Finding The Right Accommodation For Your Family is important when travelling with kids. I spend a lot of time researching family-friendly accommodation that fits our budget, fits our family and has the facilities we need. I like to use online booking sites to compare prices and different types of accommodation.
Before booking your accommodation, make sure you check:
- How many people does it sleep?
- How much for any extra children?
- Does it provide bedding (if booking cabins or holiday houses)?
- Parking costs per night?
- Internet charges?
- What type of payments are accepted?
- Read online reviews before booking on Trip Advisor.
- If you are booking with a third-party site, phone the hotel and let them know of any requirements you might have prior to arriving.
Self-Contained Units & Apartments
This is one of the best types of accommodation for families, especially large families like ours. Most units or apartments include a full kitchen, linen, dining table and a washing machine. Having the option to cook meals while on holidays can save a heap of money and, let’s face it, you get sick of eating out at every meal. You do miss out on all that jazz you get from staying at a resort, but I find this type of accommodation more laid back, and its one of our favourite kinds of accommodations for our family.
- Full kitchens
- Lots of space including a lounge room
- In-room laundry facilities
- Suitable for large families
- No room service
- No serviced rooms, which means you can’t get towels or bedding replaced
Hotels & Resorts
Hotels & resorts are an excellent choice, especially if they cater to families. You will find family-friendly resorts all over the world and, if you’re lucky, they will include Amazing Kids Club.
- 24-hour check-in
- Information desk on hand to book any tours or ask any questions
- Kids clubs
- Room service
- On-site restaurants for the bigger resorts & hotels
- Small rooms
- Hard to find any rooms that suit larger families like ours. With our family of six, we normally have to book two rooms and that becomes expensive.
- Resorts can be busy in peak season with packed pools and lots of guests
- No in-room washing facilities
Holiday houses are another excellent choice for large families. They are perfect if you want your space and stay in a “home away from home” type accommodation. Most homes will supply everything you need and have full-sized fridges and kitchens.
- Having your own space
- Staying somewhere with a home-like feel
- Great for larger families
- Full-size kitchen and fridges
- Lots of beds
- Linen is not always supplied
- Houses can be out of the way and away from the “action”
- No one on hand to answer questions, like an information desk at a hotel or resort
- Having stairs is not always great with smaller kids unless you travel with a baby gate
Most cabins are self-contained, smaller-sized houses that are mostly within holiday parks. We stay in holiday parks often and I love the atmosphere you find in them. Everyone is so friendly and there is always a bunch of kids willing to play with ours.
- Cheap option for larger families
- Holiday parks have lots of activities for kids
- Friendly guests and lots of other children
- Some cabins are self-contained
- Easy access without the need for lifts or reception entry
- Cabins can be small
- Some cabins require you to bring your linen
- Most cabins aren’t serviced until you checkout
- No room service
I couldn’t leave this one out of finding family friendly accommodation. I must say we don’t often go camping, mainly because with a family of six, it takes a massive amount of planning and organisation.
- Fun for the kids
- Budget-friendly for large families
- Great facilities
- Getting out in nature
- Sitting around a campfire
- Fewer rules
- Having to pack everything
- Campsites can be out of the way
- Not knowing what you are doing if you haven’t had much camping experience
- Having to plan everything prior to leaving like food, lighting, bedding, etc.
- Shared toilets. This can be hard for families with young kids having to walk to the bathroom during the night
- The weather can change at any time, and you run the risk of camping in the rain
Whats your favourite type of accommodation?