That Sunday Times survey also asked travelers what made a stay in a hotel really enjoyable. The most popular answer: ‘A big comfy bed.’ Ah, bless.
Now, as far as hotel beds are concerned there are big beds, queen-sized beds, king-sized beds and beds that can only be described as ‘Can you hear me over there on your side?’
The Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands boasts that each of its five-star rooms has a feature that will surprise even the most well-traveled guest. In one there’s a massive fibre-glass bath in the centre of the room; in another, a grand piano; in a third, a bed thirteen feet (four metres) wide. Excuse me? Yes, thirteen feet wide – you could sleep eight people in it.
I suppose an orgy is out of the question? Well, perhaps not. The suite is sound-proofed and the management have a very open mind, as you’d expect in Amsterdam. “We do not control how our guests are using it. We sometimes get families staying there, or couples or friends,” said a spokesman.
The cost of such a room in this quirky hotel might be on the high side, but when you divide it by eight bedfellows, it could be a bargain.
By Andy Moreton