Single room vs. Roommate

As a solo traveler, do you prefer a single room or ask to be paired with a roommate? Why?

  • I enrolled in23045 Norway. Anyone wanted to share a double? They won't let you have a double unless you can give a name,
    . They won't assign as is usual. Let me know!
  • In reply to techiebyday021632:

    I have the same reasons as you to want a single cabin. My friends refer to it as my "Only child syndrome". Last May I went to Alaska and came down with a bad cold the 2nd day. i spent most of the cruise in my cabin watching Alaska go by from my balcony. Pity the poor person if I had shared a cabin.
  • Have already signed up for a roommate - Gwen Trelle. We are coming to the hotel a day early and I have already contacted the hotel to be sure we are assigned a room that we can stay in for the entire vacation. Please advise that this is working!
  • I prefer my own room because I don't see a reason for myself not to have it.
  • In reply to kathydavis0210010952:

    Indeed! Often a single gets a very small room with a single bed, especially in Europe. When I come home I go out to the hotel web site to find my room was LESS money than the double room; it is designed for one. But they still stick us with a High Single Supplement :(. In the Paris hotel my room had many issues and they moved me to another room. Wow what a difference, obviously 2 people paying for that room made sense, but I was paying More for the hole I was put in. Go figure!
  • In reply to Carol S. 1021333:

    I was in a broom closet in an Amsterdam hotel back in 2008 until I said something to the hotel desk clerk. Then I was moved to a much better room, so you have to say something if you are not happy.
  • In reply to Road Scholar:

    So, by paying the single supplement, we're paying the 2-person rate. Then why is Road Scholar putting us into the smaller, poorer, single room? I don't mind paying the supplement if I'm going to get the same room as the 2-person booking, as I'm paying as though I'm 2 people. The single rooms I've been in on Road Scholar trips are sub-standard.
  • I've been on 4 international RS trips. I always choose a single and so far have not been disappointed. I've had full suites all 4 times with great views . I'm disappointed to find the 41 day study tours which include language training don't offer a single except at double the price.
  • In reply to kathydavis0210010952:

    Yes, I agree, in a trip to Lithurinia a room I was given was terrable
  • In reply to kathydavis0210010952:

    Yes, I agree, in a trip to Lithurinia a room I was given was terrable
  • Would like a compatible roommate to save money. Otherwise I would want a double size room that I would be paying for
  • I shared a room with a stranger one time and ended up making a friend. We have been on 4 trips together as roommates since then. I would take a chance on roommate matching on a short trip but not a long one. I can stand most anyone for 5 nights. I get a single room on longer trips, especially if the supplement is not too high. When I travel with friends we have always been roommates.
  • In reply to deborah.simmerman070131:

    Sorry. I've haven't logged into the discussion board for several months and missed your query. As you noted, GCT does not charge a single supplement for land tours, but there is a supplement for most cruises. I was actually referring to Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT), which is the smaller-group, more upscale partner of GCT. Again, no supplement for land tours. However, just this month, OAT/GCT notified former travelers that it is changing its policy and is limiting the number of single participants for each tour. There is a lively discussion about this on the OAT travel forum.
  • After reading all the comments about being given terrible rooms when traveling solo, I need to say that my experiences have been quite different. I have never had a room worse than anyone else's. In fact, in Ghent, when we stayed at a former convent, I must have been given the Mother Superior's room because it could have fit at least ten beds. My room was huge as was the private bathroom but I was told that other people's rooms were not as large. On a non-RS trip, while I was traveling with the British Council, I was given a terrible room in Edinburgh in a really nice hotel, I spoke to the desk and I was given one of their best rooms right away. I still remember it to this day a dozen or so years later. So, if you are given a terrible room, it might be worthwhile speaking to the people at the desk. I don't know if that is always possible. I have never felt short-changed on any of my RS trips because I wanted a single.