Wyndham Worldwide has emerged as a leader in the family hotel market, with accommodations in all price ranges.
Wyndham Worldwide became the corporate name for the hotel and lodging assets of the former Cendant organization. Managing some of the travel industry’s favorite hotels under the Wyndham banner, they can now meet the diverse needs of families by offering nearly 7,000 hotels in 65 countries on six continents, from economy roadside motels and suburban midscale hotels to upscale center-city hotels, country vacation rental properties, and vacation ownership resorts in major destinations. Here’s a look at some family favorites.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Many hotels and resorts today offer kids clubs and youth-oriented activities to keep children occupied while adults can enjoy relaxing together and catching up. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, however, are taking a different approach to family travel, with two packages designed for family-together time. Wyndham’s ongoing Family Breakfast Package includes special rates on overnight accommodations for two adults and two children, along with full buffet breakfast for all (with children 13 years and under). The Family Pizza Party Package includes all the above plus a hot large pizza with two toppings and soft drinks. This could make for just the kind of special occasion that’s hard to plan at home sometimes–a fun, hassle-free, party-like meal together.
Wyndham ByRequest members receive more as part of their package–along with breakfast and/or pizza, children of members get a free KidsByRequest welcome pack with a beach bag, luggage tag, granola bar, and a disposable camera or pack of UNO cards. Joining Wyndham ByRequest is free and there are no prequalifications–you can register ahead on Wyndham’s website. This program allows guests to customize their rooms based on 300 options from welcome snack to pillow type, to experience express check in and late check out, and to collect frequent flyer miles or Membership Rewards points from American Express. There are Wyndham hotel and resort locations throughout North America and the Caribbean.
There’s also an exciting option for families who have allergies or asthma. By 2009 all Wyndham Hotels and Resorts will have PURE rooms- rooms free of dust, particles, bacteria and viruses, making breathing and sleeping easier for everyone. Visit PURE for more information on this cleaner and safer alternative.
Viva Wyndham Resorts
There are eight Viva Wyndham all-inclusive resorts scattered between the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Mexico, where all meals, beverages, evening entertainment, watersports, and other activities are bundled into one price. Each waterfront property maintains a supervised kids’ program, divided into age-appropriate activities for ages 4-7 and 8-12. Private babysitting is available, for a fee, for the under-4s. Puzzles, gym time, arts ‘n’crafts, pool games, kayaking, sandcastle building, and face painting are some options available daily from 10am to 5pm. Additionally, guests 13- to 17-years who join the Juniors program focus more on recreation (archery, tennis, volleyball, scuba classes and windsurfing are available), sports tournaments, and helping out the animation/recreation staff with putting on shows. Other perks more commonly seen at luxury resorts come courtesy of Viva’s marketing affiliation with Wyndham, whose WyndhamByRequest program allows guests to maintain a preference profile and order special pillows, baby gear delivery, and other amenities upon arrival.
Wyndham Worldwide Moderately Priced Accommodations
Baymont Inn & Suites
The bright and lively Baymont Inn & Suites Hotels comprise newly built locations as well as the former AmeriHost Inn brand of comfort hotels. They typically provide free Internet access and a free breakfast, with friendly service. Most have a swimming pool and exercise room.
Days Inns Worldwide was founded on the basic principles of friendly, courteous service and clean, comfortable rooms. Today, the Days Inn brand remains just as committed to providing our guests with a warm and welcoming environment each and every time they stay with us. With nearly 1,900 hotels worldwide throughout 15 countries, Days Inn offers the best value for price-conscious travelers everywhere under the sun.
We’ve gone from 28 flavors of ice cream to 463 flavors of hotel. Howard Johnson has a variety of choices to respond to every type of traveler’s varying needs; Howard Johnson offers what our guest needs, when they need it and how they want it! So whether you’re on the road for pleasure or business we’ve got you covered. Go Anywhere. Stay Here.
Comfort and saving’s from coast to coast. Travelers on a budget enjoy easy highway-access and clean affordable rooms.
Ramada offers almost 900 hotel locations throughout the world. There are more tremendous changes on the horizon for Ramada, which continues to build on years of consumer recognition, confidence and loyalty.
With more than 2,000 motels throughout North America, chances are that somewhere between where you are and where you’re going, there’s a Super 8. See you along the way.
For travelers on a tight budget who love to discover their world without having to spend a lot, Travelodge is the perfect crash pad when you want to soak up life. It provides the best of the basics. Unlike our generic econobox competitors, our product was inspired by a bear — to speak to the bear in all of us, reminding us to play hard by day and sleep even harder by night. So that you can get out, take it all in, and be assured of a place to land at night.
Wingate by Wyndham
Wingate hotels are built for business offering free high-speed wired and wireless Internet access at over 140 locations. Enjoy extensive complimentary amenities such as: expanded continental breakfast, fitness room with whirlpool, use of the 24-hour self-serve business center with faxes, copies and printing, free local calls and long distance access as well as a pool at most locations.
(800/367-8747) is Wyndham Worldwide’s frequent traveler program. Wyndham Rewards makes it easy for families to earn points which can be redeemed for free room-nights, car rentals, and airline miles … just to name a few.
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