Finding the perfect hotel for your family can be a little like searching for the Holy Grail. Interconnecting rooms are often the ideal solution but can be pricey; family rooms are great but only if the beds are appropriate for the ages of your children. Activities for little ones can make a big difference, as does free WiFi and a varied breakfast and dinner menu. Sometimes it’s just the attention to detail that makes parents return to their favourite hotels: knowing their kids will be made welcome can take all the stress away.
I asked our BritMums travel bloggers for their suggestions of family-friendly hotels they would recommend to others. From budget choices to luxury pads, I hope you’ll find something here to tempt you for your next trip in the UK or further afield.
Brilliant beach holiday hotels
A beach holiday is always a winner when it comes to family holidays and in Britain many hotels are becoming savvy as to the needs of parents. Mini Travellers loved the Trefeddian Hotel in Aberdovey, Wales, as its family room easily accommodated all five family members on proper beds while the amenities included three different games rooms. In Newquay, Cornwall, Jennifer’s Little World recommends The Esplanade Hotel for its outdoor and indoor play areas, indoor swimming pool and goody bags for the children.
The beaches of Europe are also very tempting for families: all the fun of the sea and sand but with guaranteed sunshine. Practically Perfect Mums recently visited La Blanche Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey; in her video you can see the swimming pools with slides and tubes, kids club and sporting facilities. Extraordinary Chaos lets her boys review Ikos Oceania in Greece; they loved the reliable WiFi, great pool and extensive sports programme.
If we cross the pond to the beaches of America, let’s stop in Nicaragua where Globetotting chilled out at the Soma Surf Resort. It has the relaxed vibe of a villa and is ideal for teens or older children. All-inclusive hotels can be an excellent choice for families with endless dining opportunities: Mummytravels could see the benefits at the luxurious St James Club, Morgan Bay resort in St Lucia. In Jamaica I tried out the top quality Beaches Resorts in both Ocho Rios and Negril, both of which provide unforgettable family holidays.
Family hotels with a little extra
What child wouldn’t love to stay in an old fortress? Mums Do Travel is full of praise for the Star Castle Hotel on the Isles of Scilly for its service, facilities and gorgeous location. A Residence Blog is smitten with The Crown Hotel in Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk which was welcoming to all members of the family including their dog: borrow a thermos, snaffle some flapjacks and head out for a bracing walk.
Bailiffscourt Hotel in West Sussex provides ‘buckets of fun’ for its younger guests as My Travel Monkey discovered: luxury and children blending effortlessly. And in London, Jenography loves The Milestone Hotel near Kensington, which combines a great location, a warm family welcome and a fun, free, kids’ teatime activity
Budget hotels we like
If you’re looking for a good value hotel, why not give the YHA a try? This organisation has really worked hard to provide excellent facilities for families whilst keeping costs very reasonable. Kiddieholidays can vouch for YHA Whitby: bunk beds, a playroom and the option to self-cater if you wish. Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays relived her childhood at nearby YHA Boggle Hole in a fabulous location at Robin Hood’s Bay.
Good family hotels for European city breaks
Time to leave the beach and head for the city. I have two recommendations for European city breaks. Globalmouse Travels rates the Palazzo Cicala in Genoa as it’s a place full of character in a central location, boasting a beautiful spacious family room. In Barcelona Tin Box Traveller chose the Leonardo Hotel as it’s close to the main sights and the family room could easily accommodate five adults if needed. It was the warm welcome and excellent service, however, that really made a difference.
A family hotel recommendation in Australia
If you happen to be heading to Australia any time soon, take the advice of All About a Mini Norris and make your way to the Swissotel Sydney. There is no doubt your child will be bowled over by their own adjoining bedroom: a pop-up circus tent, activity table, assorted toys and games plus a mini-bar stocked with teddy-shaped biscuits.
A stellar family hotel at a beach resort in Florida
Where do you stay if you’re visiting a theme park? Opposable Thumbs visited the retro-themed resort of Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Florida and praised the funky rooms, movies by the pool plus early entry to the parks.
4 great family boutique hotels
Finally, Suitcases and Sandcastles has kindly suggested four of her favourite boutique hotels for families in Crete, Bali, Turkey and Brazil: stylish accommodation, superb service and a warm welcome for children. Perfect.