When we travel with our kids (aged 8 and 2 1/2), we really try to get some type of accomodations other than the standard hotel room: a two-room suite, a two-room condo, or even a house (especially if we go with another family). This way, it really is a relaxing vacation for all. We certainly don't want to go to bed by 8:30pm each night (well, maybe that would be nice), and if the kids don't get some kind of regular sleep, then being around them isn't exactly a picnic. With more than one sleeping area, the kids can go to sleep, and we can stay up. The same goes for arising in the morning.
Although it may seem to be an unwarranted extra expense, we have found it to be worth it. We will select a slightly less luxiourous hotel, and trade it in for extra space, and end up paying only slightly more. Also, if you pay more for a condo or upgraded room and have a kitchenette, you will inevitably save some money on meals. If you really can't afford the extra splurge, you can get creative. Last summer, the hotel had a balcony with chairs set up outside. We had only the one room, but we would put the toddler in his pack and play and sit right outside the room until we knew he was sleeping (that place also had WIFI, so we could bring the laptop out). Once he was out for the night, we could turn on the bedside lamp and read. When our daughter was a preschooler, she slept in a few closets on our travels. We would bring her little sleeping bag and tuck her in. She loved it! Incidentally, we had a very large walk in closet in one home, and when we had visitors, they would use her room, and she would sleep in our closet at home, too.
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