• Avoid these mistakes when booking a hotel with kids


    When booking a family vacation, there are many aspects of travel that you need to consider. For example, when you have the kids in tow, your itinerary should cater to the activities you want to do, while working around the needs of your children.

    Most importantly, you have to find a hotel that's family friendly and will make a stress-free trip possible. This can be tricky, as you have to consider location, amenities and room types. Next time you and your kids set off on a trip, make sure that you avoid these mistakes and choose the perfect accommodation for the whole family.

    Choosing a hotel away from the excitement
    When traveling with kids, many parents make the mistake of thinking that a hotel farther away from the center of the city is better, as it's quieter and may even seem safer. However, Family Travel magazine explained that the more central your hotel is, the easier it will be to get to your destination with sleepy kids in the morning and will reduce the need for public transportation, which can be a hassle with a stroller.

    Resorts that are removed from the main attractions and activity aren't necessarily safer than those in a more central area. In fact, in many destinations, this may even be the opposite, as the more crowded an area is, the less likely your family is to find themselves in a dangerous situation. It may be more expensive to stay somewhere close to all the hustle and bustle, but the convenience added to your vacation will be well worth the extra expense.

    Underestimating the importance of kid-friendly dining
    You may have booked a luxurious hotel in the city center with all of the amenities you and your family could ask for, but what about the food? Cascadia Kids warned parents not to forget that the food choices both in and around the resort are crucial to a successful stay. Chances are when traveling with toddlers you will need to feed them something other than a meal off a five-star menu, so it's important that you ask the hotel before booking if they have a restaurant or cafe with a children's menu. You can also look at a Google Map of the area to check out surrounding eateries.

    The online travel source also suggested that parents try to find a room that comes with a microwave and even a small kitchenette to allow you to prepare store-bought meals that you know your children enjoy. This can also be a lifesaver if you have a baby on your trip.

    Ignoring room types
    There are a couple different types of hotel rooms that can work for families. According to Conde Nast Traveler, adjacent rooms are more for families traveling with older kids who are independent enough to have their own sleeping area. These usually consist of a private hallway with doors leading to each room. This can present a problem for families with small children, as the rooms may be too separate and parents won't be able to hear their toddlers if they call them.

    Connecting rooms are the way to go for families with younger children. These give parents the privacy of their own space with a door that leads right into the kids' room, so communication and access to each sleeping area is easy and convenient.

    Forgetting about family extras
    Plenty of hotels offer extras for families, including babysitting services, kid's camps, kiddy pools and even baby proofing items. Therefore, it can be very beneficial to ask about these before committing to your hotel.

    Extras like a washer and dryer inside the resort and a mini grocery store in the lobby can also be important if you're on a vacation for more than a few days.

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