What are the different room types in hotels?
In the hotel industry, the days of hotels only offering guests standard rooms are long gone! Nowadays, there is a myriad of room types and suites at hotels around the world meaning that any group size and most preferences can be catered for. Of course, variously sized and styled hotel rooms are made available at differing rates which, as a hotel management company, we recommend adjusting depending upon occupancy, time of year, and other factors.
Rooms tend to fall into categories when it comes to price bands, the type of décor, whether a room is pool-side or ocean-side… Images and descriptions of main features and amenities applying to each room category will usually be included on a hotel’s brand website and across its distribution channels.
Types of Hotel Rooms:
The room type examples below are seen most often, but the room names, classifications, and sizes may still vary per hotel.
Hotel Rooms by Occupancy
- Single Room: A room assigned to one person. May have one or more beds.
- Double Room: A room assigned to two people. May have one or more beds.
- Triple Room: A room assigned to three people. May have two or more beds.
- Quadruple Room (for 4 people): A room assigned to four people. May have two or more beds.
Hotel Rooms by Bed
- Queen Room: A room with a queen-sized bed. May be occupied by one or more people.
- King Room: A room with a king-sized bed. May be occupied by one or more people.
- Twin Room: A room with two beds. May be occupied by one or more people.
- Double-double Room: A room with two double (or perhaps queen) beds. May be occupied by one or more people.
- Studio Room: A room with a studio bed – a couch that can be converted into a bed. May also have an additional bed.
- Bunk Room: has beds in bunk–style allowing for more beds to be places in the room without adding taking up too much space. This can be seen in either hostels or more upscale / innovative poshtels and hotels.
Bunk-style beds with a creative twist for a space-conscious room layout.
Hotel Rooms by Design & Layout
It´s very typical for hotels to classify and price their rooms according to the layout and size of the room. You´ll typically find names such as:
- Standard Room: your standard entry-level room.
- Deluxe Room & Superior Room: the next step up in room categories, usually outfitted with slightly better amenities and larger footprint.
- Executive Room: a hotel room more orientated towards business (executive) guests. Usually with a desk or space for guests to get some work done.
- Suite Rooms:
- Junior Suite or Mini-Suite: a single room with a bed and sitting area. Sometimes the sleeping area is in a bedroom separate from the parlour or living room.
- Master Suite: a parlour or living room connected to one or more bedrooms.
- Executive Suite: similar to the executive room but larger and with better amenities.
- Presidential room: usually the largest and most luxurious room of the hotel property.
- Penthouse Suite: a suite located on the top floor of the building, typically very similar to the presidential room in size and amenities;
- Villa Suite: as the name suggests, this would be a separate villa of usually high quality and with numerous luxurious amenities.
- Aparthotel rooms / apart-style rooms: similar to an apartment in amenities (e.g. kitchen, dining area etc.) and often segmented towards the short and long-stay market.
An example of an Apart-style room with a small kitchen and separate seating area.
Also, there are hotel rooms that connect to other rooms:
- Connecting rooms: Rooms with individual entrance doors from the outside and a connecting door between. Guests can move between rooms without going through the hallway.
- Adjoining rooms: Rooms with a common wall, but no connecting door.
- Adjacent rooms: Rooms close to each other, perhaps across the hall.
Lastly, some hotels offer accessible rooms which offer easy access to people with disabilities or those who have limited mobility. These rooms typically have facilities such as ground floor access or level flooring up until an elevator, wheelchair ramps/wheelchair lift, lowered washing basins, widened doors etc.
Hotel Rooms by Amenities or View
Of course, hotels can choose to include names of the room´s amenities in the name to make entice visitors to book rooms with higher markup, and thereby make more revenue (yielding).
- “Name of room” + with pool
- “Name of room” + with jacuzzi
- “Name of room” + balcony or terrace
- “Name of room” + beach access
- “Name of room” + club access (private lounge)
Also, hoteliers should always choose to adjust their prices if the hotel offers a specific view, like the below examples:
- Sea view room or suite
- City view room or suite
- Garden view room or suite
- Patio view room or suite
- Pool view room or suite
Example of a resort that offers pool view rooms or villas.
Also, our hotel consultants always point out that flexible hoteliers should always consider adding an additional bed (e.g. for a child), where a couple with a toddler wishes to all sleep in the same room, or perhaps for an assigned caregiver. Also, in some rooms with single or double beds, a couch can be made into an extra bed where necessary.
Finally, we should mention that often double rooms are booked by individual travellers who perhaps have trouble getting to sleep in a single bed, and prefer a double bed for their overnight stay or if they are staying for longer!
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