European Hotel Capacity

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  1. zshanlon

    zshanlon Silver Member

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    Have you guys ever had problems with room capacity limits?

    I'm traveling to Paris in March with my wife and 2 young kids. All the hotels in the city have double occupancy, triple in a few circumstances, limits. I don't even bother looking at this in the states. Do you think the hotel would say anything to me if I let my kids sleep on the floor in a double occupancy room?
     
  2. MSPeconomist
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    Yes. These room limits are strictly enforced in much of Europe. Also, hotel rooms in major cities of Europe and Asia can be really small.
     
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    are you looking to use points at a perticular hotel? if so and if you have nay satatus at that hotel i would email the guest relations and ask if you book this room can they accomidate your family, I have had hotels from london to venice, tell me to book a standard room with points and then send them the confirmation number so they could make sure i was in a room that would accomide us (we are only 3). this lead to some pretty good upgrades.
    if you are plannign on spending 6+ days in paris i highly recommend getitng an apratment. we booked thru paris attitude and found a great 1000 SF 2 bdrom apt for 800 euros a week
     
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    Even with enough space, European hotels are more troublesome than in the US. I booked a 2 room suite in Berlin and had to argue with them at the front desk to allow my 3 y.o. to sleep on the floor. They claimed there were fire codes that required them to register all guests.

    Apartments are definitely a recommendation, but I've also just booked 2 double rooms and all sleep in the same room. I've heard some places will give a discount in this case.
     
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    Also, if you are willing to stay out of the city a bit, the Park Inn CDG has rooms with higher occupancy.
     
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    Looking at some SPG hotels. Im also considering AirBnB. We may hop around europe a bit so I was curious what my options were.
     
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    I could always make them wait outside while I register then just sneak them in ;-D
     
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    It's unlikely that you will get away with this in most European hotels. Especially in Paris, there tends to be a single entrance so that everyone walks past the front desk/concierge on the way to the rooms, although the odds could be better in a big busy convention hotel, not the sort of place I would want to stay.
     
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    In part, it's related to fire code limits, which is one reason for reduced capacity. Most hotels are pretty old buildings. Don't put your kids at risk.
     
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