Everybody loves a bargain and naturally, every parent’s definition of a budget-friendly resort or hotel is going to differ. However, many of us can agree that when you’re planning a trip with children, certain amenities can’t be sacrificed, no matter how enticing the rate.

When it comes to bang for your buck, these properties deliver. They offer great values when compared to others in their destinations, as well as rates and amenities for both children and adults that are comparable or superior to nearby competitors.

Written by Carrie Calzaretta and Hilarey Wojtowicz

IBEROSTAR Paraiso Beach

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
1479 Family Reviews
IBEROSTAR Paraiso Beach offers affordable, all-inclusive rates that cover all meals, pools (one of which has a kids' playground), organized activities, a kids' club, live entertainment, and access to a gorgeous beach in Riviera Maya. Rooms have balconies and free Wi-Fi, and trust us -- you'll absolutely need the Internet to upload these views on Instagram!

What Makes It a Deal?
The resort (and many properties by IBEROSTAR) regularly offers discounted rates, oftentimes featuring rates around $100 per person, per night.

Holiday Inn & Suites Virginia Beach - North Beach

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
604 Family Reviews
The Holiday Inn & Suites Virginia Beach - North Beach isn't your average Holiday Inn. The property has three pools -- two outdoors and one inside, each with special features. There's also a movie theater and seasonal kids' programming. When it's time to eat, you don't even need to leave the hotel, as it offers three onsite restaurants -- including Isle of Capri, with floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean.

What Makes It a Deal?
The hotel is situated on the beach at a quiet end of Atlantic Avenue (the main strip), providing families with easy access to the sand and surf.

Disney's Pop Century Resort

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
5228 Family Reviews
As a Value Resort at Walt Disney World, it’s no wonder Disney's Pop Century Resort offers families a great value on budget-friendly accommodations. The largest of the five Disney Value Resorts, Pop Century is closest to Epcot and has three pools, a playground and a large food court. Purchase a souvenir mug and enjoy free refills on all hot and cold drinks at the food court during your stay for even more savings.

What Makes It a Deal?
Rates are extremely reasonable for a Disney property and guests staying at the Pop Century Resort get perks like Extra Magic Hours, which allow you to arrive early and late to the parks on certain days, and free bus transportation to all Walt Disney World Resort destinations. You’ll also have the ability to make FASTPASS+ reservations up to 60 days in advance.

Great Wolf Lodge, North America

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
2538 Family Reviews
With locations across the United States, plus one property in Niagara Falls, Canada, families looking to make a splash and save will love Great Wolf Lodges. These indoor water park resorts offer waterslides, lazy rivers, wave pools, and more for kids, with arcades, mini-golf, onsite dining, and more for teens and adults.

What Makes It a Deal?
Great Wolf Lodges have family suites that can sleep large groups or families, with bunk beds, separate bedrooms and kitchenettes. Plus, all per-night room rates include admission to the onsite water parks for each guest, from the minute you arrive -- even before check-in -- to after you’ve moved the bags to the car after check-out! Additionally, year-round deals and packages allow families to save even more with discounts and complimentary amenities.

Tyler Place Family Resort, Vermont

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
125 Family Reviews
Sprawled across 165 acres in northern Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain, the all-inclusive Tyler Place Family Resort is intimate, yet full of fun for all ages. The resort is open seasonally, May through September, and makes for a great outdoor escape for the family without sacrificing amenities and luxuries.

What Makes It a Deal?
The all-inclusive prices are per person and include private accommodations in cottages, studios or family suites; all meals, including picnic baskets or candlelight dinners for parents; infant, toddler, children and teen programs; tennis, sailing, swimming, biking, volleyball, and other activities; and evening entertainment, from dance parties and game nights, to bonfires and ice cream socials.

Lutsen Resort, Lake Superior, Minn.

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
112 Family Reviews
Located on Lake Superior in Lutsen, Minnesota, the Lutsen Resort features cabins, villas, condos and townhomes, all with budget-friendly rates. The resort is open year-round with activities fit for all seasons, from kayaking, biking and hiking in the spring, summer and fall, to snowshoeing and skiing in the winter. During the summer, the resort opens its Kids’ Camp for children ages 4 to 12, which allows parents time for a massage at the onsite spa or a round of golf on the nine-hole course, which requires no tee times or fees.

What Makes It a Deal?
Lutsen Resort offers killer rates year-round, often below $100 per night, plus great packages that often include free nights and meals, or complimentary show and snowshoe rentals. Plus, a majority of the onsite activities are free for all guests.

Park Vue Inn, Anaheim

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
1441 Family Reviews
For the biggest bang for your buck right outside the Disneyland Resort, book a stay at the Park Vue Inn. This boutique hotel in Anaheim is a short walk from the entrance to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, and it offers a plethora of complimentary amenities -- it’s no wonder this property is labeled a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel. Enjoy guestrooms with bunk beds for the kids, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges and microwaves, as well as an onsite heated pool and a patio area that is great for viewing the Disney fireworks shows at night.

What Makes It a Deal?
Besides its location, the Park Vue Inn has free parking, complimentary Wi-Fi and a free hot breakfast daily. Plus, guests can buy discounted theme park tickets at the hotel.

Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland, N.Y.

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
689 Family Reviews
With horseback riding, archery, water sports, an indoor water park, children’s programs, nightly entertainment, a spa, and more, Rocking Horse Ranch has something for every age group. The dude ranch in Highland, New York, is just 90 minutes from New York City, and offers all-inclusive packages that include accommodations, activities and all meals.

What Makes It a Deal?
All rates are all-inclusive, per person, at Rocking Horse Ranch. The resort is open year-round, too, with monthly specials offering free nights, discounted rates, and no charge for children and teens up to the age of 15!

Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, Maui

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
740 Family Reviews
With a prime location on the shores of Maui’s famous Ka’anapali Beach, families may think the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel charges prices comparable to other large resorts in the area, but that isn’t the case. This resort is more budget-friendly, with lots of genuine Hawaiian touches, personalized service, a neat whale-shaped pool and beautiful landscaping along 11 acres of soft sand.

What Makes It a Deal?
Families can book budget-friendly rooms that connect to other accommodations for more space. Plus, the hotel allows children 17 and under to stay for free in the same room as parents. The hotel hosts a free children’s program for kids ages 12 and under, and the Aloha Passport for Kids program offers property tours and activities like hula lessons and lei making. Make sure your kids don’t forget to grab their free Hawaiian souvenir, too!

Comfort Suites Paradise Island

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
979 Family Reviews
Looking for the best way to experience the Bahamas on a budget? The Comfort Suites Paradise Island offers beautiful views of the island, as well as the neighboring Atlantis Resort. Additionally, the hotel has guestrooms with mini-fridges and free Wi-Fi, a complimentary continental breakfast daily, and a pool with a swim-up bar for adults.

What Makes It a Deal?
The major draw is that guests receive full access to the facilities at the Atlantis Resort, including the pools, waterslides, spa, kids’ clubs, casino, Dolphin Cay and Aquaventure. Yes, seriously! You can also ask for signing privileges at the various Atlantis restaurants. Basically, you can spend the entire day at the resort, only to return to the Comfort Suites for a restful night’s sleep.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
4613 Family Reviews
The first value-category hotel to open at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a budget-friendly hotel with the perks of a luxury resort. Families enjoy lazy rivers, pools and even man-made beaches (bring your own inner tubes); dive-in movies; outdoor games; an arcade; bowling alley; and onsite dining. Just don't forget to leave the resort and explore the theme parks -- they're accessible via a complimentary shuttle.

What Makes It a Deal?
The resort's rooms sleep up to six guests, and offer spacious bathrooms with dual sinks and kitchenettes for storing drinks and snacks to cut down on costs.

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IBEROSTAR Paraiso Beach Reviews
antoine - Dec 15th, 2015

everything was plaisant and luxurious, we tried the japanese restaurant and it was ok but not more, a little thing kept my attention, I was looking for ear plugs to sleep better , I found 2 places to sell me some, the first was a concierge ... read more
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Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach Reviews
Angie1 - Aug 24th, 2012

Arrived in VA Beach with hubby and 11 y/o daughter and 15 y/o son for our much needed vacation. Enjoyed our stay at this hotel and the kids had a blast!! Our ocean view room was spacious and clean. The hotel's location is perfect if you don't want ... read more
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Disney's Pop Century Resort Reviews
shocked - Jan 24th, 2016

For a family resort the rooms had double beds not queen size beds, challenging for a family of 4. Rooms are small. The food was cafeteria style it is not very good. The common area is painted making it very slippery,my husband slipped and fell, ... read more
brucemcsharkbite - Jun 30th, 2014

The only bad thing I can say about this resort is the fact that maximum capacity is 4 per room. It has the best food cafe, courtesy staff, neat Disney towel friends, convenient location for laundry, excellent gift shop the list goes on..... If we ... read more
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Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls Reviews
mtherrien - Sep 4th, 2014

We recently visited Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls,Ontario.My Husbend and i and are two boys 6 & 4 had a blast. We stayed for two nights in the Wolf Den suite and the boys loved thier own little room equppied with bunk beds and a T.V. There was a ... read more
herculisa3@aol.com - Jun 20th, 2014

Our Family has been enjoying the Great Wolf Lodge for at least 15 years! First trip was to the N. Carolina location which we surprised our 5 year old Son with! Imagine the look on his face when we pulled up to the expansive "log cabin" but the ... read more
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Tyler Place Family Resort Reviews
mowright71 - Jun 11th, 2013

Our favorite family vacation (and we've taken several great family trips too) was Tyler Place in upstate Vermont. I've recommended this all-inclusive family vacation to several friends and co-workers and we are planning on going back in 2014. Kids ... read more
kjchronister - Jul 1st, 2012

Everything you've read is true... and then some. This is by order of magnitude the best vacation and favorite place of ours ever. The staff - amazing. The food - amazing. The activities - amazing. The accomodations - amazing. I have never, ever, ... read more
Tyler Place Family Resort reviews
Lutsen Resort Reviews
WhitePineLane - Nov 29th, 2011

We stayed at Lutsen Resort, in the Sea Villas, over spring break in March 2011. Best part: our villa was FABULOUS! The views - wow! We could have looked out the window at Lake Superior all day. The villa had three bedrooms (and could've slept 8 ... read more
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Park Vue Inn Reviews
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Rocking Horse Ranch Reviews
BPingree - Oct 27th, 2015

My 8 year old son and I met up with an adoptive family group and had an incredibly wonderful time. The food was abundant and very good, the staff is excellent, the activities were plentiful and we enjoyed a wonderful trail ride. We were very sad ... read more
dwyerjandr - Jun 10th, 2014

luv it! luv it! luv It! luv it! luv ! luv it enough said? seriously though- found it when my younger 2 were 6 mo old and my oldest was 4- they will be 5 and 8 later this month. The staff- is amazing!! They remember our family when we come ... read more
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Ka'anapali Beach Hotel Reviews
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Comfort Suites Paradise Island Reviews
lynnie - Sep 19th, 2015

Booked a deal we could not refuse. Arrived Aug 31 2015. Hotel very nice. I did my homework for 3 months due to everyone telling me IT'S VERY EXPENSIVE HERE" It is! If you don't plan it correctly. First of all let me start out by telling the end ... read more
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Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort Reviews
lhunter54 - Nov 2nd, 2014

Myself and my 15 year old granddaughter plus my youngest daughter, her boyfriend and there 2mo old daughter headed out to Miami ,after driving from New Hampshire we were tired and decided to stop in Orlando.We stayed at the Hilton,but then we found ... read more
bjroziewski - Aug 18th, 2014

We stayed at Universal's brand new Cabana Bay Beach Resort on our recent trip to Universal Studios. Everything about the Resort was a true pleasure. The check in staff was courteous and quick. The concierge staff helped us with all our questions. ... read more
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