Choosing a hotel is one of the biggest decisions you'll need to make, so here's some things to think about.
Location, location, location
No smoking please
Come on in, kids
Make sure the hotel is kid-friendly - they’ll have more space, amenities you actually need and you'll worry less about the noise and mess your kids make.
Request a quiet room away from noisy stuff like the pool, laundry, vending and ice machines, elevator, kitchen or gym. Once in the room, turn the air conditioner off if you can - sensitive kids might not like the noise it makes when it's running or the hiss when it switches off (not to mention the cold air itself).
Request a room on the ground floor and check whether the room has a balcony - if so, make sure that the sliding doors are lockable.
Food and fridges
Rub a Dub Dub
And lastly, a quick word about hotel elevators. Be prepared that your kids might find the sensation of riding a lift scary (depending on their sensory needs), so you might have a problem if you’re not staying on the ground floor.
There’s also a chance that they'll find it soothing and/or exciting, and given that number pads can be endlessly fascinating and obsession-worthy, you might end up spending a good deal of the trip riding those suckers. Just make sure you hold on tight when those doors open. I once lost both kids on different floors of a hotel in Paris, and it was the longest twenty minutes of my life. Although I did manage to laugh about it when I got home and realised I'd been running around the halls yelling "I have seen your children!" at a lot of startled French cleaning ladies...
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