Family-friendly European Hotels

How nice would it be to stay at a hotel which doesn’t accommodate your children, but instead caters to them? Having developed web sites for U.S. bed and breakfasts, I’m accustomed to folks in the lodging industry tiptoeing around the baby issue, wanting to do nothing which would encourage family bookings.

View of a room in the Baby and Kinderhotel showing a crib and a toddler bedSo, stumbling upon Baby and Kinderhotel in Carinthia, Austria was a mind blower. It’s the perfect alternative to EuroDisney.

Check out this partial list of amenities, some for kids, some for parents (some cost extra, of course):

  • Baby care products, baby bath, cradle, crib, diaper pail, baby monitor, strollers, etc.
  • Daycare services for kids as young as 7 days
  • Laundry service
  • Gourmet cuisine with vegetarian option
  • Dietary consideration for "skin diseases" (allergies?)
  • Parents can dine separately as kids are supervised
  • On-call doctor
  • Pub with terrace and barbecue area
  • Skiing with instructors for 2 years and up
  • Film cinema with stage for puppet theatre, etc.
  • Magic school / open-air theater / Trike Grand Prix / PirateLand & sandbox
  • Baby swim classes
  • Table tennis / Tennis court / squash court
  • Tree house / jump castle / soccer pitch
  • Donkey, goats, sheep, duck pond, rabbits, chickens
  • Indoor pool, sauna, tanning studio, massage, and beauty treatments

(Use the site map to navigate because the normal navigation is scattered, or just see the linked room photos.)

The fun isn’t limited to Austria. Before your next Euro-jaunt, visit to see if there will be a pamper palace near you.

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