On a recent stay at “a hotel” I requested a crib for my son, only to receive an outdated playard that had been used by who knows how many other children before him. I was paying $10 a night just to have the extra bed that needed a good cleaning.Unfortunately playards are not very washer friendly and I’ve always wondered how hotels maintain them. Do they spray them down with Lysol, hand wash with a rag? I hope both!
Thankfully Marriott’s more than 2,500 Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites hotels in the continental U.S. and Canada are eliminating this worry. Their new “Tots Travel Too” program provides you with a freshly laundered Coverplay on your child’s complimentary playard during your stay. The Coverplay is a slipcover/liner that goes over the playard providing a clean and safe environment for your child to sleep in.
You can request additional toddler friendly items at the front desk during your stay, such as; a bath toy, plug-in covers, nightlights, baby shampoo & soap and bibs.
I was already a Marriott fan, but I couldn’t be happier to see a hotel chain making an effort to make Traveling with children just a little bit nicer! Maybe this will prompt other hotels to follow suite…we can only hope.