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If you have a family of five like I do, you probably know finding hotels for large family is not an easy task, especially if you want to redeem points for the stay. The job gets even harder when you have a family of eight like Dan does!
Hotels for a large family
Have you ever tried to squeeze your large family into a hotel room that is meant for four? If you have, you would know that arrangement simply makes the stay uncomfortable. You are bound to hear kids complain! Whenever my family vacation in Mexico, we usually stay in a two-bedroom-two-bathroom unit at timeshare resorts. We all love the space! But domestically, it is a bit more challenging to find hotels that could fit a family of 5 to 8 people. Here is a short list of hotels with big rooms and free breakfast:
- Hyatt Place
- Hyatt House
- Residence Inn by Marriott
- Homewood Suites by Hilton
- Home2Suites by Hilton
- Embassy Suites by Hilton
- Staybridge Suites by IHG
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites by IHG
Most of these brands have rooms with two beds plus a sofa bed that can fit 5 or 6 people. Some even have two bedroom suites with full kitchen that can fit up to 8 people, and several of those are on the list of hotels that give dinner for free as well. Because they are part of a hotel chain, you can often redeem points for a free stay!
Each hotel chain also operates vacation ownership properties (aka timeshare). Vacation properties often have two bedroom units that can easily fit a family of 8. But most of the time you can not redeem loyalty points, or it requires a ton of points for just one night. If you are willing to pay cash, you can always consider renting a week from timeshare owners (the best source is probably Redweek).
- Marriott Vacation Club
- Sheraton Vacation Club
- Westin Vacation Club
- Hyatt Vacation Club
- Holiday Inn Clubs Vacation
- Hilton Grand Vacation Club
- Wyndam Vacation Clubs
Awesome redemption of hotels for large family
Believe or not, sometimes I choose our vacation destination based on what hotel accommodation I can find. I do not want to pay for two rooms if I can avoid it. A few years back, after spending Christmas in southwest Florida with my in-laws, we took the high-speed ferry from Fort Myers beach to Key West and spent five wonderful nights there. The trigger? Sheraton Suites Key West had rooms that fit all five of us at 12,000 points per night, and 5th night was free! It would have cost us well over $500 a night because our stay included New Year’s Eve. One summer we made a three-day detour to Ocean City Maryland on our drive from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. We did that because I found Holiday Inn Suites for 35,000 a night and the non-fancy room fit all five of us just fine!
Below is a list of hotels that not only fit a large family, but also offer tremendous value for your points! Some of these hotels my family or Dan’s family have been, while others I learned through my trip planning. Have you ever used points at any awesome hotels for your large family? If so, please share with us in the comments below.
|Destination||Hotel Name||Hotel Program||5th night free||Points Required Per night||Sample Rates||Type of Room|
|Key West, FL||Sheraton Suites Key West||Starwood||Yes||12,000 SPG points or 36,000 Marriott points||$371 on 7/4|
$770 on 12/31
|Two double beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
|New York City, NY||Doubletree Suites Time Square||Hilton||Yes for elite||80,000||$400 on 7/4||Two double beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
|Ocean City, MD||Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites||Hilton||Yes for elite||80,000||$560 on 7/5||1 bedroom oceanfront suite with 2 queen beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
|Ocean City, MD||Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites||IHG||No||40,000||$490 on 7/4||1 bedroom suite with 2 queen beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
|Honolulu, HI||Hyatt Place Waikiki||Hyatt||No||12,000||$234 on 7/4||Two queen beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
|Maui, HI||Residence Inn Maui||Marriott||Yes||45,000 Marriott points or 15,000 SPG points||$329 on 7/4||Two double beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
|Park City, UT||Hyatt Place Park||Hyatt||No||15,000||$360 on 7/4||Two queen beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
|Washington DC||Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall||Hyatt||No||12,000||$360 on 7/4||Two queen beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
|Washington DC||Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House||Hyatt||No||12,000||$345 on 7/4||Two queen beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
|Seattle, WA||Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown||Hyatt||No||12,000||$370 on 7/4||Two queen beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
|Seattle, WA||Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown||Hyatt||No||12,000||$324 on 7/4||Two queen beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
|Orlando, FL||Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort||IHG||No||35,000||$200 on 12/31||2 bedroom 2 bath suite with full kitchen, sleeps 8|
|Scottsdale, AZ||Holiday Inn Clubs Vacations Scottsdale||IHG||No||25,000||$326 on 12/31||2 bedroom 2 bath suite with full kitchen, sleeps 5|
|Clearwater Beach, FL||Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites Sand Key||Marriott||Yes||40,000 Marriott points or|
13,334 SPG points
|$293 on 7/4||1 bedroom two double beds plus sofa bed, sleeps 6|
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