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Occupancy in Europe is a little different than it is here in the USA. In the United States, it’s pretty much assumed that kids stay free with a paying adult. In fact, we’ve had success with all 8 of us in one room at a hotel, though that was at a suite-style room. The other benefit of kids staying free is that if the place has breakfast, that can be a lot of free meals! One of our best large family travel hacks is staying at a hotel that offers free DINNER in addition to free breakfast – you can read more about that at the interview I did with Carrie of FreakinFlyers.com
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Travelodge Family Room – kids stay (and eat) free
Travelodge UK is a budget hotel chain in Europe, and is different than the Travelodge in the rest of the world, but one of the benefits (especially in London and the UK) is that they offer the Travelodge Family Room, which will sleep 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.
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Travelodge offers have single rooms, double rooms, and family rooms, and they all typically are the same price. In the Travelodge family room, you get the double bed, a sofa bed and pull out bed in a family room. Some hotels also offer cots (check with your hotel) and if so, you can get a 5th person as a “baby” on the cot.
Does the Travelodge Family Room sleep 4 adults?
How many adults can you put in a Travelodge Family Room? While it does gives a listed occupancy of 4, it specifically does NOT allow 4 adults. Now, that isn’t to say that you couldn’t try it (I have been known to sneak our family of 8 into a 1 bedroom suite before), but you’d have to be sneaky and have a backup plan. Similarly, if you’re wondering whether you can use a Travelodge family room for 5, the answer is, well, sort of. The official Travelodge terms of occupancy state that you can use a Travelodge family room for 5 if it’s 2 adults, 2 children (under 16) and 1 baby in a cot. Anything other combination is not allowed, not without being sneaky. Though the definition of “baby” is not defined, so if your youngest child is young, you might be able to pull it off. Again, I do not necessarily endorse this plan but respect that everyone has to come up with their own ethics on things like this.
Travelodge family room – booking example
I took a look at a random night upcoming in London, searching for 2 adults and 2 children, and found the Travelodge London Central Kings Cross hotel. Not being familiar with London, I can’t speak to this particular part of town, but here is what came back from the booking engine.
77 pounds at the current exchange rate is ~USD$115, which is a bit pricier than I like to spend, but pretty competitive compared to the rest of London hotel options, which are pretty pricey. Personally I think I would try to stay on points, but I have not even begun to think about taking all 8 of us to London so I am not 100% sure on how that would work out.
Kids eat free in the Travelodge family room
Another bonus is that kids eat free in the Travelodge family room. Now, that isn’t to say that YOU eat free – oh, no, breakfast is not included in your base fare and is instead an additional price.
But if you do opt for the breakfast, you’ll pay for the adults, but (up to 2) kids eat free.
Hopefully this gives some people an idea of what to expect in a Travelodge family room. I personally have not stayed in one, so if you have, make sure to leave a note in the comments with your experience on how it was!