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A hotel is an establishment that provides lodging, usually on a short-term basis. Hotels often provide a number of additional guest services such as a restaurant, a swimming pool or child care. Some hotels have conference services and encourage groups to hold conventions and meetings at their location.


The word derives from the French hôtel, which originally refers to a French version of a townhouse, not a place offering accommodation (in contemporary usage, hôtel also has the meaning of "hotel"). The French spelling (with the circumflex) was once also used in English, but is now rare.

Hotels differ from motels in that most motels have drive-up, exterior entrances to the rooms, while hotels tend to have interior entrances to the rooms.


a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services.

A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis. The provision of basic accommodation, in times past, consisting only of a room with a bed, a cupboard, a small table and a washstand has largely been replaced by rooms with modern facilities, including en-suite ...


  • n French contexts an hôtel particulier is an urban "private house" of a grand sort. Whereas an ordinary maison was built as part of a row, sharing party walls with the houses on either side and directly fronting on a street, an hôtel particulier was often free-standing, and by the eighteenth ...
  • The Hotel is a Singapore Chinese thriller drama which was telecast on Singapore's television station, Mediacorp, in 2000. It is a large-scale production, which has a total of 20 episodes, with more than 95% of Mediacorp Artistes appearing in the drama, mostly either as cameos or as guest characters.
  • Hotel is an American prime time drama series which aired on ABC from September 21, 1983 to May 5, 1988 in the timeslot following Dynasty.
  • Hotel is a 1965 novel by Arthur Hailey. It is the story of an independent New Orleans hotel, the St. Gregory, and its management's struggle to regain profitability and avoid being assimilated into the O'Keefe chain of hotels. The St. Gregory is supposedly based on the Roosevelt Hotel.
  • Hotel is a 2001 experimental thriller film directed by Mike Figgis.
  • Hotel is a 1967 Technicolor film adaptation of the novel Hotel written by Arthur Hailey. The film stars Rod Taylor, Catherine Spaak, Karl Malden, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Rennie, and Melvyn Douglas.
  • "Hotel" is the lead debut single from Cassidy's 2004 debut album Split Personality. The song was released as a single and charted in February 2004, reaching #4 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The chorus is sang by R&B singer R. ...
  • Hotel is the seventh studio album by the musician Moby, first released internationally on March 14, 2005 and then on March 22, 2005 in the United States. Hotel was recorded and mixed at Moby's apartment, Electric Lady Studios, and Loho Studios in Manhattan, New York City. ...
  • Hotel (狂潮) is a TVB television series, premiered on 1 November 1976. Theme song "Hotel" (狂潮) composition and arrangement by Joseph Koo, lyricist by Wong Jim, sung by Susanna Kwan.
  • Hotel is a 2004 Austrian drama film directed by Jessica Hausner. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
  • The band Hotel was a power pop group formed in Birmingham, Alabama in 1973 and disbanded in 1982. Although they had a strong regional following and were loaded top to bottom with highly-talented musicians, due to changing musical tastes and lackluster promotion, they failed to achieve stardom.
  • iTunes Originals – Moby is a digital compilation album by Moby from the iTunes Originals series, featuring re-recordings of songs from his 2005 studio album, Hotel. ...
  • City Sleeps is an American rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2005 . The band started touring nationally in an attempt to build interest in themselves. City Sleeps was contacted by the producer John Feldmann, asking to work with them. ...
A small hotel in Mureck, Styria, Austria which has preserved its 1960s exterior and interior

A small hotel in Mureck,Styria,Austria

The lobby of the Hotel Reineldis

the lobby of the Hotel Reineldis


Commercial establishment providing lodging, meals, and other guest services. In general, to be called a hotel, an establishment must have a minimum of six letting bedrooms, at least three of which must have attached (ensuite) private bathroom facilities. Although hotels are classified into 'Star' categories (1-Star to 5-Star), there is no standard method of assigning these ratings, and compliance with customary requirements is voluntary. A US hotel with a certain rating, for example, is may look very different from a European or Asian hotel with the same rating, and would provide a different level of amenities, range of facilities, and quality of service. Whereas hotel chains assure uniform standards throughout, non-chain hotels (even within the same country) may not agree on the same standards. In Germany, for example, only about 30 percent of the hotels choose to comply with the provisions of the rules established by the German Hotels & Restaurants association. Although both WTO and ISO have been trying to persuade hotels to agree on some minimum requirements as world-wide norms, the entire membership of the Paris-based International Hotel & Restaurant (IH&RA) opposes any such move. According to IH&RA, to harmonize hotel classification based on a single grading (which is uniform across national boundaries) would be an undesirable and impossible task. As a rough guide: A 1-Star hotel provides a limited range of amenities and services, but adheres to a high standard of facility-wide cleanliness. A 2-Star hotel provides good accommodation and better equipped bedrooms, each with a telephone and attached private bathroom. A 3-Star hotel has more spacious rooms and adds high-class decorations and furnishings and color TV. It also offers one or more bars or lounges. A 4-Star hotel is much more comfortable and larger, and provides excellent cuisine (table d'hote and a la carte), room service, and other amenities. A 5-Star hotel offers most luxurious premises, widest range of guest services, as well as swimming pool and sport and exercise facilities. The Official Hotel Guide (published in the US, and followed world wide) has its own classification scheme that ranks hotels in nine categories as (1) Moderate Tourist Class, (2) Tourist Class, (3) Superior Tourist Class, (4) Moderate First Class, (5) Limited Service First Class, (6) First Class, (7) Moderate Deluxe, (8) Deluxe, and (9) Superior Deluxe.


  1. An establishment that provides accommodation and other services for paying guests; normally larger than a guest house, and often one of a chain.

Small but exclusive property that caters to the affluent clientele with an exceptional level of service at premium prices.

a usually large house or building where travellers, holidaymakers etc may receive food, lodging etc in return for payment The new hotel has over five hundred bedrooms.


an establishment that provides lodging and usually meals, entertainment, and various personal services for the public.

The 4-star Manor House Hotel at Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England. Built in the fourteenth century, the hotel has 48 rooms and 365 acres (1.5 km²) of gardens.

The 4-star Manor House Hotel at Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England


The cost and quality of hotels are usually indicative of the range and type of services available. Due to the enormous increase in tourism worldwide, during the last decades of the 20th century standards, especially those of smaller establishments, have improved considerably. For the sake of greater comparability, rating systems have been introduced, with the one to five stars classification being most common.

Basic accommodation of a room with a bed, a cupboard, a small table and a washstand only has largely been replaced by rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Other features found may be a TV, a telephone and an alarm clock. Food and drink may be supplied by a small refrigerator (usually referred to as "mini-bar") containing snacks and drinks (to be paid for on departure), and tea and coffee making facilities (cups, spoons, an electric kettle and sachets containing instant coffee, tea bags, sugar, and creamer).

However, in Japan the capsule hotel supplies minimal facilities and room space.

Hotels may be family-run or individually-owned or part of national and worldwide hotel chains.

In Australia, the word "hotel" often refers to a public house, a drinking establishment which does not necessarily provide accommodations. In India, the word may also refer to a restaurant, since earlier the best restaurants were always situated next to a good hotel.

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