Different Types of Accommodations
If you have been planning a vacation you may have noticed many different terms describing your potential accommodations. In this article, we will look at the defining features of some of those accommodations so that you are better equipped to book what you need.
The Defining Features of Different Accommodations
Common Types of Places
Hotel – this is the catchall phrase for a large building with many rooms for rent. They range from low end to extremely high end and can be a chain or an independent business. Hotels have a variety of amenities available.
Motel – A motel is generally a smaller, one or two level building meant for short stays, such as overnight during a road trip. They are not generally very luxurious
Cottage Rentals – A cottage is a vacation house rental, usually by a body of water in a more rural area. These places usually include equipment for outdoor adventures, such as snowshoes and water-ski.
Resort – A resort is a destination location that usually offers full, all-inclusive service. These can range from very expensive to surprisingly affordable.
Lesser Known Accommodations
Boutique hotels – A boutique hotel is generally smaller than a regular hotel that puts a large focus on luxury and attention to detail. Some boutique hotels might have a general theme to their hotels, such as a time period or historical landmark
Parador – Paradores are luxury hotels that originated in Spain, and are now in other Spanish speaking countries. They were created by the Spanish government to increase tourism to Spain.
Palazzo – This is the term for a grand, luxurious hotel in Italy. These places look very palatial and are generally focused on rustic luxury
Palizzina – This is the smaller version of a Palazzo, and closely resembles a townhouse rather than a palace.
Eco-Friendliness has become a trend over the last decade, and the hotel and accommodation sector is definitely starting to reflect this. Environmental based accommodations can be an accommodation that focuses on their “greenness” or uses the surrounding environment as the main focus for their design. This includes:
Cave Hotels – These hotels are built into the natural caves and cliff walls of the area. They generally much smaller than other hotels, and have very limited availability
Ice Hotel – Found in cold places such as Russia, these hotels are non-permanent and very exclusive. They are built entirely of ice and are generally for the experience of luxury.
Eco-Hotels – These are hotels that have been created to have the lowest ecological impact possible. They include the use of natural environment and resources. They have quickly become a luxurious, sought-after form of accommodation.
There has been an insurgence of creative and unique places for people to stay, beyond a standard hotel room. From yachts to yurts, a cave hotel to a boutique hotels, there are so many options for adventurous vacationers to choose from.