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Accommodation - San Fran/Anaheim/San Diego/Las Vegas. Family

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Accommodation - San Fran/Anaheim/San Diego/Las Vegas. Family

We are thinking of traveling to America next year. After researching accommodation I'm realising that having 3 children really increases our accommodation bill. Is it possible to book for only 2 children instead of 3? We are thinking of possibly booking for 3 children in Anaheim as we will be spending just over 1 week there. We have a budget of approximately $200 to $250 in San Francisco, $140 to $180 in Anaheim, and the same in San Diego and $150 in Las Vegas. We were also considering an overnight trip to the Grand Canyon and from what I can see it looks like the accommodation will be approximately $250 a night.

Thank you for your information.

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1. Re: Accommodation - San Fran/Anaheim/San Diego/Las Vegas. Family

Welcome to the forum. Yes, having a fifth person will increase your costs anywhere. Most hotel/motel rooms are configured with one or two beds. WIth a fifth person, you do graduate to a potentially larger and more expensive room. Yes, you can book with just four - that's up to you. But you then need to think about where the fifth person will sleep. You didn't give ages so not sure the situation you face.

One option you can look at our suite hotels like Embassy Suites (Hilton), Homewood Suites (Hilton), Staybridge Suites (Marriott), etc. There you are more likely to find a room configuration that is economical. Some, like Embassy Suites, also include breakfast which could help you save on your budget.

Another general tip give your itinerary is to start in San Fran and don't pickup your rental car until the end of your stay. You do not need a car there. Finish in Vegas and drop the car at the front end of your stay. Also look at Australian rental car brokers that can build the insurance and one-way fee into the rental price.

Another money saving tip is to be sure to be in Vegas on a midweek (not Friday or Saturday night). You will see dramatic savings in hotel costs. Also for your budgeting, do calculate additional taxes and fees on the hotels. Figure 10-15% in taxes plus some hotels will have resorts fees. Especially watch for this in Anaheim and Vegas.

Have fun.

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2. Re: Accommodation - San Fran/Anaheim/San Diego/Las Vegas. Family


I would ask how old are your children? IF you are talking about really little ones then you might be able to fit 5 in a room for 4 but if you are talking older children and teens then you really cannot do it because of the number of beds you'll need and fire regulations in various cities. I will tell you that finding a room for 5 people under $200 per night(including tax) will be difficult but not always impossible depending on the dates you are traveling as prices are different at different times of the year.

You will get more specific help if you post your needs in the forums for each of the cities you'll be visiting. If you tell folks the dates of your travel then they can help you further.

In San Diego take a look at the Old Town Inn, some of the Comfort Inns, and the Days Hotel. These may not be in scenic areas but they will offer free parking and be within your budget. Some of the other suite hotels mentioned above will be out of your budgetary reach.

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3. Re: Accommodation - San Fran/Anaheim/San Diego/Las Vegas. Family

Thank you for your information, very helpful.

My children will be 7,12 &13.

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4. Re: Accommodation - San Fran/Anaheim/San Diego/Las Vegas. Family

Actually for alot of the standard Motels around Disneyland in Anaheim and some of the Hotels, it wont matter at all if you have 5 in a room. And alot of Hotels will have larger rooms and suites for alot more than 5 .The area is set up for larger groups visiting Disneyland. And you should be able to find something within your price range.

As suggested though, its a good idea to post in the specific City forums you are thinking of visiting. ( it looks like you have already posted in the Anaheim forum) They can help you find good places to stay within your budget and with your specific Itinerary for those areas.

And if you are planning to visit the Grand Canyon South Rim, in Arizona, that forum is very helpful, and can help you find somewhere to stay. If you are still planning a visit in Jan. Unlikely its going to be that expensive. There will likely be some snow. Its the off season.

Edited: 24 April 2014, 18:04
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5. Re: Accommodation - San Fran/Anaheim/San Diego/Las Vegas. Family

<<Is it possible to book for only 2 children instead of 3? >>

Which child are you going to leave at home?

Seriously, at least as far as SF is concerned, find a room that legally accommodates five. There are fire regulations and you wouldn't want to find yourself evicted from your room. There is a Top Question the on SF forum about hotels that can accommodate 5 people. There aren't many (and some don't have many rooms in that configuration) so booking early would be advisable.

There's an issue in Vegas with people smuggling in "extras" and hotels there are pretty clued in to it. Check the Vegas forum. There may be more hotels that can accommodate 5 there.

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6. Re: Accommodation - San Fran/Anaheim/San Diego/Las Vegas. Family

The fire regulations in San Francisco are strict. If you smuggle in an extra person, the hotel could be in trouble as well as your risk of being asked to leave. I wouldn't do it.

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