is booking a single room for 3 okay?

Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 09:58 PM
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is booking a single room for 3 okay?

I have an upcoming trip to Europe with a few days here and a few days there. Me, my wife and 5 year old will be traveling. When I put in 2 adults and 1 child the prices shoot up by at least double because all of the hotels want us to book some kind of suite or something. We really couldn't care if our daughter crashes with us or on a second twin bed so is there anything wrong with booking a room for two and not mentioning the small 3rd?
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 10:02 PM
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You don't say where you are going, but I have never been in a European hotel room that would hold 3 people.

Most of them have only one bed, not the two you would expect in Hampton Inn in the States, and it is often a problem to find room for the suitcases.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 10:10 PM
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Some hotels do offer triple rooms, so you might try finding one that offers that. Or, if you don't mind sleeping two on a twin bed, many hotels do offer the option of twin beds which can be done as one large bed. Do be aware that their twin beds are often narrower than ours, but if you get a twin room with the beds done as one large, that might give you the most amount of space. You might not find that all hotels offer the twin option, but I believe most do.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 10:33 PM
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Sorry headed to London and Paris. My wife and daughter fit on twins with me on the second.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 10:47 PM
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I guess I should have said that my entire family could fit on two twins or one King.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 10:55 PM
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No you can't. A 'single' room sleeps one person -- and <u>only</u> one person. It isn't one double bed -- it is one twin sized bed.

They are not wanting >>us to book some kind of suite or something.<< They are pricing a triple or what is sometimes called a family room.

In the States the typical hotel room has a king sized bed or maybe 2 queens -- in Europe there are singles -- for 1; doubles/twins - for 2; and triples for 3

Some hotels will add a small bed for a small child into one of their larger double rooms. But you MUST ask this ahead of time and never just sneak your child in. The hotel would have every right to evict you and not refund your money.

Have you considered renting apartments instead of staying in hotels? You could easily find studios and 1-bdrms that would sleep you all comfortabley
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 11:16 PM
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In the UK try The Travelodge or Premier Iin chains. Many of their rooms can easily accomodate three and their "Family rooms" with additional beds are often available at no extra charge.

www.travelodge.co.uk
http://www.premierinnhotels.co.uk/

These are basic chain type hotels but are clean and comfortable with all mod cons. If you book far enough in advance you can usually get rooms at £19 per night. Otherwise, consider B&Bs as opposed to hotels as many can easily compete with hotels on qulaity and price and will often make ony a nominal charge for a child (if any)
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 11:31 PM
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Hi theofen

I second the Travelodge chain in UK - we always book a family room and the fold out sofa makes an extra bed.
If you sign up for their email broadcasts, they offer fantastically cheap deals if you can book far enough in advance.

In France (and parts of Germany) try the Logis Hotel group. They are small, family owned hotels of great character - we absolutely loved each one we stayed in, from very modern to quite old. All were very comfortable and clean, and offered rooms of varying occupancy sizes. The prices vary from very reasonable to very high, and they are located in most towns and cities. Di
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 11:32 PM
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try www.hotwire.com for three persons, however, sometimes there are not many hotels in Europe that can participate for three, as mentioned.

The Marriott at Regent's Park had large rooms.

Good advice above.. hope you find something within your budget.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 11:50 PM
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A single room is meant to be a single room, thus for one person. Accommodation prices are calculated according to the number of people staying. Smuggling extra people in is considered fraud and likely to get you into trouble. You need either a double room with an extra bed for the child (an option many hotels offer upon request, a small kid in the parents' room is often free) or a triple room with three beds.
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Old Apr 4th, 2011, 03:22 AM
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In Paris Hotel du Lys (a 2 star in a great location very near Place St. Michel) has triples that are reasonably priced, and breakfast is included. www.hoteldulys.com
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Old Apr 4th, 2011, 04:25 AM
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There was a poster on Flyertalk a year or so ago how tried this stunt and then was "outraged" that the extra person fee was as much as the room. At most European hotels it's very hard "smuggle" anyone by the front desk and chances are they would notice your child!
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Old Apr 4th, 2011, 05:18 AM
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YOU had the kid; now PAY for it, OK?
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Old Apr 4th, 2011, 05:37 AM
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Hello thoefen

Pricing of hotels in Europe is much different than in the United States.

Where practically any hotel in the US will have the same rate for either one or two adults, not so in Europe. Each person is charged, and it is not unusual for the price to double from a single to double occupancy room.

Some hotels chains (Novotel, for example) have child-friendly rooms, where a sofa is available and kids under 12 eat free.

Happy travels!
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Old Apr 4th, 2011, 05:40 AM
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YOu do have to pay for a room appropriate for your family under the terms a hotel agrees to, you can't smuggle people in. Really tacky for a grown adult with a family to consider that, sounds like something some young kids would do.

Perhaps your terminology is off, but when a hotel advertises or lists "single rooms" for a certain price (on a website or elsewhere), they are referring to a room for ONE PERSON. YOu won't be allowed to book it for two, let alone three. Now if you are using the term "single room" to mean one room, that's different, but you still have to abide by the hotel's terms. Many will allow a small child in with parents (some for free, actually) for a small extra fee for the small roll-away bed they may bring in.

As for your daughter crashing with you, I presume you think you are going to book a room with a king size bed? Good luck on that one. As for her being on a "second twin bed", that would only happen if you booked a twin bedded room and you and your wife slept together in one twin bed? are you nuts, I hope you have a good divorce lawyer.
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Old Apr 4th, 2011, 08:05 AM
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What's your budget? When are you going? People here can probably make good suggestions. You may also want to email hotels directly and ask what kind of room they have for 2 adults and small child. Believe me, it's generally not suites. We've found rooms for 4, that were just that. 1 room, 1 double, 2 twin beds.

Also, many European hotels include breakfast, and sometimes note room # and number of people eating. If it's a single room and 3 show up for breakfast, they may charge for the 2.

Putting 3 in a single is NOT a good idea, nor is putting 2. As already mentioned, a single is usually a very small room with 1 twin bed. And even in a double room (1 big bed), the bed isn't necessarily king, it may be a double or queen bed. A twin room has 2 twin beds. A triple may have a double and a twin, or 3 twins.
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Nobody has mentioned the Fire Regulations which in many European countries will not permit more than two people in a double room(a room with enough beds for two people, whatever the size of the beds) and the same goes for a single room. Breaking these regulations may put the hotel owner or manager in serious trouble with the authorities.
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Old Apr 4th, 2011, 09:09 AM
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thoefen: By now you've probably gathered that you can't squeeze 3 people into a single room (nor a double w/o making arrangements w/ the hotel)

As I mentioned above-- a flat won't have those sorts of limitations. Well, they do -- you can't put 5 people in a studio listed as sleeping three maximum. But flats/apartments will be the same cost for one person or for 3 as long as it is listed as sleeping three.

What is your budget and where are you visiting? It could be we can help you find places w/i the budget -- or convince you that isn't enough $$/€€/££ in those cities.
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Old Apr 5th, 2011, 07:25 AM
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It's ok. It is also ok to eat in a restaurant and then leave without paying.
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Old Apr 5th, 2011, 08:22 AM
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Bigtyke, I like it, but I have no intention of trying it.
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