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Family City Breaks in Europe

We’re big fans of city breaks in Europe with kids – they’re a great way of keeping our broods entertained between proper family holidays, especially with the ever-growing network of low-cost flights (though we love to take the train where possible – ParisBrussels and now Amsterdam are very easy with Eurostar).

We’ve hand-picked the best city accommodation in Europe for families, whether you want to immerse the kids in history in Rome or Berlin, or take a short break to child-friendly Dublin – to name just some of our favourite destinations. Some recommendations are luxury hotels with family amenities, including swimming pools for cooling down or letting off steam after sightseeing. Others are apartments handy for (but not limited to) longer stays, offering greater space plus cooking facilities. Some combine the best of both worlds – ‘apart-hotels’ or hotels that include apartments, giving you the flexibility to self cater in addition to hotel amenities.

Many of our recommendations are outside cities but within easy reach of them, which can be useful for those on a budget as well as better for those who prefer a quieter location. Many are campsites or holiday villages – those taking the kids to Venice, for instance, often stay at nearby campsites and take the waterbus into the city.

Lastly, some of the bast family short breaks combine a few days in a city with a themepark trip. Some of our favourite city and themepark breaks are:
Paris and Disneyland Paris.
• Barcelona and Portaventura World.
Copenhagen and the Tivoli Gardens.

See our tips on family city breaks.

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Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch®

Marne-la-Vallée
Unwind in this quaint rustic landscape in your very own self-catering woodland cabin, just a 15-minute drive from Disneyland Paris.

Boscolo New York Palace

Budapest
Luxury central hotel ideal for families in Budapest, with a cafe voted the 'best in the world!'

Hotel St. James & Albany

Paris
A charming 4-star hotel in the heart of Paris, family-friendly and suitable for young kids.

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Algonquin’s Explorers Hotel

Marne-la-Vallée
Pirate-themed hotel with indoor pools, jungle-inspired indoor adventure playground and free shuttle bus to Disneyland Paris.

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

Iceland
Located just a little outside of Reykjavik city centre, providing comfortable rooms from where to base your Iceland family holiday.

9Hotel Cesari

Rome
A small, friendly, boutique hotel close the main sites in Rome, with a rooftop breakfast area from where you enjoy the views whilst indulging in a traditional Italian breakfast.

Aparthotel Adagio Basel City

Basel
A self-catering complex in the heart of Basel with air-conditioned apartments sleeping a family of four.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo

Norway
Modern, clean and centrally located hotel in Oslo, Norway, with a rooftop pool and gym.

Rome Cavalieri

Rome
A luxurious 5-star family-friendly hotel in Italy's capital city with spa for parents and pizza making and gladiator lessons for kids.

Adagio Bordeaux

Aquitaine
Spacious, air conditioned apartments, Turkish bath, Sauna & fitness room, Buffet breakfasts, hotel services.

Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal

Venice
A brilliantly located hotel 4* in Venice, with rooftop bar, babysitting service and a generous welcome to junior visitors with luxury comforts and gifts.

Clonakilty Park Hotel

Cork
A good-value option with excellent children’s facilities within easy reach of Cork and its airport.

Avenue Hotel

Denmark
A little out of the main centre of Copenhagen but still within walking distance is the family-friendly but sophisticated Avenue Hotel.

Hotel de Russie

Rome
The hotel is modern and stylish, the staff are friendly and attentive, and above all the location is spot on, in the heart of Rome.

Cosy's Residence Cadet

Paris
A well-located apart-hotel just 15 minutes' walk from the Gare du Nord, with studios/apartments with kitchenettes for up to six.

Martinhal Chiado

Lisbon
A luxurious aparthotel in the centre of Lisbon, with family apartments and suites with kitchens, a kids' club and evening childcare.

Pavillon de la Reine

Paris
An intimate luxury hotel well suited to families, in the heart of the chic and central Marais district.

Hotel Copernicus

Krakov
Luxury 5-star hotel in Krakow, well suited to families with young children and babies.

Jam Hotel

Brussels
A fun, family-friendly hotel with a rooftop relaxing pool, games room and funky accommodation ideal for families of up to six.

Residence Hilda

Florence
Centrally located in Florence with spacious family-orientated rooms and facilities, within walking distance to the main attractions.