Hotels are generally classified by their style and location. Each classification is geared to a specific clientele. Several companies classify hotels according to amenities and services by using a star system. The more stars, the more luxurious the hotel. For the most part, classifications can vary within each type of hotel style. However, it is rare for budget hotels to attain extremely high ratings, because they do not have the amenities necessary for higher classifications.
Resort hotels are frequented by the customer on vacation. They may feature amenities that will permit their clientele to relax and have fun. Popular amenities may include: spas, pools, beach or mountain locations, on-site kids’ activities, restaurants, pool bars and babysitting services. Concierges are often available to help patrons find restaurants or book sightseeing tours. Patrons often stay a week or more. Resort hotels, because of their many amenities, often attain high star ratings.
Airport hotels are designed to have clean rooms and are booked because of their close proximity to the airport. Often, they offer shuttles to and from the airport. Many airport hotels offer business amenities and restaurants for guests. Airport hotels may have a high turnover of guests staying for short durations of time, and are often located in cities.
Casino hotels are unique because they provide preferential service to gamblers. Guests who spend enough time or money at the casinos can receive complimentary rooms and dining. Casino hotels are often luxurious and offer full service restaurants, indoor shopping, pools and fitness facilities. These hotels offer plenty of night life including shows, dance clubs and comedians. Sometimes they are located in resort areas. Star ratings vary based amenities, location and room quality.
Economy hotels provide limited amenities at reasonable rates. Sometimes, economy hotels provide guests with a complimentary continental breakfast. Economy hotels in resort areas may be off the beaten path, or in a slightly less desirable location. Economy hotels offer basic room accommodations, and many do not have full service on-site restaurants. More recently, some economy hotels have adjacent chain restaurants within walking distance, often sharing the same parking lot.
Conference Centers and Commercial Hotels
Conference centers and commercial hotels are designed for business clientele. Conference centers feature multipurpose rooms that can accommodate seminars and business programs. They have banquet facilities that can serve and accommodate large parties, and also offer equipment and acoustics suitable for speakers and visual presentations. Some conference centers and commercial hotels are located in resort areas, but they still focus on the business needs of clients and companies.
Suite hotels appeal to business people that prefer a separate work space or families that want one room, yet also want some room separation from children. They often feature multiple rooms, and may have a pull-out bed in addition to the main sleeping area. Suite hotels have a broad range of amenities, and can be classified as high as a luxury hotel, or as a basic economy hotel, depending on the location and the services offered.