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I really really want to go someplace warm w/the kids. So, it's not happening for Thanksgiving, so we were thinking Christmas time (we don't celebrate Xmas). But I have two kids that both wake up at night. My big OCD is that one kid doesn't wake up the other (which of course <i>does</i> happen from time to time, but I don't want it happening every night on vacation). Heck, I won't even put them in adjoining bedrooms at home for fear that the walls are too thin and they can hear each other if one starts screaming in the middle of the night. I do have white noise machines, but what good are they if the kids are in the same room? The fares and hotel rates are already really expensive during holidays without having to think about getting an upgrade to a suite, and renting out a house is so iffy. What do you guys do. Should I just wing it with just one hotel room? It would make DH much happier b/c of the savings.
 

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We went on a family vacation in Sept. After much, much looking around, we found that the best deal for us was to rent a suite at Embassy Suites. They had a sofa bed in the living area. We took a little fan w/us and other than the bathroom being in the bedroom area, we had no problems. For the price, the suite ended up actually being a great deal, because of the cooked to order breakfast buffet included in the price. For us, we would have spent more actually leaving the hotel for breakfast. Plus there was a nice happy hour for the grown ups each evening and drinks and snacks for the kiddos, too!<br><br>
Also, we paid in advance online and saved about $30/night on the room!<br><br>
HTH!
 

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The last hotel we stayed at (at Disneyland) was a family suite so it included a small bedroom with a door. That might help, but I do wonder if they would still wake each other up.<br><br>
We just normally deal with it, though. We are traveling for the holidays, too, and will likely have 6 of us in one bedroom for a few nights. With my kids, though, even if one wakes up screaming, they all fall right back asleep so it's not normally a big deal.<br><br>
ETA: I forgot about vegas - that was the most recent hotel - and we were upgraded to a penthouse suite (very, very nice!) 2 of the kids slept in the living area, and 2 slept in the king bed in a separate room with us. It worked out really well, but I don't think it was a necessity (even if I had two that consistently woke up at night) b/c it's only a few nights, I would save money and get a regular hotel room.
 

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I 2nd the Embassy Suites! Great deal for families...
 

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I saved enough $ prepaying that I was able to completely pay for one of the helicopter tours the kids went on the last day (we were there 5 nights/6 days). We really had a great experience at that hotel. My 3 yo dd wants to go back to the 'big orange hotel and ride the alligator', lol.
 

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When we vacation, we tend to have one parent sleep with one child and the other parent sleep with the other child. That proximity reduces night waking, and if they do wake, they check in with us, and roll over and go back to sleep. Even at home, when my kids shared a bedroom, one night waker would rarely wake the other. Dd SCREAMS "Momma!" and ds usually doesn't wake up. (He never woke up before he hit about 7.)<br><br>
But for your sanity, I also recommend a suites kind of thing -- then your kids can go to bed earlier, and you can climb into bed with them later.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When we vacation, we tend to have one parent sleep with one child and the other parent sleep with the other child. That proximity reduces night waking, and if they do wake, they check in with us, and roll over and go back to sleep. Even at home, when my kids shared a bedroom, one night waker would rarely wake the other. Dd SCREAMS "Momma!" and ds usually doesn't wake up. (He never woke up before he hit about 7.)<br><br>
But for your sanity, I also recommend a suites kind of thing -- then your kids can go to bed earlier, and you can climb into bed with them later.</div>
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We used to do that too. And my 9 and 5 yo boys share a room at home and one night the 9 yo was up throwing up, I had the light on changing his sheets, etc. and the 5 yo never woke up. Was totally clueless about it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We used to do that too. And my 9 and 5 yo boys share a room at home and one night the 9 yo was up throwing up, I had the light on changing his sheets, etc. and the 5 yo never woke up. Was totally clueless about it!</div>
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This is were I truly believe in the law of attraction, as in, what you are bearing in mind is what will happen to you. I can't stop thinking "Oh no, he's going to wake up my other one," yet I know women who have kids who can sleep through a war and these women don't think twice about "what if my kid gets woken up."
 

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My kids also can sleep through anything so we don't have that issue. But I do like lots of space when on vacation so I almost always rent a house wherever we go. Everyone gets their own room and there are multiple bathrooms (which came in handy on our last vacation when 3 people all had to go at the same time!). Plus, I like having a kitchen which saves money eating out all the time.<br><br>
The exception is Disney but even there, we still get a suite.
 

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I second the suite idea. They are not always more expensive than regular rooms and they often come with kitchenettes or at least a fridge and microwave so you end up saving on meals anyway. I only have one but she is a VERY light sleeper. Dh and I usually stay up hours after she does. This is always a problem in hotel rooms because she cannot sleep when there are any distractions. When we can get a suite, we do. When we cannot, we just deal with it. Sometimes that means letting dd sleep in super late while we watch a movie with headphones. Sometimes it just means she is tired for a few days. Also keep in mind that most kids (not mine unfortunately) sleep better when they are on vacation just because they are tuckered out. Fortunately for us, dd's mood does not seem to be very effected by lack of sleep.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My kids also can sleep through anything so we don't have that issue. But I do like lots of space when on vacation so I almost always rent a house wherever we go. Everyone gets their own room and there are multiple bathrooms (which came in handy on our last vacation when 3 people all had to go at the same time!). Plus, I like having a kitchen which saves money eating out all the time.<br><br>
The exception is Disney but even there, we still get a suite.</div>
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Totally agree. Renting a house or condo is far cheaper than getting a hotel. As far as them being "iffy", we've been vacationing like that since I was a kid and never once had a problem. The internet sites have tons of pictures and reviews, so you pretty much know what you're getting. I think the houses are much more reliable than a hotel room (and cleaner too). Anyway, check out <a href="http://www.vrbo.com" target="_blank">www.vrbo.com</a>. I love this site!
 

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We always do suites, connecting rooms (can't always guarantee) or rent condos/houses for vacations. I actually think the condos/houses have been our best trips. We often stay at resorts with condos and so we get the best of both worlds. In addition to the sleeping stuff (night wakers not waking everyone else, parents not having to sit in the dark after kids go to sleep, etc.) I really, really LOVE the idea of a kitchen. It is simply no fun to take my kids out for every meal. Yes, they are well behaved in restaurants but it just isn't any fun to do all that planning and shlepping. I much prefer to make breakfast, lunch and snacks and then go out for dinner. More fun.
 

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When we travel we always stay in a Residence Inn or an extended stay type hotel. They're often cheaper than hotel suites because they're not an "upgrade," and they can be a bit easier to find in some locations than a condo. They're apartment style, typically one or two bedroom (some places 3). They also include full kitchens (pans, dishwashers and all), which is very nice to avoid restaurants. Marriott's Residence Inn also includes a full breakfast and if you're there on a week night they often have grill nights and parties and such. They'll also do your shopping for you if you leave a list.
 
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