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Bed/Night – Glossary Definition


Want the definition of a bed/night? Learn the meaning of bed/night, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of a bed/night? Keep reading to learn the meaning of bed/night, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

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What is a Bed/Night?

A bed/night is a hotel term which is a measure of occupancy of one person assigned to one bed for one night. Essentially, it is a hospitality industry term for a quantifying of bed occupancy. Bed/night may also be spelled as bed night or bed-night.

As opposed to standard room/night occupancy, where a room is the unit of measure, a bed/night calculates the number of beds in the entire hotel (a room can have more than one) with the nights each of them are booked.

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Here’s an example of how bed/nights work:

A hotel has 10 rooms, each with 2 beds. If 5 separate people book 5 rooms for all 30 days in the month of April, this hotel had a room occupancy, or room/night occupancy, of 50% for April. However, there are 20 beds spread out over these 10 rooms. If these same 5 single and separate people booked the 5 rooms for all of April, the bed/night occupancy would be only 25%, because 5 beds were used out of a possible 20 for April.

It can get even more convoluted when you take the nights into consideration.

If a hotel with 12 rooms each with 2 beds was booked by 12 separate, single people for 15 each of the 30 days in April, the room occupancy would be 50%, because each room was occupied (100% . . .), but only for 15 of the 30 days (. . . /2 = 50%). However, if you want the bed/night calculation, it would be 25%, because 12 beds were occupied of the 24 available (50% . . .), and for only 15 of the 30 days in April (. . . /2 = 25%).

Get it? 🙂

To make things easier (or, let’s be honest, more confusing!), here’s an infographic I created to illustrate the difference between a bed/night and a room/night:

room-night vs bed-night

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