Types of Hotel Lodging
In addition to Full and Select Service, hotel lodging comes in all sorts of features, formats, and styles. In some ways, this is good, as it enables you to tailor your recommendation to your client’s specific needs. On the other hand, it also makes your job more challenging — becoming familiar with so many types of lodging!
These hotels are located at or near airports and are especially favored by travelers who wish to minimize their time to and from their flights. Because their guests stay a short time, airport hotels tend to have smaller guest rooms and fewer resort–like facilities (though this may be changing). Rates tend to be higher on weekdays and lower on weekends. Most airport hotels offer a free shuttle service to and from the airport, which can be a definite plus in minimizing commute time when proximity to an airport is important. Other key features may include high–speed Internet access or Wi–Fi, fitness center, quality of bedding package, business center services, on–site restaurants, and room service.
Convention and Meeting Hotels
These are properties that offer extensive facilities for organizations or businesses that wish to hold group functions. They have many of the same features as airport hotels. These convention and meeting hotels are attached to, or in close proximity to city convention centers. Some use their own meeting facilities. Still others feature a rural, retreat–like setting, away from a city and its distractions. Meeting and convention hotels can and do attract leisure travelers during peak vacation season, then concentrate on meetings and conventions during off–leisure times (which are high season for meetings and events).
Traditionally, a suite is a type of hotel lodging with more than one room (plus bathroom). However, “suites” that are simply over sized versions of the typical room are sometimes called “studio” or “junior” suites.) All–suite properties feature only suites, though these suites might come in studio, one– or two–bedroom configurations.
One of the first variations on the standard hotel — the motel, or motor inn — has been in existence since the 1920s. Designed for motorists, a motel is usually only a few stories high. Guests have the convenience of parking very near to their room because of the layout.
Room entrances are often on the outside of the building rather than through interior corridors. Services, such as a dining room or bell staff, may or may not be provided. Separate motel unit structures are called cabins, cottages or bungalows. (These are increasingly rare on the motel scene.)