Over the past few years, we have seen a massive increase in adult-only hotels and holiday resorts. This could make it hard for you to find the right hotel for your family when you are travelling with children. When you seek a hotel for your getaway, look for these signs…
Location, location, location
When you are travelling with kids, your hotel’s location is crucial. A hotel in the heart of the town or city where you are staying, like one of the City of London hotels if you are staying in the UK capital, can help to keep boredom at bay.
This is because you will be guaranteed easy access to local attractions like museums, restaurants, parks and galleries. You will also be near public transport links, allowing you to travel freely whenever you need.
For recommendations of kid-friendly things to do or places to eat near your hotel, you can always ask at the reception desk. A child-friendly hotel should always be ready to impart such recommendations.
Kids club or babysitting service
A more obvious sign that your hotel is child-friendly is if they advertise a kids club or another babysitting service. If your holiday destination is in the sunshine, then this can be a great way to get your kids to have some time in the shade and focus on some crafts or games with their peers.
Some hotels will charge a fee for these additional services, so watch out for any hidden charges and always enquire in advance. These services can also free up some quality time for the parents.
A great way to judge the child-friendliness of a hotel is seeing whether it offers family-sized rooms. A family room allows parents and children to all sleep in the same room together. Alternatively, you could, depending on your kids’ ages, choose adjoining rooms for a little extra privacy.
The criteria on which the AA assesses the child-friendliness of hotels includes whether they have children’s menus or at least the options for a child-sized portion. We all know that kids can be picky eaters, so even the fanciest of places might need to serve some chicken nuggets!
Whether this is at the in-house restaurant or part of the room service, this shows that the hotel has actually thought about accommodating children.
Similarly, some hotels might go above and beyond when accommodating children. Instead of making their hotel merely child-friendly, staff may have put amenities in place to make it more welcoming.
These amenities could include child-sized robes and towels or stepping stools that would enable kids to use the sink. Especially when you have a smaller kid, items like bathmats can keep your family safe and provide extra comfort.
So, there you have it – several good signs a particular hotel you are considering is genuinely child-friendly, rather than simply advertises itself as “child-friendly”. After a very difficult 2020, many families could do with a stress-free, child-inclusive holiday for which these tips allow.
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