Staying in a hotel with kids? You might need to implement a few survival tactics to make sure that your vacation goes smoothly for everyone involved! I asked five frequent travelers who are also parents: What is your top hotel tip when traveling with children? Here are their tips and suggestions:
Toss a roll of duct tape into your suitcase and leave it there. With it, you can babyproof any room (cover electrical outlets, secure blind cords, cover sharp corners of tables) and it’s great to have on hand to repair any baby gear that may have sustained damage while in transit. Corinne McDermott, Have Baby Will Travel
My top hotel tip is to write to the hotel when booking instead of simply using the website reservations system. In our case, it’s a necessity because we have three kids and most websites aren’t clear whether they have rooms for families of five. But it also allows us to start a dialogue with the hotel about what the best room for families is (size, location, etc.) and whether there’s anything else we should think about, like booking airport transfers. It sometimes also results in hotels waiving their normal maximum occupancies and agreeing to bring a rollaway bed in to allow us to all stay in the same room, thus saving us money. Eric Stoen, Travel Babbo
This really depends on the age of your children. When my girls were younger, a hotel with a great kids’ club is a sign that it caters to families with young children. Always call ahead to ask about their kids’ programs and request a portable crib, high chair, or other amenities you will need for your stay. Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa or any of the Four Seasons Resorts have outstanding children’s programs. Anne Taylor Hartzell, Hip Travel Mama
My top tip for traveling with kids: Don’t try to be parent of the year! When in doubt, refer to the three Ts – trans fats, technology and threats (or tickles – whichever works). Kendra Berke Thornton, Royal Travel
Don’t be afraid to explore upgrade options. We’re often lured by, and conditioned to book, the lowest promoted rate. But often, upgrades that’ll make travel with kids a lot easier – like the corner room with extra elbow room or the suite with the sliding door that seals off the bedroom once the kids fall asleep – don’t cost that much more, and the extra expense is tantamount to an investment in everyone’s happiness! With our newest addition (our one-year-old daughter), I also like to request room away from noisier areas, like the elevator or housekeeping closet or poolside bar. Gabe Saglie, Travelzoo
What are your top tips for staying in a hotel with kids? Share your advice in the comments below!