04 Feb 8 Reasons Why Serviced Apartments Are Ideal for Families
No sooner is one school holiday out of the way and the next one is already on the horizon. As parents search the web for the perfect mini break to refresh themselves and entertain their little darlings, taking a city break with the kids is sometimes overlooked. Not entirely surprising when parents are sometimes caught between a rock and a hard place – booking hotel rooms for everyone can be expensive, not booking different rooms means squeezing the whole brood in one room. B&Bs are more affordable, but having set breakfast times doesn’t always allow for little ones’ 6am demands or teens’ need to lie in. Restaurant and attractions bills also pile up and make the whole thing expensive. Fear not travel-loving parents, you can go on a relaxing break with kids if you choose a serviced apartment. Here are eight reasons why serviced apartments are ideal for a families.
1) Space for the whole family
Serviced Apartments come in all shapes and sizes. For families one, two and three bedroom apartments mean that you can all have your own space, with communal areas like a separate lounge and dining area for the family to get together and relax. Unlike hotels, where you are either in separate rooms or all cramped together, elbowing each other for a good view of the TV, serviced apartments are typically bigger than equivalent hotels – most with comfortable seating enough for everyone.
2) Home cooking
Serviced apartments come with their own fully equipped kitchen, meaning you can enjoy your family’s favourite meals even when you’re in the centre of London or half way around the world! For fussy eaters or children with allergies, having your own kitchen on your travels is a huge bonus- plus if you’re looking to go away on a budget, your own cooking facilities will mean you don’t have to splash out in restaurants during your whole trip.
3) Home comforts
There’s nothing worse than a sterile, clinical looking hotel room, particularly when travelling with children. Typically, serviced apartments have a much more homely feel. Many come with added home comforts, like unique art work, cushions and small accessories just to give you that extra little piece of home. It may not seem like a big deal but it’s amazing how a little attention to detail can really make you feel at home.
4) Familiarity in an unfamiliar place
With your own kitchen and separate bedrooms and living spaces, serviced apartments allow you to maintain your normal family routine. If you’re used to 7pm bedtimes and 6am breakfasts, there’s nothing to stop you sticking to it with ease. Being able to keep your usual routine means the younger ones will be much more settled despite being in an unfamiliar place.
4) Hotel service perks
On the one hand you have all the familiarity and comforts of home, but after all, this is your holiday too, so having some of the benefits you’d expect with a hotel is a must as well. Many serviced apartments have a reception and somebody to help you with any questions. They also all have regular maid and linen service.
5) Central locations
It’s not just hotels and B&Bs that get the top spots close to all the best attractions. Serviced apartments are also right there in the heart of the action, so if you’ve had a busy day exploring, sightseeing and visiting your chosen places you won’t be too far back to your apartment to relax at the end of the day.
6) Costs per apartment
This is especially important for bigger families – some accommodation options charge per person, and even hike up the prices once your kids hit their teens! Serviced apartments are generally charged per apartment per night. You have the flexibility to stay just for one night, a full week, or even months – so it really could begin to feel like home!
7) Separate space to relax
Picture this: you’ve booked a hotel, had a long, active day with the kids and you finally get back to your room, put them in bed and open a bottle of wine. The problem is..the kids are lightly sleeping on a pull out bed or sofa bed in your small family hotel room. Which we think isn’t exactly ideal for a relaxing evening, unwinding with some grown-up conversation, music or a film. On a family holiday, you are entitled to relax and enjoy your own adult time – so having separate bedrooms and living spaces is great for that added privacy from the kids. So you can stick on that playlist and sip a glass of wine without having to whisper.
8) Entertainment facilities
Granted, the best thing about being in a top city is getting out there, seeing sights and experiencing the atmosphere – not sitting in and watching TV. But at the same time there’s only so much sightseeing you can do in a day – especially if you’re travelling with small children whose energy peaks and troughs. So having a range of entertainment facilities in your apartment can be a welcome relief. Our apartments usually come with a TV, DVD player and stereo, and the vast majority have free WIFI to keep the whole family entertained and connected when you’re not out enjoying the city.
Planning a city break with the kids…
With your very own homely apartment you have the freedom to explore your city of choice at your own pace. There are also so many family-friendly activities available – from museums to play centres, outdoor pursuits to zoos and aquariums. Some of them are even free! That’s when city breaks really do come into their own for families with children. If you’re planning a break with children and need some advice on where to try, where to stay or anything really, we love to talk so call one of our friendly team on +44 (1524) 544244 and for more family travel tips and travel inspiration, see the family travel section right here in the Citybase blog.
That is why serviced apartments are ideal for families – so you can explore a new destination at a pace that is right for you and the kids. City breaking en famille no longer needs to be a hair-pulling experience. View our destinations.