Obviously Holiday Inn is not an All-Suite hotel, and technically these aren’t even really suites, but many Holiday Inn properties now offer what they call Kidsuites. Essentially these are ”a room within a room” and the many of these are friendly to a family of five.
Another example of a Kidsuite
Kidsuites vary from property to property, but most are partitioned sections of the standard room featuring bunk beds opposite a twin bed, or bunk beds comprised of a twin bed on top and a double bed on bottom. The Kidsuite area also typically includes its own TV with video gaming system, and the rooms feature refrigerators and microwaves. This option isn’t quite as nice as a two-room suite, but is far better to all five family members in one undivided room!
Although breakfast is not included at most Holiday Inns, kids 12 and under eat free from the kids’ menu in the hotel’s restaurants, which always helps to stretch your vacation budget.
Holiday Inn is part of the Priority Club loyalty program. There are lots of ways to earn Priority Club points aside from actually staying at Priority Club, including Chase’s Priority Club Visa. You currently get 60,000 bonus points when you sign up for the card. It has a $49 annual fee, but it is waived the first year and because having the card alone gets you one free night each year, it more than pays the annual fee.
You also get a 10% rebate on Priority Club redemptions, and paying for your stays earns you 5 extra points per dollar spent at Priority Club hotels. The card earns 2 points per dollar spent on gas, groceries, and dining, and 1 point per dollar on everything else. If you charged everything during the course of the year, you could easily take your family on a free vacation each year.
Having the card also get you automatic Gold elite status, which otherwise requires 15 nights or 20,000 points. Unfortunately, Gold status doesn’t get you free breakfast like many other hotel’s programs, but it does get you early check in and late check out, which I personally love to take advantage of.