Q: My family, including wife and two older teenage boys, will be traveling to Spain in March, expecting to stay in cities: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Granada. What are the best options for accommodations? Are rooms advertised as "doubles," meaning two double beds? Are there expectations of how many people can share a certain size room?
A: It's fairly common for hotels and pensions in Spain and other European countries to offer "family" rooms, meaning rooms large enough to accommodate four or more persons who don't mind sharing. Ask about availability when you inquire about booking.
Rooms advertised as "doubles" usually have two twin beds or one double bed. Twins beds are more common, so you should have no problem. You could also ask for two adjoining rooms that might each have a private bathroom, or share a bathroom.
Another option is to rent an apartment. Most require a week's stay, but not all.
The Seattle Times has a vacation-rental section online at www.seattletimes.com/travel that might provide some leads. The list includes 68 properties in Barcelona. Many sleep four or more.