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Choosing Accommodation For A Family Holiday

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.

Room in Alcudia Pins

Room in Alcudia Pins

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.

Living room in self catering house

Bedroom in self catering house

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

  1. How many bedrooms?
  2. One level or two? (if two then is it child friendly – baby gates etc)
  3. Pool? If so do you need a place that has a gate around the pool or can you go without?
  4. Location? Do you want near to town and facilities or off out in the country.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?

Choosing accommodation for a family holiday

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  1. As a mum of two under 5s I tried to think of anything and everything a family may need when they stay in one of our caravans in Norfolk. It’s not just the safety bits n bobs, it’s the little things like toddler plates, toys and games, plasters and nightlights that we include to save parents having to pack everything but the kitchen sink.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Oh yes, i love it when accommodation owners supply the children’s stuff. It helps out so much when packing. Wish more places did this 🙂 im sure families who stay in your caravans appreciate the amount of thought and detail you have put in.

  2. This is a great list and will be v useful when our little one is a bit older – still containable but mobility is so close!

    We had a disastrous self catering option recently so at the minute we prefer hotels but sure that will change

    Thanks for linking to first ever #fearlessfamtrav hope you can join next month

    1. Thank you ☺ sorry to hear you didn’t have a good experience. We find self catering easier especially if there is a living area separate from bedrooms. Also easier with our youngest son’s dietary requirements. Look forward to joining in next month x

  3. Great tips here. We end to prefer self-catering for longer stays, but a nice child-friendly hotel is good for a couple of nights. #FearlessFamTrav

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