Extend the family holiday with airport parking & hotels’ guide to child-friendly airport hotels

Although family holidays can result in memories that will last a lifetime, juggling an early-morning flight with tired or over-excited children can result in stress for even the calmest of parents. To help parents plan ahead for the upcoming May half-term holidays, we compared the family-friendly offerings at six airport hotels, to ensure productive families are well-rested and prepared ahead of a morning flight.

The guide compares the location of each airport hotel, the type of rooms available for families, dining options for children, plus other facilities and offerings that are provided for holidaymakers with young jetsetters, such as travel cots, highchairs and blackout curtains.

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Stay Minutes Away from Check-In

For the ultimate convenience of an on-airport hotel, four of the airport hotels compared are located just minutes away from the check-in desks, including Birmingham Airport’s four-star Novotel, which is the airport’s closest hotel to the terminals. Two of the hotels researched are located off-airport: Holiday Inn Gatwick – Worth, which is a 12-minute drive away from the airport, and Glasgow Airport’s Normandy Hotel, which provides guests with a complimentary five-minute shuttle transfer to the airport.

Family Rooms Available

Family rooms are offered at four of the hotels researched, including the Family Four Room at Hilton London Gatwick Airport, which includes one double bed and two single beds or one double bed and bunk beds. For families with a baby, travel cots are provided free-of-charge at all of the airport hotels researched and furthermore, at Glasgow Airport, those aged under 17-years-old can stay for free at Holiday Inn when sharing a room with their parents. Child-friendly room amenities to help ensure a peaceful night’s sleep include handy blackout curtains at three locations, including at Holiday Inn Gatwick – Worth, and sound-proofed windows at Birmingham Airport’s Novotel.

When a Kids Menu is a Must

Filling up on a large meal before travelling can help prevent grumbling stomachs en route and fortunately all six of the hotels researched offer a breakfast service and highchairs for little guests. The price of a breakfast varies from a thrifty £5.50 per person at Ibis Birmingham Airport to £18.95 per person at Hilton London Gatwick Airport, but children aged under 13-years-old can enjoy a free breakfast or two-course evening meal at Gatwick’s Holiday Inn when dining with an adult. Additionally, all six of the hotels researched include a restaurant that offers a menu with dedicated meals for children, including mini pizzas at Holiday Inn Gatwick – Worth and macaroni cheese at Glasgow Airport’s Normandy Hotel.

Free Wi-Fi for all the Family’s Gadgets

Distracting energetic or grizzly children for hours on a plane can be tricky at the best of times, so parents can make the most of the free Wi-Fi provided at all six hotels to download games or episodes of TV favourites. Young travellers at Birmingham Airport’s Novotel will also be pleased to find a small gift on their arrival at the hotel plus a children’s entertainment and play area in the hotel lobby.


BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT

IBIS HOTEL

STAR RATING
• 2

HOTEL LOCATION
• Ambassador Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, B26 3AW

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• Within minutes’ walk from the check-in desks

FAMILY ROOM OPTIONS
Family room not available.

Alternative room options:
• Double Room – one standard-size double bed
• Twin Room – two standard-size single beds

TRAVEL COTS AVAILABLE
• Yes

HOTEL RESTAURANT DINING OPTIONS
Fogg’s Restaurant
• Breakfast available to purchase from 04:00 – 10:00, priced from £5.50
• Dinner available from 17:00 – 23:00

Cozy Pizzeria
• Dinner available from 17:00 – 23:00

CHILDREN’S MENU AVAILABLE
Fogg’s Restaurant
• Yes

Cozy Pizzeria
• No

KIDS EAT FREE AVAILABLE
• No

HIGHCHAIRS AVAILABLE
• Yes

ADDITIONAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY OFFERINGS
• Free Wi-Fi

NOVOTEL

STAR RATING
• 4

HOTEL LOCATION
• Birmingham Airport, B26 3QL

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• Within minutes’ walk from the check-in desks

FAMILY ROOM OPTIONS
• Family Three Room – one queen-size bed and a roll-out bed
• Family Four Room – one queen-size bed and two single roll-out beds

TRAVEL COTS AVAILABLE
• Yes

HOTEL RESTAURANT DINING OPTIONS
• Breakfast buffet costs £16.45 for a full English breakfast, or £12.45 for a Continental breakfast
• Dinner available from 18:00 – 22:00 every day

CHILDREN’S MENU AVAILABLE
• Yes, or children up to 12-years-old can eat half portions for half price off the main menu when dining with parents

KIDS EAT FREE AVAILABLE
• Yes, breakfast only

HIGHCHAIRS AVAILABLE
• Yes

ADDITIONAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY OFFERINGS
• Children’s entertainment and play area in the lobby
• A small gift awaits the children when they arrive
• Free Wi-Fi
• TV
• Sound-proofed windows
• Blackout curtains
• Charging points
• Mini-bar
• Laundry facilities
• Baggage storage


GLASGOW AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN

STAR RATING
• 4

HOTEL LOCATION
• Abbotsinch Paisley, Glasgow, PA3 2TE

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• Within minutes’ walk from the check-in desks

FAMILY ROOM OPTIONS
Family room not available.

Alternative room options:
• Double Room – one standard-size double bed
• Twin Room – two standard-size single beds

TRAVEL COTS AVAILABLE
• Yes

HOTEL RESTAURANT DINING OPTIONS
• Breakfast available to purchase from 05:00 – 10:30, priced from £12.95
• Dinner available from the Traders Restaurant from 18:00 – 22:00

CHILDREN’S MENU AVAILABLE
• Yes

KIDS EAT FREE AVAILABLE
• Yes, up to four children aged 12-years-old and under eat free any time of the day with each paying adult

HIGHCHAIRS AVAILABLE
• Yes

ADDITIONAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY OFFERINGS
• Those aged 17-years-old and under stay for free when sharing their parents’ room
• Blackout curtains
• Free Wi-Fi
• Coffee Shop
• Baggage storage

NORMANDY HOTEL

STAR RATING
• 3

HOTEL LOCATION
• Inchinnan Road, Renfrew, PA4 9EJ

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• 5-minutes’ drive. A complimentary airport shuttle is provided for customers

FAMILY ROOM OPTIONS
• Family Room – one double bed and bunk beds (maximum child age 12-years-old)

TRAVEL COTS AVAILABLE
• Yes

HOTEL RESTAURANT DINING OPTIONS
• Breakfast available from £5.50 per person
• Dinner available from Steaks & Stuff Steakhouse Restaurant from 17:00 – 23:00

CHILDREN’S MENU AVAILABLE
• Yes, including dishes such as macaroni cheese, fish fingers, chicken dippers and pizza

KIDS EAT FREE AVAILABLE
• No

HIGHCHAIRS AVAILABLE
• Yes

ADDITIONAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY OFFERINGS
• Free Wi-Fi
• Free airport shuttle
• Baggage storage
• Leisure facilities nearby


LONDON GATWICK AIRPORT

HILTON LONDON GATWICK AIRPORT

STAR RATING
• 4

HOTEL LOCATION
• South Terminal Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, RH6 0LL

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• Within minutes’ walk from the check-in desks via covered walkway

FAMILY ROOM OPTIONS
• Twin Room – two double beds
• Family Three Room – one double bed and an extra bed
• Family Four Room – one double bed and two single beds, or one double bed and bunk beds (maximum child age 12-years-old)

TRAVEL COTS AVAILABLE
• Yes

HOTEL RESTAURANT DINING OPTIONS
Amy’s Restaurant
• Open 18:00 – 22:45, seven days a week

Garden Restaurant
• Breakfast available from 05:30 – 10:30 Monday to Friday, or 05:30 – 11:00 on Saturday and Sunday, and costs £18.95 per person
• Dinner available from 17:30 – 22:30 every day

CHILDREN’S MENU AVAILABLE
Amy’s Restaurant
• No

Garden Restaurant
• Yes

KIDS EAT FREE AVAILABLE
Amy’s Restaurant
• No

Garden Restaurant
• Yes, children aged 10-years-old and under eat for free with a paying adult

HIGHCHAIRS AVAILABLE
• Yes

ADDITIONAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY OFFERINGS
• Free Wi-Fi
• Baggage storage

HOLIDAY INN GATWICK – WORTH

STAR RATING
• 4

HOTEL LOCATION
• Crabbet Park, Turners Hill Road, Worth, Crawley, RH10 4SS

TRAVEL TIME TO AIRPORT AND MODE OF TRANSPORT
• 12-minutes’ drive

FAMILY ROOM OPTIONS
• Triple Room – one king bed, one single sofa-bed
• Family Three Room – one king bed and a double sofa-bed, or two king beds
• Family Four Room – one king bed and one double sofa-bed, or two king beds

TRAVEL COTS AVAILABLE
• Yes

HOTEL RESTAURANT DINING OPTIONS
• Breakfast available from 06:00 – 10:00 Monday to Friday, and from 06:30 – 10:30 on Saturday and Sunday, and costs £12.50 per person
• Dinner available from 17:30 – 21:30

CHILDREN’S MENU AVAILABLE
• Yes, including dishes such as mini pizza, beef burgers, pasta and chicken goujons

KIDS EAT FREE AVAILABLE
• Yes, children aged 13-years-old and under can enjoy breakfast or a two-course evening meal free of charge with each paying adult

HIGHCHAIRS AVAILABLE
• Yes

ADDITIONAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY OFFERINGS
• Free Wi-Fi
• TV
• Blackout curtains
• Charging points
• Leisure facilities nearby available at an additional charge


 

 

 

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