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Thinking About Children And Your Hotel

May 29, 2008
Taking your children on holiday with you is challenge enough at the best of times, but when it comes to booking hotel rooms, there are a certain number of points that are important to bear in mind prior to making your reservation to help ensure that everything goes smoothly. Some hotels provide ample facilities for accommodating your children. Depending upon how young your children are this could involve the provision of cots, high chairs, children's beds and bedding.

This isn't always the case, of course, and it is important not to assume that a hotel branded as being child friendly or labeled as a family hotel has these facilities in every room. If you need these facilities or have other specific requirements it is always important when making your reservation to check that these will be available to you in that particular room. It is also worth considering whether the hotel can offer any other facilities that will make it easier for your child to stay there.

One particular thing to consider are the meals provided in the restaurant. It is worth asking if they can provide suitable meals for children, which might involve meals made in smaller sizes, or those more likely to be eaten by a child, or even simply food which can be blended or mashed for toddlers.

A second option to consider is whether there are any play facilities or play areas to allow children to run about and let off some steam. Stuck inside an average sized hotel room with precious little to do is guaranteed to ensure that your children begin bubbling very quickly with unused energy, which is only likely to result in a tantrum, a breakage, or both. If the hotel has a play room or an outdoor play park, or even a garden that allows the children to run about and kick a ball, then this can save a good deal of trouble. If this isn't possible, it is worth asking the hotel whether they are aware of any nearby amenities that can be used, such as a play park a little way up the road. Knowing this in advance will help tremendously.

Of course, whilst taking your own children on holiday causes you to focus entirely on them and their needs, it is also worth considering the fact that there are going to be other people staying in the hotel. If you have very young children that take a while to get off to sleep it is well worth making sure that when you book your room you ask for one which is well away from an area that is likely to be noisy. In particular, think of locations such as stair wells, rooms very close to fire doors, nearby water coolers or other vending machines, and any room which is nearby or above a bar or other late night function room. This will help to ensure that there are minimal noises and interruptions which could disturb a young child who needs to go to bed much earlier.

There are websites that are able to identify particularly good child friendly hotels, and you would be well advised to do some preliminary research on these. Although, the best recommendations are, of course, from other families with small children about the same ages as yours who can provide information on how suitable the hotel was, and how happy to help the staff were when the family experienced some issue or need.
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