Save Money in Europe, and Share Hotel Rooms

Posted on January 3, 2012

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If you’re travelling with a lot of people, staying in hotels can get pretty pricey. There is the obvious choice of a hostel, but what if you are staying in a small or remote town that doesn’t offer that option?
The answer: cram as many people as possible into one room. It sounds ridiculous, but once you see how much money it will save you, you won’t care. Since hotels do not necessarily approve of this method, here are some tips on how to avoid getting caught.
By Alyssa LaFaro

Here’s the breakdown of sharing hotel rooms with a few extra people:
Booking. When booking the hotel, whether you are doing it yourself or through a travel agent, only book it for the number of people the room is meant for. So if you want a room with two double beds, then book it for four people. Use the names of four people in your group as a placeholder for the room, but don’t mention that more than these people will be sharing the space.

Arrival. When you arrive at the hotel, only bring the people that provided their names to the check-in desk. Have the others in your group wait near the street, or somewhere out of sight of the main desk. Once checked in, notify those waiting and have them casually walk up to the hotel room as least conspicuously as possible. Sneaky, sneaky!

Your Stay. During your stay at the hotel, don’t make it obvious anyone outside of the original four the hotel knows of are in your group. Try not to travel in packs. Have the others in your group gradually meet up with you at specific meeting locations in town. If by any chance you get a complimentary breakfast with your room, then send people down in shifts to eat.

With this in mind, you’ll be able to save a lot of money, especially if you split a hotel room between multiple people.

Have you ever shared a hotel room with 4+ people? Do you have any advice to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

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