5 Best hotels for teens

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Family-friendly hotels may seem like your best bet when planning a family vacation, but when traveling with teens, giving them a little bit of freedom while balancing family time can take planning. While teens may not be adults just yet, they are not interested in kiddie activities. So before you book your next vacation, discover these five best hotels for teens that feature teen-centric amenities.

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1Starwood Hotels and Resorts

This international chain of hotels and resorts launched its Love Your Family program in 2008, featuring Fireside Storytelling, Stargazing, and Dive-In Movies at select properties both stateside and in popular international destinations such as Aruba and Mexico.

"With families busier than ever these days, our guests have told us that it's more important than ever to spend meaningful time together as a family -- especially during cherished vacations," said Matt Ouimet, president, Starwood Hotel Group stated in a press release. "The purpose of Love Your Family is not only to help families maximize their time together, but to create memories that will last well beyond the flight home."

The Starwood family hotels, including Sheraton, feature activities for families that offer plenty for even the pickiest of teens to keep busy, from on-site bicycle rentals to nearby watercraft rentals.

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2Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

With a family-friendly focus, teens are never bored at the Hyatt. Depending on the location, teens on the go can indulge in surf lessons, horseback ridin, and even zipline tours to make it a vacation for the entire family. Seasonally, dive-in movies, remote-control boat racing, s'mores roasts, stargazing and more offer plenty for your teen to do during a your family vacation.

At most locations, teens can also be entertained with many age-appropriate activities at the Hyatt family hotels, such as bike riding, a water slide, foosball, bocce ball and more.

3Great Wolf Lodge

With indoor water parks and suites built especially for youngsters, the 11 resorts in this chain are packed with activities for the entire family. The Great Wolf Lodge's indoor water park makes for year-round water fun, while an outdoor water park, pools, an arcade, and Gr8 Space, an interactive area for teenagers with gaming stations, music, Internet and karaoke just for teens, makes it one of the best hotels when traveling with teens.

When it's time to rest, microwave, refrigerators, secluded bunk beds in select rooms, private televisions and pay-per-play Nintendo offers a teen sanctuary when they need some time alone to be, well, the teenagers they are!

4Beaches Resorts

Some of the best hotels for teens are resorts, such as Beaches, where everything's already paid for, giving them the chance to shape their vision of a perfect family vacation.

From teens-only Beach Shacks to Trench Town, where teens cam play sports from basketball to foosball, this all-inclusive resort gives your teenager the entertainment he's looking for. Game Garages feature the latest Xbox 360 games,  gme tournaments and plenty of opportunities to dance to the tropical beat.

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5Loews Hotels

Loews' upscale family of hotels offers plenty of family-friendly fun through their Loews Loves Teens, Too program. Along with a "teen letter" at check-in listing on-site activities and local shopping and entertainment, your teen will receive a complimentary music download card. A Teen Lounge gives teenagers a place to chill, plug in their iPod and play video games like Guitar Hero. Or they can head to the on-site arcade, partake in a pizza-making class or snuggle up with the whole family during movie night.

Some locations within the Loews' family hotels also offer educational opportunities that teens love, such as the Junior Ranger programs. Nearby, action sports rentals like bicycles, JetSkis, paddle boats and more give active teenagers plenty of opportunity for entertainment.

Traveling with teens can be fun when you choose the right hotels that feature activities for the whole family. Whether choosing an all-inclusive resort or family-friendly hotels with lots to do, be sure to check out these five best hotels for teens and prepare for your teen to have a lot of fun!

Do you have any great hotel suggestions for families with teens? Share them in the comments section below! >>>

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