Thinking of taking the family to a hotel for a few days during Spring half-term? Want somewhere that you and your wife will enjoy, but also offers great options for the kids?
It’s important to ensure your stay is as comfortable, affordable and welcoming as possible, and to help you do this we’ve compiled a list of 4 factors to consider when making your booking.
Location is one of the most important factors when choosing a hotel. If you’re thinking of visiting a busy city, focus your search on hotels that are centrally located, so you can move around freely and easily – many sights and attractions will be close to your hotel, or just a short taxi ride away.
If you’ve set your mind on a hotel in the country, make sure it’s situated close to a few places of interest like a lake with boats for hire, or a farm where the kids can get up close to the animals and perhaps even bottle-feed a calf or lamb, or an old castle just waiting to be explored. The last thing you want is bored children.
Price is normally linked to the number of stars a hotel has and is a very good indication of the kind of quality and service you can expect – generally, the more stars the higher the price. Keep your eye out for special offers and discounted packages and cost savings where breakfast is included, or an all-inclusive, half-board or full-board offer.
It’s a good idea to spend some time on a hotel’s website to see for yourself exactly what services, facilities and rooms they offer. Take a look at the restaurant, bar, pool, spa, live entertainment, and so on, and see what’s available for the kids.
Booking online makes good sense – it’s quick and easy – but make sure you use a reputable hotel booking website, or preferably the hotel’s own website. One of the big advantages of booking directly on the hotel’s site is that it’s cheaper (hotel booking sites charge a fee). While you’re there, book and pay for your breakfasts because this is normally cheaper than paying when you get there. Online bookings are instant, so you won’t miss out on any special offers.
Most hotels offer comfortable family rooms, where the children are accommodated in single or sofa beds. You might also like to choose a room where the windows face outwards onto a lovely view, or onto a pretty courtyard.
One hotel that meets all the criteria above is the Thames Riviera in Maidenhead, Berkshire. With realistic prices, fabulous food offers, themed music nights in the Blue River Café, and family-friendly rooms, you can’t go wrong.
Go to https://thamesriviera.com to see what’s on offer at this grand hotel.