Traveling parents know that sometimes the hardest part of a family vacation is often just getting to your destination. Schlepping to catch an early-bird flight is not for the faint of heart, and tired kids on the go usually result in a hefty state of crabbiness. Missed flights and delays can only add to the stress.

Here’s our family’s tried and tested, easy solution: Book an airport hotel. Whether you have an early flight or not, you can casually make your way to check-in and security, without the rushing and schlepping.

And, thanks to flight tracking apps, you can monitor cancelled flights and delays to avoid the added stress of long hours spent waiting at the airport. Why wait at the airport for a delayed flight when you can go for a swim in a hotel pool or just relax in a comfy guestroom?

In Chicago, Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport is the perfect pick for families flying out of this busy hub. Because it’s within walking distance to all domestic airport terminals at Chicago O’Hare, you can count on a more relaxed departure.

HILTON CHICAGO O’HARE AIRPORT ROOMS

The guest rooms feature bright, contemporary furnishings, sound-resistant windows, and blackout drapes to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. Plus, here’s an extra-fun bonus that your kids will appreciate: book one of the Runway View rooms, and you’ll all experience hours of in-room entertainment thanks to unparalleled views of take-offs and landings through floor-to-ceiling, soundproof windows.

Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport recently debuted Family Suites to make the process of getting the family to the airport even easier. These 485-sq. ft. studio suites are designed with a family in mind and offer a large sitting area, king bed and sofa bed, 42-inch HDTV, mini-bar, available WiFi and on-demand movies and video games.

HILTON CHICAGO O’HARE AIRPORT AMENITIES

The indoor swimming pool and fitness center are great for burning off a little stream to prep for your vacation time. The in-house Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport restaurants like Andiamo, the Gaslight Club, as well as the Caffe Mercato, mean you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your hotel for dining.

Arriving well-rested and on-time to your flight is key for a happy vacation. What are your tips for sanity-saving family travel?

This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.

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