If you’ve ever travelled with children, you probably don’t need to be told that it’s much more complicated than just travelling on your own or with a significant other. It’s just part of being a parent to put your kids first, which means that all holidays have to work around their needs as well as your own.

Holidays and weekend getaways are meant to be relaxing but an unhappy, bored or unengaged child stuck to you the whole time can turn that relaxation into more of a chore if you’re not careful. Keeping your kids entertained isn’t the easiest thing, especially when they’re away from home and away from all their toys or games. However, one of the ways that you can help is by picking out the right type of hotel.

Child-friendly hotels are perfect for family holidays because they give the kids something to do in the downtime between the family events and activities.

The question is, what makes a hotel child-friendly?

What facilities or services should you look for? That’s exactly what this post is going to answer. Here are 3 key things to look for in a family-friendly hotel.

Easy Restaurant Options

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They say that the way to the heart is through the stomach and it’s so unbelievably true. For most, not eating anything or eating food that you don’t particularly enjoy puts you in a bad mood for the rest of the day and children are included in this.

Kids can be very fussy eaters and making sure that they do eat something can be a hassle when you’re not cooking. To get around this, make sure there are some easy food and restaurant options within touching distance of your hotel. Anything will do, as long as it serves standard, plain foods that you are confident your child well enjoy. A good example is this bar and grill in Nottingham. It’s close to a hotel, serves classic British food and has a dedicated kids menu.

To add onto this, make sure that the restaurants which serve food your kids will like is affordable. This is especially important when travelling abroad because it will be much more difficult to find child-friendly restaurants if your little one isn’t accustomed to eating the local cuisine.

Plenty of Space

It’s impossible to lump all children into a single category as they are all unique and different. However, many kids have a habit of being very active and energetic, which is why picking a hotel with plenty of space is very important. In fact, promoting any form of physical exercise is essential in today’s day and age, not only cause it boosts fitness but also because it can improve academic performance too.

In general, an active child is a healthy one, which is why a child-friendly hotel needs space to permit this movement. The space can be anywhere, from indoor play areas to vast grounds or outdoor fields where you can throw a Frisbee or play football. Whatever it is, make sure that you have access to it at all times so that when the kids need to burn some energy, they can.

Facilities, Activities or Clubs

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Finally, make sure to keep an eye out for hotels with specialist facilities and games. Swimming pools, climbing walls and clubs are all brilliant ways of keeping your kids entertained on holiday and many hotels supply these facilities themselves. Encouraging your children to socialise with others their age is always healthy for cognitive development, whilst engaging in sports and physical activity is equally worthwhile.

When you are picking out a hotel, be sure to check on what facilities and services they have available. You might be surprised by what they can do for you.

That’s all there is to it. Obviously there is more to think about when you are going on holiday than just the hotel that you are staying at but hopefully, using this guide, you should have a better idea of what to look for in the future. Good luck on your adventures!

This is a contributed post.

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How to have a happy holiday with the kids?  It's all about family friendly accommodation.  Check out these 3 things to look for in a family-friendly hotel.  To make your job as a parent that bit easier!

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