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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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Hotel Reykjavík Centrum

A quirky city hotel in a very handy location in the old town area of Reykjavík, built on the remains of historical artefacts and with it's own museum.

Martinhal Cascais

A chic modern family resort close to the Portuguese capital, with childcare from 6 months to 17 years and lots of organised excursions.

Hotel Cumulus Koskikatu

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

Jam Hotel

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

Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port MGallery by Sofitel

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

Martinhal Chiado

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

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Luxury stylish apartments in central Barcelona with all the family essentials when enjoying a self-catering family city break.

El Palauet Hotel

Stunning boutique apartments in the heart of Barcelona, offering a very special personal service.

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

A luxurious central hotel with a roof-top pool and a warm welcome for kids, in Barcelona.

Hotel Arts Barcelona

A contemporary hotel with Michelin-starred dining, on the beachfront and also including luxurious apartments.

Aparthotel Nantes Centre

Pays de la Loire
Family-friendly apartments in the centre of Nantes, each with kitchen and communal parking facilities.

Pentahotel Rostock

Modern, stylish hotel in the historic centre of Rostock, Northern Germany, close to shops and attractions.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo

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

Citadines Apart'hotel Lyon Presqu'ile

Spacious self-catering apartments in the centre of Lyon, with optional breakfast.

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

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

Boscolo New York Palace

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

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

A luxurious, centrally located hotel with a gorgeous roof bar and access to the swimming pool at a neighbouring hotel.

Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie

Centrally located apartments in Berlin, each with kitchenette plus an indoor pool for all to use.

Renaissance Amsterdam

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

The Merrion Hotel

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