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The Top Five European Family Hotels (PHOTOS)

Posted: 08/07/2012 7:00 am

Looking to enjoy European culture this summer with your family by your side -- without breaking the bank? The hotel price comparison website has compiled a list of the top five cheap and chic traveler-recommended family hotels throughout Europe for under $99 per person.

Whether you are looking to play on a pirate ship in Mallorca or to take sailing lessons in Southern Italy, young and old alike can enjoy all that these European summer destinations have to offer. The following hotels have been chosen with both children and parents in mind. Each property selected takes into account price value, suitability for families and positive reviews from fellow travelers.

So whether you're planning your next trip together or just looking to make use of those vacation days, take a look to see where locals are taking their families this summer.

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  • Marni Village (Koutouloufari, Greece)

    Escape the tourist crowds in these beautiful apartment villas, located above the charming village of Koutouloufari, Greece. Families can be easily accommodated in their choice of apartments or villas with fully-equipped kitchens. The resort, which is located on the beauitful Greek Island of Crete, offers nearly 2.5 acres of gardens, two pools reserved especially for children and a playground to keep even the most active of youngsters occupied. With horseback riding, scuba diving and the Star Beach Water Park located nearby, there is something for the whole family.

  • Viva Cala Mesquida Resort (Cala Mesquida, Mallorca, Spain)

    The Viva Cala Mesquida Resort is a five-star utopia for kids -- complete with a huge pirate ship in the children's pool, the hotel galactic hero mascot "Bufo," daily activities, games room, mini discos and much more. Parents can leave their children in the daily kids' club and enjoy quiet time lounging by the pool or relaxing in the hotel's spa. The resort also offers a variety of restaurants, sports activities including tennis, volleyball and even its own mini golf course. Located above the stunning bay of Cala Mesquida, the white sandy beach and turquoise waters are the perfect backdrop for this great family destination.

  • Steigenberger Hotel Gstaad-Saanen (Gstaad-Saanen, Switzerland)

    The four-star Swiss Resort, Steigenberger Hotel rests within the Gstaad-Saanen Valley in Switzerland. For families looking for a charming experience with alpine backdrops and Swiss cottage style housing, need look no further. The rooms are adorned with rustic wood furniture, comfortable armchairs and floral curtains in warm red and moss green. Whether biking, hiking or mountain climbing, the Steigenberger Hotel Gstaad-Saanen is the perfect hotel for nature lovers. Parents can relax in the luxurious Finnish Sauna and herbal steam room while the kids enjoy their own spa designed exclusively for young travelers -- complete with waterfall and all.

  • Goldcity (Alanya, Turkey)

    One of the largest resorts on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, Goldcity covers a total of 43 acres and can accommodate over 5,000 holidaymakers in a variety of hotel rooms and villas. Children will love the on-site waterpark, trampolines, playgrounds, cinema and especially the designated swimming pools for kids. Possibilities for family fun are endless with the beach just 15 minutes away and onsite sporting facilities offering football, mini golf, bowling and even ice skating. Parents can be assured their young ones are safe and entertained while they enjoy the relaxing Aqua Verde spa and all the natural beauty Turkey has to offer.

  • Sol Príncipe (Torremolinos, Spain)

    The huge, tropical lagoon-style swimming pool is not the only aspect of the Sol Príncipe worth enjoying. The family-friendly, four-star hotel also offers various amenities and activities, including spinning, water aerobics, on-site climbing wall and even Latin dancing classes for couples. Located within walking distance of the beach on the popular Costa del Sol in Spain, the hotel is the perfect spot for families looking to enjoy some R&R while still having fun. The kids club, offered to children ages eight months to twelve years, is Flintstones-themed and promises to keep kids entertained for hours -- just enough time for parents to enjoy the afternoon lying in the sun with good book a glass of Spanish sangria.


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