Holiday Inn Makes Traveling With Kids Easy…and Enjoyable (Surprise!)

By | October 9, 2017 |

In the interest of full disclosure, I love to travel — but that was before I became a dad. Traveling with my kids gives me a pretty solid dose of anxiety.

“Will the accommodations be kid-friendly?”

“Will there be enough good food?”

“Will they have fun?”

An experience that used to be fun and relaxing now was a pressure-cooker. That’s not to say traveling with my kiddos was miserable, but it was difficult to find places that actually understand how stressful it can be for parents with young children on vacation. Thankfully the good folks at Holiday Inn know exactly what they’re doing. My family enjoyed two very unique vacations this summer — to beautiful Mazatlán and a fun staycation in Anaheim, California respectively — and we were not disappointed.

Let’s see how they tackled each of my three concerns:

Will the accommodations be kid-friendly?

In both Holiday Inn locations, our room had a separate space for our kids that was nicer than their bedroom at home. It had bunk beds, a television, a small fridge, and a door for privacy. It was great to know that my kids could come back and enjoy a little bit of rest and relaxation in style.

But that’s not all. The pools were epic. Just look at the one in Mazatlán.

I mean, does it get any better than this? I don’t think so.

In other words, you know the accommodations are great when the most challenging aspect of a vacation is to get your kids to leave the hotel you’re staying in.

Will there be enough good food?

When you’re away from a familiar place, this can be a problem. I can’t count how many times I’ve traveled only to find nothing that my kids will eat on a menu. That wasn’t the case for us because both locations had amazing food — especially in Anaheim where we discovered Burger Theory.

To write this place off as a run-of-the-mill burger joint would be a huge disservice. They served up some of the best burgers I’ve had in ages. That alone would’ve been enough, but the fact that kids eat for free pushed it over the top. In today’s world, either great food isn’t free or free food isn’t great. To actually find a place where great food is actually free for my girls was one of the best parts of my staycation.

Will my kids have fun?

This was an emphatic YES. Seeing the sights and sounds of scenic Mazatlán and spending a few days at the Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland) certainly contributed to the “fun meter.” But there were a few under-the-radar aspects to our vacations that made both trips extremely memorable.

For starters, in Mazatlán we received some of the best customer service you could imagine. My youngest daughter celebrated her 4th birthday there and the crew at the Holiday Inn Resort decided to throw her a surprise birthday party. Check it out.

Did they have to do this? Of course not. But they did because they treated every guest like family. We will never forget this experience. A gesture like this went a long way with us.

But wait, there’s more.

The girls had an opportunity to see some of their favorite Scholastic characters come to life at the Anaheim hotel. Arts, crafts, and a coloring contest with Clifford the Big Red Dog were just a few of the fun activities my daughters were able to enjoy.

Needless to say, all of my concerns were handled by the amazing team at these Holiday Inn hotels. But it wasn’t just about handling concerns, my experiences there renewed my joy for traveling while alleviating the stress of vacationing with tiny humans.

Put simply, Holiday Inn just gets it.

Doyin Richards is the editor behind Daddy Doin’ Work. Doyin Richards is a dad, husband, author, and blogger committed to celebrating great dads and evolving fatherhood worldwide. 

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