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 rather than to an interior corridor. Inn is sometimes used to mean a smaller hotel. Guest house can also mean an accessory dwelling unit. An extended stay hotel is one where suites are rented by the week.
These places will rent a room for any number of days. They offer rooms to sleep as their business. There are also hotels where conferences are held.
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".
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.
- International luxury
International luxury hotels have high-quality amenities, full-service restaurants and rooms. They usually provide the highest level of personalized and professional service in major or capital cities.
- Upscale full-service
Upscale full-service hotels range in quality from upscale to luxury.
- Lifestyle luxury resorts
Branded hotels are typically full-service and classified as luxury. A key characteristic is focus on a unique guest experience.
Smaller independent non-branded hotels with 100 rooms or fewer.
- Focused or select service
Small to medium hotels that give a limited number of amenities. This amenities cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the single business traveler. Such hotels may lack leisure amenities such as an restaurant or a swimming pool.
- Economy and limited service
- Extended stay hotels
Small to medium-sized hotels where clients can stay longer than in traditional hotels.
- Capsule hotel - lodging establishment where the rooms are sleeping compartments about the size of a single bed.
- Hostel - a hotel where guests rent beds in dormitory or barracks style rooms.
- Timeshare and destination clubs
A motel is an abbreviation for "motor hotel". It is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment. Usually motels have access to individual rooms from the car park. Motels are good for road travellers, travellers on road trip vacations or workers who drive for their job.
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