This post is in collaboration with Accor Hotels
Different types of family holidays require different types of family accommodation.
For me if I am planning on a relaxation holiday then I want the accommodation to provide me with all the bells and whistles as we will be spending quite a bit of time lazing about the hotel.
However if we are taking a sightseeing family holiday based in a city then my needs for the family accommodation are completely different.
So what are my city family holiday accommodation must haves?
It starts with life’s 3 essentials to survive: shelter, food and clothing.
Basically I just need somewhere to sleep and shower, it doesn’t have to be anything elaborate as we don’t spend very much time in the room on sightseeing holidays. I just need to make sure that the bedding configuration can sleep 3, and there is a TV to watch a movie after Lewis has gone to sleep.
However if you know your little ones can’t sleep if there is noise, then an apartment style hotel might be for you.
I don’t really need much more extra facilities.
- If we have flown in from interstate and we have decided to hire a car then I might require parking. Of course if we are just relying on public transport to get us around like we do on most holidays then I won’t need parking.
- If we were travelling in the middle of summer I probably would like a pool to cool off in after our excursions. But if it’s the wrong season or we are going to be too busy then I won’t need that either.
It’s all about your personal needs for that particular trip.
Though I am going to need to eat. Personally I prefer to be able to eat breakfast within the hotel – even in my backpacking days I preferred hostels that included breakfast. First thing in the morning I am not in the mood to hunt for somewhere to have a coffee – yes I’m one of those coffee people 🙂
During the day as we explore it is easy to find somewhere to grab some lunch (even supermarkets have salad rolls in the deli department). Then it’s just a matter of scheduling the park to be on our itinerary for lunch time.
In the evening we like to have a choice of restaurants available a short walk from our hotel. So worth doing a bit of research before we book to ensure they are nearby.
The other alternative is to opt for a self-contained apartment style accommodation where I will have access to a kitchen, to alleviate these issues by cooking – but I don’t like to do any work on holidays 😉
Whilst I don’t like to do any work on holidays the laundry seems to be the one thing I can’t avoid. So if there is a laundromat nearby or at the hotel that is certainly easier than hand washing.
Then we need to consider:
I’ve mentioned sightseeing, public transport, restaurants and even the laundry. Our hotel has to be easily accessible to all these things.
I always double-check where the actual location of the hotel is in relation to everything else. Part of my pre booking research includes viewing the map on the hotel’s website and Google Maps to help determine where everything is located.
Of course it all comes down to budget.
Now the horrible part – paying for it. Whilst I would love to be able to afford to stay in the plushest of hotels, I usually can’t justify the expense; because they are often offering much the same facilities as the more budget option like this Melbourne CBD Hotel.
Plus I would prefer to save my money on the city family accommodation so I have more to experience the city.
Basically my city family holiday accommodation is just a base from which to explore the city.
What does your family need from a city family holiday accommodation?
Tell me in the comments.
- Images courtesy of Accor Hotel‘s Ibis Melbourne.
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