I’ve found myself steering away from hotels over the past 18 months or so of travelling, sticking mainly with baby-friendly self-catering, the occasional B&B or my new discovery of homes to rent on AirBNB.
But sometimes, a hotel is just what you need – which means whittling the child-friendly options from the rest.
So on the face of it, the new top 10 from Laterooms.com, based on the site’s most positive guest reviews, is a great place to start.
To say it’s a weird list is understating it though…
In first place, comes Skene House in Aberdeen, actually serviced hotel accommodation so more like mini apartments with hotel services.
Next there’s an 18th century coaching inn in Rainton, Yorkshire, which looks lovely but doesn’t even mention families on the website – the same goes for number 3, The Hampshire Hog near Petersfield, a pub with rooms.
Mix in a few chains – the Crowne Plaza, Manchester, the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee, the Holiday Inn Express in Dunstable – which are surely pretty similar to the rest of the group, plus the Premier Apartments, Manchester (which, as you might guess from the name, aren’t actually a hotel).
Then add a few less than obvious locations. I have nothing against Preston, but it’s not my first choice for a holiday, even if the Ashwood Hotel gets a good write-up for its central position.
Of course it depends partly whether you’re travelling with a toddler or a teenager – family-friendly might be important in both cases, but you’re unlikely to be looking for quite the same things!
I can’t help feeling there’s some great places which haven’t managed a mention here though… So what’s your favourite family-friendly hotel in the UK?