Family in one twin room in Japan

Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:06 AM
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Family in one twin room in Japan

Hello,

We are a family of 2 adults and 2 kids (5 and 7 years).

Twin rooms in most of the Japanese hotels seem to have
2 queen size beds. Is it generally ok to reserve one
Twin room for our family? Are there any hotels (or chains)
where this is more ok than in others?



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Sep 3rd, 2007, 03:33 AM
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No, it won't be OK to have a twin room for 4 people.

Twin rooms almost always have twin beds, meaning they sleep one person..a twin room will sleep two people comfortably. Add a child to each bed and four of you will sleep uncomfortably, if it is allowed at all. There is very often a maximum occupancy of 3 people per room unless it is a suite or specifically a family room/quad room (found most often in resort areas).

Children under elementary school age (6 years) are often free of charge (unless meals are part of the rate, in which case there would be a discount for the child meal). Elementary school aged children are usually charged for if they require an extra bed but not if they do not. There is almost always a charge for an extra bed regardless of the age of the person using it, and it is seldom cheap...in fact, it might end up cheaper to get 2 rooms than to add 2 extra beds (and that's IF you can even get two extra beds added to a room).

You will need to contact the hotels that you are interested in directly to inquire about how they might accommodate your family and how much it will cost. There isn't likely a business hotel that will be possible to sleep the four of you in one room. You will have better luck with ryokan and bigger hotels that offer family rooms or Japanese style rooms. Family rooms, suites, and Japanese style rooms are seldom offered online directly or via agents...booking them will require direct communication.
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Sep 3rd, 2007, 09:29 AM
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When our kids were too young to have their own rooms in Japan, we always booked "Japanese style" rooms. Felt like we were really in Japan and we found them comfortable. Usually you will be charged per person, but everyone will get their own futon.

Western style twin rooms are way too small. We did it once or twice with the girls sleeping on the bedspreads on the floor, but it was very uncomfortable.

What cities will you be visiting?
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Sep 11th, 2007, 10:10 AM
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It looks like RatesToGo.com solved our problem.
Each hotels child policy is stated there.

Most of the hotels also tell the size of the beds, and
in most cases Twin room has 2 beds, both 120 cm wide. It's quite enough for us four.
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Sep 11th, 2007, 02:11 PM
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120 cm wide is a single bed. It will be tight, but if it's OK with the hotel and you don't mind being crowded, go for it.
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Sep 16th, 2007, 01:57 PM
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Aside from hotels' policies on children rates, you may also want to check the actual size of the twin room.
Our kids are 5/3, and shared one extra bed. It worked as the twin room we reserved was large-ish by tokyo standard (recall about 30-35 sq m). While it's possible to request an extra bed, this may mean literally no space to put suitcases if the room itself was small.
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Sep 16th, 2007, 06:33 PM
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Where exactly are you going, because we might be able to help in regards to places where you can get you family comfortably into one room (eg. Tour Club in Kyoto...)
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Sep 16th, 2007, 06:41 PM
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What is your hotel budget per night?
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Sep 16th, 2007, 09:05 PM
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Just to help with your planning, in hotel terminlogy a twin room has two twin (single) size beds. Rooms that have two full or queen beds are referred to as "double doubles."
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