To help you understand the difference between hotel and hostel, cottage and resort, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of different types of accommodation in tourism.
How many accommodation types really are? There are many available out there and we don’t know exactly, but there’s certainly one to fit every budget and taste out there. They fall into many categories and vary widely in size, style, services, and characteristics, sometimes from one country to another, and sometimes from city to countryside.
- Hotel – An establishment that provides travelers with paid accommodation and other guest services. Depending on size, location, and amenities, hotels are generally rated from one-star to five stars.
- Hostel – Ideal for budget travelers and backpackers, a hostel is an inexpensive type of accommodation, usually with shared bedrooms and communal facilities.
- Motel – Originally designed for motorists, motels are roadside hotels equipped with minimal amenities and ample parking areas for motor vehicles.
- Cottage – In today’s tourism sector, the term cottage is used to describe a small vacation house, typically in a rural area.
- Boutique Hotel – Often furnished in a themed, individual style, boutique hotels are intimate in size and focus on providing guests with high-quality, personalized experiences.
- Mansion – Usually built for the wealthy, mansions are large, opulent houses that generally pay homage to a historic architectural style.
- Lodge – Although the word ’lodge’ has many different meanings, one of them refers to a small rural house used by people on holiday or occupied seasonally by sports enthusiasts.
- Resort – Although a resort is primarily known as a destination frequented by vacationers in search of relaxation and entertainment, the term is also used to describe a full service lodging establishment that offers extensive guest services and recreational facilities.
- Villa – Originated in Roman times, a villa is often described as a luxurious country residence.
- Bed and Breakfast – A Bed and Breakfast (B&B) is an intimate, independently run lodging establishment, where breakfast is included in the room rate.
- Inn – A small establishment offering overnight accommodation, food, and drink to travelers.
- Townhouse – A townhouse is a residential multi-level property that is usually connected to a similar unit by a common sidewall.
- Dome – A dome is a roof or building with a hemispherical form. Many of today’s sustainable hotels offer cozy accommodation in eco-friendly domes made of glass, wood, snow, or other materials.
- Private Island Resort – Ideal for honeymooners and travelers in search of luxury and seclusion, private island resorts are some of the most exclusive accommodation types out there.
- Guesthouse – A guest house or guesthouse is a private house offering inexpensive accommodation to tourists.
- Business Hotel – Catered primarily to business travelers, business hotels are strategically located (downtown, in business districts, or close to major business centers) and come equipped with corporate facilities such as meeting and conference rooms, Internet access, and catering options.
- Design Hotel – A design hotel is a stylish and intimate hotel with an emphasis on design, service, and luxury facilities. Their rooms are exquisitely decorated and often packed with the latest technology features.
- Condotel – A smart choice for short ter or long-term accommodation, Condotel also well known as aparthotels or apartment hotels combine the comfort and independence of a private apartment with the services of a hotel.