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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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Pavillon de la Reine

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

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.

Residence Hilda

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

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.

Victoria Palace Hotel

Paris
An upmarket family-run hotel within walking distance of the Luxembourg Gardens with their boating pond.

Hotel Copernicus

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

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Adagio Aparthotel Paris Tour Eiffel

Paris
Impressive views of the Eiffel tower, easily accessible to city centre and Disneyland® Paris. A top choice for self-catering family holidays in Paris.

Hilton Gdansk

Poland
In the centre of Gdansk, with stunning views, an indoor pool and spacious family rooms.

Adagio Aparthotel Haussmann Champs Elysees

Paris
Spacious apartments with a kitchen area and comfy beds, just a stone's throw from the Champs-Elysées and walking distance to many attractions in Paris.

Hotel Novotel Brussels off Grand'Place

Brussels
Central location in Brussels offering a quiet night's sleep, with spacious family rooms.

Martinhal Chiado

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

Adagio Aparthotel Montmartre

Paris
Located in the heart of Paris, with a small courtyard for the kids to play in, a car park if you a driving and apartments with all the basics you need for a city break.

The Mark Luxury Hotel

Prague
A plush hotel in the city centre, catering especially well for families with young children.

Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port MGallery by Sofitel

Marseille
Luxurious and stylish family-friendly hotel on Marseille's Old Port, view stunning views out to sea.

Adagio Aparthotel Paris Val d'Europe

Marne-la-Vallée
Self-catering apartments a short hop from Disneyland Paris and within easy reach of the city centre too.

The Merrion Hotel

Dublin
A family-friendly five-star hotel in the city centre, with an indoor pool, a spa and a garden.

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.

Adagio Aparthotel Paris Opera

Paris
A new Aparthotel near shops, museums and Opera houses

Renaissance Amsterdam

Amsterdam
A 5-star hotel with contemporary family rooms in the heart of Amsterdam.

Hotel Cumulus Koskikatu

Finland
Modern hotel in the heart of the city, offering a luxury buffet breakfast for all guests and arrange bike hire to explore the city.