Traveling with the whole family can be a hectic and chaotic endeavor, from finding the right hotel to travel accommodations and everything in between. Finding a hotel that’s child-friendly can be difficult, but there are five specific things that make your stay a lot easier and a lot more comfortable.
1) Suite-Style Rooms
Suite style rooms mean that parents and kids can have their own designated space within the hotel room. Since the sofas in the living room portion of a suite are typically the type that fold out, the kids can sleep there and the parents can sleep in the bedroom area, rather than the whole family being stuffed into a room with two king-sized beds like they’d have to in a normal hotel room.
2) Indoor and Outdoor Pools
Sure, adults like swimming, but is there a demographic that appreciates a pool more than kids? It’s debatable, but we think that if you ask your kids if they’d rather stay in a hotel that has a pool or a hotel that doesn’t have a pool, they’d enthusiastically choose the former. Make sure you’ll have time to watch the kids at the pool though, as many hotel pools may not have full-time lifeguards on staff.
3) A Great Location
When you’re traveling with kids, the last thing you’ll want to have to do is pack up the kids for a long drive to something like dinner. Look for hotels that are close to a good amount of attractions, restaurants, and even playgrounds or parks so that making an outing isn’t a big production. Check Google Maps and Yelp for nearby parks and restaurants that you and your kids will enjoy alike.
4) Onsite Free Breakfast
If you’d prefer to make things even easier, look for hotels that have free breakfast offered onsite. This allows you and your family not only to save money, but also not make a big deal out of getting breakfast. If not free breakfast, if the hotel does offer room service, check to make sure that there are some kid-friendly menu items if you intend on using the service.
Laundry may not make your immediate list of things you’d want in a hotel, but if you travel with kids, you know that things can get messy. Laundry services can be expensive, so it’s worth checking out, especially if your vacation is more than a few days long, if the hotel you’re booking has on-site coin-operated laundry. That way, you can wash the kids’ ice cream stained shirts before the stain sets permanently, as well as wash anything else (such as beach towels) that you’d like to use more than once.
What do you look for when you’re booking a family-friendly hotel? Let us know!