What is the meaning / definition of Room Type in the hospitality industry?
In Hospitality, the days of a hotel only offering guests standard rooms for reservations are long gone! Nowadays, there are myriad room types and suites at hotels around the world – a delightfully eclectic selection – meaning that any size of group and most preferences can be catered for.
Of course, variously sized and styled room are made available at differing rates, but prices can be adjusted 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.
Even though rooms may vary hotel by hotel, the following room-type definitions are common:
Types of Suites can include:
Other types of rooms can include:
Also, it is important to point out that flexible hoteliers will always consider adding an additional bed (e.g. for a child), where a couple with a toddler wish to all sleep in the same room, or perhaps for an assigned care-giver. 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!