Forget about those free crayons and coloring books, hotels are royally spoiling kids with some truly amazing perks and amenities.
Peninsula Chicago – The royal Princess for a Day experience technically lasts just 24 hours, but having people curtsy for you might have long-lasting effects. The “staff of attendants” at the Peninsula Chicago will princess-ize your mini monarch with hair, makeup and nail services, then fit her for a gown and tiara, before she heads downstairs for an Afternoon Tea, where she can perfect her princess skills (manners, curtsying, holding a tea cup just right). Next, she gets taken in a horse-drawn, pumpkin-shaped carriage to the shop of her choice (say, Disney or American Girl). The day is capped off with a welcome-back from the staff (who clearly got curtsying lessons, too) and a glass-slipper-fitting with a prince. The Princess for a Day package starts at $3,500.
The Plaza Hotel, New York – The Manhattan icon is more famous for its Eloise suite—festooned with the children’s book character—and the opportunity to have high tea in the hotel’s Palm Court. But kids who prefer armor to frills can also book the Plaza’s Tower Suite, decorated a la medieval castle (and stocked with knight-themed costumes, toys, books and DVDs) and enjoy an arranged picnic at Belvedere Castle in Central Park. The Knights of the Plaza package, which also includes a handy $100 gift certificate to FAO Schwartz, starts at $1,345 a night.
Trump Hotel Soho – Your kid can vacation like a CEO at the Trump Hotel in downtown Manhattan. Its Young Entrepreneurs program offers kids ages 3 to 17 personalized business cards at registration, a monogrammed child-sized robe, and access to mini-power events, such as March’s YoungBiz USA, a two-hour class for kids about honing social skills and the fine art of networking. The Young Entrepreneurs program is free when you book the NYC Family Getaway Package, which starts at $515 and also includes free breakfast for your titan of industry.
Check out the rest of the sweet kid themed perks in this list compiled by mintime including those at the Ritz Carlton Chicago, Four Seasons New York, Beverly Wilshire, and St. Regis San Francisco.