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 or tips for sharing a hotel room with a toddler. Maybe you even searched for tips for sleeping in a hotel room with kids. Correct? Well, before you embark on your family hotel stay I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks for staying in a hotel room with children.

Family travel is not always fun and games and trying to find a family-friendly hotel can sometimes feel overwhelming. Personally, I find sharing a room with children tiring, especially for more than one night. However, it is possible and of course, some of the advice below is meant to be met with humour.

So, here I go with my tips for surviving a hotel stay with 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

family room

Hotel Stay Tip 1: Tire Them Out

One tip for helping get your kids to sleep in a hotel room is to 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 seems to work!

Room in Alcudia Pins

Hotel Stay Tip 2: Hide In The Bathroom

If you are all sleeping in the same hotel room and you need to wait until they are fast asleep, then take some munchies and go 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. If you plan on sitting on the floor, then take something comfy to sit on as otherwise, your bum will get sore! Haha!

Passau Hotel

Hotel Stay Tip 3: Sit In The Dark

Staying in a hotel with a baby can sometimes feeling pretty daunting. However, sitting in the dark and waiting for the kids to fall asleep can work pretty well. 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 phone and tablet.

Warning: You may also fall asleep when sitting in the dark. Which isn’t ideal.

Melk Hotel

Hotel Stay Tip 4: Pretend To Sleep

If the above tips for sharing a hotel room with a toddler 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

Hotel Stay Tip 5: 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. Having a family room in a hotel can be less stressful and save everyone’s sanity!

Krems Hotel

Verdict For Sharing A Hotel Room With Kids

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 for staying in a hotel room with your kids! However, it is doable and shouldn’t put you off going on a family hotel 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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