As we move towards summer holidays, this is usually the best time to bring your family together for a well-deserved break. If your children are under the age of 13 years old, you might like the following tips that I am about to dish out regarding things to take note when booking a hotel when you are bringing young children out on a holiday.
Need not be a five star
Staying in a hotel, need not be excessive five stars with royal treatment, there are equally good family inns and hotels that cater to your need. One thing to be sure when you are trawling the hotel’s reviews is to make sure that it is preferably kids friendly hotel. The staff will be more patient when you child starts bawling his eyes out while you are waiting for your turn to check in.
Location, location, location
Having a hotel up on the hill when the places you wanted to visit is all at the bottom of the hill is tedious for the parents and tiring for the kids, no matter how beautiful the view is. Take all of the ‘must see’ venues you are going and find a hotel within the vicinity of those venues. If possible, try not to move more than 2 hotels within a week.
Peace & Quiet
With young kids around, having a late night bar at the foot of your hotel is a big no no. You’ll be sure that the noise will travel up and keep your kids wide awake all night while groggy the next morning when you take them to Disneyland.
Having a hotel that comes with room service is important when you are travelling with kids. Better to have an expensive meal up in the room in the middle of the night than to go around on the streets finding a café or a restaurant that is open that late in a foreign place.
Check on excess charges on kids under 12
Some hotels don’t charge if you have kids under 12 staying in the room but some do. Instead of getting a bill shock, it is better to check with the hotel before you place a deposit. Some hotels even require your kids to have an extra bed. Extra bed means extra charge.
Nearest Medical Care
Maybe it is the in-house medical doctor, or the pharmacy across the street from the hotel, or the hospital around the corner, you need to know where is the nearest medical care you can seek in case of emergency. It is your responsibility as a parent rather than the hotel.
If you take care of these issues when you book a hotel, you should be well taken care of. One important thing to note is to make sure you childproof your hotel room once you checked in. Nothing is more important (not even unpacking your kids’ toys) than to ensure that the room that your child is going to run in, jump in and sleep in is safe. Call the housekeeping department to remove anything you think might cause an accident, rather than to make you pay for the damages, I am pretty sure they are glad to remove it in a jiffy.
Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food
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