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Room for 4 or 5?

Room for 4 or 5?

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I was recently asked by Alpharooms if I would like to share a holiday confession! There were several other people who participated in this campaign and you can see all the Alpharoom Holiday Confessions here.  My confession is related to travelling as a family of 5.  It’s a subject that I feel quite passionate about so if you have stayed in a hotel that comfortably sleeps 5 in a room then I would love you to get in touch for our up and coming feature.  I have some favourites already like the wonderful Trfeddian Hotel in Aberdovey and Chalet Hotel Aiguille in Tignes but would love to know about more.

Our confession:

We had identical twin girls when my eldest daughter was 13-months-old! Yes that’s right, three little girls under 13 months. We were tired, it was expensive, we were tired (yes it does bear repeating), it was exhausting and we really needed a holiday but for the first couple of years we didn’t travel much for the reasons you can imagine!

However, when we started to travel we came up against the same problem time and time again. “No Madam I’m afraid you can only have four people in that room; no, I’m sorry it’s a health and safety issue Madam; I’m sorry you’ll have to book another room!” “No Madam, I’m sorry that villa is only for four people not five.” It really annoyed me, I mean they were two-years-old and they could even sleep in the same travel cot! Health & Safety (?!?). Chance to make us book a bigger room perchance?

So having vowed that we wouldn’t really dress the twins in the same clothes, vowing that we would make sure that they had their own separate style and identity, we decided to start dressing them in the same clothes when we were travelling. Why? So that we could sleep five in the same room if we needed to without booking another room. We could creep in…

To be fair this mostly worked quite well. They are so tiny and share the same bed that most of the time it hasn’t really mattered to anyone at all. However, one morning a man on reception thought he had seen three children.

“Madam”, he said, “Have I just seen another child?”
“Another child?”, I said, “No I’m sure you didn’t see another child, maybe just the same child who had popped out to see her Daddy?”

I managed to keep a straight face as he looked confused and second guessed himself. Later, I paid the bill and then just as we were leaving the two little ones, dressed in the same outfits ran back into reception with the same big smile and shouted “We are twins”. The look on my face was priceless. I quickly hurried them out and we haven’t been back there again!


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Thursday 28th of April 2016

One of the reasons we barely ever book hotels is because we have three kids, the girls are getting old enough to have a room to themselves now, but it means double the cost!

Lynn James

Tuesday 29th of March 2016

Love it...we have so done the same. We have 3 boys 8,6 and 3. No twins there. I just let them run around whilst checking in. Stayed in lovely hotel in Norwich..Sprowston manor...huge family room that even had enough bed space for 5. So glad we only said 2 children.

samantha rickelton

Tuesday 29th of March 2016

LOL! I've never done this (not as brave as you). There is only one year between H&J and they are about the same height so maybe I could get away with it.....


Tuesday 29th of March 2016

Ha ha, that is so funny!

But seriously, why would anyone with 3 little girls EVER want to book 2 rooms?

Asta Neely

Tuesday 29th of March 2016

the hazeldene hotel in Gretna Green has a suit that sleeps six. more expensive that a premier inn family room but cheaper than booking two rooms .

Mini Travellers

Tuesday 29th of March 2016

thanks for that Asta

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