Hilton Mini-Breaks: Second Room for Kids at 50% Off

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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.

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  1. How do they check if you have kids with you? Do they ask you to show them during checkin?
    How do they prevent someone from just getting a second room at discounted price w/o kids?

  2. Thanks for posting this. We are taking the kids to Europe this summer and I wonder if it applies to Hilton properties there as well. This could come im handy in the land of single beds and small rooms

  3. I will have to check this out. I was under the impression that the Mini Break program was targeted to European HHonors members. I’ve always seen the brochures in Hilton hotels in Europe. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. My second son is on the way but a few days ago I started to wonder this: if you have two kids, when is the right time to book separate rooms? When the youngest one is 5? 7? 9? 12?

  5. This is very interesting. Right now my boys are 6 and 3, so they would still be staying in the room with us, but in a couple of years, I know that I would love them in a separate but adjoining room. Jorge, I think it might also depend on how old the oldest is and their personalities.

  6. Great post. I have been staying in Hilton hotels for years and have never seen this advertised. I will check it out on next trip with the family.

    The spelling of “centre” makes me wonder if Denise is right about it being targeted to Europe?

  7. @Mike, since there are no attached terms and conditions, I can’t say exactly how that works. My hunch is you could often probably get away with not having children in the other room, though that certainly is not the spirit of the promotion.

    @BothofUS, I saw this also on a UK Hilton website, so I am betting it is good in at least some of Europe. Let me know how it goes!

    @Mike, I read something about that, but what I read wasn’t very current. Do they still have that program active. If you have any details, feel free to pass them on and thanks!

    @Denise, it is possible though I found this just looking around the normal Hilton website I use all the time.

    @Jorge, that may be a good question for a subsequent post. 😉 Obviously there will be no exact magic age (just like there is no exact magic age on when you can leave a kid at home alone), but I’m sure there is an average range.

    @Nikki, agree it will absolutely depend in part on the kiddos. That is a good idea for a future post.

    @Jason, that could be a clue about the origin of this deal. It certainly doesn’t say it is limited to Europe, but you never know. 😉

    • @mangoMan, thanks that helps a lot. Looks like it is good in several parts of the world…..just perhaps not in the US. 😉 I wish I had bookmarked the site I originally found it on as it was the UK based HIlton site, but still good to have the info. I’ll do a Part 2 to this post with all the terms and locations soon.

  8. great post. I book 2nd rooms all the time with our kids. it allows them to get the full normal amount of sleep that they usually do. that’s so key to keeping everyone in a good mood while traveling.

    I never knew about this mini breaks program. I am interested in details about the Hyatt one too.

  9. @mommypoints: the link I posted has some info but I will be very interested in what else you can dig up. I’ll be traveling in Europe this summer with kids and being able to book a 2nd room for them under this promo may come in very handy, especially since 4 person rooms in Europe are difficult (but not impossible) to come by.

  10. We book at the AWESOME Homewood Suites!

    2 bedroom apartment; king size bed for us, two queens for the two younger kids in a separate bedroom, pull-out couch for our teenager…free breakfast is included and they have a pool for the kids; Love that we have a full kitchen; saves us tonnes of cash!

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