With families at their most budget-conscious this summer (we’re all saving up for iPads right?), parents are looking for any vacation deal they can get. And since leisure travel is rising in relation to dwindling business travel, hotels are looking to bait traveling families with a number of deals.
Hilton’s Hollywood Suites hotels are revamping their meal programs. Free dinner and drinks — including beer and wine — is available Monday through Thursday. Their breakfasts will also have more options, including breakfast sandwiches and omelets. Marriott is also stocking up on toddler care items, like fitted slip covers for cribs, bath toys, lotion, shampoo, and night lights to accommodate families with young children.
There are also the freebies. Marriott hotels, for example, will be giving away free activity books and Nickelodeon-branded bracelets. Omni Hotels have free goodie bags with Twizzlers, flashlights, bookmarks, and other knick knacks. Still, are these deals enough? Free dinner (with booze) is certainly a nice gesture, but who really wants to eat at the hotel anyway? And free goodie bags — please, the kids aren’t the one footing the hotel bill.
Strollerderby responds with their list of “Five Things Parents Say They Want Hotels to Offer Instead”:
- Connecting rooms.
- Separate floors dedicated to family travelers and business travelers.
- Stop charging full adult rates for teenagers.
- Adult swim at the pool.
- More free stuff — complimentary access to the room fridge please!
Any others to add to that list?