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What makes or breaks a holiday/break for you?

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kittylester Fri 21-Mar-14 07:49:24

We are having a few days in the Peak District - the hotel is beautiful, our room quite luxurious, the food is fabulous - so why does the room only have a double bed rather than a king size confused

Lilygran Fri 21-Mar-14 08:37:47

Have a lovely time! The answer, IMO, is that they can charge more for King-sized so these days you have to specify what you want. Not like the USA where the beds are huge whatever the tariff.

Brendawymms Fri 21-Mar-14 08:42:04

Being 'homeless' for hours either in the hotel or on a ship whilst waiting for the time to start the journey home. In America where many of the flights home are not until the evening we used to book an extra day in the hotels so we had a 'home' until it was time to leave for the airport.

ninathenana Fri 21-Mar-14 09:41:28

For me bad weather can take some of the pleasure out of it. Also poor food.
If the room is clean, comfortable and has good aircon/heating then anything else such as a view is a bonus.
I also aim for somewhere with plenty to see near by.

Have a great time kitty

Gally Fri 21-Mar-14 10:48:00

Agree with you kitty. I am like the Princess and the Pea. Having an uncomfortable/too hard/too soft/too lumpy/too narrow bed is almost top of my list as is a grotty bathroom with a trickle passing for a shower. I find waiting between flights a pain in the neck too, especially if out of the time zone. Bad weather is unfortunate, but out of our control!

Could you ask to be moved to a room with a wider bed?

Flowerofthewest Fri 21-Mar-14 11:03:23

Weather not a problem as we love the Outer Hebrides. So.......remoteness, wildness, wind, rain, sun, landscapes, wildlife and wonderful people.

harrigran Fri 21-Mar-14 11:37:48

Has to have large bathroom with a large walk in shower, big, comfortable bed and easy chairs or sofa. I have stayed in hotels where each room had it's own pool and that is a bonus.
Holiday spoiler is when the food does not come up to expectations.

Mishap Fri 21-Mar-14 12:24:10

Makes - the view
Breaks - uncomfortable bed.

TAB12 Fri 21-Mar-14 13:09:08

I'ts most definitaley the people that you are with!!

granjura Fri 21-Mar-14 14:53:01

Have a grand time- but I totally agree about the bed- I often ask the same question- what is the point of a good size bedroom with a 4ft bed? Especially as we are used to a superkingsize 6fter. Whenever I book now, I always check about the size of the bed first and make it a special request.

Hope they can move you. Have a great time even if they can't.

kittylester Fri 21-Mar-14 15:12:23

We are only here another couple of nights and I don't imagine the other beds are any different. We are staying in a country inn with only six rooms!

I didn't think to ask about the size of the bed as everywhere else we have stayed recently had kingsizes. I really should learn though as I booked another country inn with refurbished en suites to discover that they hadn't included showers in the refurbishment! confused

janerowena Fri 21-Mar-14 15:19:49

Definitely a King size, as DBH sticks his elbows out on either side of his head when he sleeps.

Space in the room is important to me, I hate claustrophobia-inducing rooms where you have to climb on the bed to work your way around the door to a minute shower-room.

Grannyknot Fri 21-Mar-14 15:38:09

Jane my husband does that too - excepting he sort of clasp the palm of his hand to his forehead with the elbow sticking in the air, then the elbow descends slowly - and I whack it back into place if I'm awake - or he jerks it up again! Sometimes, when I'm asleep, I get an elbow in my face (despite the kingsize bed, we seem to gravitate to the centre of the bed). Drives me mad.

I can't bring myself to find fault with anything on holiday, or I feel guilty blush

Nonnie Fri 21-Mar-14 15:57:02

We have a standard double bed at home so this would not be important to me. When we go away the beds are so big it seems weird not to be close to each other.

Our make or break would depend on the type of holiday. If a touring holiday with lots to do then we are not so bothered about the hotel as we spend only a short time in it. We try to eat local foods so that can vary too but is part of the exploring so on this type of holiday I think it is not having anytime to unwind between the sightseeing.

When we go for relaxing holidays then we want everything to be at least as good as at home and cleanliness is most important, especially in bathrooms and pools. If these are not spotless I worry about the kitchens. We have stayed in some lovely places and have only once had to complain and get moved.

HollyDaze Fri 21-Mar-14 16:06:24

Makes: lots of places to visit, good restaurants

Breaks: other people sometimes (generally inconsiderate behaviour) and, as others have said, uncomfortable beds (I solved the pillow problem and take mine with me).

grannyactivist Fri 21-Mar-14 16:10:25

A firm mattress is what I really appreciate on holiday. Other than that I can put up with most things except obvious dirt.

Grannyknot Fri 21-Mar-14 16:29:12

When we were on holiday in Florida in February, the one hotel room we stayed in had a massive round bed! Apart from the hilarity it caused when we first saw ut, one morning I woke up to find that I was lying diagonally across it and still not touching husband! (I'm quite short).

mollie Fri 21-Mar-14 16:32:52

Accommodation will always make or break it for me - it has to be very clean and as comfortable or better than at home. As I get older I'm pickier, I need comfort and to be happy with my base - the rest can be worked around. We've rented cottages that were dirty or not as advertised or were just too uncomfortable - those holidays were ruined for me. So, to be sure that we'll get what we need and expect we've returned to the same vacation spot for the last three years - something I never thought I'd do but it makes sense.

Grannyknot Fri 21-Mar-14 16:48:48

I think I posted about this before - I was bitterly disappointed one year with the place that I had rented for the adult kids and their partners and myself to go away for a long weekend (husband was away somewhere so it was just me). The cottage itself was nice enough, but the area around it was dismal. It was near Weymouth, and nothing like it was advertised on the website. It was one of those "owner direct" type websites and I wrote to them and complained because it was supposed to be "quality" cottages. Well, quality includes the surroundings as well.

And I agree Mollie - why would you leave a comfortable home, and pay for somewhere that isn't as nice? Doesn't make sense.

(See I did find a complaint! smile )

annodomini Fri 21-Mar-14 17:26:13

I can put up with a lot if I have the right company. My family's caravan has its limits but in any case I can sleep almost anywhere. My sister and I found a couple of 'interesting' hotels in Spain, but had a great time together. I can't say I was any happier the night we spent in the luxury of the Malaga parador. So for me it's people and ambience.

papaoscar Sat 22-Mar-14 14:42:03

Good company. Good accommodation. Good food. Good scenery. Good walking. Good security. Good fun. Good journeys to and from. All resulting in good feelings afterwards, and if the prices were right, all the better!

nannymoocow Sun 23-Mar-14 17:42:12

For me too it has to be at least a kingsize bed - my OH is quite large and I need my own space. I recently read a double bed only gives each person the same amount of space as a babies cot!!

rockgran Sun 23-Mar-14 19:41:18

Twin beds and ensuite are a must. Noisy TV through the walls is my pet hate. It makes my holiday if there is good wifi and I get a message from my family overseas. I need to know they are safe before I can enjoy myself. Once a mother.........hmm

granjura Mon 24-Mar-14 11:01:52

A bad and too small bed is of course not conducive to a good holiday- but it is the people who make all the difference in the end...

Ariadne Mon 24-Mar-14 11:11:08

I'm sure we have done this one before, haven't we? Never mind!

At least a king size bed, and an en suite, and decent coffee (rarely available in the UK - you only get instant) are essential.

I have hated staying in hotels when a coach parties arrive. Oh, I know, they are on holiday too, but it can transform a hotel's pleasant, calm atmosphere into a noisy, frenetic one.

Having said that, there were over 1,000 of us at an international conference in a hotel in San Diego, and I felt extremely sorry for anyone who had innocently booked a break there.