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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842 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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2561 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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144 Family Reviews
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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1173 Family Reviews
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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1034 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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2312 Family Reviews
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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2510 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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613 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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634 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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Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa Reviews
joe:s - Nov 28th, 2014

We went with a group of 12 and we had the best experience possible. The staff at Dreams were very attentive and with the help and extra care from Martin Sanchez and Martin Pech the vacation couldn't have went any better. The hospitality was ... read more
margsmorrison - May 14th, 2013

This is our 3rd time at Dreams Riviera Cancun and our 4th time at a Dreams Resort in Mexico. After a long tough winter, it was great to get away with our family of 5 (twin daughters 15 yo, son 12yo) and just relax. We had two ocean front preferred ... read more
Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa reviews
IBEROSTAR Bavaro Suites Reviews
gkoseth - Jul 31st, 2015

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary. Check in was smooth and efficient. They offered us an upgrade to our room for only $10 more per night to be closer to the ocean/pool. With the exception of eating, we spent our entire time on the ... read more
sbrostowin - May 28th, 2010

My husband and I along with our 17 year old son spent a week at the Ibeostar Bavaro in Punta Cana. It was one of the most wonderful places to go for a restful and fun family getaway. The hotel itself is beautiful. The rooms are spacious and ... read more
IBEROSTAR Bavaro Suites reviews
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
Comfort Suites Paradise Island reviews
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel Reviews
EvStreet - Apr 28th, 2011

This is a great hotel RIGHT ACROSS the street from the beach! The rooms were nicely decorated with AMAZING views of the beach and Diamond Head. The staff was SUPER friendly and my son even got a kids welcome bag with coupons and a lanyard and sand ... read more
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ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios Reviews
Roxainne - Jan 14th, 2017

Just let you know that the receptionists are rude and not helpful and professional at all. The hotel is old and the rooms look like 2 or 3 star hotels with old version of TV and uncomfortable beds. The bath tubs were old, no shampoo. Our sheets ... read more
5whites - Jul 5th, 2016

My family of 5 stayed 6 days at Riu ocho rios! No room service meant we had to trek across the entire hotel to eat. The food was disgusting, with picky children no simple things like nuggets or strips.The pool closes at6pm!!!! Seriously a family ... read more
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Club Med Cancun Yucatan Reviews
Lovevacationtime - Aug 21st, 2016

Our family of 4 (parents and 2 kids- boys 2 and 8 y.o.) spent a most wonderful 2 week vacation in Clubmed Cancun June 17 to July 04 2016. We had such a great time that we decided to return for another 2 weeks at end of summer Aug 11 to 23 (where we ... read more
sconnick - Jul 11th, 2016

Highly recommend Club Med, Cancun! We traveled with our (2) boys, 16 & 18, and LOVED the all-inclusive amenities and the gorgeous beach. First - the beach - YES, the water is that blue and the beach is NOT crowded. The resort covers 20 acres, ... read more
Club Med Cancun Yucatan reviews
EPIC Hotel – A Kimpton Hotel Reviews
cruisinggirl - Sep 16th, 2009

We decided go on a cruise and have a few days stay in Miami pre-cruise. I found out about the Epic from a friend and found a good rate, although this 5 star hotel can be pricey. We flew into Miami International and took a taxi to the Epic. A ... read more
EPIC Hotel – A Kimpton Hotel reviews
Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Vacation Resort Reviews
doreen.spence.5 - Sep 11th, 2014

This past aug 2014 we decided to visit aruba again. We have visit 5 times before and stayed at one of divi properties. This year we took our. 5 children ages 14,11,10,8 and 6. We chose divi dutch because they have larger suites , a kitchen, ... read more
nurseanny2 - Aug 31st, 2012

We stayed at the Divi all inclusive from 08/22/12-08/29/12. The food at the buffet was terrible,in fact,I think that they use powdered egg for the guest. The variety of food choices was very poor. They should take a lesson from cruise ships as far ... read more
Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Vacation Resort reviews