Baby Friendly Hotels – 7 tips to help you pick!

Baby Friendly Hotels – 7 tips to help you pick!

There is nothing we love more than in indulging in a luxury hotel. But we have found since having a baby there are some more practical requirements you need to look at before booking a hotel with a baby! We aren’t saying you need to compromise on luxury but whatever your budget, here are our tips to find baby friendly hotels. 

Location, location, location! 

As they say it is all about location, location , location! But it may not be the same location you wanted as a couple! Consider how your baby copes with change and how much do they need their routine? Will your baby sleep in the pram or do you need to head back for nap times? Baby E has never had a problem sleeping on the go so we had more free range on where we could stay but if your baby doesn’t then you may want to consider a more central location.

Having a nap on the go in Turia Park Valencia

If you are in a central location you may want to consider how loud the street noise may be.

What amenities makes a hotel baby friendly? 

When you booked a hotel as a couple you may have used it merely as a place to sleep but chances are you may have to spend more time in your room with a baby. Therefore now we are a couple we always try and book a hotel with a pool so we can enjoy it as a family especially on bad weather days or spa so we can sneak off one at a time if we like and get some parental downtime!

If you are somewhere hot you may want to consider how much shelter there is at the pool or whether there is a beach connected to your hotel. This is much easier if you want to sneak back to the room during the hottest part of the day

We love hotels with pools

What type of hotel room do you need when traveling with a baby? 

Let’s face it – European hotel rooms can be small and now you have a baby chances are you will be travelling with everything but the kitchen sink! So double check rooms before booking that there will be room for the car seat, pram, travel cot and luggage in the room!

If you know you are going to be spending a lot of time in the hotel room, you may want to consider booking something that has a seating area.

Even we’d struggle to fill this room with luggage

Baby Friendly Hotel Bathrooms 

Are you going to travel with an inflatable bath? If not you may want to ensure that you book a hotel with a Bath in it. We are lucky that Baby E likes a shower but it is always useful to have a bath.

Baby E’s all time favourite bath onboard Rhapsody of the Seas


What type of Hotel is best for baby travel? 

You may have loved trendy hotels before but consider the atmosphere of the hotel you are booking. While I think you can take a baby anywhere, even 5* hotels! Consider if the hotel is going to have a noisy bar at the weekend which you may find disturbing.

Why not read about our disastrous stay at the Miramar hotel Barcelona to learn what not to do!

Baby Friendly Hotel Restaurants 

Now that we have a baby we have found that there are more occasions when we eat in the hotel or around the hotel. Whether it’s needing room service rather than going out for dinner after a flight or simply having a tired baby it’s useful to know what the hotel has on offer or if there are takeaways or coffee shops nearby. I also like to have a look in advance if they have a child’s menu as this is usually a good indicator that somewhere is child friendly!

We have also found out that we have used concierge lounges far more now we have a baby as it is so good to have somewhere where you can go all day to grab food and drinks.

A concierge lounge is a great addition when travelling with a baby


Remember to book the travel cot

Always remember to book the room with a travel cot. We always ring ahead the day before to ensure he cot will be set up in the room when we arrive. There’s nothing worse than having a sleepy baby and having to wait for the cot to be delivered or worse risk waking baby up while it’s out up!

Baby E enjoying the hotel bed

What are your top tips for booking a hotel when travelling with a baby? What is the most baby friendly hotel you have stayed at?
Further reading: how to make s hotel feel like home


  1. August 6, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Definitely recommend thinking about if the room has a bath; had a total nightmare once with a shower only hotel room. Hadn’t thought about it at all when booking! Some great tips there.

  2. August 8, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Useful tips – my toddler still hates the shower, so often end up giving her a bath in the sink! #familytraveltips

  3. August 8, 2017 / 10:48 am

    I’ve forgotten the bath thing in the past too, and showering a reluctant (and slippery!) toddler is not a barrel of laughs! #familytraveltips

    • August 8, 2017 / 10:49 am

      I know – my toddler screams the place down if she sees the shower but perfectly happy under pool waterfalls! Toddlers eh!

  4. August 16, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    These are really helpful tips. We always go for places that have a separate area for the girls to sleep in now they are a bit bigger, it just allows us to have a bit more freedom when they’re asleep. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

    • August 16, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      we are just getting to that stage now that bedtimes are getting earlier

  5. August 16, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Location is key- I agree. We recently struggled finding a park for mine to run around in. Little legs definitely get tired easily. Separate areas are also a must for us too. #familytraveltips

    • August 16, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      excellent point. that is just becoming an issue for us as bed time gets earlier

  6. September 1, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Great tips! The amount of places we would turn up to and there was no cot, even though we had booked it! Our youngest is out of a cot now and so that’s one thing that’s much easier. Although we often have to ask for extra pillows to put along the side of the bed to stop him rolling out in the night.

    Oh and a big one for us is a separate area to go once our boys are sleeping. Unfortunately the cost of many European hotels has often meant we’ve resorted to bathroom beers in the past 😉

    • September 1, 2017 / 11:39 am

      Haha we are just reaching the stage of extra space. Writing this as the baby sleeping on me in our hotel room ?

  7. September 1, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Good tips! As we are now a family of five, we opt almost exclusively for apartments or AirBnBs. It is another great option to give you some space. #fearlessfamtrav

  8. September 1, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    When our son was younger (we started our 10-month trip when he was 1,5) we used to bring a travel cot/tent for him to sleep in, so he always had a familiar place of his own to sleep. Worked like a charm, but did require the room to be a bit bigger than just the double bed. Separate sleeping area is definitely a big plus (can’t believe we never thought of bathroom beers! ;-)). #FearlesFamTrav

  9. September 2, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    We found that hotels/holiday cottages/restaurants may be perfectly set up for one baby but having two flummoxed most of them. It made travelling with twins challenging! #fearlessfamtrav

    • September 3, 2017 / 1:39 am

      I can’t imagine how difficult this would have been

  10. September 2, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    So true. Picking a baby friendly hotel can be hard. we have had hotel rooms in adjacent buildings on the 5th floor without a lift! or booked a travel cot and then it turned out they had none or the one they gave us was so disgusting that we decided to co sleep for the night. #fearlessfamtravel

    • September 3, 2017 / 1:39 am

      What a nightmare. Sounds like we have been lucky

  11. September 2, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    What a great and detailed list! You brought up so many things, I had never thought about. I always thought Airbnbs would be the way to go but with your checklist, some hotels might be a good choice too 🙂

    Thanks for hosting the #fearlessfamtrav linky!!
    x , Juliet

  12. September 2, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    These are some really ace tips and advice and certainly things we consider when choosing a hotel. I always do a lot of research and look for family focused reviews.
    Just popping over from #fearlessfamtravel

    Laura x

  13. September 4, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    All good tips. And once they start to run around, having a good park, garden or wilderness area nearby to let off steam is an absolute must-have for any hotel. #FearlessFamTrav

  14. October 17, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Yes it is really key! As others say, if you have a light sleeper make sure you get a separate living room

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