It’s funny how hotel types and categories can easily confuse the average person. The difference between some hotel classes is often small. And your overall experience depends on the choice you make.
Sounds tricky, right?
Well, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some hotel classifications you should know about before going on your next trip.
The hospitality industry has seen its fair share of crazy ideas, ranging from rooftop swimming pools with glass walls to underwater resorts. Now we have floating hotels that offer the most luxurious amenities on the go.
A great example of a floating hotel would be the Off Paris Seine that cruises along the iconic river in Paris. It features a soaking pool and is equipped with modern amenities like WiFi and a minibar.
Usually known as four and five-star hotels, these establishments deliver exquisite designs, quality services and come with high price tags to match. Expect nothing but luxury, including 24-hour room service and exclusive amenities such as spurs and battlers.
Some luxury hotels also sit strategically along the world’s best beaches. Their guests get to enjoy all the in-house luxuries at night and play in the open waters during the day. And that’s how memories are made!
Some establishments are not cut out to be hotels. Often, they start as residential buildings then later turn into hotels after the owners notice a need for the service. Despite the setup, these hotels offer essential hospitality services, such as housekeeping.
Most condos fall in the mid-price range, and the quality of structures and services varies between them.
And in case you might be wondering, holiday condos have to meet specific industry standards that change from one country to the next.
Bed and Breakfast/ Homestays
Popularly known as B ‘n B’s, this hotel setup is the most affordable option available in the market right now. They are usually residential houses with 1 to 10 guest rooms, with the owner staying on the premises. The management is responsible for serving food, but there is also a self-catering option.
Since this category comes with a lot of uncertainty, it is better to call the owner and make sure they have all the “ideal” amenities. Do not assume they can accommodate kids or people with physical limitations.
The Bottom Line?
Choosing which hotel category is right for your trip mainly boils down to how much you are willing to spend. Business people are often comfortable forking over a ton of money for a luxury suite, while the average traveler might prefer to stay in a B ‘n B. Whatever you choose, stay within your budget and have fun!