On our summer holiday we ended up testing which sleeping arrangement with a toddler works the best. In order to save money, we always took the free option, which came with the room. The hotels and B&Bs were chosen on the basis of some kind of concession for under fives.
In Volterra we could have him in the room for free using the existing bedding. I thought that Number One Son would be happy on a den placed on a floor but he ended up rolling under an armchair since like me he rolls around while sleeping. Our good night sleep was thus very fractured.
In Chiusi he had a travel cot of his own for free and this was a perfect solution, no doubt. However, the most comfortable alternative was the one in Murlo. There we could choose our own room out of the plentiful empty ones and our son ended up having a nice normal, relatively low lying bed of his own – for free. This was so convenient for all concerned. Shame only that with no air conditioning or fan our room was boiling in the morning sun.