Hotel classifications and characteristics

a) Based on location:

City center – located in the heart of city within a short distance from business center, shopping arcade. Rates are normally high due to their location advantages. They have high traffic on weekdays and the occupancy is generally high.

Motels – located primarily on highways, they provide lodging to highway travelers and also provide ample parking space. The length of stay is usually overnight.

Suburban hotels – located in suburban areas, it generally have high traffic on weekend. It is ideal for budget travelers. In this type of hotel rates are moderately low.

Airport hotels – set up near by the airport. They have transit guest who stay over between flights.

Resort hotels – also termed as health resort or beach hill resort and so depending on their position and location. They cater a person who wants to relax, enjoy themselves at hill station. Most resort work to full capacity during peak season.

Floating hotels – established on luxury liners or ship. It is located on river, sea or big lakes. In cruise ships, rooms are generally small and all furniture is fixed down. It has long stay guest.

Boatels – house boat hotels which offers luxurious accommodation to travelers.

Rotels – hotel on wheel, trains providing a luxurious hotel atmosphere. Their interior is done like hotel room. They are normally used by small group of travelers.

b) Based on Size of Property:

Small hotel – hotel with 100 rooms and less may be termed as small hotels.

Medium sized hotel – hotel which has 100-300 rooms is known as medium sized hotel.

Large hotels – hotel which have more than 300 rooms are termed as large hotels.

Mega hotels – are those hotels with more than 1000 rooms.

Chain hotels – these are the group that have hotels in many number of location.

c) Based on the Level of Service:

Economy/ Budget hotels – meet the basic need of the guest by providing comfortable and clean room for a comfortable stay.

Mid market hotels – suite hotel that offers small living room with appropriate furniture and small bed room with king sized bed.

Luxury hotels – offer world class service providing restaurant and lounges, concierge service, meeting rooms, dining facilities. Bath linen is provided to the guest and is replaced accordingly. These guest rooms contains furnishing, artwork etc. prime market for these hotels are celebrities, business executives and high ranking political figures.

d) Based on the Length of Stay:

Transient Hotel – guest stays for a day or even less, they are usually five star hotels. The occupancy rate is usually very high. These hotels are situated near airport.

Residential hotels – guest can stay for a minimum period of one month and up to a year. The rent can be paid on monthly or quarterly basis. They provide sitting room, bed room and kitchenette.

Semi residential hotels – incorporate features of both transient and residential hotel.

e) Based on Theme:

Heritage hotel – guest is graciously welcomed, offered room that have their own history, serve traditional cuisine and are entertained by folk artist. These hotels put their best efforts to give the glimpse of their region.

Ecotels – use eco friendly items in the room.

Boutique hotels – provides exceptional accommodation, furniture in a themed and stylish manner and caters to corporate travelers.

Spas – a resort which provide therapeutic bath and massage along with other features of luxury hotels.

f) Based on Target Market:

Commercial hotel – situated in the heart of the city in busy commercial areas so as to get good and high business, hey cater mostly businessmen.

Convention hotels – large convention complex and cater to people attending a convention, conference.

Resort hotels – for tourists who want to relax and enjoy with their family. The occupancy varies as per season. The atmosphere is more relaxed.

Suite hotels – offer rooms that may include compact kitchenette. They cater to people who are relocating act as like lawyers, executives who are away from home for a long business stay.

Casino hotels – with predominantly gambling facilities, cater leisure and vacation travelers. Gambling activities at some casino hotels operate 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.


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