If youre traveling with kids in tow, you probably want a few specialized snapshots. In my case I want to know how many kids I can get away with cramming into a standard room as well as precisely how a property is kid friendly. Ciao Bambino, featuring hotel reviews by the Web sites staff as well as community reviews by traveling parents, presents those snapshots clearly.
I often end up having to call a hotel to find out if its standard room fits a crib or cot and whether Im going to get nailed with extra-person charges. Within each of Ciao Bambinos hotel reviews the accommodation options tab usually tells you at a glance how many people will fit into each type of room available at the property. And without having to click further, you can often see from the tabs footnotes if a standard double will fit a crib, or if itll take a crib but not an extra bed, or whether that bed will set you back an extra 50 Euro per night.
Ciao Bambino tags each of its reviews with age-range icons representing babies (0-1), toddlers (1-4), school-age kids (4-13), and teens (13-18). To their credit, whenever the reviewers attach an icon to a review, they back it up with a reason.
So when I went looking for a London hotel that might tolerate my active three-year-old, I zeroed in on the reviews with the toddler icon and then saw that three of those reviews gave proximity to Hyde Park as the sole toddler-friendly selling point fair enough, but I was looking for something more. And then I found a place where the hotel grounds had safe areas for running around, better for my purposes. This exercise took less than a minute, in part because there are only a few London reviews the site is more selective than comprehensive in terms of review quantity and in part because I got what I needed at a glance.