With the ever-growing popularity of vacation rental sites such as Airbnb and VRBO, it’s no surprise hotels have stepped up their game when it comes to group travel.
One of the ways they’re appealing to different kinds of travelers: bunk rooms with high-end amenities and magazine-worthy design.
From luxury built-in bunks with brass accents and custom millwork to more rustic Western-themed digs, these seven bunk rooms prove you don’t have to sacrifice on style (or comfort) just because you’re traveling with the whole family.
Timber Cove Resort
Ruggedly beautiful coastline? R&R? Yes, please. The Timber Coast Resort is in redwood country just 2 ½ hours from San Francisco but it will have you feeling like you’re worlds away. The towering fireplace and comfy seating in the Great Room make it a cozy spot for curling up with a good book or gathering the whole family for game night. Outside, the fun continues with foosball, ping pong and billiards. Back in the room you’ll find bunks for four, a deck overlooking the ocean and a Crosley record player to keep the good vibes going. While you may never want to leave this peaceful enclave, there are hiking trails, horseback riding and kayaking nearby if you’re feeling adventurous. timbercoveresort.com
Fort Worth, Texas
Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, this hacienda meets rustic-luxe newcomer to the Fort Worth Stockyards is a Western lover’s family-friendly dream. (Even your pup is welcome.) It’s easy to immerse yourself in cattle culture here, be it taking in the rodeo at nearby Cowtown Coliseum, getting lost in the Cattlepen Maze, or catching one of the twice daily Longhorn drives. There’s also lots of fun to be had back at the hotel: take a dip in the ranch-style pool, play lawn games or listen to some live music. The Drover caters to the kiddos with child-sized robes and in-room stools that’ll help them feel right at home. hoteldrover.com
Within an hour’s drive from Portland, this Willamette Valley boutique hotel is well situated for a wine tasting weekend. There’s a variety of kid-friendly wineries nearby (think picnic areas and lawn games) so you don’t have to leave them at home. McMinnville’s charming Third Street has plenty of shopping, restaurants, tap rooms and, of course, wine tasting to keep you busy. Perhaps the most sophisticated accommodation on our list, with a formal sitting area, beverage station (hello, wine fridge), individual cubbies and custom bunk wall complete with staircase, the Atticus’ Luxury Bunkhouse more than lives up to its name. atticushotel.com
Scribner’s Catskill Lodge
Savvy New Yorkers looking for an escape from the city will find a welcome respite at Scribner’s Catskill Lodge. Mixing mid-century modern and boho design, the Hunter Suite features a queen bed, bunks, fireplace and seating area, giving it a contemporary yet cozy feel. With breathtaking mountain views, pool, outdoor sauna, Glice-skating rink and on-site restaurant Prospect, there’s plenty to explore without leaving the property’s 20-plus acres. But if you come to play, this Hudson Valley gem is a base for hiking, fly-fishing and tubing in the summer and skiing, snowshoeing and sledding in the winter. scribnerslodge.com
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, N.M.
The grounds of this historic inn and farm are as beautiful as they are practical. Committed to sustainable practices, Los Poblanos produces lavender and organic produce for use in their artisanal products and restaurant. Parents will love taking a spin on the complimentary bikes or getting pampered at the Hacienda spa, while kids will love roasting s’mores by the fire pit or visiting the resident alpacas. Designed in a classic New Mexican style, including kitchenette and fireplace, the Field Family Suite is spacious and modern; its layout featuring a king bed and separate bunk area offers ample room and privacy for the entire family. lospoblanos.com
Asbury Park, N.J.
This playful boutique hotel on the Jersey Shore is the perfect spot for a summer getaway. Asbury Park is brimming with family-friendly activities – everything from mini golf and a splash park to arcade games at the boardwalk and swan pedal boats at Wesley Lake. The hotel itself has a lively beachy vibe, with lots of blonde wood and pops of color throughout. The Asbury is all about having fun, offering a swimming pool, billiards and even a rooftop “drive-in” movie theater. The Quad and Octo rooms are your best bet, with bunks and seating areas for the whole family to chill out in style. Bonus points for Octo’s two showers! theasburyhotel.com
Once a mining town, today Silverton is a year-round outdoor playground where you’ll find everything from horseback riding and whitewater rafting to snowshoeing and skiing. Located on the main street, this charming boutique hotel is the perfect place to kick back in style after a long day of adventures. Grab a drink at the lobby bar then head to the outdoor courtyard, complete with Southern Pacific rail car, and take in the gorgeous mountain view while the kids chillax. The property offers private bunk rooms, including a 10-bunk room that can be rented out in its entirety, so there something for families both big and small. thewyman.com