Miami has excellent family hotels — even amid the South Beach party scene — but we scoured the city looking for the select few hotels that not only offer great features for kids but also have a safe, convenient location, rooms large enough to sleep a family (and with cribs available), affordable kids’ dining alternatives, and a comfortable atmosphere for young children. Check out our picks for the best kid-friendly hotels in Miami!
Unlike at most other Miami hotels, the Kids Club at the Trump is free. The large, family-size rooms all have kitchenettes, and many suites also include washer/dryers. The grotto-style pool comes with a broad shallow area that's great for little swimmers. Plus, there's always Globie -- the hotel mascot -- who entertains kids around the pool.
Since more than two-thirds of the Acqualina is dedicated to family residences -- not hotel rooms -- the hotel comes with a relaxed, kid-focused air. All standard rooms come with elegant sofas that pull out to queen beds. The hotel's kids' program, AcquaMarine -- open Wednesday through Sunday for children ages 4 to 12 -- focuses on all things oceanic, from the Coast Guard to science projects about waves. The kids' room features a complete computer gaming center.
The Loews is one of South Beach's first family hotels, and its "Loews Loves Kids" motto still rings true. Enthusiastic counselors host beach tours and Nintendo Wii competitions at the Kids Camp, the Toy Library loans out beach shovels, and the hotel can even send DVDs and PlayStation games up to your room. Plus, there's the Loews' enormous -- and shallow -- free-form pool.
Among the Fontainebleau's eight pools are several shallow pools for kids to splash around in, as well as a swing for the water-shy. The kids' club -- for 4- to 12-year-olds -- features supervising instructors to lead various sports, art, and drama activities. Full-day programs are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include a lunch for $75 per child. Half-day programs -- held twice daily and excluding the meal -- are $50. A crib or rollaway can be a tight squeeze in the small, Art Deco-era rooms, but larger suites are also available.
There's no kids' club, but the Biltmore offers great activities for children. Apart from tennis lessons, children can also learn how to play golf on the freshly restored Donald Ross 18-hole par 71 course. Kids receive training from the hotel's award-winning chefs at the unique culinary class. And let's not forget the massive, free-form pool, with synchronized swimmers doing vintage routines.
Though the Ritz-Carlton is located in a prime party section of South Beach, families still flock to its enormous pool. "Ritz Kidz" -- the hotel's supervised club for children ages 5 to 12 -- is open from Thursday through Saturday and offers various activities, from kite decorating to video games to basic Spanish lessons.
Something for everyone: a world-class golf; a full-service spa; a pool with a waterslide. And it's all graced with warm, friendly service in a scenic resort setting. There's Camp Doral for kids 5-12, which includes swimming, arts, fishing, karaoke, sports, and more. Kids' menus are available at most restaurants, which is crucial because you're stuck eating all your meals at the resort. The Doral even makes golf family-friendly: club rental and greens fees are free for adolescents (or anyone under 15 who can play 18 holes) when they're accompanied by an adult.
An award-winning golf course, beautiful pools, elegant rooms (though generic), and an amazing spa make the Turnberry Isle Miami a true luxury retreat. But there's little to eat beyond the compound's gate, and even the Aventura Mall is several minutes away. Digging deep to pay for ordinary grub can get painful.
The Four Seasons is synonymous with top-notch service, and the 221-room Four Seasons Miami is no exception. This hotel is cooly elegant and immaculately maintained, with an elite fitness center, sophisticated steakhouse, and two large and lovely pool areas. Modern rooms are spacious with big, luxurious bathrooms; some have expansive water views. The Four Seasons Miami has a two-acre main pool, a children's pool, and a large shallow pool for toe-dipping and lounging.