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How to provide a child-friendly hotel experience

Holidaying with children can be both a joy and a struggle. Striking the balance between keeping the children sufficiently entertained and allowing the adults to enjoy a heavy dose of relaxation can be tricky. If you market yourself as a child-friendly establishment then you need to be adequately living up to those expectations. If the experience you are providing does not impress the kids then it will inevitably have a knock-on effect for the adults.

Given that it is the adults who are paying out the money to enjoy the holiday, it is of paramount importance that they are more than satisfied. When it comes to families, the way to do this is simple: keep the kids happy and the rest will follow. Here at Hotel Supplies Ltd, we are experts in all the little details that can make a holiday great. Appealing to children is no exception, evident in our extensive child-friendly amenities range. Here we share our advice on providing the perfect family-friendly hotel experience.

Children’s Activity Packs

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 09.13.53To counter any short attention spans, ensure the little ones have the tools they need to keep themselves entertained while mum and dad settle in. Push the boat out further than simple crayons and colouring books. Provide a fully stocked activity pack that will keep their boredom radar in check. We offer a variety of activity packs, each with a different theme, which feature a host of fun and educational activities. From jigsaw puzzles to card games, they will provide hours of play.

Children’s Entertainment

Activity packs will go so far but soon enough the great outdoors will come calling and the kids will want to get stuck into some lively recreation. Ensure that your hotel provides ample activities tailored specifically for children. Whether it involves a bit of sporty fun or an evening entertainment show, there should be a range of options to satisfy all young personalities.

Hotel Toiletries

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 09.14.12All hotels provide toiletries for the adult guests but not many offer child-friendly hotel toiletries. Too often overlooked, children should not be expected to use the same products as their parents. With far more delicate skin and different needs, little ones should be using child-friendly products.

Our Childs Farm range of toiletries are made from all natural ingredients, free from any nasties and thoroughly dermatologically tested. Complete with adorable farm-themed packaging and a delicious scent, your little ones will be both delighted and squeaky clean. The range includes shampoo, conditioner, hair & body wash and bubble bath.

Mini Hotel Bathrobes & Slippers

Continuing with the theme of pampering, ensure that the children are not left out when mum and dad relax in their bathrobes and comfy slippers. Supply a mini hotel bathrobe for the little ones to cosy up in and some accompanying hotel slippers so they can feel just as grown up as their adult counterparts. Have a look at our super snuggly bathrobe, available in ages 1-12, and children’s slippers available in 4-5 years and 7-8 years.

Babysitting/Child-Minding Services

Let mum and dad loosen the reigns by taking over responsibility for their dearly beloveds for a little time. Babysitting and child-minding services should be freely available in any hotel that markets itself as child-friendly. Ultimately, the adults have come on holiday to relax and a temporary break away from their lively little ones will help them to achieve this.

Hotel Cots

For the really tiny tots, a stylish and sturdy cot is a must-have in any family-friendly hotel room. Add a set of child-friendly bedding into the mix and a peaceful sleep for all members of the family should be easily achievable. We offer a wooden cot made from smooth beech that has the added advantage of being foldaway, for some added practicality points.

Teddy Bear

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 09.14.34For an extra special finishing touch, throw in an adorable cuddly toy to guarantee a seal of approval from the little ones (or for the adults who are young at heart!). Promotional teddy bears add an extra touch of uniqueness in line with your hotel’s own brand and identity. Our little teddy bears have a versatile wardrobe, from white bathrobes to hooded fleeces, all with the option for personalised embroidery or print.

 

Of course this list is not exhaustive and there are a myriad of ways to entertain the little ones at your hotel. Just ensure that if you market yourself as a child-friendly hotel that you are providing the necessary services. Keep the kids smiling and the adults will follow.

In search of the perfect hotel room…

Marriott Hotels have recently conducted some great research into which elements make up the perfect hotel bedroom.  Over the last month people have been voting for their favourite and most essential hotel guest bedroom amenities and essentials from a selection of options inspired by designs from specially selected influencers including TV presenter Katie Piper, Rugby ace Danny Care, Gadget man Jason Bradbury, Foodie Luiz Hara and blogger Victoria McGrath.

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The results are in, a life sized hotel bedroom show room has been constructed at Westfield London and shoppers have been given the opportunity to pop in, win prizes and try out some of the innovative hotel room additions. Their perfect hotel room is visualised above and features a super comfy hover bed, tablet-controlled temperature and lighting, LED lightbox headboard, a feature wardrobe wall, a selfie stick to help take the perfect holiday pic, and a  fitness station.

Voters loved the idea of a tech free-tranquil zone, in-room atomiser and the obligatory big TV, complete with Netflix and surround sound.

Marriott Hotels will no doubt be using the learnings from their research to shape their future plans and future hotel refurbs, but we think that their perfect hotel room would definitely be worth booking in to.

For plenty of brilliant hotel guest amenities and accessories to help make your hotel guest rooms even more perfect, pop along to www.hotelsuppliesltd.co.uk.