I just reached Platinum Status. I am planning to take my family, (wife, 2 girls, ages 12 & 10) to Paris and London during the Holidays next year 2017. We will be using two 5 night vacation awards (love the deal especially with the extra 10% from United) for the trip. We plan to fly into Paris and fly out of London. I would love to hear any advice about taking families across the pond and where to stay. We are comfortable with using the Tube and other public transportation and have been to London and Paris without the kids years back. While we will have enough points for 2 Category 9 awards, I would love to hear opinions on places to stay with kids that are not necessarily Cat 9 in Paris and London. Or if we are going to do a Cat 9 - which one is a must for families? Thanks for any advice you may have for us.
Congrats on reaching Platinum, gdiamond - that's so exciting! You chose some great cities to celebrate the holidays in. Paris is one of my favorite cities, I'd love to experience it during that time of year. Interested to hear what recommendations the other Insiders have in regards to property options!
Congratulations on your upcoming trip and Platinum status!
May I suggest to start your research on your trip by reviewing previous MRI posts/pictures?
There are a lot of people here who can help you with details once you have some dates, desires and a rough budget in mind. You can really make this a memorable trip with some flexible planning.
We were in Paris this September and stayed at the Marriott Champs Elysees for 10 nights. We LOVED the place, the location, staff,etc. There was no lounge but we in no way cared about that. We were given a very nice room upgrade, nice welcome gifts, breakfast in the restaurant every morning which by the way was GREAT! Love a breakfast buffet that has hummus. The breakfast room staff were fabulous! I will say it gave me a thrill every time I stepped out of the hotel and right onto the Champs Elysees . Such a vibrant Ave!
Extremely good location, quick walk to the subway, and there is a Marks and Spencer about 2 blocks up on the corner. I can't be anywhere near a M& S and not go in . . We go to London at least once or twice a year but stay at other places so I can't comment on the Marriott Hotels in London.
jerrycoin is quite correct, much has been written here regarding staying in Paris. Do a search and sort the results to show the most recent posts first.
A couple of things to possibly consider...
Above are possibly some helpful links. Also, and especially if you have boys and you're all up for a little climbing, climb the bell tower at Notre Dame. Up high, the kids can get up close and personal with the gargoyles. I think they'd totally get a kick out of that. The Paris Visite pass can help with the lines.