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Should you get your kids their own hotel room?

The Pros and Cons of a Separate Hotel Room for the Kids

Can your little guy brave the night alone?
Can your little guy brave the night alone?
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Like with any other decision, there are two sides to the question of your kids residing in another room. To start, let's take a good look at the advantages:

  • The promise of peace and quiet for you. You went on vacation to get away from it all, and what better way is there to do that than to put "it" in a different hotel room?
  • Privacy for you and the spouse. There's nothing romantic about the product of a years-past coupling stomping around the hotel room complaining of boredom.
  • Some semblance of order and control in your own room and bathroom. Your kids are messy. You didn't raise them to be that way, but they're messy. If they have a separate hotel room, though, their messiness isn't right in front of you -- you only have to face it when you want to.
  • Sleep, wonderful sleep. You can enjoy a bedtime of your choosing and sleep in without a restless kid making just enough noise to fully annoy you into a state of angry wakefulness.

And now for the bad news:

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  • Youthful fears. Separate hotel rooms might not work for younger kids. They may experience separation anxiety, or just get creeped out being all by themselves.
  • Something is likely to get broken or damaged. Holes may be put in walls or windows, televisions may be knocked over, and inappropriate objects may be flushed down toilets.
  • Hotel staff and other guests may decide they hate your family. The peace and quiet you enjoy may not be shared by the rest of the hotel.
  • Older kids may finally get that laboratory they need for youthful experiments. This might be the vacation they learn how to smoke cigarettes or start that trash can fire they've always dreamed of. They may explore every corner of the hotel, strike up a conversation in the hotel lounge or leave the property entirely.
  • Money. Getting a separate room for a kid means doubling down on your lodging expenses. Depending on your kids and your mood, it may be worth it.

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