Holidays with kids

They say a change is as good as a rest, but when it comes to taking kids on holiday, I’m not so sure.

First off, there is all the stuff. For small people they certainly have a lot of luggage don’t they? Why is it that a baby a tenth of the size of a full-grown adult needs ten times as much paraphernalia? Then of course there’s the travelling, the disrupted routines, the squabbles over strange beds and food. You begin to wonder if it’s really all worth the effort.

One option, particularly when your kids are small, is to go for something targeted particularly at families with children – family breaks with plenty of useful extras laid on to make your holiday as stress free as possible – somewhere like Best Western Hotels.

Now I must admit that until now, I’d always imagined Best Western Hotels as one of those bland motorway service station type chains, but it turns out I couldn’t be more wrong – they have great hotel deals for everyone, whether you’re looking for a smart city break or an indulgent weekend in the country.

"BEST WESTERN Park Hall Hotel"

BEST WESTERN Park Hall Hotel

Best of all is their new Kids Club. If you’ve got kids aged between 6 – 10, they can sign up for their membership pack, including their own magazine, full of puzzles and stories, sticker book, membership card, luggage tag and a birthday card every year. Each hotel has plenty to keep kids entertained too – from horrible hotel histories to suits of armour, ramparts and dungeons to explore.

Maybe with Best Western a change really is as good as a rest…



  1. 12 November, 2012 / 1:59 pm

    The themed breaks such as the jorvic centre etc are a great idea. Though, some family breaks seem to be in one big room – my worst holiday nightmare! I love my children dearly, but my idea of any family break is not us having to creep around a room in silence while trying to get them to sleep. I’m pleased to see though that some of the best westerns have “family villages” which include suites with separate twin bedroom – ahhhh now I can relax!

    • 15 November, 2012 / 8:33 am

      Ah yes, hotel rooms are tricky for that aren’t they? That’s really why we tend to go for self catering lodges or chalets or similar, otherwise once the kids are in bed, there’s nowhere to go!!

  2. 17 November, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    Yeah holidays aren’t holidays when you share a hotel room with a little one are they! We too always go for a cottage or somewhere like that or you just don’t get any time to relax :)

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