Top tips for staying in a hotel with children

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London for the MAD Blog Awards. The hotel was rather swanky (it has a five star rating) with concierge on every door, fresh flowers in the lobby and the shiniest floor I have ever seen. It looked amazing. I was desperate to see what the bedrooms looked like, alas with my budget being a little limited that dream had to wait.

We have stayed in a few hotels over the last couple of years with Little Mr and along the way have picked up a few tips that we would love to share with you.

  1. Before booking, find out what facilities the hotel has – does the hotel have travel cots, high chairs and fridges in the room all of which are pretty essential when travelling with little ones.
  2. If you’re travelling by car to the hotel, is there on-site parking? Some city centre hotels don’t have car parks to park your car in. We have had to book our parking in advance and this is something to consider before arriving.
  3. Take a bag of home comforts with you – When Little Mr goes to sleep he has to have his Ewan the Dream Sheep playing as well as Little Ted beside him and be under his own duvet. It’s only a toddler duvet so not very big to pack in a bag but it smells of home and makes him feel safe and secure.
  4. Avoid the rush and book an early dinner – when staying in a hotel, we like to book our dinner as early as possible so that Little Mr can eat at his usual time and also so we don’t have to worry who is watching us as Little Mr eats / pretends to eat / plays with his food etc.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it – hotels are more than happy (in our experience) to help out their customers and families in need. Ring reception if you need anything at all.

I would love to return to Kensington with my little family and show Little Mr the sights. We would love to visit the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. I know Little Mr would love looking at the fossils. No trip to Kensington would be complete without visiting Kensington Gardens. I’d love to explore the gardens and show Little Mr the Peter Pan statue. A trip to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial playground would also be on the cards.

The Royal Garden Hotel also has fantastic family friendly services to offer with toys and games available to borrow, high chairs and travel cots available as well as guaranteed connecting rooms. You can even borrow a Micro Scooter to use in the park next door!

We would love to visit Kensington as a family and hope this entry into the Tots100 competition is a winner!

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