I'm checking a lot of sites trying to find twin rooms, on both Expedia and Agoda, and unless I'm looking at hostels there seems to be a considerable lack of twin rooms advertised.

Is this a case that I need to just ring ahead and ask that they prepare my double room as a twin, or is this too presumptuous?

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    What is a twin room? And what country are you looking for one in? Aug 17 '11 at 12:07
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    @Kate: a twin room is like a double room, but with 2 separate single beds, instead of one double one.
    – fretje
    Aug 17 '11 at 13:06
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    I suspect you'll have more luck finding rooms with two double beds. In the USA I find 2 double beds in my room as often as I find one (typically rooms in a conference block booked by the organizers.) Aug 17 '11 at 13:26
  • what country are you looking for hotels in. i used expedia last week to book a room with 2 queen beds in las vegas (i assume this still counts as a twin as i think it would be a little awkward to have 2 couples in there).
    – zeocrash
    Aug 17 '11 at 16:07
  • Not all double rooms are convertable to 2 single beds. Best to ring up first. Aug 17 '11 at 16:09

I usually use booking.com for my hotel searches, and they've previously let me select twin rooms, if that helps at all. I suspect it's largely dependent on the search tool itself.

  • Wow booking.com really does seem to offer more info about twin rooms. Thanks!
    – DanH
    Aug 18 '11 at 4:11

Terms vary country to country, so it's always a good idea to make sure you confirm that what you're getting is what you're after.

In the US a "twin" bed refers to a the same thing that a "Single" bed refers to in most of the rest of the world. ie, one bed, suitable for sleeping one person. If you're after a room with 2 beds it would normally be stated as explicitly having 2 beds - something like "2 twin" or "2 Queens".

For non-US, "twin" in a hotel/motel would normally refer to 2 beds, which could be two single beds, or two larger beds (double, aka "full" in the US, or queen). eg, you might find a "Twin Queen", a "Twin Single", or even a "Twin Queen/Single" which would have one or each.


Many hotels don't follow the classification. I usually call and look at pictures to make sure I know the room type I want at check-in. Some hotels allow cancellation before 6 PM at the day of check-in - so you can show up - check the rooms and still cancel if you do not like it...


I can't recall ever seeing a twin bed in a US hotel room. They're always at least doubles, what you would be after is a room with two doubles.

I have seen twin beds in third world locations, though.

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    I'm sleeping in a twin bed tonight, in a nice hotel in Sweden. They are certainly more common in Europe, where space is more at a premium. Mar 9 '12 at 16:21
  • Methinks you misunderstand the terminology of the questioner. To me, the phrase "a twin bed" seems rather odd: it needs something to be twinned with. They come in pairs.
    – TRiG
    May 21 '14 at 17:03
  • Stayed in one in Vegas.....and SF....among others. LA too.
    – Mark Mayo
    Dec 9 '19 at 1:04

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