Hotels That Offer a Full Kitchen Available on Points

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Outside of lodging and transportation one pricey but unavoidable cost that can really hit families hard on vacation are meal costs.  Most families have long since learned how to keep food costs lower at home by cooking, packing snacks, hunting down “kids eat free” nights, or otherwise knowing where they can turn to feed their crew without taking out a small loan in the process.  However, on vacation many of those tricks and tips can be hard to implement, especially if you are staying in a traditional hotel room with no kitchen.

In addition to being costly, when you eat out constantly on the road you are running the risk of everyone not necessarily eating well balanced meals as you might like.  Over a period of time this can start to take a toll on everyone!  If someone in your traveling party happens to have a food allergy or dietary restrictions then the prospect of eating out for days on end gets even more challenging.

For all these reasons, and more, many families like to keep things simple and cheaper by having access to a kitchen while on vacation.  There are lots of ways to ensure you have access to a kitchen on vacation, but many who read this site like to have access to a full kitchen while still traveling using hotel points.  That requirement does narrow down the number hotel chains you can consider, but there are still options that I will lay out below.

As you will quickly see, most of the time the lodging options that have kitchens also are designed to provide more space in general in the form of a junior or one-bedroom suites.  Many also have access to free laundry facilities, complimentary breakfast or evening happy hours, free internet, and some are even pet friendly.  In other words, they are often designed as more extended stay locations, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make good use of them for short weekend getaways.

I have omitted hotels that have kitchenettes as they aren’t really functional for full meals, though they can still be useful for snacks and select meals.  I have also omitted one-off properties or room types that may occasionally have a kitchen (for example in large suites only), but where it isn’t the standard offering for that type of property.

You can head here to see various rewards credit cards that will be helpful in racking up points to stay at these families of hotels. 

IHG Rewards

Candlewood Suites:  These suites have “fully equipped kitchens well-stocked with everything a hungry home-chef needs to settle in and start cooking: fridge, stovetop, microwave, plenty of counter space and of course, a dishwasher.”  They also typically have an outdoor grill you can use along with grilling utensils available.

Candlewood Suites Kitchen

Staybridge Suites: Another IHG points option is Staybridge Suites that offer a cooktop stove, microwave, full refrigerator and dishwasher.  They also offer complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily and complimentary evening receptions on select weekday nights.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations – check each property individually for kitchen details

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt House:  Hyatt House offers studio, one, and two-bedroom suites with “fully-fitted kitchens, comfy living rooms, spacious bedrooms and stylish bathrooms, so you’ll no longer have to use your bed as the sofa and dinner table combo.”  The kitchens are reported to be fully stocked with full size fridges, pots, pans, cooktop, dishwasher, and more.  Some even advertise they will go grocery shopping for you!

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Hyatt House Pittsburgh – South Side Kitchen

A cool feature about Hyatt House brands is that in addition to the kitchens, they also offer the complimentary Morning Spread with a build-your-own Omelet Bar, fresh fruit and other breakfast goodness served daily. Read more for participating locations.  Many also have an Evening Social Monday -Thursday 5:30-7:00PM with free eats, beer and wine (some Hyatt House locations offer a full bar and menu in lieu of the Evening Social)
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Hyatt Residence Club – check each property individually for kitchen details

Marriott Rewards

Residence Inn: Residence Inn offers fully equipped in-suite kitchens with full-sized refrigerator, stove, microwave and coffeemaker.  They also advertize free grocery delivery, complimentary evening socials, and free daily hot breakfast “with a variety of healthy and indulgent options”.

TownePlace Suites: Marriott TownePlace Suites offer kitchens with full sized appliances, cookware, dishes, and appliances.  They also offer free daily breakfast with cereals, muffins, oatmeal, and juices.

Marriott Vacation Club – check each property individually for kitchen details

Hilton HHonors

Homewood Suites by Hilton:  These suites offer a kitchen with full sized appliances, silverware, and dishes, as well as a free grocery delivery service.  They also offer free hot breakfast, and evening socials with complimentary beer, wine, and snacks Monday – Thursday.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford-Farmington Kitchen

 

Home2 Suites by Hilton:  These suites have a kitchen with a full sized refrigerator and dishwasher as well as a cooktop burner and accessories that you can check out at the front desk (this does not sound quiet as convenient as some other chains).  They also offer free breakfast cereals, six rotating warm, artisan breakfast sandwiches, waffles, oatmeal, grits, and yogurt.  Also of note they advertise saline pools, walking trails, and outdoor grills.

Hilton Grand Vacations – check each property individually for kitchen details

Starwood Preferred Guest

Element by Westin: This may be the extended stay kitchen-friendly option that is most intriguing to me personally.  It is a newer brand on the scene that is currently expanding (available in/coming to Aspen Valley, Orlando, Boston, Austin, New York City, and more).  They offer full-sized, energy-efficient appliances including a refrigerator, cooktop, microwave and dishwasher.  They also stock the kitchens with pots, pans, knives, utensils, dishes, cutlery and glasses.  Their free breakfast consists of things like smoothie shooters to savory signature hot breakfast wraps as well as fresh fruit, yogurt and cereal.  They also have complimentary evening socials at least three times a week with food, beverages, and a smoothie!

Element Houston Vintage Park Kitchen

Element Houston Vintage Park Kitchen

Starwood Vacation Ownership Villas– check each property for kitchen details

This list is obviously not an exhaustive list of all chains and all properties that offer kitchens, but it should give you a good start on researching where you can stay on points and still have a full kitchen for your crew.  That full kitchen will give you an opportunity to save even more money while traveling and offer more nutritious options to your family than just fast food on the go.

What is your go-to chain to stay at on points while enjoying amenities such as a full service kitchen?

Comments

  1. Good to see those options exist on points..
    But, A vacation is a … vacation :). No cooking. Period. Atleast, thats how we like our vacations.
    A refrigerator and microwave oven is enough 🙂

  2. Thanks for posting this! With a large family and diet restrictions, I try to find lodging where we can bring our own food. I will be bookmarking this list for future reference!

  3. This is exactly the type of article that I appreciate advice on. thx so much. And surprisingly unlike other blogs you didnt have to insert 12 links and mentions about the citi prestige. Appreciate that even more

  4. One of the best post for me. I hate paying $10 $20 for breakfast and $30 for dinner . With a child and a couple, we can save money by bringing our own grocery or buy for cheap and Can enjoy healthy and delicious home cooled dinner eve while on vacation. No need to eat expensive junk foods.

  5. Great information – thanks! For us, traveling with a 1 and 4 year old can make a restaurant meal more effort than it is worth. Another cheap option could be “scoring” a last minute time share with a full kitchen. We recently returned from Wyndham Bonnet Creek, where we prepared all but 2 of our meals in the condo. The owner had to make a last minute cancellation and we got it for $400 for the week. At this point in life, our SPG/Hyatt/Marriott points will probably be used for dad-mom trips. Nevertheless, thanks again for the info!

  6. Just subscribed to your blog and it seems to be good timing. Agree with many of the other comments on here. Wife and I have a 10 month old and if we go somewhere, having a kitchen is important. Our first major upcoming vacations were booked on Homeaway/VRBO for this reason.

    I don’t believe you can’t have just as much fun while also saving money and eating somewhat healthy. I’d counter anyone’s suggestion that it takes more time to eat-in while on vacation (with children/kids). Between getting ready to head out, parking, waiting for food, eating dinner and heading out it’s a bigger hassle most of the time from a time vacuum alone. Note, I’m not even factoring in the savings of eating your own food. Furthermore, when we’re on a vacation and want to stay active and have long days it requires eating healthy foods so you don’t feel bogged down. With that said, of course we eat out when on vacation! We just prefer to have a balance between eating out and eating in while on vacation and having a kitchen helps us do this.

    We also booked a stay at the Hyatt House in Santa Clara this July. Haven’t stayed there before, but I do know we’re getting a kitchen so I’m very pleased with this. Also got good value out of Chase points -> Hyatt -> 8,000 points for a $250+ room. 🙂 As I stated I’ve never stayed at Hyatt House, but thus far it seems like a great value.

    This page will definitely save me some legwork in picking out future hotels and accommodations. Thanks!

  7. I traveled a lot for walk from 2008-2011. My employer had a policy that we use opaque booking engines like Priceline and Hotwire. Many times, I wound up at an Extended Stay America (or one of its sister properties). I was always impressed with the large rooms and well equipped kitchens.

    While they may not be as fancy or have the cachet of other name brands, and their frequent guest program is much smaller, I’ve found them to be pleasant and functional when I wanted to eat out less and prepare my own meals more.

  8. Thanks so much. With 4 kids and a shoe string budget in which travel wouldn’t be possible at all without points this is just the type of information I’ve been looking for!

    • Daniel, they pretty much all offer separate bedroom, but it just depends which room type you book. Many start with studios. On points, some offer larger rooms for the standard points level and some do not. For the ones that don’t you may be able to book larger room types for additional points, for a cash co-pay, or simply by calling and asking nicely.

  9. I’m so glad so many of you found the article useful. I totally agree that with young kids eating in can be much easier than loading up to head to a restaurant for dinner at the end of a busy vacation day!

  10. I don’t think I agree with the “less hassle” view. No doubt less expensive but in most cases, I think it has to be more hassle eating in. For most hotels, there is going to be way more restaurants closer to the hotel than there are grocery stores. Also, if you are in the middle of your vacation day, away from the hotel, then having to go back to the hotel to eat blows a big hole in your day. Just to pick an example (not to pick on anyone), but if you are staying in Disney World at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek, there are at least a few restaurants in walking distance, but the nearest grocery store is half an hour away. And if you are in Animal Kingdom when you get hungry, it is pretty easy to stop at the Yak n Yeti and continue on with your vacation. Leaving the park to go back to the Wyndham, make your meal, eat and then go back to the park is going to be a lot more hassle, even if you already have done your grocery shopping. Doing this twice a day for lunch and dinner will probably leave with 4 less hours per day for activities. This comes from someone who has 4 children and rents out vacation rentals in the Disney area for a living. I would never claim that renting a home from us and eating every meal there is going to be less hassle. It is going to be way cheaper for sure, but I really don’t buy the less hassle argument.

    • It all depends but I agree generally returning for lunch would be tough unless you are there for nap time anyway. However, you could easily pack sandwiches or something for the day for lunch. That’s beyond what I personally do, but it wouldn’t really add much hassle.

    • To me, when you have a baby that requires 2 naps per day, being able to eat in your hotel room is hands down the best vacation strategy to both maximize your happiness and take advantage of all the area has to offer. It’s more hassle than it’s worth to plan things to do for fun in chunks (hours between their nap) AND also use that valuable time to find a place to eat. Dealing with a tired and grumpy baby really is a killjoy when on vacation. Your example of eating at the park instead of going back to the hotel isn’t really applicable in a situation where your baby requires a nap because we’d want to go back to the hotel anyways. Our daughter isn’t one to fall asleep with stuff going on and/or in a noisy environment. She’ll do an energizer bunny routine, all while putting on a grumpy face, so going back to the hotel is a must.

      Depending on how you get to your hotel (drive or fly), you can buy groceries at home or at a nearby grocery store and just stock them in your fridge for your stay. Loaf of bread, lunch meat, peanut butter and jelly, yogurt, string cheese etc. These are all great grab-and-go foods that require little time to make. Nowadays you can find several foods already prepared so the time to make it isn’t a big deal. Not to mention when they’re napping, you’re going to have that downtime!

      I’m sure this is a very YMMV thing, but for us this is by far the best approach when going on vacations. Note that I didn’t use the money savings justification either; my point was purely from a time and happiness perspective.

  11. I will admit that while staying at the Park Hyatt Sydney (on points!) that we had breakfast in room with yogurt, and breakfast breads & fruit from the nearby farmer’s market. Much easier than paying for a fancy breakfast that my picky eldest wouldn’t eat much of anyway and worrying about disturbing the other guests. Also while staying at the Port Douglas Sheraton (also on points!), I made a hot breakfast via breads and spreads wrapped in foil and pressed by the iron.

    This summer we will be traveling in Oregon. SPG and Hyatt don’t have much of a footprint there, but there does seem to be a number of Choice hotels that offer suites and additional appliances (microwave, refrigerator, etc.). That is another chain to consider.

  12. agreed that a kitchen is a must for our family of four on a budget. plus we get to explore the local farmers markets, meet locals and plug into the community. last year in Kauai we were invited to visit a farm and pick fruit and see how the farm was run. very fun for the kids. visiting local grocery stores is a fantastic way to learn a lot about the area you are visiting. nothing describes the local economy/social structure/politics more than the food on offer in a given place.

    • Great point! In addition to the previously mentioned (dietary restrictions, saving money, infant nap time), seeing how the locals grow food and what they eat is an experience of its own.

  13. I’m having trouble using rewards points at some of the IHG properties that have kitchens (Candlewood and Staybridge). It seems that I can get a room with points if I want to sleep two, but the problem is we’re a family of four! I’m going to give Hilton a closer look. We used to stay at Hampton Inn a lot before kids and before we discovered VRBO/Home Away and IHG’s Suites properties. I think I’m booking Homewood Suites on our next vacation.

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