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2 single rooms at B&B?

Planning a trip to Ireland for me and my sister and have reached out to a couple of B&Bs. Was wondering if it is fairly common to find a place with 2 single rooms? Also, in reading some of the descriptions, I can't tell if they are talking about the bed size or the number of beds when they say a double room. Is that 2 beds or 1 room with a double bed?

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I have traveled a lot with my brother and we tend to do a couple of things. If we feel really cheap, we get one room with two single beds, making sure they are actually two singles or twins. Some B&B's will have single rooms, but some will only have maybe one room like this. So I always get my brother the single and I take a double room just for me. A double room to me means 1 double bed in the room that will potentially fit 2 people. (full/queen size bed). Most places in the UK will not have two full/queen size beds in a room.

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A room with two small beds is commonly called a "twin" room. You can do some exploring on booking.com, though many B&Bs will not be listed there.

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Definitely ask about twin beds. Many "twin beds" will be one bed with two mattress or two twins pushed together. My dad and I had an awkward night at one hotel when we discovered the twin beds were on the same frame with two mattresses.

Always good to ask.

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Thanks for the info, y'all! Very helpful! I heard back from one B&B and they confirmed that a "double" room means a room with a double bed.

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In Ireland a twin room will have two beds, usually single beds. Sometimes they may have a "family room" or even a "triple room" that has a double bed and a single bed. A double room has one bed which is usually a full sized bed, but sometimes it is a queen. Just be sure to ask if you are uncertain. Sometimes the descriptions can be vague. It is not common to see rooms with one single bed, but you do see them from time to time.

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Single rooms are often (I'm tempted to say "usually") very, very small. They seem to be created in spaces where there simply isn't enough space for a room that would accommodate a double bed. It's not logical to create a single room if you have the option for something larger when a double or twin can produce more income.

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Good info again, thanks! This helps to narrow down the lodging options, since we'll need 2 rooms. Hoping to find B&B's in smaller towns to use as a base to explore different areas and meet the locals, as opposed to staying at chain hotels and driving to the next tourist destination on a checklist.