.

Good to Know:
I stayed here with friends and it was great for us. We split up into two rooms. They were just as pictured, with a great breakfast and a helpful staff. Close to the train station, a Lidl behind the hotel, and parking available.


Portugal

The Algarve

Where We Stayed:
Turiscampo – Yelloh Village!

The Space:
Premium cottage 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Good to Know:
You’ll need a car, but it’s a great affordable option for Algarve. Multiple pools, restaurants, markets, and activities are on site. Only 15 minutes from a wonderful beach.


Lisbon

Where We Stayed:
Exotic Fusion Double Suite with Garden

The Space:
Apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + washing AND dryer (!) and outdoor enclosed patio

Good to Know:
You’ll need a car and it’s away from the city, but it’s PERFECT for a family. The host thought of everything. We’ll stay here again if we go back to Lisbon.


Porto

Where We Stayed:
Apartment with shared garden

The Space:
Large apartment; 3 bedrooms; 1.5 beds

Good to Know:
Great location and the space is good. The place seemed slightly run down, but the star was the shared garden overlooking Porto. Worth staying here for sure.

Scotland

Edinburgh

Where We Stayed:
Condo at Spylaw Park

The Space:
Two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, four beds.

Good to Know:
Great spot for a family of five. It was about 15 minutes from the city (we’d park in a garage in Edinburgh), but this place let us spread out a little bit. Everything was very comfortable and welcoming.


Fort William (Caole)

Where We Stayed:
Annie’s Corner

The Space:
House with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

Good to Know:
Not my favorite stay, but it was affordable and fit all of us. The house was fine, but it was near a park (fun for the kids), and teenagers were a little rowdy there. We did walk around the neighborhood, so we felt safe enough to do that.


Inverness

Where We Stayed:
Kingsmill’s Hotel

The Space:
Family Room (but there are multiple, so ask to clarify!)

Good to Know:
I was so excited about this stay because, after lots of Airbnb, we finally had a hotel stay. Our room was SO tiny, though (compared to an Airbnb), and we missed the space. It also lacked amenities like a place to hang your towels in the bathroom and closets or drawers for our things. It wasn’t practical for a family of five. The kids liked their bunk beds, though! Our friends stayed there at the same time we did and they had a much larger space, so if you stay, call and ask for the largest room! On the flip side, there was free parking, a great breakfast (skip dinner there), and a fun area to explore.


Isle of Skye (Portree)

Where We Stayed:
Portree Centre with Garden

The Space:
House with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a garden.

Good to Know:
Great place as a home base to explore Skye! We never went out to the garden, but we did use the washing machine.


Kinross

Where We Stayed:
The Kirklands Hotel

The Space:
Family room with two bedrooms and one bathroom.

Good to Know:
One of our favorite places; they were so nice to us, and the food at their restaurant (breakfast included; we had dinner there, too), was AMAZING. Not to mention, there was ample space for us in our family room(s).


Segovia

Where We Stayed:
3-bedroom house 15 minutes from Segovia

The Space:
Huge 3 bedroom house on a split level + 3 bathrooms, and a washing machine

Good to Know:
The house is EXCELLENT, but it’s in a very sleepy town (i.e., there’s nothing to do there), but for the cost and space, it worked for us. Segovia is a 15-minute drive away.


Seville

Where We Stayed:
Monkeys Luxury Adriano Terrace

The Space:
HUGE 2 bedroom (4 beds), 3 bathroom apartment

Good to Know:
Split-level apartment. Great location; can walk all around Seville. The kitchen was small and missing some necessities.


Tarifa

Where We Stayed:
El Erizo Apartamentos

The Space:
Apartment with 2 bedrooms (3 beds + extra cot) and 1 bath

Good to Know:
Great location in the old town, but there was zero cell service and wifi didn’t work. Had to leave a cash deposit (which I don’t like doing), and the parking was sketchy. But the location was great and worked for our family.

Stockholm

Where We Stayed:
Downtown Camper by Scandic

The Space:
two regular rooms

Good to Know:
They did not have connecting rooms but had rooms across from each other. Very affordable for Sweden, and the location was FANTASTIC. Also amazing? The breakfast. Super impressed with this place.