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What is actually the definition of family room? How many children must fit in? Does a family room have two bedrooms or only one? In this blog post we answer these questions and give you tips on how to accommodate a whole group of children in a big city and what you should consider when choosing a room as a family

Before I launched this page, I didn’t know either: What does family room actually mean? Does a family room in a hotel have two bedrooms, a dividing door or is it just one big room?

Unfortunately it is not that simple. Every host has his own definition of a family room. The names are therefore often somewhat confusing.  But the good news is that hoteliers are increasingly adapting to the needs of families and there are more and more family rooms in hotels in addition to the classic double and single rooms. And not only in the classic family hotel. Smaller family-friendly boutique hotels and city hotels also increasingly have a heart for (large) families and sometimes find very creative solutions to accommodate even the youngest guests! So here is a little guide to the topic of family rooms: definitions, tips & tricks and, of course, a few chic suggestions for family, boutique and city hotels with family rooms. Find your perfect family room anywhere using the best resources.

The family room – a colorful medley

As already mentioned, in more and more hotels there are, beside double and single rooms, also the so-called family rooms. And for this species, there is actually an official definition of the tourism association:

Family rooms are all rooms that can accommodate at least two adults and one child.

Well, the lowest common denominator is actually only that family rooms are larger than normal double rooms, which can be very relative… To shed some light on the subject, here is a small encyclopaedia of family room lore – based on Little Travel Society:

  • Family rooms with 2 (or more) bedrooms: In some hotels – especially in larger hotels and in classic family hotels – there are often rooms with one or even several extra children’s rooms. To remain flexible, some hotels also offer two double rooms, which can be connected by a connecting door. If this option is not available, your host will give you a binding commitment to stay in two adjacent rooms (although this is risky. Because especially with small children it can end in a mini disaster if this wish is overlooked by the booking team). These multiple-room versions are therefore best suited for holidays with older children and teenagers. So parents and children have their own realm. By the way, details such as connecting doors are often not displayed in the booking systems and on the large booking pages. Our tip is therefore: It is best to ask the hotel directly.
  • Family room with kitchenette: Many hotels have a kettle or even a microwave in the room as standard. Of course, a room with a kitchen line is even more practical with children, as small children like to get hungry or just want to eat a little something outside the official restaurant hours. This is why more and more hotels have, despite having their own restaurant, some rooms with a kitchen in the house. Again, you should ask the hotel directly.
  • Family Suites: In spacious double rooms 1-2 extra beds can often be added. Or there is already a pull-out couch in the room. Voila! The family suite is ready. Especially with smaller children, family suites are usually the best option. All in all this combination is often cheaper than booking two rooms.

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