Hotels, Inns, and More: A Guide to Different Types of Accommodations

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Travelling is often seen as expensive and not just because of the substantial transportation cost, but mostly due to the accommodation, especially when one takes a vacation or takes a business trip that spans for a couple of days. Indeed a hotel can be costly and can make a dent in your salary and savings, but they’re not the only type of accommodation available for business travellers and vacationers. So let’s take a look at all the different types of accommodations to fit one’s budget:

Hotels and Resorts

Starting with the most expensive, hotels and resorts prioritise luxury and comfort, with a price to boot. Hotels and resorts offer a lot of amenities for their guests to enjoy, such as swimming pools, restaurants, and such. If you’re on a honeymoon or wish to celebrate and pamper yourself after getting a promotion, a hotel would be the best choice. But if you’re a student or an employee on a business trip, booking a hotel might not be an economical choice. Although it’s quite possible for one to find cheap hotels as well as promotional deals through apps and partners, you have to know where to look. There are also “boutique hotels” which are 5-star establishments that are aimed at the more affluent and high-class clientele.

Bed and Breakfasts

Bed and breakfasts are usually residential or guests houses that have been converted and furnished to accommodate guests and serve meals (particularly breakfasts, as the name implies). Bed and breakfasts are often cheaper than hotels and are cosier, giving the feeling of being a home away from home. However, most of the time, B&Bs have limited rooms, so if you’re going someplace for an event such as a conference or concert, you’re better off reserving a room way in advance as bed and breakfasts usually hold 10 or fewer rooms.


Motels or “motorists hotels” cater to long-distance travellers and are often used as a stop-over place to rest and unwind, especially after a long trip on the road. Motels are usually set up in a way that the room faces the parking lot, making it easier for those travelling by car to park and rest.


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Hostels or backpacker hostels cater to the budget traveller and are often aimed at younger clients. Hostels are usually laid out like a dormitory with bunk beds and shared bathrooms, although some london hostels with private rooms for those who want more privacy or don’t want to share and sleep in a room with strangers. Hostels are perhaps the cheapest among the different types of accommodations, so if you’re on a budget and don’t mind sharing a room with other people, hostels are the best option for you.


There are indeed many options available for accommodation to fit any price range. Knowing the different types of accommodations allows you to be prepared and help you understand what to look for the next time you’re travelling. So whether you’re a student out on an adventure, an entrepreneur meeting up with a possible business partner, or only someone who needs a vacation, it’s good to know that there’s always a bed ready for you to rest on.

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