I think it means communal bed, but some people are saying it means collective bed, which doesn't make any sense. Also, google translate believes it isn't a word, so is it not used anymore?

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大 - big

通 - communal/ connect

铺 - 床铺 - bed/ 铺位 - bunk

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通 = connect (one bed next to another like connected, therefore called 通铺) or 通 = 通用 (beds are communal therefore called 通铺)

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大通铺 refers to a hostel (旅馆) or dorm (宿舍) that features communal beds (cheap, no privacy),

It can be translated as 'communal beds hostels' (大通铺旅馆) or 'communal beds dorm' (大通铺宿舍)

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