Travel Issues

Amber - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have 4 children any suggestion on what to do when we travel about hotels?? They are too little for separate rooms and really why should my husband and I have to stay apart. Most hotels allow only 4 people per room. Any suggestions besides camping? (My idea of camping is a hotel without room service)

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Heidi - posted on 02/01/2010

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We've enjoyed our stays at Holiday inn.They have suites.Normally the executive suite works well. Have been clean friendly and not too pricey. Still though we hav to keep vacas to a few days rather than a week because of hotel costs. even so thankful to get away for a bit with family! The pool and free brkfst r a big plus! Also if you do Holiday inn join the rewards program (free) and so worth it! Good luck! Blessings!

Robin - posted on 01/30/2010

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We travel often, both our boys play hockey, and we go to tournaments as a family. With the 7 of us, we don't fit in most hotel rooms, so we always ask for adjoining rooms, and leave the doors between the two open at all times. (keep the bolt in the locked position so the doors cann't accidentally get closed and locked) We have also had alot of success with suite hotels. The rooms have two queen beds and a pull out sofa. Three little ones can share a queen no problem. When we do this, we work on the don't ask, don't tell policy.

Rhoda - posted on 01/29/2010

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The one time we trasvelled and did hotels/motels, we stayed at a motel with a two bedroom suite. there was enough beds for all 8 of us, though some of the kids shared a bed. It worked for us...we had a small kitchenette, so we couild provide snacks for the kids. We had 6 kids, my husband and I, so 8 people. Maybe wouldn't work so well if you and your hubby are set on privacy...

Angelena - posted on 01/27/2010

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The first and last cross-country trip we took, we either asked for adjoining rooms or just didn't mention how many people were in our party (10). I think it's foolish that the hotel industry hasn't considered big families. Booo-hiss.

Gene & Erin - posted on 01/26/2010

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Okay! First - I am all for being honest. But the FEW times we have traveled and had to get a room it was "if they don't ask, we ain't telling". Had they asked I wouldn't have denied our numbers.
This past summer we traveled with all seven kids for a wedding (and the beach). It was way to hot to camp and look good for a wedding. Plus, I don't want to camp with all these short people.
Our oldest is only 10 and paying for two rooms was just too much. Thankfully the desk clerk was great (and she never asked - but I'm the only one that went in to register - I did request a downstairs room b/c of the kids). I'm sure the housekeepers saw how many we had as we came and went - plus we drive a HUGE van. But we were as neat and polite as possible.

We have 2 big girls, 2 bigish boys, 2 little girls, and a baby boy (and ??? due in March) so Mama and Daddy get a bed, big girls get a bed, big boys got a pallet in the corner and little gilrs got a pallet between the two beds (we took LOTS of blankets). And the baby boy slept w/us & on a pallet beside me. Each morning, part of getting ready for the day was to fold up the pallets and put them under the closet thingy and clean enough so that the housekeepers didn't have much to do (beside vaccume and pick up the trash and dirty towels which we had ready to go).

If we could afford two rooms then we'd do that (someone would still be on on the floor). It would be wonderful to have a huge camper - and a maid and a nanny and . . .

Choose your hotel carefully - room service isn't a nessesity. This past summer we stayed at a Masters Inn, I had never heard of it before. If was just fine for a little motel and I'd stay again.
Many moons ago (when there were only 2 kids) my dad took us on a trip and we got a nice suite. He was in somekind of program that if he spent 2 hours listening to their sales pitch when he got there the room was comp for a night or two and then deeply discounted for so many more nights. He paid nothing extra to be in the program just had a time limit on how long he had to take the trip. So, if your just vactioning this might not be a bad plan.

Fabby - posted on 01/20/2010

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We have 5 and can sympathise totally. Only remedy is to change search to bed and breakfasts with family suite. That said the hotel trade has not cottoned on to this.

Some Travel lodge's have two interjoining rooms.

Not great is it!

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