Family rooms in hotels are essential when you have little ones but when your children are older, being all cosy together has distinct disadvantages. Our 15 year old son has no wish to sleep with us when we’re on holiday and vice versa. So why don’t more hotels offer connecting rooms so our children can be accessible but privacy for all can be maintained?
When I search for hotels for city breaks I very often struggle to find ones which have connecting rooms. Even those that do supply them seem reticent to publicise it. They happily provide junior suites which are, quite frankly, just bigger rooms with a couple of uncomfortable ‘comfy’ chairs in the corner. Suites are very expensive and even then our son, a gangly six-foot teen, would be hanging out the end of a put-me-up. If he does get a decent bed, it still doesn’t alter the fact that he is still in the same room as us. He doesn’t sleep with us at home so why would we want him grinning at us from a few feet away when we’re on holiday.
Connecting rooms are bliss. It’s like being in an apartment: plenty of space, an extra bathroom and the knowledge that children are safe in the next room which you can access at a moment’s notice through the inter-connecting door. Everyone can come and go between the two rooms but when bedtime arrives, we don’t all need to be looking at each other, moaning about who’s snoring or snuffling.
Having two rooms next to each other is not the same thing. We have done this on occasion and it’s not ideal. Too often I’ve been caught in a hotel corridor, in my dressing gown, knocking on our son’s door urging him to get up in the morning. Asking the hotel for an extra keycard does help but I still seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in the corridor as I take the keycard for my son’s room but forget to take my own so I can get back in again.
We’ve also had the situation where we’ve been promised adjoining rooms, only to discover the hotel has been unable to cater to our request, so our son is half-way down the corridor. I know he’s a big lad but I want him near me. I’m a mother and I whittle.
Hotel resort complexes seem to have this sussed: many beach hotels abroad are aparthotels so that everyone has their own bedroom, with a kitchen, occasionally an extra bathroom but still having access to hotel facilities. This often isn’t possible in city hotels for obvious reasons of space and the design layout of the original buildings. But surely there must be a market for considering the needs of families with older children? Can they not just alter a few rooms to make them interconnecting?
A few hotels which we have used in the past which have this facility:
In Paris we settled on an apartment, which is maybe what other families do. It was good but a bit functional and I missed some of the facilities of a hotel, like the bar!
We have just booked two connecting rooms at the family-friendly hotel, Old Swan and Minster Mill in the Cotswolds, with a reduction on the price of the second room, which is even better. Will report back on that hotel in a few weeks time.
I’d be interested in your views on this. Are there hotel brands which do offer connecting rooms which I should be considering? Suggestions please.