Exploring Room Configurations: How Two Rooms in the Same Hotel Can Be So Different

by joeheg

It’s become commonplace for people to book their hotel reservations online. Regardless of whether you’re booking through the hotel’s website, a travel portal, or an online travel agency like Expedia, you will typically have to choose between various room types.

In a previous article, we discussed how we usually prefer to book a room with one large bed instead of two smaller beds. However, some readers provided good reasons to book a room with two beds. Sometimes, when you’re selecting a room type, you may not have the option to choose. This typically happens when you’re redeeming hotel points or a free night award. Hotels usually provide only one room type for such bookings.

I usually don’t expect much variation in the room when staying at a chain hotel. However, we were surprised to find two drastically different room designs when we booked a king room for one stay and a two-queen room for another stay at the same TownePlace Suites.

Here is the layout of the king room where the bed faces the window.

a room with a bed and a couch

The two-bed configuration is more typical with the beds facing the interior wall.

a room with two beds and a tablea room with two beds and a wallpaperSince Sharon stays here for a single night before her fishing trips, it’s no problem having a bed that faces the window as she’s up long before sunrise.

I’ve seen boutique hotels or properties that have been repurposed to have different room configurations, but I’ve never seen a new build have different layouts for each room category. Have you seen this at any hotel you’ve stayed at multiple times or is this a rare occurrence?

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