To make traveling with kids just as much fun for mom and dad, it
helps to rent a condo or a suite hotel so the kids get their own
room (and TV) as do mom and dad. It's nice to have a hotel room
with a balcony so you can spend a little quality time together once
the tykes are snoozing. But it's better to have a separate room
with a door that locks.
That's just one reason I like suite hotels like the extended
stay Residence Inn for traveling with kids. At
Residence Inn (where I have stayed both as a paying guest and as an
invited guest at a blogger visit this summer), there are other
great things that help hold down the cost of family travel, chief
among them the wifi and free food.
The breakfast buffet at the Residence Inn Chicago
Downtown/Magnificent Mile at 201 E. Walton Place was nothing short
of a feast--eggs, waffles, fresh fruit, bacon, cereal, pastries,
and more. The minute my kids became ravenous tweens, I understood
the benefit of a free breakfast. The kind of breakfast we ate at
Residence Inn would set me back $40 or more--likely much more at a
restaurant near Michigan Avenue and Walton Place.
Even better, a couple of nights a week you can grab a free
dinner as well at this hotel chain operated by Marriott. And
the staff at the Chicago property was unfailingly helpful and
The hotel chain's bread-and-butter is extended stays for
business people who are on long-term assignment. As such, its
newest effort to make guests feel more at home uses Facebook to ask
locals for their best tips to make visitors feel like a local. So
add your Chicago favorites to the Residence
Inn Thrival Guide on Facebook and add your recommendations to
this travel like a local contest we're running on
TravelingMom.com for a chance to win the 4-night stay. Then join us
on Twitter for
a #TMOM family travel themed chat on Monday at 8pm for three
more chances to win 2-night stays.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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