Many families would love to take a trip to Europe with their kids, but fear that the trip will be astronomically expensive.
But a wonderful thing about travel in Europe is that budget-style travel is entirely respectable. Budget lodgings come in several types, and one of the time-honored ways to find cheap sleeps is to stay at what were formerly called "youth hostels". Hostels today have grown up and while certain hostels do still cater to the youth crowd, many welcome a diverse clientele including families.
Often, hostels are housed in buildings with history and character. For example, the Villa Saint Exupery Gardens in Nice (pictured above) is a converted monastery, located in a safe and quiet residential area. Families can book private rooms with en suite bathrooms, and the hostel offers a free baby-sitting service.
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