Looking for accommodations is one of the most important things when it comes to traveling with the family. If you were traveling alone or only with your spouse, minor “errors” in choosing the hotel would be easier to deal with. When it comes to the whole family, however, making a mistake in choosing a hotel could spell the difference between an ideal vacation and a disastrous one.
I have come to realize that choosing a hotel is really dependent on many factors. One of the foremost considerations that you should think of is the time that you plan on spending together – the whole family. This is because many hotels are now “family-friendly” and offer a lot of services that would get the kids out of the parents’ hands for the duration of the vacation. This is all well and good if that is your intent. However, if you want to spend majority of your time together as a unit, then you might want to opt for other hotels that do not include these services in their prices. Otherwise, you might end up paying more than what you should and what you would be availing of.
Another important consideration is the comfort level that your family members are expecting. There are families who are “cowboys” – they’d feel comfortable in not so luxurious settings. If you are this type of family, then good for you! You’d surely find it easier to find suitable accommodations for reasonable prices. If not, then you have to carefully consider your preferences when choosing a hotel – and expect to pay a bit more as well.
(to be continued)