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Question about hotels in croatia for family of four - help!

Friends,

We are planning a trip to Croatia for our family of four (2 kids, 12 yo and 10 yo). We are trying to use points, so we want to stay in hotels at least a part of the time to defer expenses.

The problem we are having is that I am not sure if i have to denote the number of people staying in the room. When I enter 2 adults and 2 kids, our options are so limited (suites) and super expensive. We are OK with being cozy for some of our trip :) and would suffice with a triple (more options).

What do you think about how upfront I should be about the number of occupants? In the US, I rarely worry about this, as the rooms typically have at least doubles and we don't have issues.

Thanks!

Posted by Andrew H.
Portland, Oregon
2984 posts

Croatia isn't a place where I'd try to use hotel points. In many towns, in the best locations, there aren't many proper hotels. instead, there are many more apartments and "sobe" (B&Bs or private rooms, basically). The exception might be Zagreb (I used hotel points there to stay at the Westin, many years ago, because it was cheap and I had the points). Nothing wrong with using points where it makes sense, but in coastal towns like Split and Dubrovnik, for example, you might fine sobe that are in better locations. I wouldn't want to stay far from the center in a hotel just because it you can book it with points.

Try the website booking.com and use the map feature and see what you can find. They do list the size and occupancy of the rooms, too, in general.

Posted by Paul
Sioux Falls, SD, USA
1005 posts

Yes, definitely use the sobe approach. We were able to stay in a great apartment in Zagreb, 5 blocks from the main square and close to the Botanical Garden, for 45 € in June of 2017. It had 2 beds in a single room, but no breakfast. We stayed in Split in another nice apartment in 2011 for maybe 90 €. But we use money, not points.

Posted by acraven
Washington DC
9425 posts

In Europe you are expected to disclose how many people will be using the room. You may get turned away if you show up with four people after having booked a triple.

In Croatia you may be able to find very reasonable lodging and keep your hotel points for use in the US.

Posted by Jennifer
Tunbridge Wells
2185 posts

In America, a double room is often 2 double beds - this is not the case in Europe and a triple will only be large enough for 3 people. You need to be upfront about the number of occupants, as you risk being turned away when you arrive there. You can't have a 10 and 12 yo sharing a 2ft 6 inch or 3 ft wide bed.

Most people going to Croatia book apartments through Booking.com or Airbnb, rather than use hotels. This option may give you more flexibility.