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Kid Friendly Hotel Program: My Little Hilton, Treating Kids like VIPs

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What do your kids usually do when you’re checking into a hotel? Chances are, they’ve been assigned to an area to watch the luggage or sit on the lobby chairs, which my kids are used to doing. Would they prefer a kid friendly hotel program that allows children to be part of the hotel check-in process, treats them like VIPs and makes their trips even more memorable? Luckily, one such children’s program does exist.

We discovered the My Little Hilton program when we checked into Hilton Munich City during our visit to Germany last summer. Hilton Hotels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have this unique program for kids 12 years old and under. Special discounts, offers and presents await the kids during their hotel stays.

It all starts with a special Check-in process. We instantly saw the Check-In-Stair at the reception desk. The manager led my kids to one side where they excitedly climbed on. They were handed packets to sign themselves in and papers for coloring and drawing.

My Little Hilton check-in steps at Hilton Munich City.

My Little Hilton check-in steps at Hilton Munich City.

My kids each received a red teddy bear bag filled with lovely welcome gifts that included a teddy bear keychain, books with activities and games, a rubber duck, chocolate bar and a box to hold their trinkets. Those little tokens were much appreciated by two jet-lagged kids.

My Little Hilton goodies from Hilton Munich City

My Little Hilton goodies.

This program didn’t stop at those welcome gifts. They had merchandise adorned with My Little Hilton logos and The Hilton Teddy Bear, dressed in a doorman’s uniform, that were strategically displayed by the elevator doors to the garage. They ranged from aprons, chef hats, t-shirts and bags available for sale at the lobby desk. Of course, my kids made it a point to ask if we could purchase those gifts as souvenirs every time we passed by.

Becoming a member of the My Little Hilton club ensures kids will get special travel offers, greetings and small gifts during Easter, Christmas and their birthdays long after their stay at the hotel. Participating restaurants at these Hilton hotels also have separate menu cards for kids that include healthy children’s menus. Some hotels allow kids 10 and under to eat free with a paying adult.

The successful My Little Hilton cooking classes started in 2006 at specific Hilton Hotels and Resorts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and run from September to April. Mini chefs-in-training between 7-14 years old can learn kitchen basics and healthy cooking from skilled Hilton chefs. Kids prepare various three-course meals depending on the hotel and season or holiday.
Most of the classes are held during Saturdays from 3-7 pm. Fees start at EUR 69 and include ingredients, soft drinks, My Little Hilton cooking uniform and dinner with one other person at the restaurant with their finished menu. Additional guests were EUR 19 each.

We kept seeing kids having fun at their cooking classes on the hotel TV ads. My daughter longingly looked on since she missed cooking camp at home. Find out if cooking classes are on schedule or if the chef is holding classes at the hotel you’ll be visiting beforehand since class size is limited. Although we couldn’t fit a cooking class into our schedule, we learned that we could take a peek inside the kitchen and meet the chef.

Even though we didn’t get the chance to take advantage of all the My Little Hilton program had to offer, the welcome gifts and special check-in were enough to make my kids stay more special. We hope this program is available in U.S. Hilton hotels soon. If you’re traveling to international hotels, be sure to check if they have the My Little Hilton program to enhance your kids’ travel experience.

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Mary lives in San Diego, California with her husband, 13 year-old daughter and 10 year-old son. She was born in the Philippines, grew up in the U.S. territory…

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