Picking Hotels in Nottingham

As any parent knows, one of the most important decisions when planning a family holiday is choosing your accommodation. Get the decision right and it gives you a perfect base of operations. Get it wrong and it can put a dampener on the whole holiday.

If you’re planning to visit Nottingham you have a lot of options for accommodation, from conventional hotels to B&Bs to even a canal boat. All of them have their strengths and weaknesses so it’s worth looking at your options in some detail.

So, it’s time to consider all the various possibilities Nottingham has to offer.


Perhaps the most conventional option, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. There’s something reassuring about the predictability of hotels. You know what you’re getting.

That isn’t to say that there’s not a lot of important variation to take into consideration when choosing hotels. And Nottingham has a lot of options available to choose from.

You can spoil yourself with a luxury hotel or go for one of the budget options. Or for a truly individual option, you can go for one of Nottingham’s famous boutique hotels. While these might not be the cheapest of options they’ll give you an individual and memorable holiday.


For a cheaper but still reliable option, you could consider one of Nottingham’s many B&Bs.

For many, this is the best of both worlds. You get breakfast provided and the security of a stable environment to sleep in, but the day is entirely your own.

Many B&Bs in Nottingham and Derby pride themselves on their family-friendly nature, making sure to welcome everyone no matter what their age. You’ll also frequently find that your host has an excellent grasp of the local area. If you want to see the real Nottingham that’s a big advantage. Only a local can give you a true perspective of a place and your host will be able to advise you on local landmarks and activities.

Rural Stays

You may be hoping to escape the bustle of city life. While staying in one of the rural areas surrounding Nottingham does mean you’re less close to amenities, it offers a peace and tranquillity few other holidays can match.

Not only do you have the option of the standard hotels and B&Bs, but there are also some more unusual places to stay. A woodland cabin is one of the more picturesque options, giving the kids lots of space to play in.

And that’s before you consider Nottingham’s obvious link to the tale of Robin Hood. It’s a rare child who won’t be excited about staying within walking distance of the famous Sherwood Forest!


The perfect choice for those holidaying on a shoestring budget, several of Nottingham’s hostels pride themselves on being child-friendly.

You’ll need to be self-starting and arrange all your meals yourself. But a lot of us prefer having that kind of autonomy when on holiday. And the communal nature of hostelling means everyone is sure to make plenty of new friends on the holiday!

Canal Boat Holidays

A perfect choice for those who want to do something a bit different for their holiday.

It’s more suitable for older kids and the very young are likely to find the leisurely pace a bit too slow to handle, but it’s a perfect holiday if the family just wants to sit back and relax.

If you like the idea but don’t want to give up your comfort, Nottingham has you covered. Luxury boats regularly sail up and down the Trent River.

Alternatively, you can decide not just to be a passenger but to work your own narrow boat. Great for teenagers, they’ll find the experience so fun they won’t even notice how educational it is!

What type of accommodation do you like to stay in when you go away?