Generally speaking, hotels have a lot more suites with one bed than with two beds. In fact, many hotels don’t have any suites with two beds. The reasoning is quite simple — generally if you can afford to splurge on a suite, you’re not looking to split a room with someone (of course there are exceptions, but that’s the logic).
I almost always travel alone, so I don’t put much thought into bed arrangements. I’m weird because I don’t actually necessarily prefer a king bed over two double beds, even when traveling alone. It’s nice to be able to nap in one bed during the day, and then still have a nicely made up bed when you go to sleep at night. Or if you frequently decline housekeeping (as I do), then it means you get a “fresh” bed more often.
But on my current trip with my dad I’ve run into an interesting situation I’ve never faced before. I’ve ordered rollaway beds at our hotels, and I’ve been fascinated by the variance in price.
Westin Singapore rollaway bed
At the Park Hyatt Dubai, there was no charge for a rollaway bed. At the St. Regis Singapore and Westin Singapore the cost was 117SGD (94USD) per night. ~$100 per night for a rollaway bed?!? Unless it comes with One Direction (ideally scented) sheets and Hello Kitty pillows, the price just doesn’t add up to me.
St. Regis Singapore Caroline Astor Suite bedroom
St. Regis Singapore Caroline Astor Suite living room
Since I had never ordered a rollaway bed before, I did some research as to how much other hotels charge for rollaway beds. Looking at the Westin Tampa, for example, they charge $10 per night for a rollaway bed. It seems reasonable to charge something given the extra labor required to set it up. But I’m having a hard time coming to terms with ~$100 per night for a rollaway bed. Does one in every five guests steal the rollaway bed, and therefore they have to replace it?
What’s especially interesting (to me, at least) is that I booked a room with two beds and was upgraded to a suite with one bed. I’m of course incredibly appreciative for the upgrade and am happy to part ways with $100 in exchange for an awesome suite. But I still find it really interesting, perhaps simply because I’ve never faced this before.
So please educate me, guys — I’m curious what you think, regardless of whether you’ve never ordered a rollaway bed before, or order one with every hotel stay. What’s a reasonable cost for a rollaway bed? And should the cost be waived if you booked a room with two beds and get upgraded, or do you “waive” your right to your bed preference when you get upgraded?
PS: The new Westin Singapore is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S, perhaps nicer than the St. Regis. The location is kind of not great, though…
Westin Singapore lobby
Westin Singapore Harbor View Suite living room
Westin Singapore Harbor View Suite dining room
Westin Singapore Harbor View Suite bedroom