An Open Letter to Hotels from a Parent who has Limited Babysitting Tokens!

An Open Letter to Hotels from a Parent who has Limited Babysitting Tokens. Why the two night minimum policy?

Why do hotels insist on a minimum of two nights?

Rant alert. And this is very much tongue-in-cheek but…GRR.

I’m feeling really miffed. Ever since the hubby snapped his achilles back in April (yes there were some positives), he promised me a little break away once he was better. It never really came to fruition and after a bit (a lot) of nagging, the hubby finally decided to book in Grandma.

Yep, a weekend child-free. Wohoo!

Now I say a weekend but this really means Saturday from 10amish to Sunday 5pmish. So we get two full days and one night. When we stay home, this is perfect. We have time to have a bit of a shop, some lunch, tidy the house, binge on Netflix and pop down the local pub for tea. But we don’t want to stay home this time. We want to take a little break. Nothing too far but something special, a bit luxurious. And why bloody not. After the foot fiasco we had to cancel our trip to Menorca, and most weekends have consisted of me taking the boy to Puxton Park.

An Open Letter to Hotels from a Parent who has Limited Babysitting Tokens. Why the two night minimum policy?

The search begins

So with much excitement about our weekend away, we started to search for a hotel. We weren’t too fussed on the where as long as it wasn’t too far to drive. The last thing I want is to spend my weekend days travelling. We searched Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and the Cotswolds. We’ve tried multiple weekend dates in October.

The types of hotels we’ve been aiming for have typically been luxurious. Think comfy super king beds, spa facilities and great food. I don’t want to spend my one night of the year in a budget hotel. I want it to be special.

hotel meal at restaurant for couples

And we gave up

After a few days of searching and searching, we’ve stopped.

Why?

Because every frickin ‘hotel seems to enforce this whole minimum of two nights over the weekend policy sh*t cr*p. I know, I know, they make more money by doing so and it’s in their interest I guess.  But what about all us couples out there who have limited babysitting tokens? Why the “nightist” attitude?!

What happens if they don’t sell the room for two nights? Do they go back on the policy at the last minute. Surely a one night stay is better than none?

An Open Letter to Hotels from a Parent who has Limited Babysitting Tokens. Why the two night minimum policy?

You can never leave

You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to find a hotel which offers a one night Saturday stay. It’s super frustrating and I’ve had it with trawling the internet and using search sites. I’ve resigned myself to the fact we will be having yet another staycation.

Oh well, stuff them ey. We’ll save our money and spend it at elsewhere.

Do you have any hotel recommendations in the South/South West/Cotswolds area? What experience have you had with hotel minimum stays? Is it reasonable? Perhaps someone from the hotel industry could shed some light for us parents who don’t have the luxury of child-free time anymore.

An Open Letter to Hotels from a Parent who has Limited Babysitting Tokens. Why the two night minimum policy?

 

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