Are You Looking for a Family Friendly Hotel?

by Susan

Traveling with kids can be tough.

And once you’ve survived the nightmare of airplane travel with restless children, you deserve to be greeted as royal victors and have all your cares whisked away.

That is how I felt when we arrived at the Four Seasons in Houston, Texas after an exhausting day with a baby and a preschooler flying across the continent and a horrifying cab ride with the world’s rudest and most aggressive driver.

As soon as we stepped out of the cab, our trip turned around. The bellman was so polite and welcoming and as we checked in at the front desk, a clerk came around and greeted Julia and Sophia with adorable stuffed horses and a package addressed to them.

Julia could not believe it. She was ecstatic!

She is not even four and has already stayed in several high rating hotels as she’s followed me along on business trips, but never has any hotel given her a stuffed animal.

Her fusses stopped immediately as she clung to her new toy and we finished checking in.

When we entered the room, I could not believe the detailed attention to preparing our stay as a family with young children. Our room was completely baby proofed and had special soaps and shampoos for the girls.

Armed with a package full of coupons, maps and children-friendly destinations and a spacious, beautiful hotel room tailored perfectly for my young children, I was in parenting bliss.

Take a look as Julia, Sophia and I show you around our family friendly hotel room at the Four Seasons.


The Four Seasons is Fabulously Family Friendly from 5 Minutes for Mom on Vimeo.

At the end of our very long day of travel, after warm cookies and tall glasses of milk, we all curled up in the most heavenly bed any of us have ever slept in.

Seriously — from the mattress, to the down pillows and duvet, I could not even imagine a more comfortable sleeping environment.

Julia clung to both horses that first night, but the next day Sophia figured out that one horse was hers and claimed it for her own cuddles.

To this day, those horses are their most treasured stuffies and I can’t wait till our next stay at the family friendly Four Seasons.

Since I was a speaker at the Mom 2.0 Summit, my room cost was covered by the conference. The Four Seasons offered our assistant Erica a free room as a thank you for us reviewing their hotel.



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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 momstheword March 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Wow. I wish we’d stayed at a hotel like that when my kids were little. I had to do my own version of baby proofing!

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2 Frances March 6, 2009 at 11:48 pm

It’s that Texas hospitality we are famous for, lol!

That is really awesome though – hopefully when we do it to go somewhere we are that lucky too!

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3 Marissa March 7, 2009 at 2:33 am

I absolutely love hotels! Great to know that the Four Season is so family friendly.

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4 Upstatemomof3 March 7, 2009 at 4:59 am

That is awesome. I would love to stay there. We love going away and staying in hotels. That would be an amazing hotel to stay at. :)

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5 Kitty | Coupondivas.com March 7, 2009 at 9:50 am

Wow! We have been to some nice hotels, but the Four Seasons sounds amazing. With 4 kids, we are always looking for family friendly hotels that will treat you like Royalty (even if you look like a circus when you bust in after a long trip!).

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6 Allison March 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm

SO happy to hear that! We love family friendly hotels, and it’s sad but true that most aren’t kid friendly. Or even kid polite.

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7 RefreshMom March 7, 2009 at 2:13 pm

That looks like a great place. I don’t know that we visit 4-seasons kinds of cities often, but I’d definitely look at them if we were going to!

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8 Mocha Dad March 7, 2009 at 9:28 pm

I’m glad to hear that the people in my hometown treated you well.

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9 casual friday everyday March 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Oh so much fun to watch you with your girls. The love you have for them just jumps off the screen.

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10 Jen March 9, 2009 at 11:55 pm

That is just tooooo cool Susan. I’m going to have to remember this. Your girls are too adorable and reminds me so much of ours. What you said to me the other night about co-sleeping will never leave my mind and its so good to have someone on the same page as I am :).

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11 Stephanie March 10, 2009 at 1:56 pm

WOW! I’m impressed! I especially love those suite-style rooms (that’s the only way we go now that we have kids). The stuffed horses are a very nice touch…and who can resist chocolate chip cookies? We’ll definitely check out Four Seasons for our next family vacation.

Quick question for you: do your girls sleep together? As you know, Baby #2 is on her way (VERY soon). Eventually, I’d love for our two girls to share a room/bed and I’m wondering how old our younger daughter will be before we can do that safely. I know it won’t be for awhile, but I thought I’d ask when I saw that sweet photo of your two girls napping together.

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12 christieo March 18, 2009 at 10:42 am

wow! you think luxury for the four seasons, but you definitely don’t think family friendly! what a cute video, and what a sweet picture of the two girls sleeping!!!

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13 Turkish Family Run Hotel Dort Mevsim Pamukkale Turkey May 6, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Turkish Family Run Hotel Dort Mevsim has established more than 15 years; we always have good reputation in the tourism industry of Turkey.
A friendly, family-run hotel, the Four Seasons has gained a fine reputation over the years. Quiet and Green , Accommodation is located a minute walk from the town centre and a couple of minutes from traventines of Pamukkale. We are open all around the year with double, single,triple, Quads and dorm rooms. All our rooms have private bathrooms and W.C with a bathtub, hot water 24 hours a day.
In our large Family- Run restaurant (Superb Home Cooking) we serve dinner lunch and breakfast; all our meals are original traditional Turkish home-made by Nomad Mama (vegetarian meals also available). Vegemite & Marmite is also available!

We have a large pool which is filled with natural Pamukkale spring water, a perfect place to cool off on a hot day. We have sun loungers and a poolside garden so you can relax after seeing the sights.

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