I generally try sites like Priceline to check out the various hotel deals. They list variety of accommodations covering varying budget. So it is easy to select a suitable hotel as per the budget available.
We are only a family of 4, however, we are finding more and more that we prefer to book hotels that have apartment style accommodations for the extra space, privacy and the convenience of having breakfast in the room. Generally these types of accommodations will work for at least 5 in a family. We have also rented a vacation home which works well with large groups too.
Youth hostels are often an option, depending upon where you're traveling. They sometimes have designated "family rooms" that can accomodate 5-6 people. Other times you can book an entire dormitory of 6 beds or so for much cheaper than a regular hotel.
If you have the opportunity to book ahead you can seek out places that have adjoining rooms and connected rooms. (BTW, it's usually cheaper or close to the same price to get two connected rooms on a Disney Cruise than it is to get a family room and can afford the parents a bit more 'private' time!)
Also, when in Europe, Rick Steves' books are usually very good about pointing out which of his recommended hotels/pensions/hostels have family rooms.
As mentioned, sometimes, for longer trips, it's worth looking into renting an apartment.
In our experience, we've found many hotels that are quite cooperative in equipping our four person room with an extra fold out cot at no extra cost. Even if they do charge, it's normally only 10 to 20 dollars more.
I agree with the Fusco family in regards to renting an apartment for longer trips, you can save quite a bit and have extra room as well.
According to me generally try travel websites to check out the various hotel deals because they list variety of accommodations covering varying budget, So i think it is easy to select a suitable and comfortable hotel as per the budget available.
At every place, their are always some specific hotels for family. So, before leaving for vacations, just research every details regarding them and its not difficult then to find a better place to stay for your family.
We have a favorite hotel in Chicago and were looking for a similar type of hotel in NYC. We found it in Hotel Giraffe! From the amazing staff, to the beautiful, clean rooms and the great location, this hotel has it all. The breakfast is wonderful (including their awesome coffee machine) and the wine and cheese reception was a welcome respite from our long days of walking and sight-seeing. There was a wonderful jazz club within walking distance as well as shopping and plenty of dining. We would most definitely stay there again!
A lot of hotels don't allow five in a room and want us to book an additional (unused) room. To avoid this problem, I book frequently through www.vrbo.com. I also always get it in writing if a hotel manager agrees to five. Usually this configuration will be two queens and a rollaway.
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