10 Family-Friendly Hotels and Inns in Connecticut

The cheery Inn at Harbor Hill Marina offers ocean views from private balconies and is close to the boardwalk. Photo courtesy of the inn
The cheery Inn at Harbor Hill Marina offers ocean views from private balconies and is close to the boardwalk. Photo courtesy of the inn

Whether you're weekend tripping around Connecticut or splurging on a staycation, a spacious hotel room designed with kids in mind means a fun evening for children (and peace of mind for parents). These hotels tick the family-friendly boxes, offering amenities like bunk beds, pools, special activities...even bedtime cookies and milk! For a small state, Connecticut has plenty of family-friendly attractions, so whether you want to immerse yourself in art, a nautical experience, or enjoy the solitude of nature, we have you covered with hotel recommendations, from New Haven to Hartford to Mystic.

The Whaler's Inn - Mystic
Another comfortable and historical place to stay at while exploring the Mystic area is The Whaler's Inn. Kid-approved amenities include nautical decor, complimentary afternoon treats, and junior suites that feature youth-sized bunk beds in separate alcove areas (with their own televisions). Some reservation packages include admission for two to Mystic Aquarium or a sailing adventure.  

Kids will love the upper bunk while Mom and Dad get the lower bunk! Photo courtesy of The Whaler's Inn

Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa - Groton
Located just 5 miles from Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium, and 4 miles from USS Nautilus, the hotel provides comfortable access to major attractions. After a day of exploration, families can enjoy the indoor pool, dine at the onsite restaurant, or relax in rooms that come equipped with a mini-fridge, coffee maker, and flat screen television. Larger families can request connecting rooms and cribs are available upon request. A shuttle service takes guests anywhere within a five-mile radius of the hotel, so leave the car in park and enjoy the Mystic area. 

Hampton Inn Springfield South Enfield - Enfield 
Newly renovated, the hotel features an on-site restaurant, indoor pool, and free breakfast. Basic rooms have free WiFi, coffee makers, and pull-out sofas, while suites feature mini fridges, microwaves, and sitting areas. Located 5 miles from Six Flags New England and under 10 miles from downtown Springfield, you can definitely set your sights on this hotel for an overnight getaway.

The giant outdoor swimming pool at Fox Tower has plenty of room for your little fish to cool off. Photo courtesy of Foxwoods

The Fox Tower at Foxwoods – Mashantucket
Though Foxwoods is often considered synonymous with casinos and gambling, don't discount it as a great destination with the kids. Featuring great swimming pools, the Tree House Arcade, Sugar Factory, bowling, go-karting, and close access to the impressive Mashantucket Pequot Museum, this hotel will definitely keep the kids happy and entertained. 

Hartford Marriott Downtown - Hartford 
Featuring executive suites to accommodate larger families, the hotel is next door to the Connecticut Science Center and a short distance from other city attractions, such as the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Old Connecticut State House. Enjoy luxurious bedding, an indoor pool and whirlpool, continental breakfast (fees apply), vending machines, and video games. Whether you're looking to catch a minor league baseball game, a concert, or a theater production, this hotel will keep you in the heart of downtown action. 

Hampton Inn by Hilton Shelton - Shelton
It has a pool slide! Nothing else needs to be said, but when you add cribs, high chairs, complimentary hot breakfast, a 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, rooms with mini refrigerators and microwaves, and a heated indoor pool with a 150-foot waterslide, this hotel is as family-friendly as it gets. Within 3 to 12 miles, you'll also find yourself at PEZ Visitor Center, Beardsley Zoo, and SportsCenter of Connecticut. 

Enjoy the sunset and s'mores. Photo courtesy of Interlaken Inn ​

Interlaken Inn - Lakeville 
If you're craving a serene getaway, head for the Litchfield Hills. Nestled between two lakes and set on 30 sprawling acres of lawns and gardens, the hotel features traditional rooms, suites with fireplaces, townhouses, or a lakeside cottage with a screened-in porch and outdoor firepit. Some rooms have balconies while others include refrigerators. In addition to the comforts of the inn, the area offers opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, picnicking, playing yard games, swimming, an indoor game room, and much more. Off property, you'll be able to enjoy hiking, ziplining in the Berkshires, horse riding, golf, and other yearround attractions. 

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina - Niantic
Situated in a marina and within a short walk from Hole-in-the Wall Beach, Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, and Niantic Bay Boardwalk, this charming hotel offers a prime Niantic location. It features free breakfast and WiFi, private balconies, fireplaces, and ocean views. If you have light sleepers in the family, ask for rooms that are farthest from the nearby passing trains. Family getaway packages include three tickets to the children's museum, a voucher for two children's book at the Downtown Book Barn, a $20 credit to Gumdrops & Lollipops, complimentary milk and cookies after dinner, and use of the library (reserved for family board game time). 

Homewood Suites by Hilton - Southington
Whether you're in town seeking thrills at Lake Compounce, celebrating fall at the Southington Apple Harvest Festival, or looking for adventure on the Mount Southington ski slopes, this hotel is a comfortable place to end the day. Featuring free breakfast, an indoor pool, spacious two-room suites, and full kitchens, your family will have plenty of room to unwind and reconnect.

Bocce Ball Court + BBQ. Photo courtesy of New Haven Village Suites

New Haven Village Suites - New Haven 
If you're looking to spend a couple of nights in New Haven, consider this extended-stay hotel featuring studio suites, two-bedroom suites, and ADA accessible accommodations. Fireplaces add coziness to rooms while fully equipped kitchens make it convenient for families to meal plan. Cribs are available upon request, kitchens come fully equipped, and pets are welcomed. It Adventure Indoor Ropes Course, Yale Peabody Museum, and Long Wharf Pier are all nearby must-see spots while in the area. 


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