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Europe Hotel - how to accommodate a family of four?

Apr 8th, 2007, 08:14 PM
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Novotel may allow children for free - and they do when you are paying full freight. But they certainly don't have to give it to you on a Priceline booking. Even the priceline website warns that in London you are bidding on a room for 2.

If the hotel does let the children stay for free - they are going above and beyond and you definitely lucked out . . . .
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Apr 8th, 2007, 08:20 PM
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Our family has stayed at the Hotel Alimandi in Rome (both the 3 star and the 4 star) which has quad rooms (and a very nice breakfast.) The hotel is near the Vatican which suited as well, but I know some other travelers prefer other locations. Ask about the free shuttle to/from the airport if you are flying in or out of Rome.

In Florence, we stayed in a quad room at the Hotel Europa (across the street from the Casci) - well located with a friendly owner. The Europa is not fancy, but clean and comfortable and I would be happy to return.

I've heard good things about the Hotel Campiello in Venice and the Albergo Guerrato but have not stayed in either so can't give a personal recommendation.

Our family also doesn't mind all of us sharing a room as that has allowed us to travel more than we would otherwise be able to afford. In general, rooms with two doubles or two queens seem harder to find in Europe than at home but they can be found.

Have a wonderful trip!
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Apr 8th, 2007, 10:16 PM
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I agree with Janisj about the Novetel. Would check with the hotel directly to make sure that Priceline rules are the same as paying for a room directly. Beach at Nice is rocky and as a general rule I do not find European beaches to be very attractive in comparison to Hawaii or the Carribean beaches. Would not take the time out of your journey for one night in Nice.
Be aware however that I am not in the travel school of see more but experience less. If you do make it to Nice you might find the Citadines there to your liking. Cost should be under $150 for an aparthotel for four. Have not stayed in the Citadines in Nice but others that we have tried have been decent 3 star quality and it is nice to have a laundromat, kitchen and parking.
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Apr 8th, 2007, 11:25 PM
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Check out this site. http://rome.craigslist.org/
Go to vacation rentals. You will find lots of apartments. You can then go back to the first listings and go to other cities. There are some really good ones in Rome at reasonable prices.

For just one night in Venice, check listings in Rick Steves Italy book. He lists a lot with family rooms or guads. Some are dorm like, but the ones we've stayed in have been clean and comfortable, well located - and cheap.

You may be sorry not to have more time in Venice. It is magical.
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Apr 8th, 2007, 11:25 PM
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Hi! We just returned from 5 nights in Rome and 4 in Venice. We are a family of 5 with similar "room" issues!

In Rome we stayed at Hotel Duca D'Alba. We stayed in a "family suite", room 109. I believe its normall a room for 4 and they moved in another single bed. There was a single bed in the foyer area, a double(made of two singles) and another single in the bedroom area. We paid 250 Euro a night Easter week. The location was fabulous. Close to the Coliseum. A subway station is 1/4 a block away. Full breakfast, a plus with teens!

In Venice we stayed at Hotel Locanda Canal. We had two rooms, a triple and a double. It appeared that they may have been able to convert the triple to a Quad room. The room was large. Room 107. It would be worth an equiry. The location was great! Easy to get to the water bus stops. A short walk to St. Mark's Square. They had a breakfast included as well. Mostly bread, but adequate. The price for the triple room was 210 Euro during Easter week.

Good luck and have a fantastic trip!
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Apr 9th, 2007, 03:19 AM
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You had better double check your Priceline bookings and possibly pay for or at least arrange a larger room.

Be careful that you are not getting confused as there seems to be a difference in definition of 'double' room between US and Europe. I take it a 'double' room in the US has two large beds. That is not the case here. A double room in Europe has just one bed. A double bed for two people. The 'double' refers to the number of people and the fact that they share a bed, not the number of beds.

Using priceline you have booked a double room (one bed) for two people. Even if the hotels were happy to let your kids also stay for free, there isn't aren't any beds for them in your reserved rooms.
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Apr 9th, 2007, 03:21 AM
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WHoops I meant 'aren't any beds'...

And no, they won't be allowed to just crash on the floor/furniture of a double room.
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Apr 9th, 2007, 07:31 AM
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Thanks everyone for the wonderful information provided here. I am following many of the leads and I will report back.
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Apr 9th, 2007, 07:57 AM
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I'm late to the party, but we stayed in quad rooms recently in convents in both Florence and Rome. In Florence: Casa Santo Nome Di Gesu on Piazza del Carmine. Huge room, two showers. In Rome: Casa Il Rosario, which is more hotel-like than the Florence convent (and smaller); great location. Price seemed very reasonable compared to other hotels, although (obviously) a little more expensive than a double. Warning, unsolicited avice: We struggled with our Italy itinerary, trying to work in Venice. We ended up spending the entire 8 days in Rome and Florence, with a day trip to Sienna. We are used to tight schedules (lots of cities in a week), but did not tire of either location/glad we limited it to those 2 primary cities.
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Apr 9th, 2007, 08:59 AM
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Thanks for the advice and hotel info. It would be very interesting for me to read your trip report if it's available.
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Apr 9th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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I'm a mother of four so I know what you're going through.

The bottom line is this... keep searching for quad rooms, rent an apartment or splurge for two hotel rooms.

We have even had to book three hotel rooms to accomodate the six of us! I don't care much for self-catering (duh...mom of 4 doesn't want to cook, make beds and do dishes on vacation????)

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Apr 9th, 2007, 09:22 AM
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The kitchen doesn't mean you have to cook or do dishes . . . (If it did half of us who rent flats probably wouldn't)

But a flat does give a family more space than most 2 or 3 hotel rooms, usually for less money
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Apr 9th, 2007, 09:53 AM
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A caveat on my unsolicited advice: We were traveling with 3 and 7 year olds, and took a little siesta each afternoon. You probably could cover more ground with the older kids, although they may need a different kind of down time. Even so, the 2 cities have nearby towns or sites that we would have liked to see if we had an extra day (but only made it to Siena).
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Apr 9th, 2007, 10:05 AM
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janisj, you're right, but if there is a kitchen, you can bet my kids are going to be tooling around in there!
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Apr 9th, 2007, 10:18 AM
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A "double room" in the US does not always mean a room with two large beds at all. It means the same thing, a room for two people. It's just that a lot of hotels in the US (chain or cheaper motels in particular) do often have the option of a king-size bed or two double beds in a hotel room. They don't always though, that isn't a standard US definition, and they sure don't in expensive cities, like New York.

Anyway, it's not surprising that it costs almost twice as much for four people as two, and sometimes quad rooms will be almost the same cost as two doubles, also, because that's about how big they are. I think the best idea is just look for the cheaper hotels so the costs of two rooms fits in your budget, or the larger, modern chain hotels, as you've found (like Novotel).

I don't know of any hotel that will allow you to bring in two extra people and have them sleep on the floor, if you booked a double. Most rooms won't even have a sofa, anyway, that's very rare.
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Apr 12th, 2007, 08:30 AM
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Most booking sites and hotel sites don't list quads because they usually only have maybe 1 or 2 such rooms. Sometimes they just add a bed to a triple. It's best to narrow down your list of hotels, based on othe factors (location, price, etc) and then contact them directly (usually email works fine) and ask how they can accommodate a family of 4. We've always found rooms for 4 this way. Some were one large room, some suites and so 2 interconnected rooms. In Rome we had a quad (a 2 room suite) at the Santa Chiara (3*), FLorence (1 large room) at Hotel Casci (2*) and Venice (also 1 large room) at Hotel FLora (3*). We were pleased with all these hotels. They all were well located, clean and included a nice breakfast.
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Apr 12th, 2007, 08:37 AM
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I just want to add to me previous posts that all 3 hotels I mentioned had one double and 2 twin beds, so my kids didn't have to share a bed (which they don't like to do).
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Apr 12th, 2007, 09:30 AM
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MFNYC, Thanks for the info shared here.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 11:32 AM
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Our family of 5 stayed in a wonderful apt. in Rome for 3 nights last summer called Piazza Monte di Pieta. It is right in the historic center of Rome, near Campo dei Fiori. We booked it through sleepinitaly.com. It was much less expensive than 2 hotel rooms.

In Venice, we stayed in Casa Rezzonico in one room. The hotel was nothing fancy, but we loved the Dorsoduro area in which it is located, and it has a lovely garden in back..

In Florence, the least expensive decent alternative we could find was 2 rooms at the Residenzhttp://fodors.com/forums/images/preview_replybutton_alt.gifa Proconsolo. Doubles were 110 euros.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 05:29 PM
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I have had luck (like someone else mentioned) emailing the hotel directly and explaining my preference of wanting one room. Some will just say no, but some who don't advertise on their website, will say they can accomodate 4 in a certain room.

We also have stayed at the Casci in Florence. Excellent location, but very basic clean rooms.

We booked a suite at the Le Meridien in Nice with a king bed, and they brought in two twin cots. It was very comfortable and the terrace overlooking the sea was amazing - beautiful view, chaise lounges.

Oftentimes, we have to get 2 rooms.

good luck!
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