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 and resorts that offer inclusive meals and kids eat free. Even larger, grander resorts located in top vacation destinations offer these deals. Here 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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891 Family Reviews
Long ago, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts set the standard on affordable vacations for children. Although a budget hotel without a lot of fancy perks, the Holiday Inn brand has been consistent in providing comfortable, affordable accommodations in which families can enjoy and feel safe. 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

Dreams Resorts & Spas

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2718 Family Reviews
These luxurious, all-inclusive resorts are grand in scale, with a number of restaurants to choose from included in the price. The good news is that up to two kids under 12 stay free, so the all-inclusive total isn't so overwhelming and makes Dreams Resorts & Spas a great value for parents of young ones. With locations along beautiful beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean, family fun is plentiful, with pools, water sports, excursions and the Explorer's Club for kids ages 3 to 12.

Recommended Hotel: Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts

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The beachfront, luxurious all-inclusive resorts that are a part of the IBEROSTAR chain offer an array of activities for kids, including kids' clubs, and a healthy dose of restaurants in which to dine. Up to two kids ages 12 and under stay, play and eat for free at IBEROSTAR resorts, saving parents a huge chunk of change on their luxurious getaway.

Recommended Hotel: IBEROSTAR Bavaro

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 and the Caribbean, 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 Inns, and all offer a Kids Stay Free special rate program in which children ages 17 and under stay for 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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1047 Family Reviews
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

RIU Hotels

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Known for their family- and budget-friendly rates in prime destinations, RIU Hotels & Resorts are great all-inclusive options. Even better though are the kids-free promotions that the chain runs throughout the year. Offered often, but seasonally, the kids stay-and-eat free deals allow up to two children ages 12 and under to stay and eat for free. With multiple dining options, fresh water pools and oceanfront suites, plus separate children's pools, playgrounds and the chain's kids' club for children ages 4 to 12, getting away to the Caribbean is easy for families.

Recommended Hotel: Hotel Riu Ocho Rios

Club Med Resorts

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2727 Family Reviews
The all-inclusive Club Med chain has locations in Mexico, the Caribbean and even in Florida and it's known for its awesome kids' clubs for children and teens between ages 4 and 17. For little ones who can't yet participate in the kids' clubs though, a little special treatment is offered - they stay for free. And since it's an all-inclusive, they also eat for free! Plus, the Club Med Baby program for infants and toddlers ages 4 months to 23 months offers baby food and amenities like cribs, highchairs, strollers, changing mats, and more.

Recommended Hotel: Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Kimpton Hotels

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622 Family Reviews
Modern, pet-friendly and often close to must-see attractions, Kimpton Hotels are great options for families -- especially when children ages 17 and under stay for free when sharing a room with parents or guardians. Miami's Epic Hotel and the Hotel Monaco Denver are among the properties with this perk for parents. Additionally, many locations offer the KimptonKids program, with welcome amenities, child-size robes and pet goldfish available complimentary during your stay.

Recommended Hotel: EPIC Hotel – A Kimpton Hotel

Divi Resorts

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661 Family Reviews
Families already love the spacious suites at Divi Resorts, but they'll jump for joy upon learning that kids ages 12 and under always stay and eat for free. Kids' clubs, swimming pools, beaches and sporting activities make these resorts even sweeter. And with all-inclusive family resorts like the Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Vacation Resort, families will be able to try all of the delicious onsite eateries without breaking the bank.

Recommended Hotel: Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Vacation Resort

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