Finding the right accommodation for your family holiday can sometimes make or break a holiday (from our experience). If we have ended up with bad accommodation then it does put stress on everyone, although we have never let it ruin our holiday. So choosing the right accommodation needs to be taken into consideration.
Choosing Accommodation For Your Family Holiday
Where to Stay?
Firstly you need to be thinking about where you want to stay. Are you wanting a hotel break? Will you want to stay in a caravan or lodge? What about a house/cottage? Most of these options will mean you can spread yourselves out and maybe even have a separate room from the kids.
Hotel, Guest House, B&B’s
If you are wanting to stay in any of the above for the duration of your holiday then look at the room options available. From our experience having one room for all the family can be very stressful. If at all possible try and book interconnecting rooms, or at least a room that has a partition wall which means you can close it when the kids have gone to bed. Giving yourselves more room to spread out means you won’t be tripping over each other. It will also mean that once the kids do go to bed, you can have to choice to stay up longer or go to bed yourself.
Self Catering Options
If you have decided to book accommodation that isn’t a hotel, that more than likely you will be self catering. This for us is our favourite option. However you still need to ask yourself some questions before you go ahead and book somewhere. Questions to ask yourself
- How many bedrooms?
- One level or two? (if two then is it child friendly – baby gates etc)
- Pool? If so do you need a place that has a gate around the pool or can you go without?
- Location? Do you want near to town and facilities or off out in the country.
- Is it baby/toddler/child friendly? Some rentals can include highchairs, cots, baby gates and more. It is best contacting the owners direct or the company who are in charge of the rental to get details.
- If you want to take your dogs make sure the rental will accept your dogs.
We like any type of self catering options as it normally means we have our own space (like our own rooms to sleep in). It also means that we have our own kitchen and living area instead of spending time in a room in a hotel/B&B.
Remember if you do choose a bigger accommodation and not a hotel room then you have to make sure it is family friendly. You don’t want to be arriving to find no baby gates, open fires etc. Best to go prepared and research as much as possible before you leave.
What type of accommodation do you like on a family holiday. How to you go about choosing accommodation?
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