Travel planning

What’s in a Room?

We often get questions about what type of hotels we select, what the rooming options are, and how the private room fees work.

ExperiencePlus! prices all trips as double occupancy – which means that there are two people sharing a room together with either one or two beds – depending on preferences. For folks without a roommate but who don’t mind sharing a room, or for a group of three people traveling together we also get questions about what their room options might be.

We thought we’d pull together answers to all those questions so that you can have a clearer idea of what to expect and how to choose the room option that works best for you.

Our accommodations capture the culture and history of your destination. You will enjoy a mix of lodging styles on tour that showcase mom and pop hospitality with modern amenities. As most of these hotels were built in the last few centuries, rooms are not always the same standard across each property and they can differ from what you might expect at home.


Types of Rooms

Private Room – I prefer to room alone:

In many European hotels a room designed to accommodate one person has one bed (generally a twin bed) and oftentimes – because it is a “smaller” room – it has less space in general.

If you choose a “Private Room”, and pay the Private Room charge we generally book a “double room for single use” so that you can enjoy more space than what might normally be available in a single room at the same hotel.

Private Room Charges may differ depending on the tour you book. You can refer to the Dates & Prices section of your chosen departure to see what it might be.

Will Share –Can you match me with a roommate?

If you’d like a roommate, we will do our best to match you up with a fellow traveler of the same gender. The two of you will be accommodated in a room with two beds.

If we find the bed situation in certain hotels to not be sufficient for privacy, we will assign single rooms to each person at no extra charge.

Since finding a roommate is not always possible and sometimes even if you are willing to share a room you will end up in a private room, we do charge a reduced “Private room charge” for those willing to share a room. This fee is 50% of the Private Room Charge specified in the Dates & Prices section of your chosen departure. If we find you a roommate, we will refund this charge at the conclusion of the trip.

If there is no roommate available, you will have your own room throughout the tour, generally designed to accommodate one person.

Double Room – for two people who prefer to share a room together.

For those who prefer to share a room, your room will be equipped with one Queen (or larger) sized bed or two beds pushed together with queen or king sized bedding.

If you prefer two separate beds, most hotels will have two single beds in a standard “two bed” room. Sometimes these beds are quite close to each other –  within arm’s reach of one another. In rare cases and mostly in Germany and Austria, both mattresses might be together in the same frame but have separate bedding.

Triple Room – There are 3 of us traveling together.

There are very few hotels in Europe that can accommodate three adults comfortably in one room so we do not offer this option. If there are 3 of you, you will need to pick a room for two people (double) and an additional Private Room. The only exception is adult(s) traveling with children. In this case a cot or small bed can be added to a room so that children can share with parents. If a triple isn’t possible, children will not be assigned a roommate that is someone other than a family member or known travel companion. Instead two rooms will be provided and a Private Room fee applied.

Boat Cabins

There are no Will Share options available for our boat-based tours. If you are traveling on your own, you will be required to pay the Private Room fee. Expect smaller beds. Though they may be described as Queen, Full and Twin they are smaller than standard beds the same name due to space restrictions on boats.

Read more on what to expect on Air Conditioning in Europe and What to expect in your European 3 or 4 star hotel.