Looking at booking a holiday with the family? The first thing about planning a family holiday should be choosing the right hotel. It’s where you want to get a good night’s sleep and eat occasionally. If you have small children, it may be a quiet retreat during the daytime. So it’s important to choose wisely.
Here are five things to look for when booking a family hotel.
If you plan on spending lots of time indoor with your family, make sure the hotel room is comfortable, big enough to spread out and has space for playing.
See if the hotel offers family suites or connecting rooms, so older children can sleep separately.
If everyone is staying in one room, find out if the extra beds are proper beds, sofa beds or rollaway beds. It makes a difference to the quality of sleep, especially for older children. Sofa beds can be uncomfortable and rollaway beds are sometimes too short for bigger kids.
You don’t want to waste your precious holiday time getting to places, so check how close your hotel is to the major attractions you want to see.
Equally, you don’t want to be in the middle of all the noise and activities. Look for a family hotel in a quieter area so that your sleeping children aren’t going to be disturbed by late night clubbers.
Of course, you will want to spend time outdoors to enjoy your holiday, but there may be times when you just want to relax or are forced indoors in the hotel.
Look for a family hotel that has facilities such as a pool or children’s play area. A babysitting service is a bonus, giving parents a night off.
There’s nothing worse than trying to get a child to eat an unusual dinner or keeping them quiet in a posh restaurant. Make sure your chosen hotel has a family-friendly dining area. Most hotels put their menus on their websites so have a look before you book. Local knowledge is invaluable and the hotel concierge are experts in what’s around the area. Ask them for good family dining spots within walking distance from the hotel.
Fine print can ruin a family holiday so check the hotel’s policies before you commit. Make sure you are aware of any extra charges for children, or if there are restrictions on ages or the number of children in a room.
Hotels with flexible check-out times are great for families, as packing always seems to take longer than it should. Some hotels also have special offers for children that might sway your choice. Offers such as free breakfasts or kids stay free when using the existing bedding (i.e. sleeping in the same bed as the parents) help keep those holiday costs down.
While you may be on a budget, look for value for money rather than plumping for the cheapest option. The right family hotel might be more expensive, but it will be worth it for the extra facilities, freebies, large rooms and fun right on your doorstep.