Offering a practical and affordable place to stay, hostels are becoming increasingly appealing to travellers with children. Hostels can offer families private rooms with en-suite bathrooms and to really keep costs down, the self-catering kitchens are ideal places to prepare packed lunches. Most hostels offer games rooms and children will be happy watching TV in the comfortable lounge areas after a busy day of sightseeing. Hostels often organise free activities such as city tours or movie nights. HostelBookers has reveals their 10 best family accommodation alternatives to the hotel.
Only 10 minutes walk from Lincoln Park Zoo, this hosteloffers four-bed private rooms and provides a common kitchen, tour information, maps and a BBQ area. Kids can have hours of fun in the games room complete with pool and foosball tables. There are also bikes for rent, board games and a large patio.
With a friendly and personal service the hostel is modelled on homely European-style pensioni and families can stay in the private triple, quad and six-bed rooms with daily cleaning. Parents can have a break from planning excursions because the hostel organises free walking tours of the city and staff can even plan trips to Yosemite National Park.
Parents travelling with kids can stay in family rooms at this Georgian style hostel equipped with all the mod cons and bright and colourful decor. Hyde Park is a short walk and top tourist attractions including Madame Tussauds, the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are within easy reach.
Located in a quiet and safe residential area, families can book private en suite rooms at this charming converted monastery. There are plenty of activities on offer to keep the children happy including canyoning, sailing and horseback riding. The hostel offers a free baby sitting service and parents can enjoy some much needed time to themselves on a free city tour.
Just a 10-minute walk from Edinburgh’s main Waverly Station and Princes Street, this hostel is ideally located for little legs. Families can book quad, triple or twin en suite rooms. There is a bistro and guests can also use self-catering facilities. There is free Wi-Fi access as well as coin operated PCs, laundry facilities and plasma TVs in the lounge area.
This family-friendly hostel is totally geared for children with a TV room, table tennis and cycle hire on offer and families can sleep in the private four and six-bed en suite rooms. With views of the skyline and the harbour, it’s only a 10 minute walk to the popular vintage Tivoli amusement park.
Located in the historical centre of Lisbon, this hostel offers family rooms and provides a free breakfast, free cots and baby highchairs. While the children play in the games room, or run around in the 150m garden, parents can enjoy fantastic views of the river from the 100m terrace.
The reception has a kiddie corner with playhouse, crayons, colouring books and bedtime story books, as well as bike rental and a games room with video games. Children under six can eat for free at the dinner buffet too.
Located on Collaroy Beach, right on Sydney’s superb Northern Beach, the Beachouse is a great alternative to staying in the bustling city centre for families. Children can play with the free volleyball sets, surfboards, bodyboards, snorkelling sets and bicycles. There is a rooftop pool and BBQ facilities.
Children will appreciate the techie touches in the family rooms, each equipped with flat screen TVs and iPod docking stations. For a quiet night in, this modern hotel and hostel boasts a fantastic cinema room where kids can settle down and watch movies while parents can make the most of the gym facilities.