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3 People Eurotrip - Couple + 1 - Hostels or Hotels?
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Myself, my girlfriend, and my best friend will be heading to Europe in May 2008. My question is whether we should go with hostels or hotels for most of the trip.
 
With hostels, my girlfriend and I would not be able to share a bed (or could we?), so we would spend 30 euros or so a night PER PERSON (totally 90 euros or so a night), and then not have the privacy of a hotel.
 
With hotels, would it be possible to get a room with two beds (so my girlfriend and I can share one, best friend in the other) and have it come out cheaper than 90euros a night? Or would most hotels charge us for three people?
 
 
Any help on this topic would be great!

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In hotels you may not pay per person exactly, but you’ll be charged according to the number of persons as a rule.  You can’t sleep 3 in a room unless you pay the price for 3 and get a room designed for 3 because rooms aren’t automatically set up with two doubles like a Motel 6.  Triples and quads are the exception. Triples are not abundant but possible; because rooms are small they are usually a double and a single rather than two doubles or three singles.

We usually travel as a threesome – wife and daughter.  Hostels rarely have double beds, though the Passage Hostel in Bruges does.  In smaller cities, B&B’s are often available and a good choice for your needs; we’ve found rooms for three with a double and a single extra bed occasionally.  But at B&B’s, as a rule, we’ve gotten two rooms – a single and a double. It’s usually only a couple of Euros more for the single person than it is for the two who share; a double is usually almost twice the price of a single. 

We’ve stayed in apartments too in Switzerland and Germany – a great way to go if you want privacy.  One-bedroom apartments with a sofa bed are a common set up in areas that get visitors, but these tend to be outside the major cities.  We had a 2-bedroom place a couple of years ago overlooking the Rhine – full kitchen and living room too – for about 50 Euros per night.  There’s usually a price for two, then a small additional charge per person.  Don’t know where you’re going but this is a good source for apartments around Western Europe:

www.accommodation.de     

Hotels often have one or  two apartments they rent out too – worth asking about.

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Honestly, we could survive most of the time with one double bed. I know that sounds dumb, but we would have no problem with it at all.

Would most hotels have a problem giving us one room with a double bed and letting three people stay in it?? We’ve done it plenty on trips in the US – is Europe really going to be any different??

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3 people staying in one double bed, will be frowned upon in Europe (this subject was covered not so long along) the major problem being is that a Double Bed is the standard double bed, not Queen or King size, so very tight squeeze

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Two of us in the bed, one on the floor would work fine for us.

I’m just wondering if any hotels in europe would care about this. I mean, here in the US most hotels don’t care how many people are in a room – you just pay for the room itsself.

Not the same over there?

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Two of us in the bed, one on the floor would work fine for us.

I’m just wondering if any hotels in europe would care about this. I mean, here in the US most hotels don’t care how many people are in a room – you just pay for the room itsself.

Not the same over there?


NO.  It’s a different continent, after all.  But maybe you can convince them to do things your way / the American way.

I’m not convinced that US hotel owners would approve of your on-the-floor plan either, actually.

It’s a bit like you’re asking the same question until you get the response you prefer.

Tip:  after marching around Paris, Rome, Barcelona all day you’re gonna be fighting over the mattress.  You all need a good sleep or there’s going to be a real bastard among you the next day.  The dollar doesn’t appear to be gaining any strength.  Spring for the 3rd bed or get a loan or adjust your itinerary to visit less expensive places than London, Paris, Rome.

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I hope you had a wonderful time during your May 2008 trip. hotels have double bed rooms and then for an additional mattress they charge extra. If you do not opt for an extra bed then they will certainly charge you for extra person.

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Which is the best hotel in your city which provides good food and rooms to stay?

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Which is the cheap and best cottage to stay with my friends in Europe

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Most cities have a law prohibiting occupying a hotel room over 31 days. This is supposedly so that illegal immigrants cannot stay in one place long enough to establish any type of right of residency.

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