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Question of the Week: How do you make your property family-friendly?

As the holiday season approaches, families have kid-friendly accommodations on their radar. How do you set up your property so it's ready to welcome families?

Do you keep colouring books at reception? Subscribe to all-ages cable channels? Kid-proof your property? Share your tips and photos in the comments below!

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Lulu

Our self catering option is most popular with families . We offer full use of the main kitchen with stove,oven microwave and fridge - even the washing machine is available for guest utilization. We also offer to book activities before guests with families arrive.

9 months ago
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Jan Christian …

Hi, I have to smile a bit on the question whether I made my property kid-proofed...
First my property is made available to all kinds of guests not only to families with kids. But I can make it secure and I can add facilities, like a highchair, a baby bed or special mattress for children when they can not sleep together in the designated
beds...
My property is not particularly designed for children, so I expect that parents take care about their children.
All is there to keep a family happy and to make their stay as nice and convenient as possible.

9 months ago
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Info@makarioso…

The establishment is right on the beach. There are buckets, spades, beach umbrellas, beach chairs for the use of our guests. There are also boogie boards for the teenagers.There are also 3 children plastic scooters for the little ones to use when their parents stroll on the beach. No charge.

DSTV with 4 channels for children ( e.g. Disney.) when the weather does not play along!

The apartment has a fully fitted kitchen for easy self catering .. The dishwasher also makes life a little easier for the lady of the house.

9 months ago
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Beach House on…

At Beach House on Fairway, our self-catering house is both child-friendly and we allow pets to come along as well. We obviously have a pool (with safety net) which is a must for those hot summer days in Langebaan, however, by pure chance the pool was not built too deep, which allows smaller children to enjoy it as well. We also have a trampoline (with the safety sides) for the younger kids to enjoy. We do have to replace the trampoline every now and again, but I think it's really worth it. Staying on the outside, we also have a jungle gym which my wife and I built with our own hands. Inside the house, we have a pool table, and tv's in all the rooms with DSTV family channels finish off our family friendly house. We also have two mountain bikes which guests can use free of charge.

9 months ago
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Coolspratt

Our Guest House is not minamalistic, each room is decorated and furnished to a very high standard and homely feel to it, also each room has a particular theme to it, like the Victorian Room and the Safari Room. We are Five Stars and Gold Award, so again Customers know we have high standards.

Our Guests feel at home here and as a result our repeat business is very good. Having been in the Hotel & Catering business all our lives, my Wife and I really enjoy our Customers.

C'est la Vie !!!

9 months ago
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Eugenia Ruabur…

Family Friendly, I welcome families with childrens from 6 years old onwards.If I can help it I stop having toddlers still with nappies because in my experience some parents put their baby's soiled nappies everywhere, bathroom bins, kitchen bins and it does smell.

Having said that I still have those odd parents so I strictly mentioned that nappies must be well wrap!!!!

9 months ago
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Katerinka12

Thanks for that question. Booking doesn't actually care about "family oriented" places. When we are marked as "Family place" by Airbnb. So, people can use filter to find family oriented place. In that respect Booking is really bad.

We also get so warm messages from our guests saying that we are the best when it comes to accommodating children and infants.

We are just lucky to be in Philippines, where children are the joy of life, and everyone around you treat them with ultimate attention. We also have kids playground and kids swimming pool.

And yes, we love kids (that goes without saying in Philippines). The whole country loves kids!

9 months ago
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Lucky Pete

We just have some simple amenities such as board games, kids books and will be putting a couple bean bags in some of the rooms so the kids can watch tablets etc away from parents.

9 months ago
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Corkshoppe

have free cribs and baby beds on hand, kids stay for free up to age 16, and a super cool pool area if you have one! and xbox in a corner of the lobby, it works! ps, great internet, the kids stay on their ipad all the time!

9 months ago
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Judy Keuning

Just having our guest house with direct access to a safe swimming beach in KZN South Africa make us family friendly as most of our guests are " the bucket and spade brigade." They like nothing better than spending the day on the beach and their rooms are close enough to pop back for a snack, drink or toilet, and yes - I provide the buckets and spades !!

9 months ago
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Katerinka12

"ps, great internet, the kids stay on their ipad all the time!"

Kids... Kids.. All they need is Great Internet! :)

9 months ago
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Bandara Hotels…

We do have kid club coming up next year to welcome family market.

9 months ago
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Bandara Hotels…

One of our property is very lucky that we have large garden area in the middle of resort. We have provide kid dinosaur slider in swimming pool and kid playground.

9 months ago
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cassid

Our guests stay with us, and that includes our children. We have loads of toys/books for little ones. I love children, and love playing little games with them, regardless of languages you will always find a way to communicate with little guests.

I list shops where parents can rent cot, pram etc which I think is a great idea

My children hated club camps, it was our stick for good behavior, if you don't stop killing each other, we will send you to the kids club. My nieces/nephews love kids club, but not mine

9 months ago
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fluff

Barbed wire, electric fences and the crocodile pit!

Seriously though, as already said, good internet has most kids covered. We do our best to be friendly in an uncle/aunt kind of way but otherwise make no special provision, usually.

9 months ago
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Katerinka12

"dinosaur slider" Wow, how cute!

When my son was just 7 years old, we went to Shangri-la hotel in Cebu. (We also went to Shangri-la in Kota Kinabalu, but they don't have any sliders). They had a great slider, just a regular one :) and this slider is our big memory. So many years passed, and I still remember this vacation just because of that slider!

Imagine, to have a slider that looks like dinosaur :) Kids love it and its nice to take pictures. This is just amazing amenity for the kids

9 months ago
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Katerinka12

"regardless of languages you will always find a way to communicate with little guests."

Sometimes they say that love doesn't need any language. And I would say it's love for kids :)

9 months ago
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Eugenia Ruabur…

When the family arrives, I give the little big boys the password of the internet. When you make the little ones happy it goes as well for the parents.

9 months ago
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Weigelt

First, be sure you want kids at your place. If so, politely let the guests know that there are other guests and you/they need peace and quiet. We take kids at any age and there have been no major problems. Also, it makes parents, especially new parents, happy you pay attention to the kids. We put a swing in a tree near the B&B and encourage the young ones to go outside to frolic.

9 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Kids are the joy of life. A Greek saying says kids is the salt in our lives...
All kids are welcomed in our place. I have lots of toys inside and outside of the studio for kids to play since I have a 10 year old granddaughter and she’s always playing with boys and girls.
Also near us kids have fun with our neighbors small animals, such as goats, sheeps, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, ducks, geese, rabbits, turtles,horses etc..
Even though I have kids speaking different languages one of our little guest taught my granddaughter how to better communicate with my dog since she was an assistant dog trainer and they had great time together.

9 months ago
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Eugenia Ruabur…

I like families coming to any of my Apartment but NO NO NO to giving them Crayons or any colouring materials. You have to be aware in case they draw as well to the walls while parents are not watching. But I provide them educational matter like lego and word power alphabets and numbers.

9 months ago
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Katerinka12

I think I know why we became a Family place. Thats because of King size bed. No one in our area has such big bed :)

9 months ago
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Info@makarioso…

All our beds are king size- a real family bed! It can be separated by unzipping the 2 standard

single mattresses. It work like a charm! Antoinette at Makarios on Sea

9 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Wow!!!! Yes king size bed is very special and exciting for everyone.

9 months ago
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Leandri Klopper

Hi everyone,

What an awesome topic!

I see a lot of people do massive amounts of effort, such as building the playground etc. Very very cool!

All of our properties have the normal kiddies entertainment stuff, such as the games room, trampolines, entertainment programmes. And for Mom, most of our properties offer Spa treatments. For Dad there are sports bars on the property, and most of these are normally close to one another.

Speaking about beds...The one thing I'm struggling with is the families who bring an Extra Child which puts them over the max occupancy. We can't make a provision for that as our insurance won't cover damages if there was more than the max amount of people in the unit. Even if I add a Baby cot etc, it still won't be allowed.

Keep up the good vibes guys!

9 months ago
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Akwador

Maybe you should ask yourself if you prefer adult guests to young families?

We get our share of young couples with small children and babies - we provide a cot for free and as we have self catering facilities we are well received by young couples who need to heat up baby formula in the microwave and appreciate fridge space to keep their food (and baby food)

However we personally prefer adult guests - less baby cries annoying other guests and pram tyre tracks down our freshly mopped corridors. Bah humbug! :-)

The main thing is none of our guests with children ever leave feeling not welcome - but we would not go out of our way to attract them.

9 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Well I only have one big Studio and both adults and children are welcomed. I don’t mind if babies cry because I’m a grandmother and I love kids. Sometimes adults can make more noise than small cute kids.

9 months ago
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Katerinka12

"Sometimes adults can make more noise than small cute kids."

You are so funny. I can't stop laughing.

I honestly think, it really depends on personality of the owner. Really, if you are the owner, you set the rules!

Please, be reminded of some experience that Eugenia shared. Crayons are no no. And it just crossed my mind... What will you do with a baby wee wee in the bed? Mattresses are so expensive. It didn't happen to us yet, but who knows? It might come one day. That's why I am here in the forum to listen to advice from more experienced hosts.

9 months ago
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Leandri Klopper

Hey Akwador ,

I wish I had the "power" to influence the target audience of the property but sadly I must yield to the higher powers. etc. Bah humbug indeed! Good suggestion though thanks!

M Adamopoulou , ain't that the truth! Well put. Adults who party-too-hard can make just as big a mess as children .. if not worse.

Katerinka12 , very good point. I would also like to know how experienced hosts handle this.

Have a lovely long weekend all!

9 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Katerinka12 so far so good.As you said personality counts. All of my guests kids have behaved. I always leave a drawing board and at the end of the day they draw something nice and leave a thanking message to me. I love that it’s so cute. I have to remind you that I am down stairs so maybe they respect the house more.

9 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Baby mattresses are expensive but king size mattresses are even more expensive. One of my lady guests left my linen with blood stains. In all of my beds I have two waterproof mattresses covers so that safes the day. That’s what I do to prevent damages in my mattresses .

9 months ago
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Katerinka12

"One of my lady guests left my linen with blood stains"

Were you able to get rid of them?

9 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Yes of course blood stains have to be rinsed with cold water. Also soda with white vinegar does a great job.

9 months ago
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Eugenia Ruabur…

I put water proof mattress cover I purchased from IKEA. They are BRILL. Stain? first I soak the bed sheets or towels with Varnish Stain Remover than wash it @ either 60 to 90 degrees.

9 months ago
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Eugenia Ruabur…

I have Lego and any learning materials such as bricks , alphabets & words organiser for the children staying in my Apartment. I refrain colouring materials or crayons for them to draw aware that they might use it on the wall.

9 months ago
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Akwador

A tip on removing blood stains. Use contact lense saline solution - the saline destroys the blood cells and breaks them up making their removal easier.

9 months ago
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Info@makarioso…

Miracle powder ( bought from agents) does the trick to ALL sorts of stains. Boiling hot water is used with a tablespoonful of the powder.

Cover the mattresses with a waterproof fitted cover as well as a fitted quilted one to keep it clean from all sorts of mishaps!

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9 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Yes I agree with the waterproof cover for protection. It’s a must. I also have covered my couches because mishaps often happens watching TV.

9 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Akwador a very nice tip I never thought it. Thanks for mention it.

9 months ago
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Info@makarioso…

More info on facebook or contact 0829722348 ( not to be used on silk or wool). RSA

9 months ago
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Eugenia Ruabur…

The best to remove blood stain in any cloth is : rub a bar of body soap.Keep it for an hour . It works miracle.

9 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

I’m so glad that you have so many eco solutions for my comment about blood stains. Stains of all kind is always a headache!!!!

9 months ago
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Bundoran Surfer

We have a roughly 1ft x 1ft little ikea table, we have attached lego base plates to it and then a large lego plastic head shaped container filled with lego pieces (it all used to belong to our kids) It cost about £50 to set up, I wasnt convinced it was worth it but my wife was adamant and its proven a great success.

We also supply high speed wifi, netflix and I have a folder with roughly 100 dvds in it, with at least half being childrens and family movies. Again, it was a minor expense but has proven very successful. Our holiday home in Ireland can be very unpredictable weather wise so guests have really appreciated some rainy day entertainment.

8 months ago