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Parental Pause: 20 Places to Stay for Your Next Momcation

Take a hiatus from parenthood with a stay at one of these 20 'momcation' hotels from Chicago and NYC to New Mexico and Utah.

Being a mom is one of the most arduous, complicated jobs in the world. You’re a chef, a doctor, a nurturer, a disciplinarian, a listening ear, and a best friend – sometimes all at once. Sometimes when you’re busy being everything for everybody, you just need a break.

That’s where momcations come in. A momcation is a vacation taken without the family to give moms a hiatus from the responsibilities of parenthood. Imagine a few days without the kids: the bliss of silence, the lack of snack requests, and the opportunity to spend time reconnecting with yourself outside of being a mom.

From skiing to sightseeing to shopping, here are some hotels offering the best amenities for your momcation.

A Windy City Landmark

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The Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago Hotel is a Chicago landmark in its own right and remains one of the most prominent hotels in Chicago. On a momcation, you can work off that parental stress in their fitness center, unwind in the library (with a book that doesn’t involve cartoon characters), or sip a “Mommy drink” in the hotel’s Martini Bar. Best of all, the Knickerbocker hotel is located right in the middle of the Magnificent Mile and is surrounded by plenty of opportunities for some much-needed retail therapy.

Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago

Chicago, 1.4 miles to Art Institute of Chicago
8.3 Very good (11499 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago

Chicago
8.3 Very good (11499 reviews)

Treat Yourself in Central Chi-Town

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Revel in a momcation in the heart of Chicago by staying at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile. Here you’re central to Chicago tourist favorites, like the Museum of Contemporary Art, 360 Chicago, and the Navy Pier. Treat yourself at one (or several) of the shops on Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile before dining on a grilled ribeye and signature cocktail at the hotel’s Level Two restaurant.

Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile

Top rated
Chicago, 1 miles to Art Institute of Chicago
9.1 Excellent (7005 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile

Top rated
Chicago
9.1 Excellent (7005 reviews)

Relish a Day at the Spa

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Indulge in five-star luxury at The Surrey Hotel in the Upper East Side of New York City. Spend a day in the hotel’s Cornelia Spa relishing in customized spa treatments. Afterward, regale yourself with a Michelin dining experience at the on-site Cafe Boulud. No chicken nuggets on the menu here. Instead, savor a three-course meal featuring French culinary classics like foie gras terrine and sasso poussin.

The Surrey

Top rated
New York, 5 miles to 911 Memorial
9.0 Excellent (1973 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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The Surrey

Top rated
New York
9.0 Excellent (1973 reviews)

The Excitement of Times Square

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Soak up the energy of New York City with a stay at the Renaissance New York Times Square. Without the kids, you can explore every nook and cranny of Manhattan and take in a Broadway hit in the theater district — all without any demands for potty breaks or snacks. After you’re done, escape to your suite for in-room dining on your private walkout balcony directly overlooking excitement of Times Square.

Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel

Top rated
New York, 3.6 miles to 911 Memorial
8.5 Excellent (1997 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel

Top rated
New York
8.5 Excellent (1997 reviews)

Scrub Your Way To Relaxation

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The historic Waters Hotel is in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas and puts momcation niceties like art galleries, antique shops, and walking trails within a short distance. Their on-site restaurant, The Avenue, is the highlight of the hotel with southern-artisan dishes such as truffled pig and rabbit pot pie. Walk to the nearby Bathhouse Row and try a traditional hot mineral steam bath where your own personal bath attendant will help you soak, buff, and scrub your way to relaxation.

The Waters, An Ascend Collection Member

9.1 Excellent (923 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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The Waters, An Ascend Collection Member

9.1 Excellent (923 reviews)

Catch A Sunrise

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Watch the sunrise over Lake Hamilton at Hot Springs’ only lakefront property, Long Island Lake Resort. Every room comes with a panoramic view of the lake. You can also take advantage of their on-site boat rentals to take in the sights from the water or perhaps fish for a fresh catch. The hotel also offers fish cleaning stations, boat slips to store your own boats, and water tube rentals.

Long Island Lake Resort

8.8 Excellent (191 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.2 / 10
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Long Island Lake Resort

8.8 Excellent (191 reviews)

Sipping Cocktails Poolside

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Spend your momcation sipping a cocktail poolside at The Venetian Las Vegas. Each of their two pools has a deck the size of a football field where moms can soak up some sun, finally catch up on the book they’ve been dying to read or celebrate the freedom of an adults-only weekend at a poolside party. If you’d prefer to spend the day inside, the hotel boasts the largest casino in Las Vegas with table games, slots, poker, and sports betting along with a world-class shopping center with over 160 luxury brand stores. At night, blow off some steam to the latest hip-hop, dance, and top 40 music at the always lively (and celebrity-laden) Tao Nightclub located within the hotel.

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

Top rated
Las Vegas, 1 miles to Adventuredome Theme Park
9.3 Excellent (80069 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

Top rated
Las Vegas
9.3 Excellent (80069 reviews)

A Top-Notch Momcation

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The Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is one of your best bets for a top-notch momcation on the Vegas strip. The majority of this five-star hotel is adults only, so no little ones running around here. Feast on a filet mignon at the Wynn’s Lakeside restaurant while watching a holographic light show on the Lake of Dreams or make an appointment for a massage in a garden villa at the Spa at Encore. You can also treat yourself to a new haircut and color at their full-service salon or shop at high-end stores like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Dior.

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Top rated
Las Vegas, 0.6 miles to Adventuredome Theme Park
9.5 Excellent (33926 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Top rated
Las Vegas
9.5 Excellent (33926 reviews)

Live La Vida Loca

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With its top-notch spa, rooftop deck, and seven on-site dining options, the Intercontinental Hotel Miami offers moms the chance to live la vida loca. The hotel even features a rooftop pool with a poolside cafe serving up panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, classic bar fare like hamburgers, and decadent cocktails all while rocking out to tunes from some of the best DJs in Miami. If you want to have some fun in the sand, some of the best beaches in Miami are within walking distance.

InterContinental Miami

Top rated
Miami, 0.6 miles to AmericanAirlines Arena
8.8 Excellent (7161 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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InterContinental Miami

Top rated
Miami
8.8 Excellent (7161 reviews)

JW Marriott Marquis Miami

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The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is a five-star luxury hotel giving moms the best of what Miami has to offer. The hotel features an indoor golf school, basketball court, virtual bowling alley, full-service spa, 24-hour fitness center, four on-site restaurants, 24-hour room service, and a rooftop pool. Other small touches throughout the hotel, like having a television in the bathroom mirror, add to indulgence of the momcation experience.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami

Top rated
Miami, 0.7 miles to AmericanAirlines Arena
9.0 Excellent (2287 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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JW Marriott Marquis Miami

Top rated
Miami
9.0 Excellent (2287 reviews)

Golf and Spa

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The Arizona Grand Resort is a four-star resort with six on-site dining venues, a 71-par golf course, and a suite all to yourself. An afternoon of relaxation is no problem with their on-site spa offering services like massage, facials, body scrubs, and more. You can also visit their private water park or take a yoga class at the fitness center.

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

Phoenix, 8.9 miles to Arizona Capitol Museum
8.1 Very good (4260 reviews)
Very good Cleanliness 8.4 / 10
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Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

Phoenix
8.1 Very good (4260 reviews)

Live Extravagantly

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Live extravagantly for a weekend at the five-star Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Dine like British royalty during high tea in the Lobby Tea Court, jam to live jazz musical selections at their The Wright Bar while sipping craft cocktails, or take a cigar rolling class from a professional cigar roller. They also have eight pools, two golf courses, a full-service spa, and a concierge that can plan other activities to help fill your day, like hot air balloon rides or shopping excursions.

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Top rated
Phoenix, 6.8 miles to Arizona Capitol Museum
8.6 Excellent (1874 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.9 / 10
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Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Top rated
Phoenix
8.6 Excellent (1874 reviews)

An All-Inclusive Countryside Resort

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The Triple Creek Ranch is an all-inclusive countryside resort granting moms a vacation free of logistics. Simply book lodging here and let their staff take care of the rest. Doze in a king-sized bed all to yourself, relax by a wood burning fireplace, or unwind in your own private hot tub, while letting the staff take care of your every need. If you’re craving privacy and solitude, the hotel features several amenities such as in-room fine dining and in-room massages. Or escape to nature with the hotel’s western themed activities like fly fishing, horseback riding, or cattle driving. They also offer expert culinary classes with renowned Chef Jake to learn everything from Italian pastas to cooking fresh seafood.

Triple Creek Ranch

9.0 Excellent (40 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.3 / 10
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Triple Creek Ranch

9.0 Excellent (40 reviews)

Set Your Own Schedule

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Set your own schedule and do as much (or as little) as you want at the all-inclusive, five-star Ranch at Rock Creek. You can enjoy billiards, card games, movie screenings, board games, bowling, tennis, shuffleboard, or you can simply relish in the quiet of their 6,600 acres and spend your days exploring the rolling, green countryside of the property. And whatever you do, don’t forget your camera. The hotel also offers guided photography tours allowing you to create a visual narrative of your momcation using the Montana countryside as your backdrop.

Ranch At Rock Creek

9.0 Excellent (34 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.3 / 10
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Ranch At Rock Creek

9.0 Excellent (34 reviews)

Relish The Waterfront

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Get the quintessential Nantucket experience during your momcation with a stay at the quaint White Elephant Village. It’s home to the harborside White Elephant Spa where you can relish the waterfront view while indulging in spa treatments like the White Elephant signature massage, Amala eye-lifting treatment, and detoxifying algae body wrap.

Take a dip in the hotel’s heated outdoor pool or perk up your endorphins in their fitness center. Venture outside of the hotel with their complimentary Priority bicycle pass and head straight to the beach with their complimentary beach towels, chairs, and boogie boards.

White Elephant Village

9.2 Excellent (171 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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White Elephant Village

9.2 Excellent (171 reviews)

Quintessential Nantucket

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Get the quintessential Nantucket experience during your momcation with a stay at the Jared Coffin House. Each guest room is painstakingly designed to resemble the original bedrooms of the home. The ambiance is old-fashioned, yet Jared Coffin House provides all the modern amenities needed to help make the most of your stay, including a complimentary car service to shuttle you around the island and free towels, chairs, and umbrellas for the beach.

Jared Coffin House

Top rated
8.7 Excellent (452 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.5 / 10
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Jared Coffin House

Top rated
8.7 Excellent (452 reviews)

Welcome to the Holy Mountain

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A stay at El Monte Sagrado (translated as “The Holy Mountain”) offers a unique lodging experience. From the earth tones and decorative feathers of the Native American rooms to the viga style ceilings of the Spanish casitas, each room pays tribute to the different global influences of New Mexico. The hotel also features an indoor saltwater pool designed to emulate a rainforest experience complete with green foliage, rock landscaping, and a cascading rock waterfall.

As if you need another reason to spend your momcation here, El Monte Sagrado has The Living Spa, an award-winning spa committed to the exclusive use of all-natural products. Treatment options like their Sacred Staurolite (a regenerative treatment focusing on physical and spiritual enrichment using New Mexican crystals) are infused with herbs, flowers, and oils of the region. Moms are also invited to join their Sacred Circle, a meditative area surrounded by trees designed for hallowed relaxation.

El Monte Sagrado

Top rated
Taos, 2.8 miles to Taos Pueblo
8.6 Excellent (1100 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
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El Monte Sagrado

Top rated
Taos
8.6 Excellent (1100 reviews)

Inspiration from the Women of Taos

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Draw inspiration from the women of Taos with a stay at the Palacio De Marquesa where each room is designed after a specific characteristic of a notable woman from Taos. Whether it’s the two-roomed Matriarch suite named after author Mabel Dodge Luthan with its own private library or the Icon Room named after feminist painter Georgia O’Keeffe with a garden patio and ornate marble shower, a stay at this hotel will embolden your womanhood

With only eight rooms available on the property, each with a private entrance, moms gain a more intimate setting than a traditional hotel while still receiving the same comforts you’d get at a chain, like complimentary made to order breakfast and luxury marble bathrooms. You also receive access to their sister property, El Monte Sagrado, for amenities like the spa and saltwater pool.

Palacio De Marquesa

Top rated
Taos, 3.2 miles to Taos Pueblo
8.8 Excellent (193 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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Palacio De Marquesa

Top rated
Taos
8.8 Excellent (193 reviews)

A Skiing Momcation

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Skiing is the highlight of a stay at The Chateaux Deer Valley Hotel. The Deer Valley Ski Resort is located right next door and the hotel provides in-house ski rentals and tuning with gratuitous ski storage. Other amenities are kept simple but elegant with features like a heated indoor pool, daily breakfast buffet, and a complimentary shuttle to escort you to Historic Main Street with more than 100 boutique shops and 50 dining establishments.

The Chateaux Deer Valley

Top rated
9.1 Excellent (1408 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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The Chateaux Deer Valley

Top rated
9.1 Excellent (1408 reviews)

The Only Five-Star Spa in Utah

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The Stein Eriksen Lodge is home to the only five-star spa in Utah. Moms can vaporize their tensions in the sauna, melt away the day in a Vichy shower, and have their cuticles buffed to manicured perfection. Cater to the kid in you (without having the kids with you) in their 3,500-square-foot Champions Club Entertainment Center or catch a cinematic classic in their newly renovated 56-seat Freestyle Theater.

Stein Eriksen Lodge

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (540 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
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Stein Eriksen Lodge

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (540 reviews)