Post # 1
We’re going on our honeymoon to Paris in September and I have been looking at a lot of hotels. We’re committed to not spending more than $2500 on the hotel because we won’t be spending a lot of time there and I already spent enough on the wedding.
However, every single hotel I’ve looked at in our price range seems to only have double/full beds. Is this normal? In fact, I’ve seen no hotel rooms with queen beds, only really expensive ones with king beds. And I’ve looked at hotels as high as $250+/night, and they still only have double beds. Now, where I come from $250/night is a fairly expensive hotel room.
I guess a double bed wouldn’t be horrible, after all we did share a twin bed in college, but we’re used to sleeping in a Queen bed so I’m afraid it would be an adjustment.
Post # 3
A full/double size bed is 53″W x 75″L and a Queen is 60″W x 80″L so it’s not really that much different.
Full size is very common in Europe.
Post # 4
Doubles/fulls are the norm in Europe. If you want a king or queen you’ll have better luck with the American-based chains like Hilton or Marriott. Also $250/night isn’t very high by Paris standards so be sure you research your hotel carefully before booking.
Post # 5
@Cem0930: when we were in europe, this seemed to be the norm. we spent time in paris and i’m glad the bed wasn’t very big as the rooms were so small there. very cute and modern but small.
Post # 6
@scadadle15: Thanks! That’s what it looks like, very common. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something. Here in the states the only hotels I’ve stayed in with double rooms have been hotels that were less than $100/night.
Post # 7
@mypinkshoes: I’m definitely seeing that! Oh well. I’m not about to lay down $10k on a hotel room so I’ll have to adjust! I’m also seeing a lot of hotels apartment style which I haven’t seen a lot of here.
Post # 8
European hotel rooms are tiny and the beds are small. Whenever I’ve traveled in Europe, I’ve had to request a room WITHOUT twin beds! I mean, in the US, none of the beds are twin beds. Ah…I suppose a bigger beds is one luxury we get with so much space to spread out in. Of course, the charm and history of European cities can’t be matched!
Post # 9
If you’re staying in Paris more than a week, you might look into booking a vacation apartment. There are a lot of websites out there where individuals market their apartments for the purpose of renting them to vacationers.
Having gone both the hotel route and the apartment route in Paris, the apartment was cheaper, had a ton of space (one-bedroom plus loft), king beds, a washer and dryer, and it was located very close to the Grands Boulevards department stores and the opera house. It was also convenient to be able to get food from a grocery to cook our breakfasts at the apartment to save money for fancy dinners and cafe lunches on the Seine.
Of course, this is all assuming you’re willing to forgo the full service, concierge hotel route, though that can be very costly in Paris.
ETA: I should mention that for two people in a very nice apartment, we paid about $1600 for two weeks.
Post # 10
This is normal. However, in Europe the term double does not always refer to bed size. It may just be double vs. single occupancy. So, you may actually have a bed that is made from two single beds pushed together. This is very common in European hotels. Also, $250 is only about 200 EUR on a good day which is essentially a low end in Paris. Depending on time if year and location. If you travel in August instead of September (I know its kind of last minute) you will get the best value for money. August in Paris is generally hot (but not moreso than August in Boston) and the month the locals tend to go on vacation. It is an odd occurance that the city is so empty, there are no business functions in August and hotels tend to run offers to full up empty rooms. However, if August is not an option, I second the apartment. I also recommend Travel Zoo. Check out some of the European local deals as they tend to have Paris offers quite frequently http://www.travelzoo.com/uk/local-deals/International/deals
Groupon is another good source: If you are ready to book today, you can get a double room for 99 EUR per night with a further discount on multiple nights. http://voyages.groupon.fr/7743365-timhotelparisberthierbateauxmouchesgpv/
translate.google.com will be your friend if you don’t speak French 🙂
Post # 11
Good info here from the others, yes there are significant differences between the cultures (and things we figure to be normal – taken for granted) when travelling abroad to Europe.
If I may suggest, check out TripAdvisor, which is now the Internet’s biggest resource for Travel Reviews & Information.
Mr TTR and I are semi-retired, and we travel a lot… and we use TripAdvisor all the time when we are planning out our Vacations or even a Weekend Getaway
In addition to the Reviews they are known for… they also have on-line Travel Guides / Info, and Boards / Forums that are much like they are here on WBee… in that you can post Questions, and someone local will give you advice / help. It is a great feature…
The France and Paris Forums are superb… the folks on them will share insider tips with you and tell you all about renting an apartment as @slicey19: suggested. And even info on how to find the most reliable ways to do this… so you end up renting exactly what you’ve seen on-line, without having the worries of bait & switch, money scams etc.
PS… Paris sounds like a wonderful way to spend your Honeymoon… Enjoy !!
Post # 12
BTW while many Parisans speak English, try to learn a bit of French for your trip.