It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

International Hotel Bed Sizes

How many times have you checked into a UK hotel and opened the bedroom door to find that the bed is much smaller than you had thought it would be?  You've been looking forward to a lovely nights sleep in your big King sized bed only to find that you're going to be shoulder-to-shoulder with your spouse in what the UK call a King sized bed.

We've made this mistake a few times - "King" size in the US is VERY different to "King" size in the UK.  King and Double are the usual bed sizes quoted on hotel websites, so I thought I'd list the different sizes below (in metric), so we can all stop getting a surprise when we see those small UK King beds.

US King - 193Wx203.2L
UK King - 152.4Wx1981.L

US Double - 137.2Wx198.1L
UK Double - 137.2Wx190.5L

You can see from the measurements above, that the UK King is actually smaller than a US Queen (152.4Wx203.2L).  Click HERE to find a comparison chart of the rest of the US v UK bed sizes.  If you're a bad sleeper and you're used to sharing a much bigger bed, maybe it's an idea to book a UK Twin bedded room instead of a UK King - then you can both get a good nights sleep and enjoy your holiday.

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