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Hotel Definition and Types

A complete guide to all the information about hotels, services and facilities, types and definition of the term Hotel.

What is a Hotel?

A hotel is a commercial establishment offering paid lodging, meals, and personal services, generally on a short-term basis.

Hotel - Origin of the term

The term hotel is derived from the French word hôtel (originating from hôte, which means host). The hôtel originally referred to a French edition of a townhouse or the buildings with frequent visitors, instead of a place offering guest accommodation. In modern usage, the term hôtel is used to mean hotel and the old meaning has now been attached to the term hôtel particulier.

Services and facilities

Earlier hotels used to offer only basic accommodation with a bed, a cupboard, & a small table. Now, hotel rooms are supplied with en-suite bathrooms along with a plethora of in-room amenities, which mostly include a telephone, an alarm clock, a TV set, a DVD player, a computer, and an internet connection. Amenities provided may also include a mini-bar for drinks & a small refrigerator for snacks & fruits (to be paid for on departure); and tea & coffee making facilities. State-of-the-art in-room climate control technology has become a regular feature in many modern hotels

. Classification of Hotels

The cost & quality are often suggestive of the range & type of services available in hotels. During the last 30 years, standards of hotels including those of smaller establishments have enormously improved, thanks to stupendous growth in worldwide tourism. Worldwide, rating systems have been devised for the sake of greater comparability of hotels, with one to five stars classification being the most common one. Please refer hotel rating definitions.

Types of hotels in India

India is home to some of the finest business & leisure hotels in the world, offering excellent service with typical warmth of Indian hospitality.

Business hotels

The business hotels as the name suggests are ideal for business travelers. These hotels are suitably located near business centers in a city. Often most of these are also situated near an airport or a railway station. The amenities include multi-cuisine restaurants for business luncheons; halls for symposiums, seminars, or trade exhibitions; conference & meeting rooms with modern telecommunication facilities for corporates.

Major Business hotels in India

The Oberoi, Mumbai; The Oberoi, Delhi; The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata; The Oberoi, Bangalore; Taj President, Mumbai; The Ambassador, New Delhi; Taj Blue Diamond, Pune; Taj Residency, Bangalore; etc.

Leisure hotels

The leisure hotels are a great place for tourists on a leisurely getaway. Typically, these hotels are large-format hotels situated close to some important tourist places or wildlife parks, away from the city. The hotel campus is also usually spacious accommodating golf courts, tennis courts, lush green gardens, swimming pools, etc. and offering a great escapade from the hurly burly of modern-day life. Leisure hotels offer luxurious environs and the finest of modern amenities, with highly personalized service delivered with utmost care. Leisure hotels include heritage hotels (old palaces turned into hotels), wildlife resorts (located near famous national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, & tiger reserves), beach resorts (along sun-laden beaches), etc.

Best Leisure hotels in India

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra; The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur; The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur; The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore; Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas; The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla; The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai; The Lake Palace, Udaipur; The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi; Savoy Hotel, Ooty; Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur; etc.