It’s a problem that great problem-solvers such as Sherlock Holmes, Columbo and Tony Blair have all referred to as the Triple Room Conundrum – how to secure the best triple accommodation in a world dominated by single and twin options?
It can be frustrating if you’re travelling as a threesome. Perhaps you’re a small group of adults travelling to the capital to see the sights, catch a show or visit some friends? Or maybe you’re a couple travelling with a grown-up son or daughter. Whatever your reasons for not fitting into the template traveller mould (shame on you!) – we have good news. All is not yet lost. Here are our top tips for securing a triple room in the British capital.
Yes, it’s common sense, but we still feel it needs to be said. The sooner that you book your hotel room, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to grab one of their coveted triple rooms. If you’re wanting to travel at a weekend or during a peak period – during one of London’s many festivals and celebrations, for example – then you need to be sorting yourself out months in advance. Yes, it takes some of the fun out of things. It’s like a tax on spontaneity, isn’t it? But unless you want that third person to be on the floor in a sleeping bag, it really is the best way forward.
Always check the fine details
Many a triple booking has been ruined when the fine print hasn’t been read carefully enough. It’s worth checking with the hotel in person what a triple room actually comprises. Is the third person on an actual bed, for example, or confined to a sofa bed? One bedroom or two? Is it a double and a single or three singles? It’s important to work out the answer to these questions in advance because the hotel industry’s approach to a triple booking can be extremely broad. Working out exactly what to expect beforehand can help to negate any nasty surprises.
Decide between you on the hotel
This little rule applies to any group booking. Everyone needs to decide between them what kind of services they can and can’t do without during their stay and how much they are willing to pay for them. This way, there are no arguments at check-in and you will depart the hotel with the same friends you had when you arrived. A much better way of doing things, no? Similarly, your discussions should include where the hotel actually is. You don’t want to choose somewhere too far out of the way of London since it will take you a long time to get where you need to go every morning and cost an extortionate amount. London’s transportation system is far from the cheapest in the world, despite its efficiency, so you may find it cheaper to stay somewhere closer to the centre if you’re going to be spending a lot of time there.
However, you want to avoid being right in the middle of town – districts such as Kensington, Hammersmith and Fulham and Paddington in West London have a reputation for being classy without being overpriced, meaning you are more likely to find the ideal hotel between you.