I’ve written about maximizing a hotel room in the past, and there are a lot of things you can do to make it easier. My golden rule is to always get a suite or some kind of room with a division if possible. Yes it’s a bit more, but having a divide between where the kids sleep and where the parents unwind is worth a lot.
Recently, we stayed at a hotel which offered us a suite (AMAZING!) but they only had a room with two double beds (not as amazing). Having a playpen, and our inflatable bed to set up for the kids… the room looked almost impossible to work with.
As you can see from the picture below, the room was tight. This picture was taken from the door… there isn’t much room to navigate.
I was able to move the two beds to the furthest parts of the rooms as possible. I removed the side table and lamp completely and put it out of the way. I made enough space for the play pen to be placed length wise between the two beds as well as the room provided enough room for our intex travel bed. I made sure that everything in the room was handled with care and moved the furniture slowly.
With a little elbow grease, we made the room much bigger by strategically placing the hotel room furniture. As you can see above, the space created when the beds were moved, we had lots of room for both kids and their sleeping space.
We made the best of a tight situation and everyone slept really well. (well… our 8 month old always has a hard time sleeping the first night away from home, but that was to be expected.) I made sure that everything was put back where we found it. You don’t want the person responsible for cleaning your room after your stay to hurt themselves putting the room back together again.
It’s the little things that can make a big difference when it comes to maximizing your space when traveling with kids.
Until next time!