Regular readers would know a lot of my getaways are with the family. For everyone’s comfort and sanity we need family accommodation with enough room and adequate facilities for everyone.
I was admiring the view of the Story Bridge in Brisbane when “husband” said to me, “You did well honey.” Referring to my choice of accommodation.
I said “Thanks,” although I realised all I had done was choose a hotel… I didn’t actually build it!
That started me thinking, what do I look for in family accommodation?
Family Accommodation “Must Haves”
- 24 hour check in
- Central location (walking distance to things is very handy)
- Room service (always handy when arriving late and tired into a new city)
- Mini Bar (essential when traveling with even the best children!)
- 1, 2 & 3 bedroom options
- Good kitchen facilities
- Washing machine & dryer in the room
- Pool & Spa
I am taking you for a walk through my accommodation of choice for our latest trip to Brisbane.
I chose the Adina Apartments because we quite often stay in either the Adina or Medina Executive branded properties when we traveling with children. I find it reassuring to know exactly what standard of quality I can expect, and that all my “must have” boxes have been ticked.
The lounge room is spacious and I had know complaints about the furniture or decor. The view from the lounge was absolutely gorgeous. I found it so relaxing to gaze at the view of the Brisbane city lights reflecting on the river.
Once again plenty of space in the main bedroom, and a door through to a connecting bathroom.
You can’t go past a clean white bathroom, although it’s always difficult to photograph!
The children shared the second bedroom. It was furnished simply, and featured twin beds and a connecting door to the two way bathroom pictured above.
I find that a kitchen is always useful when I book family accommodation. I never cook when I am a way from home, but when I travel with the children I like to start them off with a typical breakfast. Their breakfast is simply a bowl of cereal or piece of toast and perhaps some fruit. I find the buffet breakfast holds too much temptation for little eaters. If we are staying just one night I don’t mind the morning feast, but when we are away for longer the buffet breakfast is not an eating habit I encourage for the children.
In the Adina Apartments the kitchen also includes a washing machine and dryer. Very handy if you are like me and travel with the minimum luggage possible and the grottiest kids! The dryer is also handy for drying swimwear prior to packing the bags for checkout.
Whilst you would never describe the rooms as luxurious they are comfortable, affordable and have all my “must have” boxes ticked. The Medina Executive branded apartments provided the next step up in quality.
So readers, let me know what I have missed? Do you have any family accommodation “Must Haves” that aren’t on my list?
Oh, and one more look at the beautiful Story Bridge in pink lights!
15 Ivory Lane
Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Tel: +61 7 3218 5800