Forenom Hostel Vantaa Aviapolis, near Helsinki airport, Finland

I have never been brave enough to stay in a hostel with the kids before but we were faced with an eight hour layover overnight in Helsinki last night. The prospect of missing an entire nights sleep and spending the night in an airport with tired, overstimulated children wasn’t very appealing


Our visit to The Disneyland Hotel, Paris

We were actually taken aback as we entered the huge lobby! The large, spotless reception area, with its giant chandelier, sweeping staircase, subtle disney themes and sofas, larger than my living room, was like stepping straight into a fairy tale castle!

Muthu Clumber Park Hotel and Spa, Sherwood Forest, UK

We were staying in one of their executive rooms and first impressions as we entered were wow! The room was spacious and had a king sized bed, desk and armchair. There was plenty of drawer and wardrobe space. The window overlooked the pretty courtyard in the center of the hotel.

Travelodge Newcastle Central, UK

The staff are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are decently sized, clean and comfortable. The hotel is in a good location if you are visiting Newcastle. I wouldn’t hesitate to book this great value hotel next time I am in the area!

Holiday Inn, Stevenage, UK

for a hotel where we paid more to get four star service, we were not impressed with the room or TV size, the lack of wifi, level of customer service dealing with issues, or the cleanliness of the bathroom. We have stayed in less expensive four star hotels and definitely better three star hotels.

The Wishing Well Hotel and Restaurant, Selby, UK

Would I stay at The Wishing Well Hotel again? Probably not, it’s not worth the £49 I paid to sleep in all my clothes. Would I eat there again? Not in a million years, even if you paid me! 

Premier Inn, Southport, UK

Breakfast was not included in the price of the room but you could eat at the pub attached for a very reasonable price. Kids eat free too so three of us had a delicious buffet breakfast, including drinks, for £8.99.

Would we go back? Yes without a doubt!

Falcon Hotel, Paddington, London

London is massive and there are a lot of hotels to choose from. My kids won’t share a bed so that ruled out most the chain hotels and I was on a budget. So after an hour browsing the last minute booking sites online I decided on a hotel very close to Paddington station called Falcon Hotel. 

Lakeland caravan 

After quickly unpacking, the first job was to make the beds. This caused both great hilarity and achievement as, even if a little unconventionally, everyone managed to put their sheets and duvet covers on!

The Lea Marston Hotel, Sutton Coldfield, UK

The Lea Marston Hotel is a family owned 4 star hotel in Sutton Coldfield. We checked in at 7pm and on finding out the spa closed at 8pm, decided to go straight for a swim. The spa offers all sorts of treatments although these unfortunately stop at 6pm on a Saturday so we just used…