A hotel is an establishment that provides paid accommodation, usually on a short-term basis. Hotels often provide a number of additional services for guests, such as a restaurant, swimming pool, or childcare. Some hotels have conference services and meeting rooms and encourage groups to hold conventions and meetings at their location. Hotels differ from motels in that most motels have exterior entrances to rooms, while hotels tend to have interior entrances to rooms, which can increase guest security and present a more luxurious image. The basic accommodation of a room with just a bed, a wardrobe, a small table and a sink has been largely replaced by rooms with private bathrooms and climate control. Other features found can be a telephone, an alarm clock, a television, and broadband Internet connectivity. Food and drink can be provided by a mini-bar (often including a small fridge) containing snacks and drinks (payable on departure), and tea and coffee making facilities (cups, spoons, an electric kettle and sachets containing instant drinks). coffee, tea bags, sugar and cream or milk).
In the UK, a hotel is required by law to serve food and drink to all visitors within set hours; to circumvent this requirement it is not uncommon to come across “private hotels” that are not subject to this requirement. However, in Japan, the capsule hotel offers minimal facilities and space in the room. The cost and quality of hotels are often indicative of the range and type of services available. Due to the enormous increase in tourism worldwide during the last decades of the 20th century, standards, especially those of smaller establishments, have improved considerably. In the interest of greater comparability, rating systems have been introduced, with the rating from one to five stars being the most common.
“Boutique Hotel” is a term that originated in North America to describe intimate, often luxurious or extravagant hotel settings. Boutique hotels differentiate themselves from larger branded or chain hotels by providing an exceptional and personalized level of accommodation, services and facilities. Boutique hotels are furnished in a thematic, elegant, and/or aspirational manner. Although they are generally considerably smaller than a conventional hotel (ranging from 3 to 100 rooms), boutique hotels are generally equipped with telephone and Wi-Fi Internet connections, honesty bars, and often cable or television. payment. Guest services are attended by hotel staff 24 hours a day. Many boutique hotels have on-site dining rooms, and most offer bars and lounges that may also be open to the general public. Of the total travel market, a small percentage are discerning travelers who place great importance on privacy, luxury and service delivery.
Since this market is typically corporate travelers, the market segment is non-seasonal, high-yield, and repetitive, and therefore one that boutique hotel operators target as their primary source of revenue. Several hotels have entered the public consciousness through popular culture, such as the Ritz Hotel in London, UK (“Putting on The Ritz”) and the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, subject of several songs and also stage of the alleged stabbing of Nancy Spungen by her boyfriend Sid Vicious. Folklore hotels like these two are also often frequented by celebrities, as is the case with both the Ritz and Chelsea. Other famous hotels include the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Bel-Air Hotel and Chateau Marmont in California, USA, the Watergate complex in Washington DC, the Astoria Hotel in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the George V Hotel and the Hôtel Ritz in Paris, the Palazzo Hotel Versace on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Hotel Hermitage and Hotel de Paris in Monaco (on the French Riviera) and Hotel Leningradskaya in Moscow. Many hotels can be considered destinations in themselves, by virtue of the peculiarities of the accommodation and/or its immediate surroundings.
Treehouse Hotels Some hotels, such as the Costa Rica Tree House in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, or the Treetops Hotel in Aberdare National Park, Kenya, are built with living trees as structural elements, making them houses in the trees. The Ariau Towers near Manaus, Brazil, are located in the middle of the Amazon, on the Rio Negro. Bill Gates even invested and had a suite built there with internet/satellite phone. Other hotel with tree house units are Bayram’s Tree Houses in Olympos, Turkey Cave Hotels Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy, South Australia and Cuevas Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (named after the author) in Guadix, Spain, as well as several Hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey, stand out for being built in natural cave formations, some with underground rooms.
Capsule Hotels Capsule hotels are a fairly common type of budget hotel in Japan. Ice hotels, such as the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, melt each spring and are rebuilt with ice and snow each winter. Snow Hotels The Mammut Snow Hotel in Finland is located within the walls of the Kemi Snow Castle, which is the largest in the world. Includes The Mammut Snow Hotel, The Castle Courtyard, The Snow Restaurant and a wedding chapel etc. Its furniture and decoration, like the sculptures, are made of snow and ice. There is also snow accommodation at Lainio Snow Hotel in Lapland (near Ylläs), Finland. Garden Hotels Garden hotels, famous for their gardens before they became hotels, include Gravetye Manor, the home of William Robinson and Cliveden, designed by Charles Barry with a rose garden by Geoffrey Jellicoe.
Underwater Hotels As of 2005, the only hotel with an underwater room that can be reached without diving is the Utter Inn on Lake Mälaren, Sweden. It only has one room, though, and Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida, which requires diving, isn’t much bigger. Hydropolis is an ambitious project to build a luxury hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with 220 suites, all at the bottom of the Persian Gulf, 20 meters (66 feet) below the surface. Its architecture will feature two domes that rise to the surface and an underwater train tunnel, all made of transparent materials such as glass and acrylic. Other unusual hotels The Library Hotel in New York City is unique in that its ten floors are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System. The Rogers Centre, formerly the SkyDome, in Toronto, Canada, is the only stadium to have a connected hotel, with 70 rooms overlooking the field. The Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, built on an artificial island, is structured in the shape of a ship’s sail.