We love this check list from the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, one of the most child-friendly city break hotels in Britain.
This summer the hotel is offering a new welcome experience for children, which includes a special check-in and small flourishes to make your little ones feel like VIP guests.
Bring plenty of entertainment and home comforts
Don’t forget to pack some entertainment for children when staying at a hotel so they don’t get bored during evenings and any down time. Bring along as many home comforts as possible, such as your child’s favourite teddy and bedding – the familiarity will help them relax and get to sleep more quickly.
If your child is a light sleeper request a room far from the lift and lobby. Also, if you anticipate being kept awake for a bottle feed or teething, let the hotel know so that they can make you feel more relaxed putting you in a room less likely to disturb others. Also, if you need a cot for your room or have any specific requirements for your stay with the kids, then call the hotel in advance and let them know. This will ensure you have everything you need the second you arrive.
Get them excited
Staying in a hotel is FUN! Get your kids excited, show them pictures of the hotel and rooms online to get them feeling familiar and comfortable from the get-go.
Give kids their own space
Unpacking and getting familiar with new surroundings is important. Give your kids the opportunity to unpack and feel comfortable with a space of their own. Make sure they have somewhere to set out their toys and books and put them in charge of keeping it tidy. And do unpack their clothes rather than living out of a suitcase – makes life much easier for everyone.
Book a suite or adjoining rooms
Book a room with as much space as possible, like a suite or connecting rooms. This will ensure you can fit the whole family and all your luggage in one space. A suite with separate bedrooms or sleeping areas is perfect for travelling with younger children with early bedtimes, meaning you can stay up for longer without interrupting their sleep routine.
Make a point of introducing your children by name to the hotel staff. Not only will this make them feel special it will also make sure that staff can easily identify your kids in the hotel’s communal areas. The more comfortable you make your child feel with the hotel staff, the easier it will be to leave them with a hotel babysitter if that’s the plan.
Check for local activities
Before your arrival, check for child friendly activities and events close to the hotel to keep the kids entertained during their stay. Check with the concierge when you arrive – they’ll probably have some extra tips and recommendations that you can’t find online.
Remember to relax and have fun while you are staying at the hotel. Your routine won’t be exactly the same as home but remember to enjoy the extra time with the family and create some great memories during your stay.
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