Where to Stay? A Rundown of Various Accommodation Types

Where should we stay? We often hear that question during travel planning. Honestly, not all travelers are informed about the different types of accommodations available to them. Admit it, you simply browse through Airbnb to find the best accommodation for your trip. There is nothing wrong with that though, but be reminded that it is always better to be know which is what. Is Holiday Inn Clark, Pampanga a hotel or not? Yes, it is. Did you know that ‘inn’ is also a hotel? Bet you didn’t.



Enough of the blah. Here are the various types of accommodations. The term may differ from one country to another, but they essentially refer to the same thing.

1) Hotel accommodations are short-term. The stay can be on a within-the-day or overnight basis. An inn is a small hotel that also features basic facilities and amenities that a hotel offers. A parador is a state-run luxury hotel. There are also boutique hotels that may be smaller in size than an actual hotel. However, they offer top class services being a 5-star establishment. They are commonly marketed to the affluent guests-to-be.

2) Resort  accommodation is typically used for a getaway or vacation. A resort offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and amenities from the swimming pools to the gaming areas. Resorts mostly cater to groups wherein one and two-story units are available for rent.

3) B&B (Bed and Breakfast) is usually a house-type of accommodation. While they provide hotel-style rooms, B&Bs are generally private homes wherein guests may have limited access to some public areas of the house. From the name itself, the stay is inclusive of full breakfasts. Guests can also arrange other meals. A pension refers to a family-run B&B.

4) Apartment is another house-type accommodation. An apartment offers the basics such as a kitchen, bathroom (shared or not shared) and sleeping area. There are extended stay apartments that can be rented for a week or several weeks or months. In some countries, an apartment is called a private home which is available for rent temporarily.

5) Hostel accommodations suit the young single travelers such as the backpackers. Backpackers are also budget travelers. Hostels offer  shared bedrooms (dormitory-style) and bathrooms; a private bedroom and bathroom requires higher service rental fees.

6) Motel accommodations are also short-term. A motel opens up to a parking area since this accommodation is a hotel specifically designed for motorists.

7) Lodge accommodations are integrated with nature. They are mostly made from natural materials. Outdoor experiences are offered to the guests as part of their stay in the lodge. A lodging inn combines the features of a lodge and an inn.

8) Bungalow is a house-type accommodation. Bungalows are typically small, cottage-like places. Majority of us call different kinds of houses as bungalow, so check its features and amenities before booking.

9) Villa accommodations, in some country, simply refers to a detached or semi-detached dwelling. It may also refer to a vacation house. In some areas, it may refer to several buildings tied together. So, better check the place before booking. A holiday villa can accommodate up to 10 people, depending on the size of the villa. Rental fees are charged either on a daily or weekly basis.

10) Guest houses are typical houses that travelers can use on a short-term basis. The public areas can be used by the guests exclusively. Such accommodation offers more services than a B&B.

Finally, there are also unique accommodations such as an underwater hotel, an ice hotel, and a tree house. There are also exotic hotels found on rock cliffs and in rock or sandstone caves. Point is, your choice of a place to stay is as diverse as the number of islands in the Philippines. Choose the one that is the most appropriate for your travel and requirements.


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