Looking for a Family Style Hotel Review or Trip Review? – You’re in Luck!

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Part of what I hope to do in 2013 is bring some new tools and better organization to this site.  When you first start blogging it is inconceivable that a) anyone will read what you write anyway and b) that you will eventually have enough content that it needs to be organized to be useful, so you just start throwing up some posts and don’t give much thought to what will happen when there are eventually hundreds and then thousands of posts to sift through.  It’s still humbling and amazing that folks read this site, but it is now very easy to believe that I need some tools to make some content easier to find and utilize.

The first one of these tools that is now ready is a listing of the hotel reviews and some trip reports that I have completed since launching this site.  There are a few that are back-logged I need to complete and add to the list, but more or less it is now functional.  I will be adding to the list as I am able to visit more hotels in the future.  I know I like to be able to read multiple reviews of a hotel before I decide if it is right for my family, so feel free to add this tool to your list of resources to utilize when making that decision going forward.

Soon I hope to have a drop down listing of various travel planning tools to help planning a family trip a little easier, but this is a start.  If you can think of other things you would like to see added to this site in 2013 let me know and I’ll see what I can do.  Thanks!  In case you are curious, here are the hotel reviews and such that are currently available from that brand new tab.

United States


Grand Hyatt San Francisco

Hyatt Regency Orange County


Westin Beaver Creek Mountain Villas

Westin Beaver Creek Resort and Spa Part 1

Westin Beaver Creek Resort and Spa Part 2


Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Part 1


Holiday Inn Elk Grove

Park Hyatt Chicago


Hyatt Regency Wichita

New York:

Andaz Fifth Avenue – Splash Suite

Crowne Plaza Times Square

Grand Hyatt New York

Grand Hyatt New York – VIP Suite

Hyatt 48 Lex (Manhattan)

Lost Lodge (Plattsburgh)


The Mirage Hotel and Casino

New Jersey:

Renaissance Newark Airport

North Carolina:

Beach Time Out House (Outer Banks)


Houston Park Inn

Hyatt Regency Austin

Aloft Austin at the Domain

The Westin Austin at the Domain

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa (2012)

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa (San Antonio) Part 1

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa (San Antonio) Part 2

Westin La Cantera Resort San Antonio Part 1

Westin La Cantera Resort San Antonio Part 2


Radisson Hotel Reagan Airport (Arlington)

Washington DC:

Donovan House

Park Hyatt Washington


Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel

Hyatt Regency Montreal

Great Britain:

The May Fair (London)


Park Hyatt Zurich


Things to Do With Kids:


San Antonio

Plattsburgh/Lake Champlain

San Francisco

Beaver Creek

Outer Banks

New York City

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  1. Many of us travel with pets and it’s hard to find any info on that angle anywhere. Half the hotel search sites don’t even have pets as a search option.

  2. Nice post, mommypoints. I was wondering if you had any info. on using hotel reward points to book 4 family members (mom/dad, 2 children under 16) into one room. It seems all of the bloggers use their points for 2 adults for one room. I’ve got about 300,000 hilton points and am hoping to get to Barcelona this summer but I don’t want to use double the amount for two rooms at the same time. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for this – I am focusing on Ultimate Rewards and Starwood points so the reviews of the Westin and Hyatt hotels are very helpful. I also live in Houston so frequent some of the same hotels as you – I love Lost Pines but have not tried out the Hill Country Resort yet. I may booking The Westin La Cantera in San Antonio over Memorial Day using the free night I got from the targeted Starwood promotion, and cash and points. It will make for a very inexpensive hotel stay. Now I just have to get around the fact that Starwood only lets you book rooms online for C&P for 2 people – even with 2 queen beds :).

  4. I see alot of Hyatt’s here & was wondering –

    I just happened when looking @ google to come across Hyatt Residences – absolutely stunning properties.

    For example I was looking @ Hyatt Siesta Beach – Beautiful
    2,000 sqaure feet condo’s granite kitchen spa bathrooms, stunning views.

    The price is $709 a night – expensive. But then I called Hyatt & they said I could use points but it is hard since there are not so many rooms.

    Only 23,000 if you can get it!!!

    Hyatt cocunut plantation is 15,000 points for a 1 bedroom condo!

    How come I have not seen any one write about this?

    Am I missing something – this looks like the absolute best use of points to get a room in these time share units.

  5. Yes, we have a number problem with awards also…when we travel internationally. It’s me, my husband and 4 kids (aged 18-12). We get two award rooms with 3 people in each room. Awards are designed for 2 people, so it’s kinda tough…or I feel like a mooch or something.

  6. I received my Sbx e-certificate too. Thanks again! Ever since having a kid, I’m find Starbucks drive-thru to be the best invention ever. =)

  7. Thanks for addressing the needs of families traveling with children. Now that our very small daughter just turned 13, we are even more frustrated with the exorbitant extra per person charges in Europe that have absolutely no relationship to the extra costs born by the hotel.
    We just returned from Spain and France over Christmas. Found Marriott and Spg very difficult to work with, but the Hilton Diagonal Mar in Barcelona was fabulous in every regard.
    Would love for this information regarding children staying with parents to be more widely available. Even more frustrating that hotels have the nerve to call a 13 year old child an adult. At least just say, we charge extra for children and don’t make it so hard to figure out on the web site.

  8. I’m glad some of y’all like this new tab. In terms of traveling overseas with kids, this series of posts that looks at each chains’ policies and availability may help.http://mommypoints.boardingarea.com/2012/11/28/family-friendly-hotels-ihg-and-priority-club/ (the link is to a look at Priority Club, but within that is a link to the Hyatt and Hilton review as well).

    Bottom line is that it isn’t always possible to have as many in a room in Europe as you can in the US (though 3 is usually doable). There are some hotels and locations that are more flexible than others, but you will hit a point where two rooms is the best option.

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