Family Hotel Rooms – Reasons I don’t like them

As a family we often stay away in hotel rooms – for weddings, mini-breaks or just little adventures. Since becoming parents we have stayed in many hotels and many types of hotel rooms and from first becoming parents until now I have hated family hotel rooms and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Family Hotel Rooms - Reasons I don't like them

You see, I love adjoining rooms. I really like the children having their own space and us having ours.

So here are a few reasons why I hate sharing a room with the children when we’re away and much prefer family hotel rooms:

  • It’s lights out at 7pm. The children need to sleep and so you either end up hiding in the bathroom until they’re in a deep enough sleep to put a side light on or the TV on quietly or you give up and just go to sleep when they do.
  • The tea/coffee goes to waste. Who wants to boil a kettle and risk waking a sleeping child when they’ve finally gone to sleep? The biscuits never seem to go to waste though…
  • Constantly disturbing each other. Whether it’s the children snoring or laughing in their sleep, Dave and I rolling over or the noise of us going to the toilet in the night, every little things seems to disturb all of us and we end up having a really bad night’s sleep.
  • You all have to get up at the same time. If the children wake up at 6:30am, that’s it, you’re awake. At least with adjoining rooms you could stick the TV on for them and doze for a bit longer but there is absolutely no chance of that with you all in the same room.

So sleeping in the same room as the children is no fun at all and I am just so glad that we have adjoining rooms when we go away in the summer. The kids can go to bed and Dave and I can have cocktails on the balcony without fear of disturbing them – and hopefully we’ll all sleep a bit better too!

Family Hotel Rooms - Reasons I don't like them

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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12 Comments

  1. This is actually why we decided against going on an all-inclusive holiday in the sunshine and opt for renting a cottage instead. As you say adjoining rooms would be ok, but sharing not great at all.

  2. I couldn’t agree more Donna! I wish more hotel chains would realise this and create more family friendly spaces, rather than just doubling the cost and making you buy two rooms!

  3. I love this because I’m an adjoining room lover too. I’ve shared hotel rooms with my children before and I for one am not a fan of lights out being at 7pm!! I’d like to spend time with my partner, watch a movie, have a giggle too {god forbid} lol. x

  4. I totally agree with this, we have booked family rooms for our past 4 holidays meaning there is either a sliding door partition or a separate room, yes it costs more but means we have some privacy and you’re not tip toeing around x

  5. This! We hate staying all in the one room. We will always pay extra to have the extra space when we go away. It’s different if it’s just for the odd night or two but any longer …. just no! Haha x

  6. I couldn’t agree with you more on this. Hubby wants to go away more often but I’m trying to avoid it for the reasons you listed. I hate it but it’s so hard to find hotels that have interconnecting rooms and automatically they are more expensive. 8pm and we had to go to bed ourselves. It’s awful really. Hotels should invest in more interconnecting rooms but have a decent price going too.

  7. Oddly enough, I like them! As we only tend to stay in them for one or two nights, I like the novelty of us all in there together. But, if we were going away for a full week or two, no, no, I’d want them adjoining then! x

  8. I agree with you although because it’s usually just me, then I always share with N to make it cheaper. If it was the 3 of them, we’d probably have an adjoining room, and potentially N would want to sleep with his dad while I’d get to have some peaceful sleep. He’s not too bad because I just turn the lights off and read my kindle or look at the tablet until he’s asleep, but it’s not great when it’s 2 adults.

  9. Absolutely and finding room for five is a nightmare. These days we often have to get two separate rooms. We have booked 2017 holiday already just so we could get a two bedroom place. Imagine having to share with a husband 17, 13 and 7 yr old – no thanks!!!!

  10. Yep, agreed. We usually camp and we have a nice big trailer tent with space for the girls to sleep while we sit outside looking at the stars and having a drink. This year we’re going to a house instead but we never really do hotels, partly for this reason.
    Nat.x

  11. I love family rooms well I did do until we had 3 children and can no longer book one.
    We wouldn’t have been able to go on a lot of trips if it hadn’t been for a family room as we just couldn’t afford two rooms. We had an adjoining room once which was great but not many places do them.
    Yes the children can play up a bit at night but we are on holiday and it’s better than what we have now which is a great big green tent!! I really wish they did family rooms for families of five.

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