When I was young I don’t ever remember staying in a hotel with my parents. Maybe a guest house once or twice, but our preferred holiday was in a tent. I had a little reminisce about our family camping days in another post.
When I grew up I stuck with the camping bug although when I had kids of my own I preferred the relative luxury of a caravan. We still didn’t stay in hotels.
In fact, it’s only recently, that I have stayed in hotels and only once with the kids. So I’m not really much of an expert. I do know, however, what I would look for if planning a hotel stay with the kids in the future.
- Being near is very important. I have not booked a hotel specifically because they would put my children in a separate room. The problem being I have three children and most hotels cater for only two in the same room. However, I still consider my children too young to be in a room on their own. So it would have to be a large family room, or two rooms which are connected.
- Child friendly hotels are very important. My children are generally well behaved when out, well, we won’t include the Little Man in that statement, but the girls are great. However, I would still like to feel comfortable in the hotel with my children, I would like them to think they were welcome in their surroundings.
- A menu that caters for children is a great idea, particularly if you are staying more than one night. Also, dining times should be staggered so that families can eat a little earlier.
- The surrounding area should be child friendly, I’d avoid a place which was surrounded by late night bars and prefer somewhere with nice gardens, or a park nearby.
- Treats for the children, like activity packs are not a necessity but a real nice extra which help to keep them entertained and welcome.
|view from my window at Royal Garden Hotel|