Trust us when we say this—you don’t want to be stuck in a hotel that doesn’t cater to young guests. No activities for your little ones, no nanny service, no other children to play with—a family holiday can quickly become a nightmare (also for other guests) if the kids aren’t happy. It’s always better to stay at a hotel that loves kids. They won’t mind if you ask them to make khichdi for dinner and they would go the extra mile to make your holiday special.
To help you make the right choice, here are a few things to keep in mind when searching for a family-friendly hotel.
- Stay and play: Your kids need something more to do than just watch TV, so look for a hotel that has a garden, play zone, kids’ entertainment zone, or a well-stocked kids’ library. There are many hotels, even in India that fit the bill. JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa offers a range of children’s activities including a huge entertainment centre, activities like book reading, cycling, crafts, and an indoor pool.
- Room requirements: If you’re travelling with a baby, check if your hotel room is babyproofed. A suite with a small kitchenette will be very convenient, especially because it will have more space for you than say, a deluxe room. For older kids, instead of getting an extra bed, book an interconnected room, which are usually come at discounted prices. Club Med is known for its family-friendly features—they offer everything from bottle warmers to cribs and strollers.
- All hands on deck: You might need someone to take care of your kid for a few hours if you need to step out or just go to the spa. Some hotels have excellent babysitting/nanny services, and those are the best ones for family. Atlantis The Palm, Dubai has a great in-room and in resort babysitting programme for kids that you can really depend on.
- Kiddie meals: Your hotel must have multiple dining options, so your kids can alternate between teppanyaki and pizzas. You’ll be surprised to see that many hotels have the policy that kids below a certain age eat free at their restaurants. Hotels like Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts have children special menus for little ones in their restaurants.
- Little extras: Luxury hotels do cute things for younger guests. Think kiddie-size robes, special welcome gifts, pizza, ice cream or popcorn in room, or tickets to an amusement park. Four Seasons goes that extra mile with DVDs, games, and robes; while Westin has a crib version of its Heavenly Bed.