When looking for accommodation for your trip, the most generalized term is "hotel". However, there are many types of accommodations one can choose from depending on their preference and needs.
The main purpose of an accommodation is to offer a safe, comfortable place to sleep and rest after an eventful day of traveling. But the question is, with many types of accommodations to choose from, which one should you go with? Let us introduce you to different types of accommodations you can choose from. Here are the 5 most common accommodations available for travelers.
As you probably know by now, hotels come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, from the deluxe and grand to the small and simple. Similarly, the price range of a hotel room can vary considerably.
This type of accommodation offers a great range of facilities and services, and this normally goes along with the location and price range. By choosing hotels, you can enjoy the services of attentive staff, striking furnishings, comfortable rooms, and excellent cuisine. If the hotel you choose does not have an on-site restaurant, they normally offer 24-hour room service. Whether you’re traveling with the family or by yourself, they are perfect type accommodations for anyone who are looking for convenience.
A bed & breakfast, or simply B&Bs, is an establishment can offer guests a hotel-style room with somewhat basic amenities and features. B&Bs are considerably cheaper and usually offer an atmosphere and feel of a home away from home. This casual type of accommodation allows guests to meet and have interactions with people living in the same residence.
Ideal for solo adventurers, hostels are a self-catering type of accommodations and commonly found in any highly traveled places. Hostels offer a low-cost, designed for on-a-budget travelers. A hostel is typically a dorm-type of accommodation, although many of them have a private room, if you want to meet fellow solo travelers but care about privacy so much.
Youth hostels are very travel-friendly and affordable for short-term accommodation. They’re mostly found in the big and large cities that attract a lot of tourists but could also be found in rural places. A lot of hostels offer free breakfast and also allow you to use their kitchen to cook.
If you’re seeking a peaceful getaway from everyday chaos, then a resort or villa is an ideal option for you. These types of accommodations are usually spacious and could easily accommodate a big number of people. They‘re also equipped with amenities such as big living areas, playing area for kids, a full functioning kitchen, and some of them even have their own swimming pool.
This is the perfect accommodation for big groups or a family. This is because it’s cheaper compared to booking 3 to 4 rooms to accommodate everyone. Furthermore, the comfort and aesthetic a villa and resort can offer can’t be matched most of the high-rated hotels you can find. And with these being said, you should expect that the price of these accommodations is more expensive compared to the others listed here.
Are you really on a tight budget or just looking for something more adventurous? Maybe camping is the best option for you. Camping gives total flexibility to explore and make the most of the outdoors. Camping destinations are extensive and can offer a total selection of exotic and adventure-based locations. Every supply for the camping is provided by the camping site.
This type of accommodation is ideal not only for people who want to save money but also for families. You might get tents that come with the source of electricity, individual sleeping quarters, kitchen facilities, and even comforters and blankets if you need them.
On the whole, any trustworthy rental property or location will provide you with a safe and comfy place to stay while you are away from home for a couple of nights or even during on a long term basis.
There are a lot of factors that are going to guide and affect the final decision of the accommodation you’re going to book. Each of us own preference on which type we want to book.
You could literally spend long hours and even days searching on hotel sites to look at pictures and reviews on hotels available. Some amenities might be important to you. If you are traveling on your own, it’s easier to find a hotel that offers what you need. However, when traveling with someone, you need to involve them, which could lengthen the process.
So, to help you, make sure you know the considerations you might need:
It would be a good idea to make a list of criteria that will affect your decision to choose a hotel. List all the criteria, from all people you are traveling with.
Ask yourself what you need. Here are some of the most common amenities you might need from a hotel:
- Airport pickup
- Free breakfast
- Closeness to a certain location
- Room service
- 24-hour reception
The next important thing you need to consider is the price of the accommodation. Of course, it’s very important that you’re getting what you paid for. But similarly, don’t compromise your comfort just in order to save a few dollars. It’s also important to remember that a lot of times, beautiful accommodation might be cheaper than a country’s standard because its location is too far away from tourists’ points of interest. And chances are, booking them, you’re not really saving money because you had to pay more for transportation, so be smart and know if you’re really making the most of your money.
Most hotel sites show a map that shows where exactly the hotels are located. This is pretty handy, as you are able to see if the hotel is close to where you are planning to visit in the area. In case the hotel site doesn’t show the map, you can easily use Google Maps for it.
It would be smart to determine first in which area you would rather stay. By doing that, you can save time filtering out the hotels that are too far away. Again, remember that if the place, no matter how cheap they might be, can be expensive due to the transports that you need to take.
List down your top options, maybe top 3 options would just be perfect. Look at them, together with your companions, if you have any and together, make the decision.
Finding a hotel shouldn’t be difficult, especially now that you already know the options available for you and the methods you need to follow to pick out the right type of accommodation for your needs.
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Cyril graduated Computer Programming in Philippine Women’s University but after graduating, pursued writing. Now, a freelance content writer, she specializes in travel blogging and sometimes shares her own experiences on cyriloh.com. When she’s not on the road, she spends time with her dogs based in a small town in Laguna, Philippines.