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Is there a difference between a queen bed and double bed?

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Is there a difference between a queen bed and double bed?

Hong Kong hotel websites often refer to "double beds." In North America a double is 54 inches wide and a queen is 60 inches. But Hong Kong hotels sometimes seem to use double and queen interchangeably. For example one hotel describes a "queen room" as having a "large double" bed. Is there a difference between double and queen beds in Hong Kong? Is a "large double" bigger than a "double"?

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1. Re: Is there a difference between a queen bed and double bed?

Well, I assume the "large double" bed is simply a nice description. Double bed means it can accommodate 2 people. In a hostel these double beds are rather small, in 4*+ larger.

There are differences between double and queen in Hong Kong, but not a common standard. I just bought a quilt in queen size. That is why I can tell you the sizes of HK quilts(*) for the different bed sizes:

Single 60 x 89 " (~150 x 225cm)

Double 70 x 89 " (~180 x 225cm)

Queen 80 x 89 " (~203 x 225cm)

King 97 x 89 " (~245 x 225cm)

* = Now the downside: this is only one version of a couple of different definitions. Different companies offer different sizes under the same names (Queen, Double....)

This unfortunately is also valid for hotels and their beds. Some have Queen and King, some have only Queen or only King, but the sizes may vary between the hotels.

if you need the exact size, check with the hotel.

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2. Re: Is there a difference between a queen bed and double bed?

Excellent information above.

However one has to be careful, as quilt sizes measures overhang, which is greater than the actual mattress size. So the answer to the OP's question is - it depends. And that is whether the respective hotel is adhering to one or a number of official rating system/s, and that regions' standard mattress measurements.

As far as I'm aware, the Hong Kong Tourism Board Hotel Classification System, the UK Tourism Council, and AAA, do *not* measure or enforce a standardised bedding measurement during their audit processes. Whereas if a hotel wished to be rated by the US rating house Forbes, they need to meet *minimum* US bed measurements.

As highlighted by the question, the difficulty is not only in the measurements, but in the different naming of mattress sizes globally. Queen is a size name originally used in the US, that has been used globally. The accepted hotel mattress sizes across the established regions;

UK

Single - 90 cm × 190 cm (35 in × 75 in)

Double - 135 cm × 190 cm (53 in × 75 in)

King - 150 cm × 200 cm (59 in × 79 in)

Super King - 183 cm × 200 cm (72 in × 79 in)

Europe

Single - 90 cm × 190 cm (35 in × 75 in)

Double - 140 cm × 190 cm (55 in × 75 in)

King - 160 cm × 200 cm (63 in × 79 in)

Super King - 200 cm × 200 cm (79 in × 79 in)

US

Single (also called Twin) - 38 in × 75 in (97 cm × 191 cm)

Double (also called Full) - 54 in × 75 in (137 cm × 191 cm)

Queen - 60 in × 80 in (152 cm × 203 cm)

King - 76 in × 80 in (193 cm × 203 cm)

After all that, yes, there is a difference, but as to precisely how much, depends on numerous factors. In reference to 'large double' and 'extra large double', my guess is that they are closer to the European or US measurements.

If you intend contacting the hotel for specific measurements, it would be best to direct your question initially to the Executive Housekeeper of that property, then followed by the Purchasing Officer. They will best be able to answer your questions.

Edited: 08 May 2014, 16:20
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3. Re: Is there a difference between a queen bed and double bed?

Across SE Asia, I've found that a hotel stating a large double bed can mean anything from a normal small double bed up to super-kingsize bed.

Generally, the more expensive a hotel is, the more likely it will be that a large double bed will be queen or king size, rather than a small double.

Edited: 08 May 2014, 18:48
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4. Re: Is there a difference between a queen bed and double bed?

In SE Asian hotels, that is an absolutely common perception - as opposed to US/UK Queen/Kings - they often have Queen Double (can be described as large double) and King Doubles (can be described as extra large doubles) And that's quite relevant as it's occasionally mentioned that hotel bedding in Hong Kong, is 'loosely' based on a combination of the US and Malaysian system. The below are measurements found in Singaporean and Malaysian hotels;

Single - 36 in × 75 in (91 cm 191 cm)

Super Single - 42 in × 75 in (107 cm × 191 cm)

Queen Double - 60 in × 75 in (152 cm × 191 cm)

King Double - 72 in × 75 in (183 cm × 191 cm)

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