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Should You Choose a Suite on Vacation?

You have seen suites listed at most hotels as you view the amenities and options for your vacation visit. Sometimes the price tag for a hotel suite is pretty discouraging for a budget conscious family. However, should you consider budgeting in the extra expenses for a suite during your next trip? It often depends on the nature of your trip—and on the actual suite itself.

When Should You Consider a Suite?

Traveling families often need more space. A suite provides a larger area to “spread out” and enjoy your surroundings without feeling cramped or crowded. Two room suites allow a great division of personalities when a little break is needed.

If you are traveling with a napping baby or toddler or simply a youngster with an earlier bedtime than the rest of the group, a two room suite can be a lifesaver! It is a lot easier to put the little one down for a nap or for bedtime if you are able to keep the rest of the family entertained in another room! Suites also provide that little extra space for the bulky travel crib or baby gear!

If the parents or grown -ups desire some down time without the little ones, a suite provides that extra privacy. Once the kids are soundly down for the night, or busily playing a game, a two room suite lets the parents have some alone time to watch a movie or catch up without disturbing the kids.

What Should You Consider Before Booking Your Suite?

If you are simply in the hotel room to sleep, then the extra expense for a suite may not be beneficial. However, if you are eating breakfast in the room or plan to return to the room several hours before bedtime or throughout the day, then that extra time at the hotel may warrant a room upgrade.

Not all suites are created equally! A room is a room, right? Sure. A room is a room and a suite is traditionally meant to describe the “luxury accommodations” in the hotel facility. A suite is a much larger space, offering separate sitting and sleeping areas—and often a defined dining area as well. The term suite, however, has become more of a loose description to describe virtually anything larger than a basic hotel room. If you are seeking separate rooms—with full walls and actual doors, you may be surprised when you walk into your luxury suite to find a larger basic room with extra furniture and a simple half wall dividing the space. Make extra effort to ensure that your definition of a two room, separate space suite is the same as that of the hotel!

Calculate the total cost before deciding to purchase. Consider that there may be benefits to the suite, such as complimentary meals, parking, or even local activity discounts. While the price of the suite may be more than a basic room, factoring in the comps (and the added level of relaxation) may make the expenditure worth its while. Larger families may actually find the suites cheaper as they can often accommodate more guests in one space.

If your budget allows a suite, it is certainly something to consider if your itinerary has you spending more time in the room or if your family operates better with space and more privacy. My own family, with five distinct personalities, travels much better with larger spaces and suites have helped ease everyone into the trips over the years. You may find the need to include suites in your trip budget, as we do, for the added amenities.

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