10 weirdest facts on hotel beds around the world

10 weirdest facts on hotel beds around the world
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SINGAPORE - Nobody likes rolling out of bed in the morning, especially not on a work day.

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Beds were possibly the next best thing to have been invented - besides coffee - and perhaps that's why we celebrate World Sleep Day on March 18.

Sadly, March 18 isn't a holiday, although it should be one. But jumping on the "festivities" is Kayak.sg, with their very own list of quirky bed facts around the world.

The next time you check-in at a hotels in countries like France, the United States (US) or Australia, there's one thing extra to appreciate!

1. Exotic names for triple room beds

The most exotically-named beds can be found in the United Kingdom, where beds in triple rooms can have names such as Eastern King, Emperor or Caesar.

Here, up to three hotel guests can snooze comfortably in a very spacious bed measuring up to 2.45m-wide and 2.2m-long.

2. Double entendre in "French" beds

One double bed type that can be found in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Greece is the "French Bed" - a bed that is smaller than standard-sized double beds, for some extra coziness.

3. Conservative sleeping time

At the conservative end of the "bed name" spectrum, hotels in Italy and Poland use terms like "Matrimonial" for double bed types.

4. The king among the double beds

The US is the land of the biggest beds around: the Grand King Bed is the longest double-width bed available at 2.5m, but travellers can go even further and request a custom oversized bed, which is an impressive 3.6m by 3m.

5. Mind the gap in the double bed

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Travellers to Germany, Austria or Switzerland who are looking for a comfortable stay on a double bed with one mattress, should take care to check with their hotel ahead of time, as a 'double bed' in these countries often consists of two single beds that are pushed together.

6. Unlimited bed types

When heading for a stay in the US or Japan, a vast array of bed options awaits, with a choice of up to 11 bed types depending on hotel offers and availability.

7. Spacious single beds Down Under

Beds in Australia and New Zealand are all about comfort for the solo traveller, with King Singles at a spacious 1.07m-wide and up to 2.04m long.

8. Compact single beds

Hotels in Britain join those in Norway, Sweden and Ireland by offering the world's narrowest single beds to travellers, measuring a width of just 75cm. Singapore's singles come in wider at 90cm.

9. California Dreaming

In the US and Canada, travellers can rest up on a curiously named 'California Bed', or 'California King Bed'.

The name harks back to the bed's origins in 1960s Los Angeles. These days a 'California King' can be found as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

10. No name bed types

Beds in China are commonly classified and named by their width alone.

Meanwhile, check out these infographic for some much-needed snooze time: 

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