Big Hotel Rooms

After the emotional roller-coaster our family has been on, we decided to treat the kids to a weekend away to the Twin Cities area.

Our search for a hotel that sleeps us all is always one of the joys of traveling.  Do we lie and book as if we have 2 kids just so we can avoid having to pay for two rooms?  Do we make kids sleep on the floor?  Do we pay through the nose for two rooms and then split up on our “family” vacation?  Some hotels allow for 6, such as the wonderfully accommodating Comfort Suites Maingate East we stayed in when we vacationed at Disney World.  The room fit us all, we didn’t have to hide any kids in big suitcases as we hauled our stuff up to our room, and the breakfasts were great.  However, hotels like this are hard to find.

I stumbled across a wonderful new website and blogging community called   If you have more than 2 kiddos, check it out!!  Through their site, we found our hotel, TownPlace Suites in Eden Prairie.

Our suite had two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a living area with a full kitchen.


The kitchen has everything you might need, and table settings for only 4.  Figure that one out.







The great things about this hotel were many: the space, the three TV’s (which did NOT carry Disney or Nick  – so family friendly)and the kids loved the pool water temperature.  Of course they did, it has been flippidity hot around here.   Here are the 3 that held still long enough for a picture.


Look at this picture – do you see anything that sticks out to you?


How do you think the water feels in oh, let’s pick February?  If you visit this hotel in December, bring your fur wrap and ice skates.  And, no, no hot tub to warm yourself up after skating.

The breakfast was a grab-n-go thing.  I sent the kids over on food recon missions.  They also took the pictures – I didn’t want to look like a dork.  HAHA




Over all, it was a good place for our big family.  It wasn’t the nicest place I have slept nor was it the worst (gummy bears melted into sheets is a great greeting when hopping into a hotel bed near Yellowstone.)     It provided us a great place to crash between Como Zoo, Mall of America, and Valleyfair.

Does anyone know of other great places for big families to stay near where you live?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kari
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 07:51:30

    We stayed at a hotel where the rooms looked awfully similar to that down in the cities. It was Staybridge Suites in Eagan. It had an indoor pool, fitness room, free internet (with a computer and printer downstairs that were free to use), board games and books you could check out, free hot cocoa and coffee, etc. We loved it! We stayed there a couple years ago with friends, and it was nice to pay for 1 hotel room and each couple got their own room.


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