Choosing Between One Bed or Two Beds: Which is Better?

by joeheg

Some issues can be categorized as first-world problems. I’ll include with this list the dilemma of booking a room with one king-size bed or two queen or double-size beds. While there are times when you don’t have a choice, you’ll occasionally have to pick which one you want.

For instance, take this stay at the Hyatt Grand Cypress. You have a choice of 1 King Bed or 2 double beds.

screenshots of a hotel room with a couple beds and a balcony

This is easy as we’d rather have one king than two double beds. But what if the choice is two queen beds or 1 king bed, like at this Hyatt Place?

screens screenshots of a hotel room

If we have the option, I’ll take the room with 1 king bed.

a room with a bed and a couch

That’s because if the rooms are set up the same way, the room with only one bed will often have an extra sitting area or a larger desk. We like this, as we’re often working from the room when we travel unless we intentionally take the time off and skip writing posts for a day or two.

We also feel that people who need two beds would want those rooms more than us, so we’ll only book a two-bed room if that’s the only thing available. If we end up booking a room with two beds, I’ll message the hotel in advance and offer to move to a room with a single king or queen bed if there’s one available.

What do you do when traveling? Do you book a room with one bed or do you prefer a room with two beds?  Do you even care when booking worth points and you’re willing to take whatever is available?

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I Love Dan January 29, 2024 - 7:57 pm

I am a frequent solo business traveler. I always select 2 beds if I’m staying more than one night. I NEVER allow housekeeping in my room. The DND sign goes on the door the moment I arrive. I sanitize every surface, handle, switch, and knob in the room. Clean looking surfaces do not mean they’re not crawling with bacteria and a non-zero amount of human feces.
If I’m staying for more than one day, I like to have fresh sheets on night 2 without having to allow housekeeping in. I sleep in the 2nd bed on the second night.
Also, in case one bed is not the cleanest, I have another option.

1) If I’m there for more than one day, I can sleep in one the first night, and the other bed the 2nd night.

Anonymous January 29, 2024 - 10:25 pm

Before kids, if we got put in a room with 2 beds, we’d just designate one for sleeping and the other for recreation.

Pat January 29, 2024 - 10:46 pm

Most of my travel is business travel, alone, and I prefer 2 beds – one bed holds my open suitcase, laptop case, coat, etc. and I sleep in the other bed. I understand that other people might prefer a King sized bed, but for me, two smaller beds work better for me

Jules January 30, 2024 - 7:54 am

What if the room choice is between one queen bed or two twins? I have faced this “dilemma” on several occasions in ex-US countries and when traveling with a partner, I lean towards the two twins since one queen bed would be a tight fit.


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