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When you travel as a family, there will inevitably come a time when sharing a room with your kid(s) is less than ideal. I know when I was growing up and traveling with my parents, getting a second room was never an option. My sister and I would take turns sleeping on the floor (no way we would share a bed), and I would throw socks at my dad when he started snoring so loudly I couldn’t sleep. Sounds like a fun-filled family vacation, right?! It worked, and we had some great family trips growing up, but I’m sure my parents would have preferred to have my sister and me in a separate room…especially when I started throwing socks.
Now that I am the parent, I can easily see how much nicer it would be to have a separate room for the kiddos from the parent’s point of view. We currently only have one young child, but if we had multiple older kiddos, I would do everything possible to try and afford a second connecting room either with points or cold hard cash. When we went to Disney World last year with our extended family, we were able to get a connecting room for my parents at the Walt Disney World Swan (a Starwood Westin property) for a greatly discounted price under their “Stay Connected” program. I just checked on their website and saw that they still offer the “Stay Connected” program starting at an additional $119 per night for the second connecting room. That is not an insignificant amount of money, but it is still a discount over the typical going rate.
That was a nice find at that particular SPG property, but when I was looking around Hilton’s website the other day, I stumbled across a Hilton-wide program called “Mini Breaks”. While I don’t have first-hand experience with this program yet, it looks very promising for families who need a second room.
Hilton Mini Breaks Program:
- Children under the age of 18 can stay for free when sharing your room
- If you prefer a separate room for your children, we offer a second room at half-price
- Children up to the age of 10 can eat and drink for free from our children’s menu, which features a range of freshly prepared treats for little ones
- Complimentary access to the hotel swimming pool. Where possible.
To book a family room, or a second room at half price for your children, just call our dedicated Hilton Reservations and Customer Care centre. The page that describes this program doesn’t have any specific terms and conditions, but it sounds very promising.
While trying to see if other chains offer a similar chain-wide program, I did find a Starwood program for families with “multiples” (twins, triplets, etc….). A very brief search revealed that the discounted rate (SWMOM) is often not available, at least online, but I did find some availability, so it is something to at least check if you are a family with multiples.
I know that some individual properties have deals for a connecting room similar to the one we took advantage of last year at the Swan Hotel. Have you ever used the Hilton Mini Breaks program or another similar program at an individual property? If so, I would love to hear about it! This is the kind of deal that can make family travel so much nicer. A little extra space can go a long way toward keeping the peace.