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Staying in a Hotel verses an Apartment with kids?

Staying in a Hotel verses an Apartment with kids?


Most of us that travel with kids know how expensive booking multiple rooms at hotels are these days?

Having to choose the best travel accommodations can be challenging for a family with different solutions working depending in part, on the length of stay.

“Do we stay in a Hotel or rent an Apartment?”

We are a family of five with three teenage kids.  When we travel we normally have to book two rooms.

We look for certain things to determine if the hotel is right for us.


Apartment Suite Living Room


Choosing a hotel, here’s some of the questions to ask:

  • Does the hotel have connecting or adjoining rooms available?
  • Can the kids all stay in one room?   Some hotels have policies that only allow two people to stay in a room.
  • What are the age restrictions?
  • Are roll-a-beds available?
  • Can the sofa convert to a sleeper?
  • Does the hotel offer one and two bedroom apartments accommodations?
  • Location, is it located in a safe neighborhood?

Hotels are great but sometimes you might want to choose between being in resort or living like locals.  Do we really want a pool? A concierge? Room service?   Restaurants on the premises? Probably not if you are trying to get a feel for the local community and culture.

Staying in an apartment has many advantages.  You get a small glimpse into what it would be like to actually live in the city.   Apartment rentals are becoming more popular these days for family’s traveling with kids.


Some of the advantages of staying in an apartment are:

  •  It’s typically less expensive to stay in an apartment, then a hotel.
  •  You spend less money eating out, since you have a fully equipped kitchen.
  •  Better amenities, some even include a wash/dryer in the unit.
  • Apartments tend to be located in residential areas away from local tourist traps.
  • Some rentals offer house-cleaning services.

If you had to choose which one would you pick, hotel or apartment?


Some of the Top Apartment Sites:

VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner)

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Vicky Alonso
    October 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Great post, Carmen!

  2. Odwin Black
    August 3, 2016 at 5:41 am

    No wonder!!

    Your post is really nice and overwhelming…. I am sure many people will get a good guidance on how to book an accommodation.

    There is a huge difference between staying in a hotel and your own rented accommodation when you are with family and kids.

    This post is like a small guide.

    After reading your post I got my luxury apartment booked at Roslyn luxury apartment and agents of helped me in getting a good accommodation on an affordable rate.

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 3, 2016 at 9:26 am

      When we travel with the kids we prefer staying in an apartment. It makes things a lot more easier having us all together then renting two rooms to accommodate all of us.

  3. robortson
    March 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks for the useful post, personally I like staying in apartments rather than staying in a hotel. In an apartment, you will feel like staying in your home but in a hotel will not get such feeling.

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      When we travel with the family it can be very expensive staying in a hotel. We always opt for an apartment, because like you said it makes you feel like you are at home.

  4. Mark
    April 25, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Great work Carmen, it’s true, travelling with kids seems a havoc but one must do his research first and then book. Thank you for this.

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 26, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      You are very welcome, Mark!

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