business enterprise that provides lodging in a single building paid on a short-term basis

A hotel or a guest-house is a large building with many rooms, where people can sleep when they are not at home. A motel is a hotel especially for motorists - people who drive cars - where the room door usually opens into the parking lot. Inn is sometimes used to mean a smaller hotel.

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Szczecin, Poland
The Llao llao Hotel in Argentina
Interior of a capsule hotel in Japan

These places will rent a room for any number of days. They offer rooms to sleep, and want money for the service. There are also hotels where conferences are held.

Room for suite - Paris Opera Cadet Hotel

Some hotels have swimming pool. Some hotels are called capsule hotels (in Japan).


Hotels emerged as inns along important transport routes. The first hotels appeared in the days of the Ancient World, in the Middle Ages they also served as shelters for the infirm. This is indicated by the etymology of the word hotel, hôtel: through st.-fr. ostel, hostel it comes from Latin. cubiculum hospitale ("guest room"), whence the word "hospital".[1]

In the 16th-17th centuries, the hotel is an aristocratic residential building with ceremonial and service courtyards.

Today, according to the definition of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), hotels are called a house with furnished rooms for short-term stay of visitors, consisting of a number of rooms that have a single guide and provide certain services. They are grouped into classes and categories according to the types of services provided, with the equipment available in them.

The hotel is also called a residential property complex (building, part of the building, equipment and other property), designed to provide services.


  1. "hotel | Search Online Etymology Dictionary". Retrieved 2021-07-06.

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