A hotel is an institution that provides paid accommodation, usually in the short term. Hotels often provide a range of additional services for guests such as a restaurant, swimming pool or babysitting. Some hotels have conference facilities and meeting rooms and encourage groups to hold meetings and meetings at their location. Hotels are different from motels in that most motels have driveways, exterior entrances to rooms, while hotels typically have internal entrances to rooms, which can increase the number of guests & # 39; security and present more image in the market. The basic accommodation of a room with only a bed, a cupboard, a small table and a sink has been mostly replaced by rooms with bathrooms and climate control. Other features found could be a phone, an alarm clock, a television and a broadband internet connection. Food and drink can be supplied by a mini-bar (which often includes a small fridge) with snacks and drinks (payable on departure), and tea and coffee making facilities (mugs, spoons, electric kettle and instant coffee bags, tea bags, sugar and cream or milk).
In the United Kingdom a law is provided for a hotel that can serve food and drink to all incoming people at certain hours; To avoid this requirement, it is not uncommon to come across "private hotels" that are not subject to this requirement. However, in Japan, a capsule hotel provides minimal facilities and room space. The price and quality of the hotel usually indicate the range and type of services available. Due to the huge increase in tourism in the world over the last decades of the 20th century, standards, especially of smaller establishments, have been significantly improved. For the sake of comparability, rating systems have been introduced, with one to five star ratings being the most common.
"Boutique Hotel" is a term that originated in North America and describes intimate, usually luxurious or calm hotel environments. Boutique hotels are different from larger chains or branded hotels by providing an exceptional and personalized level of accommodation, services and amenities. Boutique hotels are furnished in a thematic, stylish and / or ambitious way. Although they are usually much smaller than hotels with common movements (ranging from 3 to 100 guest rooms), boutique hotels are usually equipped with telephone and wi-fi internet connections, honesty batteries and often cable / pay TV. 24-hour hotel staff are on hand. Many boutique hotels have on-site dining facilities, and most offer bars and lounges that are also open to the public. Of the total travel market, there is a small percentage of discerning travelers who attach great importance to privacy, luxury and service.
As this market is common for corporate travelers, the market segment is off-season, high-yielding and repetitive, and is therefore one that boutique hotel operators target as their primary source of revenue. Numerous hotels have entered the public consciousness through popular culture, such as the Ritz Hotel in London, the United Kingdom (& 39; Putting on The Ritz & # 39;) and the Chelsea Hotel in New York, subjected to numerous songs and also the scene of Nancy Spungen's alleged stabbing by her boyfriend Sid Vicious. Hotels that go into folklore like these two often visit celebrities, as is the case with the Ritz and Chelsea. Other well known hotels include Beverly Hills Hotel, Bel-Air Hotel and Chateau Marmont, California, USA, Watergate Complex in Washington, Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg, Russia, Hotel George V and Hotel Ritz in Paris, Palazzo Hotel Versace on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, the Hermitage Hotel and the Hotel de Paris in Monaco (on the French Riviera) and the Hotel Leningradskaya in Moscow. Many hotels can be considered as destinations, given the unusual features of the accommodation and / or the immediate environment.
Tree Hotels Some hotels, such as the Costa Rican Tree House in the Gandoci-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica or the Treetops Hotel in Aberdare National Park, Kenya, are built with living trees as structural elements and make them homes. Ariau Towers near Manaus, Brazil, are located in the middle of the Amazon, on Rio Black. Bill Gates even invested and they built a suite with satellite internet / telephone there. Other treehouse hotels include Bayram tree houses in Olympos, Turkey Cave hotels Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy, South Australia and Cuevas Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (named after) in Guadix, Spain, as well as several. hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey, are notable for being embedded in natural cave formations, some of which have underground rooms.
Capsule hotels Capsule hotels are a type of budget hotels that are common in Japan. Ice hotels, such as the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, melt every spring and are renewed every winter with ice and snow. Snow Hotels The Mammut Snow Hotel in Finland is located within the walls of the largest Kemi snow castle in the world. It contains the Mammut Snow Hotel, the castle courtyard, the snow restaurant and the wedding chapel, etc. Its furniture and decorations, such as sculptures, are made of snow and ice. Snow accommodations also exist at the Lainio Snow Hotel in Lapland (near Ylläs), Finland. Garden Hotels Garden hotels, known for their gardens before they became hotels, include Gravetye Manor, home of William Robinson and Cliveden, designed by Charles Barry with the Geoffrey Jellicoe rose garden.
Underwater Hotels Since 2005, the only underwater hotel that can be reached without diving is the Utter Inn in Lake Mälaren, Sweden. However, there is only one room, and Jules & # 39; The submarine in Key Largo, Florida, which requires diving, is not much larger. Hydropolis is an ambitious project to build a luxury hotel in Dubai, UAE, with 220 apartments, all at the bottom of the Persian Gulf, 20 meters (66 feet) below the surface. Its architecture will consist of two domes piercing the surface and an underwater tunnel of the train, all of which are made of transparent materials such as glass and acrylic. Other unusual hotels The New York Hotel Library 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 the hotel is connected to, with 70 rooms overlooking the field. The Burj al-Arab Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, built on an artificial island, is structured as a ship's sail.