Hotel room with kids

If you have reached this page, then you were probably searching for tips on staying in a hotel room with kids. Correct? Well before you embark on your family holiday I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks for staying in a hotel room with your kids.

Family travel is never fun, and games and we try to book hotels which are family-friendly wherever we can. Personally, I find sharing a room with the boys tiring especially for more than one night. However, it is possible and of course, some of the advice is meant to be met with humour.

So, here I go with my hotel room tips and tricks with your kids. Whether it be sharing a hotel room with a baby or older child…good luck! Ha!

Survival Tips For Sharing A Hotel Room With Kids

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Tire Them Out

Tire your little darling/s out during the day so that once it is time for bed they will hopefully go to sleep very quickly. This will hopefully mean you can then relax and take your time to recover from your day. Although if you have kids like my two, then this never works!

Room in Alcudia Pins

Hide In The Bathroom

If you are all in the same hotel room and you need to wait until they are fast asleep then take some munchies and sit in the bathroom. It means you can hide away and eat without the kids knowing, and hopefully, they will fall asleep quicker knowing that mummy and/or daddy aren’t in the room with them.

Passau Hotel

Sit In The Dark

This is normally what I end up doing; sitting in a dark room and wait until the kids are asleep and then grab out the phones and tablets. Although along with the option below sitting in the dark can cause us to fall asleep too.

Melk Hotel

Pretend To Sleep

If the above tips haven’t worked then you could try to pretend to sleep. The kids then think “well mum is sleeping, so we will too” (fingers crossed!). Just hope that you don’t fall asleep as if you are like me then you will be wide awake at 2 am!

Hotel room

Don’t Do It!

Okay, I don’t mean, don’t go on your family holiday, I mean sharing the same room. If it’s more than one night, then the best advice to give you is to book a room that has a separate area for the kids. This could be a connecting room, an area with a sliding door or a partition wall. This way you can watch some tv, have a light on or just sit and relax while the kids are asleep. It really does make a great difference having them separate from the main bed.

Krems Hotel


I have always found sharing a room with my boys a right pain in the rear. Unless you have well-behaved kids that fall asleep instantly or sleep through anything then you may need the above survival tips! However, it is doable and shouldn’t put you off going on a family holiday.


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Do you have any survival tips for sharing a hotel room with your kids? Let me know in the comments below!

Surviving staying in a hotel room with kids|How to survive sharing a hotel room with kids

First Published – August 2016

About Author

I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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  1. My husband and I have been thinking a lot about going on a vacation with our kids, but we are really worried about how to handle them in a hotel room. I really like your idea about getting a room that has a separate area for the kids, though, and I definitely think that we should consider that. Perhaps we could get a suite that has joint rooms as well as a living and kitchen area. That would definitely allow us all to have our individual space!

    1. Thank you for your comment Faylinn 🙂 It definitely makes things easier (for us anyway) having a separate area for our boys. I hope you manage to find somewhere for your vacation, a suite would be a great choice 🙂

  2. Belgium Beers in the bathroom for us last weekend when we visited Ghent. Dad sat on the loo, me propped up against the bath on the floor, whilst the kids supposedly slept in the main room. Ha! The things we do when travelling with kids 😉
    Great post guys!
    Jenny 🙂

    1. We have only used the bathroom a few times but it hurts my back too much. Normally we pretend to sleep so the boys go to sleep. Its really hit or miss though as sometimes we fall asleep too haha!!

  3. This made me smile. We wear the kids out for sure, and I find I’m pretty worn out too. We end up just falling asleep with them which means we are always forst for breakfast. It’s all about the wins right?

    1. Yes, thats for sure! If i fall asleep i tend to be wide awake during the night so i need to try stay awake for a little longer. Doesnt always happen though! Ooops

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