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Can I book a double hotel room for a family of 4?

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Bubbinsmakesthree · 02/11/2019 09:19

Am looking at hotel rooms for a future trip. The cost of family rooms is eye-watering - a double room is about a third of the cost.

Kids aren’t very independent sleepers and at home we often all end up snuggled in the same king-sized bed.

So is there anything stopping us just booking a large double room in a hotel, rather than paying a fortune for beds we probably wouldn’t even use?

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ShirtyKnickers · 02/11/2019 09:26

If you mean the UK, have you looked at Premier Inns? Lovely family rooms and usually the same price as an ordinary double. The sleeping arrangements vary a bit but typically you'd get a king size plus two small singles. Fantastic value too.

Otherwise, I think what you're proposing is probably against fire regulations and won't be allowed but you might get away with it.

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Biancadelrioisback · 02/11/2019 09:26

How old are your kids?
Different hotels have different rules. Usually they need to know how many people are staying in each room for H&S (if there was a fire, they pull the guest information and essentially do a check list so they are able to identify anyone who may still be inside/missing). They may also not be able to let a room be overcapacity for whatever reason.

Also, to be blunt, a hotel is there to make money. They will probably do whatever the can to get you into the family room as it's more expensive and therefore cash in their till.

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Bubbinsmakesthree · 02/11/2019 10:03

Good point that they need to know who is occupying the room.

To be honest we’ve done it once when we were in a fix (stuck somewhere overnight unexpectedly) - DH went to reception to pay for a double room and check-in while I held back with the kids to avoid anyone asking questions. It worked out fine for us staying in the double room but I don’t know if strictly speaking it would have been permitted. We didn’t want to ask in case the answer was no and we ended up with nowhere to sleep!

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Bubbinsmakesthree · 02/11/2019 10:04

The kids are 5 and 2 and I’m looking at options for a trip in Europe - a few single nights in different places.

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Bubbinsmakesthree · 02/11/2019 10:12

On further inspection there’s family triples at a reasonable price - it’s only when we starting looking at quads the price rockets. I guess we’d probably have more luck asking to put 4 in a triple than a double.

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Doubleraspberry · 02/11/2019 10:14

Look at Novotels. Lots of them do a second room for half price, and aren’t too expensive.

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Doubleraspberry · 02/11/2019 10:15

Or hotels with two double beds in, American-style. We recently stayed at a Hampton by Hilton hotel that offered that, which slept four.

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Kanga83 · 02/11/2019 10:16

Have a look at ibis. A lot of them have a bunk over the top of the double and a fold out bed.

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Kanga83 · 02/11/2019 10:17

Also Hampton Hilton's, they have two small doubles in a room. There are a few options for you all in the same room.

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ShirtyKnickers · 02/11/2019 10:23

I agree about Novotels. Have stayed in family rooms in Paris and Geneva. Have a look at BA packages - you can do multi city breaks, have had some great bargains.

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stucknoue · 02/11/2019 10:26

Look at holiday inns - they have 2 double beds as standard and kids eat free

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Jemtully · 02/11/2019 10:35

You really need to check that the hotel are ok with this (even 4 in a triple). I deal with the fire regulations at the hotel I work at and the whole building has a set number of people that cannot be exceeded. You could be putting them in a really difficult position if you just turn up, where as if you let them know in advance they may be able to work round it.

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rainbowconfetti · 02/11/2019 10:40

Meh, I'm of the opinion that you pay for a family room if you are a family. If you can't afford that then you need to look for a cheaper holiday.

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Africa2go · 04/11/2019 15:44

If a double room is a third of the price, surely 2 double rooms would be two thirds of the price (so still cheaper than a family room) and you just do 1 adult plus 1 child in each room?

I think it would invalidate their insurance / any liability to you that the hotel would have if anything went wrong. I think you either have to be upfront - couple of times I've phoned the hotel and said we're a 5 and could we have a room for 4 with an extra bed and they've been accommodating.

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MaggieFS · 04/11/2019 22:31

I think if you ask for one or two travel cots (even if they aren't then used) then it's fine as they know who's coming. Otherwise I wouldn't.

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noodlenosefraggle · 04/11/2019 22:38

Our kids are older than yours and we often stay in a family room. At 5 and 2 we did it without hesitation. We have been in most chains in family rooms. No need to hide away. They have also been the same peice as a double room as they just stick camp beds on the side. You cant sleep them I independently anyway. They have to have an adult with them.

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noodlenosefraggle · 04/11/2019 22:39

Third novotel. We stayed in a family room in Amsterdam. It was lovely

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Curlyprincess21 · 06/11/2019 05:00

Use booking.com - you have to input the number of kids and their ages, and it gives you different room options based on that. Often kids under 5 can use existing beds free of charge. We traveled a lot with two kids, staying in twin rooms and sharing with one child each

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mummymeister · 06/11/2019 14:51

If you book a double and then try to smuggle in two extra people, you run the risk of the hotel asking you to leave. The numbers a room sleep are set by their Fire Risk Assessment. This is what used to be a Fire Certificate. Of course fires are very rare but the law on FRA is there for a reason. At some point anyway you are going to have to bite the bullet and book bigger rooms or two rooms. Might as well be now.

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PandaandCat · 06/11/2019 18:02

If you use Booking.com they have the existing beds policy in the small print for each hotel - it often says things like children under 12 can use existing bedding for free / £10 per night etc. Need to check for each hotel. I wouldn't just turn up with kids you've not booked in as they could reject booking. We used to share large beds when ours were small - some beds abroad where massive and much larger than UK beds.

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