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jalexp3 Dec 27th, 2006 04:12 PM

Hotels in London-Venice with kids?
We're cruising from Venice in early June with our 3 teenage boys and we're spending a few days in London before. Any suggestions for hotel rooms for 5 in either city? Location and price are more important than stars.

janisj Dec 27th, 2006 09:29 PM

do you mean 5 all in the same room? Good luck w/ that. even quads can be hard to find.

You might want to look into 2 bedroomed apartments.

nona1 Dec 27th, 2006 09:49 PM

I'm not saying that there aren't any hotel rooms in London with beds for 5 adults but I think you'll spend an awful lot of time looking for one...wasted time. Look for two rooms or otherwise you can get 5 bed rooms at hostels (some of which are very nice). This would be your best option as price is important to you.

If you should happen to find a hotel that does 5 beds check they are all adult size, a lot of 'family' rooms only have the extra beds as child size ones, probably not ok for teenage boys.

WillTravel Dec 27th, 2006 09:54 PM

Student halls of residence might work out well too. has some student halls.
Some are also available at this link:

But I agree that 5 beds in one room will be hard to find.

mindylt1 Dec 28th, 2006 12:15 AM

In June 2004, we stayed at the Holiday Inn London-Kensington with our then 6, 11, and 12 year olds. We had a quad room, and the hotel placed a twin-sized roll-away in the room to accommodate all five of us. We couldn't book this online; we had to call the hotel. The room was quite large, and we weren't overly cramped.

The hotel was nice and right across the street from the Gloucester Road tube station. I don't know if we just got lucky, or if allowing 5 to a room is standard practice, but I think its worth looking into.

W9London Dec 28th, 2006 02:25 AM

Alternatively, you might want to check the price for a suite and see if they are less expensive than booking two rooms...

caroline_edinburgh Dec 28th, 2006 03:45 AM

Have you thought about the logistics of 5 people sharing one bathroom ? I'd much rather stay somewhere really cheap & have 2 or 3 rooms. (Presumably you are not all sharing one cabin on the cruise ship ?) Also, since nobody else has mentioned it & assuming you are American, are you aware that European hotel rooms are mostly much smaller than US hotel rooms (apparently) ?

jalexp3 Dec 28th, 2006 07:23 AM

Thanks to all. There don't seem to be too many family suite-type places in Europe and the hotel websites won't even list any. Sounds like 2 rooms is the way to go but everything I pull up in Venice is $300+ per night per room!
I'll look at the London Holiday Inn Mindy thanks.

lyb Dec 28th, 2006 08:34 AM

There are definitely rooms for less than $300 in Venice. When I was looking, I found many. Though I was concentrating on rooms for a single, I saw some for less than $300. I'll look at my list once I get at home and post some of the links.

Catbert Dec 28th, 2006 08:46 AM

In Venice, check out the Hotel Marin. We stayed there with my sister's family of 5 and they had a room that accommodated all of them. It's very reasonably priced.

Catbert Dec 28th, 2006 08:49 AM

Here's a hotel we stayed in in London where our room had 5 beds.

enzian Dec 28th, 2006 08:55 AM

In Venice, you might try Hotel Messner, a family-run 2-star hotel that gets good reviews. A double plus a triple there should run around 300 to 320 euro.

In London, try the Blades Hotel:

They have a family room, which one website says accomodates 5, for around 140 pounds per night in June. However, we stayed in that room, and I only remember beds for four people. If the family room doesn't work for 5, you could book a triple and a double. Just be sure you get 3 beds in the triple for the boys; I think what they call a triple has a double bed + a twin bed.

And read the reviews on Tripadvisor. Most poeple, including us, like or even love this place---very friendly, with a B & B-type atmosphere. But those who want air conditioning and/or elevators hate it. If you are concerned about stairs, the family room is on the ground floor. The bathroom is separate, down the hall, but is private to this room---and a bit spartan. Still, in high-priced London, this place is a real find for a family.

Kevin, the manager, will tell you all you need to know about getting around on the bus that stops practically right in front of the door. And the neighborhood is nice.

jalexp3 Dec 28th, 2006 03:44 PM

Thanks to all. I'll check on the leads.

ga9497 Jan 13th, 2007 05:03 PM

Also try in Venice
We had a family room for 4 that could have easily fit another bed. The room was two bedrooms and the main bedroom was large

jalexp3 Jan 14th, 2007 07:52 AM

Thanks enzian. The folks at the Blades were very nice. We're booked there.

enzian Jan 14th, 2007 08:14 AM

Good---I hope you like it. Prepare you teenagers for some good-natured teasing and banter with Kevin. At breakfast, when our daughter asked for more hot chocolate "please", he launched into the Oliver Twist routine---"Moooorrre? You want mooorrrre?" fortunately, she is not shy and came right back with a clever response. Our girls were sorry when we had to book someplace else on our next London visit bbecause the Blades was full!

travelbunny Jan 14th, 2007 08:18 AM

try for Venice.

gowen65 Jan 14th, 2007 10:06 AM

Its a bit of a pain in many London hotels getting family rooms.Alot of the top end hotels just don't cater that well for families. Try out as it may well have the tips and booking portal to put you on the right track. Good luck.

gohedwig Jan 14th, 2007 10:56 AM

Looks like you already booked in London. But, we have a teen and young adult in our family. After looking at many hotel options, we decided to go with 2 rooms at a B&B Hotel Vicarage in South Kensington - private bathroom in each room; taxes and breakfast included. Rate of GBP 102/each room/night. Understand that this hotel is in a good location.

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