Some people travel for adventure, others travel for a relaxing getaway, and even others travel for obligatory reasons. Whatever the reason might be, an important part of any trip is the accommodations. It’s easy to book hotel rooms online, over the phone and even through mobile apps. But before making any reservations, be clear about the kinds of rooms that are available.
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Understanding Room Types
No two hotels are the same. What is considered a suite at one hotel could be a basic room at another. Even so, hotel rooms generally fall into distinct categories.
Many people book hotel rooms based on the number of beds. A room could have one double bed, two twin beds or two full beds, one queen, one king, one queen and one twin and so forth. While hotels use different phrases to categorize these rooms, they more or less use the same terminology to indicate how many guests the room can accommodate:
- Single room
- Double room
- Triple room
- Quad room
The hotel dictates how many guests it allows in each room. It’s important to follow the hotel’s rules regarding this, as many hotels charge more for extra guests. Some hotels, however, also give the option of adding a cot to the room, for example, if a group of five people is booking a room with two beds.
In addition, hotels often specify the size of the room itself. Even if a room has two beds, it might not be big enough to accommodate a small family or a group of four friends.
Also, depending on which destinations travelers are visiting, they might find hotel rooms to be smaller than what they’re used to in the U.S. To be sure the size of the room is adequate, request a room that can accommodate the total number of guests:
- Standard room/studio
- Deluxe room
- Joint room
- Suite (mini/junior/master)
- Apartment style
While a standard room or studio is great for a solo traveler or a couple, a deluxe room might be better for bigger groups who want space to stretch out. A joint room is an excellent option for families with young children who are old enough to have their own space but perhaps not old enough to be on the other side of the hotel. A suite or apartment-style room is one of the largest rooms available in a standard hotel, often with a living room in addition to one or more bedrooms.
Hotels might also offer different rooms according to the amenities available. While there won’t be a name assigned to a room with unique amenities, hotels list which amenities are available depending on the type of room or room size that a traveler requests.
For instance, a room with an office won’t be called an “office room.” Instead, it might be called a “deluxe room” and include information about the office in the description. Hotels offer a variety of amenities in their rooms, usually for a higher price, including:
- City view or nature view
- Handicapped accessible
- Outdoor entrance (cabana or villa)
- Lanai, terrace or balcony
- hot tub bath
- Pull-out couch
- Business center
Finally, after travelers determine how many beds they want, the size of room they need and the kinds of amenities they want, they can opt for a luxury room. Luxury and size sometimes go hand in hand, but in general, luxury rooms are referred to in a few ways:
- Standard suite
- Executive suite
- Presidential suite
Of course, the more travelers upgrade their suite choices, the more they can expect when they get to the hotel. For instance, some luxury suites offer butler service or free room service.
These days, a hotel stay can be anything a traveler wants it to be. It can be family-friendly, private, exotic or simple. No matter what the circumstances surround the trip, travelers deserve to be comfortable when they book their accommodation. Knowing what room types to look for is a good place to start.
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