Portland Kid Hotels

by Mark Heidelberger Google

Portland, Oregon, has rightfully earned a place as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world, artfully combining urban landscaping with parks and green areas in order to create a city vacation that is both fun and safe for kids. As a result, several kid-friendly hotels have sprung up in and around the City of Roses that offer amenities and accommodations catering to the younger set.

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Hotel Monaco

The Hotel Monaco is conveniently located near kid-centric attractions like the Portland Children's Museum and the Washington Park Zoo. Their KimptonKids program also makes traveling easier on families since bulky items like cribs and playards are loaned out for free, while accredited babysitting services and strollers are available for a reasonable charge. Each child is greeted with a special welcome gift at registration, and comment cards created just for them are available upon check-out. Complimentary bicycles are offered for exploring the city, and evenings feature a reception in the hotel's living room where artistic types can create their own painting. In addition, pet-friendly accommodations mean that Junior can bring his best friend along, with the hotel even recommending local attractions that allow pets.

Courtyard Portland Southeast

The Courtyard Portland Southeast offers several vacation packages that appeal to kids, including one that comes with tickets to the local movie theater and another that features four passes to the North Clackamas Aquatic Park, with a lap pool, waterslides and a kiddie pool. Additionally, the hotel's "Nickelodeon Your Stay" package includes a Nickelodeon bag with a splash ball, sunglasses and Build Your Own SpongeBob, as well as a complimentary activity book and silicone bracelet with access to an online game. Bowling and biking trails are situated close by, and property facilities include an indoor swimming pool and vending machines with sodas and snacks. Spacious guest rooms can occupy restless progeny with pay-per-view movies, video games and complimentary wireless Internet access.

Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach

The 320-room Red Lion Hotel in north Portland features breathtaking views of the Columbia River and lies in close proximity to several youth-driven attractions, such as the Jantzen Beach Center, Oregon Zoo and Portland International Raceway. The 100-percent smoke-free property features a bevy of ways for youngsters to stay occupied, including a 75-foot seasonal outdoor pool, two tennis courts, and a boat dock offering sailing, fishing, canoeing and jet-skiing. The on-site Shenanigans Restaurant offers a diverse family-style menu with entrees ranging from pastas to burgers to salads, while room amenities include 32-inch LCD TVs with premium cable channels and private balconies with river or courtyard views. Babysitting services are also available, and pets are welcome too. Best of all, kids under 18 stay free.

Hotel Vintage Plaza

The Hotel Vintage Plaza is a AAA four-diamond property nestled close to Pioneer Square and the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, which features laser light shows and hand-on exhibits for kids of all ages. The concierge provides parents with a list of child-friendly activities in the area like restaurants, parks and enriching classes. Kids under 12 receive a welcome gift upon arrival, while child-sized animal print robes are available for loan or purchase. The on-site Pazzo Ristorante provides high-chairs and booster seats, and guests who order room service can have them delivered to their rooms. Each colorfully decorated guest room or suite not only features modern amenities like flat-panel TVs and luxury bath products, but child safety kits as well, with nightlights, outlet covers and toilet latches.

About the Author

Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 22 years, from articles and short stories to novels and screenplays. He is a consummate foodie, loves to travel and has run several businesses, all of which influence his work. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA.