Novotel Nottingham Derby with parking at Jet Parks 2 near East Midlands Airport
Whether they're passing the time in the play areas or munching on the special kids' menu, your children will be the honoured guests at the Novotel Nottingham East Midlands airport. All the rooms are big enough for a family of four - and you can even bring pets. Children stay free and eat breakfast free, with a paying adult, but it doesn't stop there - they even get a gift when they arrive. Yes, that's right, the hotel is actually paying your children to stay there!
Hotel Address Bostock Lane,
M1 junction 25,
Directions to Hotel Leave the M1 at junction 25 and follow the signs for Long Eaton - it's the fifth exit if you're coming from the south, and the second exit if you're coming from the north. The hotel is about 400 yards down the road on the left.
Hotel Facilities a restaurant, a bar with a pool table, a lounge and children's play areas, as well as a safe at reception. There's free wifi throughout.
Room Facilities The spacious, sophisticated rooms all sleep two adults and two children - there's a double bed and a double sofa bed - and have satellite TV with pay-per-view movies and radio, double glazing, an ensuite bathroom, a hairdryer, tea and coffee, an iron and an ironing board and free wifi.
Leisure Facilities The outdoor heated pool is open from 7am to 10pm from April to September.
Restaurant Details No matter what time of day it is, we feel ready for dinner when we look at the Novotel's delectable menu. The light, spacious Elements restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden furniture and summer terrace, is a pleasant place to peruse the tempting selection of classic British dishes - many of them with an unusual twist that leaves you spoiled for choice. Even if you wouldn't normally find yourself ordering a salad, who wouldn't be tempted by the superfood salad of chicken, pine nuts, grated carrot, lentils, red onions and cherry tomatoes? Or want chorizo and chilli roast potatoes as a side dish, whatever you'd chosen for your main?
Regardless of the wishes of our dining companion, we'd have to start with the Indian plate to share - a conglomerate of chicken tikka skewers, spinach pakora, lamb samosas and mini popadoms with mango chutney and mint yogurt. Then onto the calf's liver fried in sage breadcrumbs with garlic and pancetta mash for main, and - it has to be - steamed chocolate sponge pudding with pistachio ice cream for dessert. The food's amazingly well-priced, too, with starters from Â£4.95, mains from just Â£7.50 and desserts from Â£4.50.
If you're not feeling like a full feast (though we think you will be), you can order a smaller (and less expensive) portion - and children can either order from the special kids' menu, or eat half-price from the adult one.
Dinner is served from 6pm to 10pm. Breakfast is served from 6am to 10am on weekdays, and from 7am to 11am at weekends, and costs Â£13.95 per person. Breakfast is free for two children under 16, as long as they're eating with the adults whose room they're sharing. Lunch is served from noon to 2pm.
Food is also available until 11pm in the bar, which is open from 9am to midnight. There's a pool table too, if you fancy a spot of competition over your pint.
Disabled Facilities The hotel has two accessible rooms for disabled guests, a ramp outside the entrance, a wheelchair-accessible lift and disabled parking spaces. The restaurant and the bar are on the ground floor. There's also a bath board and a bath lift if you need them.
Transfer Information run every 15 minutes, take 8 minutes and are included in the price