For kids, summer is a magical time filled with pool parties, sleepaway camp and tree houses. So when the temperatures start to heat up, we, as adults, crave that same kind of childhood nostalgia. While us grownups are planning our vacations this season, think about checking out (and checking into) some of the coolest listings on Booking.com that are perfect for the kid inside us all.
San Francisco, CA
Work hard, play harder. For those visiting the Bay Area, Hotel Zetta is a great place to sneak in a bit of old school fun during your stay. As a city that caters to tech startups and entrepreneurs, San Francisco has a laid back, no fuss vibe that consistently attracts a hip and playful crowd.
On the second floor of the 116-room hotel is the Playroom, a unique space for those looking to unwind. Shoot some pool, practice your ping pong backhand or challenge your friends to some classic video games on the Wii. Theres also life-size Jenga and a wide assortment of board games, plus a two-story Plinko game that extends into the lobby below. If youre looking to keep the fun going into the wee hours, the hotel will send an Atari console up to your room on request.
Starting rate: $329
Looking for an adrenaline jolt? The Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno features a 164-foot outdoor climbing wall, built directly onto the buildings exterior. We triple dog dare you to try your hand at scaling this behemoth one of the tallest artificial climbing walls in the world without crying uncle. Once on top, theres a big payoff: Gorgeous views of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance.
If youre squeamish about heights, there are also some 3,200 square feet of bouldering walls (read: closer to the ground) at the Basecamp rock gym inside the hotel, where you can maneuver around without the altitude sickness and explore other feats of agility, like slacklines and yoga classes.
Once youve worked up a sweat, head back to your room for some well-deserved downtime. The 310-room hotel features stylish, nature-inspired decor with warm woods and soothing earth tones that is reminiscent of quiet nights away at camp.
Starting rate: $119
Think of Travaasa in Austin like summer camp for adults, except the dining hall is a top-notch restaurant, the activities are best in class and the watering hole is an infinity edge pool with dreamy cabanas.
There is no shortage of things to do at this 70-room retreat, which is nestled against the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve overlooking Lake Travis. Speed through treetops on the zip line, traverse the Outward Bound ropes course, try your hand at hatchet throwing or even take a few archery lessons and thats all before lunch!
Balance out a high-energy day with a bit of downtime and a trip to the spa, an 11-room oasis that offers an array of body treatments, massage therapy and holistic healing services.
Starting rate: $300
The Grand Wailea Resort on Mauis southwestern shore is a water lovers paradise, with the kind of pool every kid could only dream about. The centerpiece of the hotel is the activity pool, an idyllic network of nine pools on six different levels, connected by a lazy river with whitewater rapids. Here youll find jungle pools encircled by lush flora, intertwining slides, a Tarzan pool with a rope swing, and a swim-up bar. The fun doesnt stop there though: There are also waterfalls, caves, more slides and the worlds first water elevator.
Chasing those salt hair, dont care vibes? The 780-room luxury hotel is just steps away from Wailea Beach, where you can kayak, SCUBA and standup paddleboard your way through sparkling blue waters teeming with wildlife.
Starting rate: $654
New York, NY
Attention city kids: When you walk into citizenM, youll be instantly hit with a playful energy thanks to the colorful lobby, eclectic decor and laid back, clubhouse vibe. This 230-room boutique hotel is breaking all the rules, foregoing tired, old hotel clichs like bellboys and rollaway cots in favor of cozy accommodations (think of it like an upscale hostel), DIY conveniences (like self service check-in) and modern efficiency (a 24-hour lobby canteen has grab-and-go fare).
The trendy and affordable spot is located in the heart of New York City, an urban playground bursting with fun things to do. From Broadway shows and rooftop bars to cultural institutions and some of the best dining on the planet, this is the perfect destination for the inner child whose idea of summer vacation involves a little less country and a bit more rock n roll.
Starting rate: $169
A backyard tree house epitomizes childhood: Its freedom and fantasy all rolled up into one. Live that dream when you book a stay at the Cottage Lake Tree House Bed and Breakfast in Washington. Overlooking nearby Cottage Lake, this 12-foot by 12-foot perch has been nicknamed The Nest by owners John and Beth, as it sits high within the foliage and affords guests magnificent views and a cozy vibe. Though it may feel like youre roughing it, a full service bathroom is available on the ground floor of the owners nearby property and can be accessed 24/7.
During the day, paddle around the lake in kayaks or explore Seattle, which is a quick 30-minute drive away. In the evening, relax by the fire pit or slip into the outdoor hot tub while the sun sets over the lake.
Starting rate: $225
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
When you take the glamour of a luxury hotel and combine it with the natural, outdoor elements of camping, you get glamping, a mix of nature and comfort rolled into one. At Fireside Resort in Wyoming, experience it for yourself at one of the 23 quaint cabins located on the property. Done up in natural finishes and rustic decor, each tiny home comes fully equipped with a gas fireplace, flat screen TVs and a kitchenette with modern appliances, in sizes ranging from one-bedroom units to those that can accommodate up to six.
Located on eight acres in the heart of Jackson Hole, this is an ideal spot to indulge in extracurricular pursuits, from fly fishing, biking and whitewater rafting in the summer to skiing, snowshoeing and hiking once the weather cools off. A summer camp all grown up, its a welcome respite from your typical workweek hustle.
Starting rate: $585 for two nights (two-night minimum)
Looking to entertain your inner child? Explore your passions and discover more great locales by using the destination finder on Booking.com.