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When you take to the road, you're not always looking for adventure. Sometimes, it's just nice to pull into your destination's parking lot and know that you're walking into a comfortable hotel room. On other occasions - if you're looking for a bit of pampering, for example, you can kiss conventional hotel rooms goodbye in favor of luxurious villas or penthouses.
What kind of variety should you expect to work your way through, then, when you first start looking for a hotel room? We've done the hotel room research for you so you can decide what kind of experience you're looking for long before you hit the road.
Types of Hotels Rooms
Choosing between a wide variety of hotel rooms doesn't have to be a trial. Most hotels break down their available options by either numbers or specialties, allowing you to get a better idea of what kind of experiences the property in question makes available to visitors long before you arrive.
Many hotels advertise their rooms based on the number of beds each space will have. Some of the most common rooms to find in these locales include:
1. Single Rooms
Single rooms typically house either a lone traveler or a couple. These rooms come equipped with a single bed, hence the name, and often only have amenities for this limited capacity.
That said, you can never be entirely sure how large the bed or room itself will be unless you do some research ahead of time. Different hotels have different single room standards. You may have access to a queen bed in some rooms, whereas in others, you may only have access to a double or a full. Long-term stay hotels, alternatively, may equip you not only with a comfortable king but a full kitchen, as well.
2. Twin Rooms
Twin rooms, as the name suggests, are single rooms that come with two beds. You can expect twin beds in these rooms, making them ideal low-cost rooms for two parties traveling together who prefer their own space.
3. Double Rooms
Double rooms are more commonly assigned to two people. If you're not keen on sharing a bed with your travel companions, you can book a double room and expect, more often than not, to benefit from the presence of two twin beds per room. That said, be sure to check with the hotel of your choice before assuming that there will be two beds in your double room. Some double rooms only come equipped with a single, double bed. While you may be able to request a roll-away bed, it's better to know what kind of lodging you're looking at before things can get awkward between you and your companion.
4. Triple Rooms
Continuing the occupancy theme, triple rooms are best equipped for three people to stay. The bedding arrangements in these types of rooms can vary depending on the hotel you choose. Triple rooms can have:
- Three single twin beds
- One single, double bed and one twin bed
- Two double beds
Again, you'll want to check with hotel representatives before making assumptions about the kind of bedding configuration you're walking into.
5. Quad Rooms
Note that even though a quad room and all of the other rooms noted in this section have multiple beds, it's rare for them to have multiple rooms. Most of these units will be arranged in a studio-esque style. While this configuration lets you access all of your amenities at your leisure, it may not be ideal for travelers who prefer their hotel rooms to come with a bit of privacy.
If you're not so interested in choosing a hotel room by the occupancy, you can instead choose one based on its available amenities. Different specialty units available in many hotels across the world can include:
6. Accessible Rooms
All hotels are required by law to provide parties in need with access to a handicap-friendly room. These rooms can contain amenities including handrails, expanded wheel-chair friendly floor plans, easy-access showers, and more. They are most often on the first floor to make them as simple to enter as possible.
Do note, though, that visitors who have alternative disabilities may be able to request accessible amenities in standard hotel rooms. If you or a loved one has to contend with some manner of disability, then be sure to reach out to the hotel you're interested in staying before visiting to see what kind of adaptations may be available to you.
There is more than one type of suite. The different types available to you will vary based on the hotel that you stay at. In general, these can include:
- Basic or executive suites - basic suites include separate sleeping and living spaces for visitors to enjoy. Unlike the standard studio style of many hotel rooms, you'll be able to enjoy some manner of privacy in a basic or executive suite.
- Junior suites - the term junior suite describes the traditional, studio-style hotel room seen across the world. Here, there will be no walls or doors dividing one room's amenities from one another, save for the bathroom.
- Presidential suites - if you're looking for a more refined visiting experience, you can request a stay in a hotel's presidential suite. These suites are often the most expensive rooms on a hotel's property. They are arranged in an apartment-style with a living space, additional bedrooms, and extensive decorations. Visitors in these rooms may also have access to specialty amenities.
8. Family Rooms
Family rooms, as the name suggests, are rooms designed specifically for parents and their children. The make of these rooms will vary depending on the hotel you visit. However, in most cases, these rooms will have enough beds to accommodate a family's two parents and up to four children.
In some cases, family rooms may merit their own wing of a hotel, with single or 21+ groups of visitors relegated to another part of the property. More often than not, hotels will try to make getting into a room as convenient as possible for a set of traveling parents, meaning that a family room, much like an accessible room, is likely to be on the first floor of a hotel.
If you do wish to stay in a family room, be sure to ask the hotel of your choosing about any special packages that may make your visit more comfortable. Some hotels offer visiting families who stay in family rooms access to a free breakfast, cribs, or other child-friendly amenities.
9. Connecting Rooms
For visitors who want to stay near to friends and family but also want the privacy of their own rooms, there are connecting hotel rooms. These rooms are brought together by doors the open between two or more units. Visitors can unlock these doors at their leisure and travel between individual suites without having to step out into a busy hotel hallway.
If you're looking for a truly luxurious stay in a hotel, then why not take a gander around the penthouse? Hotel penthouses are designed to provide visitors with every amenity available on the property and more.
Penthouses frequently make up the entire top floor of a hotel, allowing visitors access to unrivaled floor space. You can enjoy a variety of private rooms on this level as well as public spaces designed to allow for parties, conferences, and any other needs visitors may have.
Not every hotel, however, comes with a penthouse. If you want to experience the leisure of one of these spaces for yourself, be sure to do your research ahead of time to make sure that the hotel you're interested in has one such room available.
For travelers looking for a truly private hotel experience, there is the option of searching for a villa. Unlike hotel rooms, villas are separate homes kept on one large property. Hotels - or more frequently, resorts - rent these spaces out to visitors. In turn, visitors have access to all of the resort's amenities as well as those available through the villa, including private hot tubs, unrivaled floor space, delivery meals, and more.
More often than not, a resort with villas will allow visitors to choose between residences meant for single visitors or large groups. The size of these villas will be up to the resort, but they make ideal rest stops for visitors keen on making the most of however long they intend to be in the area.
You are in no way confined when you start to look for hotel rooms. If you're taking a cross country trip or looking to escape from the mundanity of everyday life, you'll have your pick of room options no matter where you go. Explore hotels by the number of beds each room has or by the amenities each unit has to offer; either way, so long as you know what you're looking for, you'll find yourself content at the end of a long day of traveling.