Traveling with the family can be a great experience, but it can also be challenging to find family-friendly areas that welcome you and your screaming two-year-old. A hotel is not always the most child-friendly place, so it's great when some of them make an extra effort to entertain their younger guests and make them feel welcome. Here are some suggestions for those traveling to the city of London.
Albemarle Street, London
This luxury hotel offers a special "Family Affair" package. Pay for one deluxe room and get another one free. Children under three receive complimentary food and drink, and those under 16 get all their food half price. Each child can expect a welcome gift, which includes fun items such as a copy of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Junior bath-time accessories like ducks and bubble bath are supplied, and the kids' beds are made up with fun themed covers. Older children will enjoy the iPod docking stations, Playstations, DVD players, and free internet access through their televisions (with content protection for your peace of mind).
Hilton London Docklands
Rotherhithe Street, London
Family rooms at this hotel are a generous 30 square meters (98 square feet), so you won't trip all over each other. Adults have a separate work space, and some rooms have a seating area with a sofa or balcony. Teenagers can surf the internet, watch the satellite channels on TV, or put on a movie. Younger kids are sure to be entertained during the weekend in the Family Fun Room, which is stocked with games and toys. There's a dedicated Splash Time in the indoor pool, and if mom and dad need a break they can make use of the hotel's babysitting service.
Renaissance Chancery Court London
High Holborn, London
This hotel is going "quackers" with its Family Duck Weekend. The package includes deluxe accommodation for a family of four for two nights, with a full English breakfast. You also be treated to a thrilling 70-minute Duck Tour around London. This is a live guided tour that goes over land and then up the river Thames in a historic amphibious vehicle that was used for the D-day landings during the second World War. You'll find "duck treats" in your bedroom on arrival and on turndown in the evening, and the kids will get duck activity packs, along with a special passport for use around the hotel. And if that's not enough to keep them occupied, the rooms also have cable TV, internet access, and pay-per-view movies.
Susan Radcliffe is a writer and researcher with a passion for travel and adventure. She is currently living and working in London. She uses her knowledge of the city, its sights, attractions, and accommodations to offer advice to visitors. She writes about London hotels for tubehotels.com.
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