Hotels are going beyond kid-friendly menus, gift bags and activities to make young travelers feel truly at home.

As families take to the road in record numbers, guest rooms decorated for youngsters are proliferating. Among the offerings:

Omni California Hotels recently premiered Kids Fantasy Suites, furnished with Pottery Barn bunk beds and beanbag chairs. Kids get board games, toys and stuffed animals to play with, cookies and milk and a bedtime story from a "Captain Cool" concierge. Parents stay in an adjacent bedroom decorated with adult tastes in mind.

Howard Johnson has bright-colored Crayola Kids Rooms, available at select properties. They contain VCRs, easels, crayon-shaped lamps, play tables and microwaves.

Travelodge offers Sleepy Bear's Den rooms at some locations. These kids' lairs have a child-sized armchair, VCR and Sleepy Bear-themed bedspreads and drapes.

Hotel Metropolis, a boutique lodging in San Francisco, offers a two-bedroom Family Suite that includes a room decorated for youngsters with modern pale-wood bunk beds and pint-sized chairs and play table.

Swissotel Chicago and Swissotel, The Drake, New York have Kids Rooms with small tables, toys and themed bedding. They're part of two-bedroom suites; the one at Swissotel in Chicago has a family room stocked with Nintendo and a DVD player.

The Ritz-Carlton, Boston has had success with its Children's Suite, which dates to 1989. Inspired by the New England seashore, the $795-a-night suite is stuffed with kid-sized furniture reminiscent of that in an upscale Cape Cod cottage. Life-sized stuffed animals, books, games and a rocking chair invite fun. Kids relax in child-sized bathrobes and get bathroom amenities including bubble bath, bath toys and children's toothpaste. An adjoining room sleeps parents or nannies.

In the family-vacation mecca of Orlando, the 2-month-old Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn features two- and three-bedroom KidSuites. Suites feature themes and characters from Nickelodeon shows such as "SpongeBob Square-Pants" and "Jimmy Neutron." Each has a microwave, separate parlor area with TV, PlayStation, rocking chair and game table. Adults get a more traditionally furnished adjoining bedroom.