what really makes a hotel kid friendly?
Let's be honest. There are a lot of places who call themselves "kid friendly" or "family friendly" but in fact they are not. There are some "must have" that are at least mandatory to be able to win that title:
spacious rooms and little furnitur
Families need space and security. Children must be able to walk freely and without danger or obstacles in the rooms. Without big details and with lightweight and safe materials.
rooms that can accommodate two, three, four and five kids
Not all rooms have to be this way but some must be available for large families.
kid-sizes utensils / accessories
Children cockery and step stools are two examples.This way children can do their own things and tasks.
children's menu and food options (and also for babies)
Very very relevant ou so useful for parents (and healthier).
is there a kid friendly pool? must have been designed for the youngest
No problem being only for adults but to be considered kid friendly it has to be designed for kids: the steps, the accesses, the height of the pool.
indoor/outdoor kids playground and / or kids club
This areas need to have available and suitable toys / games, and must be a cool place for kids to come and go as they please.
There are a lot of other things and details (some of them so easy and cheap to have) that I believe that turn a hotel a family friendly place.
There's a lot to do, to change and to implement. Well, in fact this is why Let's go baby was created and continues to exist - we are able to help families with children to have a memorable experience and stay in Portugal and to help hotels and local accommodations to better serve, and respond, to all families needs.