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How to live out of a hotel (even if you have a family!)
Are you wondering why anyone would ever want to live out of a hotel? I know it sounds crazy, strange, and perhaps unstable. But, as a traveling family, this is one of the joys I’ve had to learn.
How I live out of a hotel with kids:
First things first, introduce yourself to reception and most hotel staff if you can. People love to help those they like. So, stay friendly, flexible, and approachable. Share your situation, how long your family with live out of the hotel, and ask for recommendations! Most hotel staff are locals that are eager to help you explore their cities.
If there is a courtyard available or garden, go ahead and bring a ball for a game of catch or football (soccer).
Is there a gym available?
Use it! Bring along a car seat (more compact) or a stroller for the little ones. Depending on ages. For me, this would mean putting my 7-month-old in the car seat and occupying my 3-year-old with games, a movie, or safely monitoring her “workouts.”
I’m sure people would have many different opinions on this, but I sometimes allow my oldest to use the bikes available. I also, only with my help and presence, allow her to walk on the treadmill slowly.
If there is a pool/jacuzzi or sauna available
Have fun with that! Although, be sure you understand hotel regulations on age limits, etc.
Use the hotel services to your advantage
Is there a computer room/business center?
Use this too! Go online and play online preschool games (many hotels offer free printing) and use these services to your advantage. Do they offer a shuttle bus to any nearby attractions or establishments? Take an entire day to browse the city you’re in.
Inquire about special rates/ discounts being offered to guests at nearby stores or restaurants
Always grab those free brochures/magazines sitting in the hotel lobby…they ALWAYS have some sort of helpful information or attractive discounts!
What are the pros of living out of a hotel?
- Fresh, clean sheets every day
- Never have to clean
- Room service
- Did I mention you will NEVER have to clean?! lol
What are the cons of living out of a hotel?
- No privacy
- Small area
- Limited to hotel food/no home-cooked meals (unless you resort to nearby restaurants or have access to a kitchen, etc.)
- On a final note, some hotels offer a childcare service, which can be a helpful resource to parents.
What do you think? Could you manage? Have you ever had to live out of a hotel?
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