A hotel is a business that provides paid accommodation, usually in the short term. Hotels often offer a number of additional guest services, such as a restaurant, swimming pool or babysitting service. Some hotels have conference services and meeting rooms and encourage groups to hold conventions and meetings at their locations. Hotels differ from motels in that most motels have drive-up exterior entrances to the rooms, while hotels tend to have interior entrances to the rooms, which can increase guests & # 39; security and present a more exclusive image. Basic accommodation in a room with only one bed, closet, small table and washbasin has largely been replaced by en suite rooms and air conditioning. Other features found may be a telephone, an alarm clock, a TV and broadband internet connection. Food and beverages can be delivered in a mini bar (which often includes a small fridge) containing snacks and beverages (payable upon departure), and tea and coffee making facilities (cups, spoons, an electric kettle and bags containing instant coffee, tea bags, sugar and creamer or milk).
In the United Kingdom, a hotel is required by law to serve food and drink to all participants within specified hours; to avoid this requirement, it is not uncommon to encounter "private hotels" which are not subject to this requirement. However, the capsule hotel in Japan provides minimal facilities and space. Prices and quality of hotels are usually a sign of the range and type of services available. Due to the huge increase in tourism worldwide over the last decades of the 20th century, the standards, especially those in smaller businesses, have improved significantly. For greater comparability, rating systems have been put in place where the rating of one to five stars is most common.
"Boutique Hotel" is a term originating in North America to describe intimate, usually luxurious or quaint hotel environments. Boutique hotels differ from larger chain or brand hotels by providing a unique and personal level of accommodation, service and amenities. Boutique hotels are furnished in a theme, stylish and / or ambitious. Although usually smaller than a mainstream hotel (ranging from 3 to 100 guest rooms), boutique hotels are generally equipped with telephone and wi-fi internet connections, honesty bars and often cable / pay-TV. Guests offer 24-hour hotel staff. Many boutique hotels have on-site dining facilities and most offer bars and lounges, which may also be open to the public. Of the total travel market, a small percentage are discerning travelers who place great emphasis on privacy, luxury and service delivery.
As this market is typically business travelers, the market segment is non-seasonal, high-performing and repetitive, and therefore one that boutique hotel operators target as their primary source of revenue. A number of hotels have entered public consciousness through popular culture, such as the Ritz Hotel in London, UK (& # 39; Putting on The Ritz & # 39;) and Hotel Chelsea in New York City, which are the subject of a number of songs and also the scene with the alleged stabbing of Nancy Spungen by her boyfriend Sid Vicious. Hotels that come into folklore like these two are often also visited by celebrities, as is the case with both the Ritz and Chelsea. Other famous hotels include Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air and Chateau Marmont, California, USA, Washington DC Watergate Complex, Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg, Russia, Hotel George V and Hôtel Ritz in Paris, Palazzo Versace Hotel by 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 their own right because of unusual features of the accommodation and / or its immediate environment.
Treehouse Hotels Some hotels such as Costa Rica Tree House in Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica or Treetops Hotel in Aberdare National Park, Kenya, are built with live trees as structural elements, making them tree houses. Ariau Towers near Manaus, Brazil is in the middle of the Amazon, on the Rio Negro. Bill Gates even invested and had a suite built there with satellite internet / telephone. Another hotel with treehouse units are Bayrams 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 , is known to be built into natural cave formations, some with underground rooms.
Capsule Hotels Capsule hotels are a type of economic hotel that is quite common in Japan. Ice hotels, such as the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, melt each spring and are rebuilt by ice and snow each winter. Snow hotels Mammut Snow Hotel in Finland is located within the walls of Kemi snow castle, which is the largest in the world. It includes The Mammut Snow Hotel, Castle Courtyard, The Snow Restaurant and a chapel for weddings, etc. Its furniture and decorations, such as sculptures, are made of snow and ice. There is also snow accommodation in Lainio Snow Hotel in Lapland (near Ylläs), Finland. Garden hotels Garden hotels that were famous for their gardens before becoming hotels include Gravetye Manor, the home of William Robinson and Cliveden, designed by Charles Barry with a rose garden by Geoffrey Jellicoe.
Underwater hotels From 2005, the only hotel with an underwater space that can be reached without diving is the Utter Inn in Lake Mälaren, Sweden. However, it has only one room, and Jules & # 39; The Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida, which requires diving is not much bigger. Hydropolis is an ambitious project to build a luxury hotel in Dubai, UAE, with 220 suites, all at the bottom of the Persian Gulf, 20 meters (66 feet) below the surface. Its architecture has two domes breaking the surface and an underwater 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 Center, formerly SkyDome, in Toronto, Canada, is the only stadium that has a hotel connected to it, with 70 rooms overlooking the course. Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, built on an artificial island, is structured in the form of a sail from a boat.