It doesn't take a mathematician to know that vacations are more expensive for parents when kids are added to the equation. More mouths to feed and more space for bodies to sleep (no matter how little) can add up quickly. To save on both, find cheap hotel chains that offer inclusive meals and allow kids to eat free. These are the best kids stay and eat free programs for families.

Written by Lissa Poirot and Hilarey Wojtowicz

Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts

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Long ago, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts set the standard on affordable vacations for children. Although a budget hotel brand without a lot of fancy perks, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts have been consistent in providing comfortable, affordable accommodations. With the Kids Stay and Eat Free program, kids ages 19 and under stay for free when sharing their parents' room, and up to four kids ages 12 and under eat for free in the onsite restaurants. Most Holiday Inns feature pools to entertain kids, and you'll typically find a Holiday Inn near any major kid-friendly attraction, as well as in popular vacation spots like Mexico and the Caribbean.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Resort Aruba

Choice Hotels

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With locations and sub-brands located all over the United States and throughout popular destinations such as the Bahamas, Choice Hotels are great options for families on a budget. The different brands include well-known names such as Comfort Inn and Suites and Quality Inn, and all offer a Kids Stay Free special rate program in which children ages 17 and under stay free when sharing the same room as their parents or guardians. Ages may vary according to brand or hotel location, though families can be sure to enjoy these benefits and other great amenities at resorts like the Comfort Suites Paradise Island.

Recommended Hotel: Comfort Suites Paradise Island

Aston Hotels & Resorts

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Located throughout Hawaii, with additional locations in Orlando, Lake Tahoe, the Poconos and Las Vegas, Aston Hotels & Resorts offer family-friendly accommodations, with extra special amenities for kids, like in-room gaming consoles. With the Aston Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free program, children and teens ages 17 and under stay for free when sharing the same rooms as their parents or guardians. Children ages 12 and under eat and play for free, too, with the Aston Aloha Book, which allows admission and meals at top island attractions and restaurants when accompanied by a paying adult.

Recommended Hotel: Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Kimpton Hotels

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Modern, pet-friendly and often close to must-see attractions, Kimpton Hotels are great options for families -- especially since children ages 17 and under stay free when sharing a room with parents or guardians. Additionally, many locations offer the Kimpton Kids program, with welcome amenities, child-size robes, in-room safety features, stroller rentals and pet goldfish to borrow during your stay.

Recommended Hotel: EPIC Hotel - A Kimpton Hotel


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Children under age 12 stay free at all hotels in North America, while some even allow kids under age 18 to stay free with a paying guardian. Add to that complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi and gorgeous swimming pools, and BEST WESTERN properties are a slam dunk for family vacations.

Recommended Hotel: BEST WESTERN Premier Eden Resort & Suites


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Children age 18 and under stay free at Marriott Hotels when using existing bedding. Kids eat free packages or promotions are regularly offered, as well, or onsite restaurants offer discounted rates for children.

Kids also stay free at some of Marriott's budget chains, such as Fairfield Inn & Suites and Courtyard. Many of Marriott's budget chains offer complimentary breakfast, too, allowing for added savings.

Recommended Hotel: Marriott Coronado Island Resort and Spa

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