Family Travel: Residence Inn Vegas

~This post is written on behalf of the Residence Inn Vegas hotel. I stayed there for 3 nights in October 2013 and all opinions are my own!

I’m pretty sure everyone has the same thoughts when they hear about VEGAS. I mean, it’s the city of sin. It’s great for parties, a trip with the girls (or guys), and weekend getaways. They don’t say “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” for nothing, right?!

But imagine if Vegas could be a family trip… a place to take the kids. Why not? There’s SO much to do there with kids, including a children’s museum, water park, aquarium, indoor theme park, and so much more. My favorite would be the gorgeous Red Rock Canyon… a must-see and only 20 minutes from the Vegas strip.

What’s a family friendly hotel in Vegas?

I’ve talked about them before, have stayed at their hotels many times, and they’re always a hotel I’ll return to and look for on any trip. Residence Inn by Marriott is the perfect hotel for families and Vegas is no exception. I stayed there 2 weeks ago when in Vegas for the ABC Kids Expo and loved it.

Residence Inn Vegas

I stayed with two other bloggers, Christa and Kerri, AND they each had a baby so we really were like a family 😉 3 adults and 2 kids. I believe there are two Residence Inn hotels in Vegas, but we stayed at the one across the street from the convention center (on Paradise Rd). They have studio suites with one bed (and a sofabed), but we chose a two-bedroom loft.

Residence Inn Vegas

When you walked in the front door, there was a main room to the left (with a sofabed, TV, and fireplace) and a full kitchen to the right. Beyond the main room was a bedroom (queen bed) with bathroom and upstairs was another lofted bedroom (queen bed) and bathroom. It was the perfect amount of space for all of us! Don’t mind our mess… I took pictures on the last day, before maid service, and we used the place well 😉

Residence Inn Vegas

It’s great for families because of the full kitchen–full-sized refrigerator, stove, oven, sink, and dishwasher, plus all the utensils, plates, bowls, pots, and pans you need. You can even make Residence Inn a grocery list and they’ll go shopping FOR YOU! The kitchen table was perfect for us bloggers to set up with our laptops and get some work done, too, but each bedroom also had its own desk. The rooms have complimentary wi-fi, which is awesome and another way to save money.

Residence Inn Vegas

All the two-bedroom suites are on the second story and the rooms are set up condo style in little buildings on the property… so there are 2 flights of stairs to get to the room. It wasn’t a big deal, mainly just an annoyance for us, because we were coming and going with strollers and lots of product from the Expo. Multiple trips were required up and down each time we came and went.

Residence Inn Vegas

More perks: an outdoor pool, a marketplace off the lobby with everything from drinks and snacks to ice cream and frozen dinners, and free breakfast every day! And we’re not talking muffins and bagels, they serve free hot breakfasts–eggs, pancakes, waffles, sausage, etc. It was a wonderful way to start every day and saved us a lot of money!

While we were there, the hotel also offered free dinners and drinks on Tuesday and Wednesday night! When we wanted to go out, the front desk was very nice and helpful in giving us suggestions and directions on where to go. We never even saw the famous strip, but still enjoyed Vegas and the surrounding mountains.

Residence Inn Vegas

Residence Inn Vegas

The Residence Inn Vegas Convention Center hotel is very affordable, especially with all the added perks. We’ve already decided we’re booking there again next year! Residence Inn hotels everywhere are all about extended stays… “it’s not a room, it’s a residence,” and isn’t that exactly what you want for your family? A home away from home.

Planning a trip?

Residence Inn has created a Family Travel Talk forum just for you! It’s on facebook so it’s a really easy way to connect with others, ask questions, and get great tips and advice. I’m a member already so go join and we can chat! :)

Find Residence Inn by Marriott on twitter and facebook and consider them for your next stay!

~I received this stay at the Residence Inn Vegas to facilitate this post. All opinions and photos are my own!

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