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Suite hotels Chains that offer suites - Embassy Suites, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, etc. - lend themselves very well to the business traveller with children. With separate rooms, and often separate TVs and other amenities, that end-of-day e-mail time is easily engineered.

Four Seasons Hotels will childproof rooms on request (with night lights, corner padding, etc.) and will make fresh baby food to order. Site-specific treats, such as chocolate Welcome to Las Vegas signs with the child's name, or indoor-outdoor play-packs geared to Boston Common and Public Garden. The Four Seasons Boston also offers a program that includes an in-room visit from an ice-cream cart after dinner. fourseasons.com.

Marriott The Ottawa Marriott has one of the best kids programs of business-oriented hotels in Canada: a Kids Zone complete with tree house, Wii, Xbox, mini-golf and floor hockey. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yowmc-ottawa-marriott-hotel

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort Staying at a resort solves many challenges for parents. The pools have lifeguards, for one, and kids programs are often available. At the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, there are half- and full-day activities programs so that the kids can have as full an itinerary as yours. www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com

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