Types of Hotel Rooms

All hotel owners know that there are different types of hotel rooms, and that you can classify them in a variety of ways. Travelers interested in renting hotel rooms know this too. It’s highly likely that when they start looking into their next vacation or business trip, they will do so looking for a particular hotel room style. 

Accordingly, as a hotel owner, you should be familiar with the different ways you can classify your rooms. Having this information means you can be certain about what kinds of rooms your hotel offers at any given time. Armed with this knowledge, you will be better able to formulate a marketing strategy that makes the most sense for your particular situation.

In this article, we’ll differentiate the various kinds of hotel rooms to make sure there is no confusion. We’ll use the most common kinds of classifications to make this information as comprehensive for hotel owners as possible. 

 Why Do Hotel Rooms Need to Be Divided Into Types?

Hotel rooms need to be divided into types for three main reasons. The first is so you can optimize and boost revenue. The second is so would-be guests can know what to expect when they book a room. The third is so hotel owners know what kinds of rooms they have available on their properties. 

As far as optimization and revenue boosting are concerned, knowing what types of rooms you have helps in this regard because you want to offer room types that appeal to the ideal guest segment you’re trying to attract. However, you also want to appeal to the broadest possible range of guests. Both of these things become a lot easier once you’ve figured out what kind of rooms you have. 

What Are Some Common Ways to Classify Hotel Rooms?

Size is one of the most vital factors when classifying hotel rooms. The type and number of beds is next on the list. What amenities a room features might be another way to classify it. What you’re allowed to do or not do in the room might also come into play. 

What Are Some of the Most Common Hotel Room Classifications?

If you look at popular websites like Agoda, Expedia, Booking.com, and so forth, you will often see hotel rooms listed according to these classifications:

  • Single rooms
  • Standard double rooms
  • Deluxe double rooms
  • Standard twin rooms
  • Studio apartments 
  • Junior suites
  • Executive suites
  • Presidential suites

When determining how to describe a hotel room on a website, a hotel owner will probably consider things like the hotel’s style, the layout and characteristics of the property, the guest demographics, and the building’s location. Now, let’s examine each of these hotel room types in more detail. 

1. Single Hotel Rooms

A single hotel room should be expected to have a single bed in it, usually a queen or a double. These kinds of rooms are designed for one occupant. 

2. Standard Double Rooms

This is a room for two people. It might have a single queen or king-sized bed. It may also have two full-sized beds. A guest can usually expect this type of room to be more spacious than a single room. 

3. Deluxe Double Rooms

A deluxe double room will have a single bed. It is not dissimilar from a standard double room, but it will likely be larger. It may also have some more luxurious features, such as a more elaborate seating area or nicer furnishings. 

4. Standard Twin Rooms

This is a hotel room containing two single beds. Each bed can accommodate one person. Colleagues or friends traveling together, each of whom want their own bed, might rent this kind of room. 

5. Studio Apartments

A studio-style hotel room typically has living, dining, and sleeping space all in the same room. Some have regular single beds, while others might have a pull-out sofa that doubles as a place to sleep. 

6. Junior Suites

Junior suites will often have 1 ½ times the space of a standard hotel single room. There is sometimes a partial wall in a junior suite between the sitting room and sleeping area.  

7. Executive Suites

An executive suite is normally considered to be a step up in luxury as compared to a junior suite. Guests can expect a considerably larger sitting area that is separated from the bed and the bathroom. It will probably have a loveseat or couch as well. 

8. Presidential Suites

If a guest books a presidential suite, they can expect to get the hotel’s most lavish accommodations. Such a suite will often have multiple bedrooms. There should be a living space in addition to the bedroom, and the guest can expect a long list of custom services and amenities as well.

9. Hotel Rooms by Occupancy

Classifying hotel rooms by occupancy is another method that many hotel owners and websites use. Let’s look at some examples of this classification system.

10. Single Hotel Rooms

We already briefly mentioned single hotel rooms. They are designed for a single occupant, and there should be just one bed.

11. Double Hotel Rooms

As previously mentioned, this is a room intended for two people, sometimes with a pair of beds, other times with a single queen or king-sized bed. 

12. Triple Hotel Rooms

Triple hotel rooms generally can accommodate three people comfortably. They often come with three twin beds. You might also see them with two double beds or one double bed and a twin bed.

13. Quad Hotel Rooms

These are popular in some parts of the world. This is a larger room that is intended for four guests to comfortably stay. You might see twin beds or bunk beds in such a room.

14. Hotel Rooms According to Bed Size

Classifying hotel rooms by bed size is another option. Let’s discuss some of the most common ones you’ll find. 

15. Queen Hotel Rooms

A queen hotel room is one that comes with a queen-size bed. Such a bed usually has dimensions of 60 inches wide by 80 inches long, or 152.4 centimeters by 203.2 centimeters. These rooms can typically accommodate one or two people comfortably. 

16. King Hotel Rooms

This is a room that comes with a king-sized bed. Such a bed is normally 80 inches long by 76 inches wide, or 203 centimeters by 193 centimeters. One or two people usually stay in such a room.

17. Twin Hotel Rooms

This is a room with a pair of twin beds. One person could stay in one, but two is usually more common.

18. Studio Hotel Rooms

The studio hotel room, which we mentioned earlier, often comes with a sofa that can be converted into a bed. Some might contain a small kitchenette as well. 

19. Hollywood Twin Hotel Rooms

This is a relatively uncommon room type. The Hollywood twin is similar to a twin room. However, a common headboard joins the pair of twin beds.

20. Double Double Hotel Rooms

The double double hotel room normally has two queen or double beds. Anywhere from two to four people might comfortably stay in one. 

21. Hotel Rooms by Layout

Classifying hotel rooms according to the way they are laid out is another option. Let’s discuss a few of these.

22. Standard Rooms

If a room is described as standard by a hotel or travel agency, it will probably be one of the cheapest rooms available in that hotel. It will usually have a queen or double bed. 

Someone who stays there can expect a rectangular space. It will contain a private bathroom, a sofa or armchair, a desk, and perhaps a dressing table or cupboard. It will also probably come with a space and the equipment for making tea or coffee, a phone, a TV, and perhaps a media player. 

23. Deluxe Rooms

If a hotel describes a room as deluxe, it will be a step up from the standard room. The view from the window, if there is one, might be better. The amenities and furnishings will probably be a little more posh as well. Guests can expect a more luxurious bathroom, and possibly a balcony as well.

24. Suites or Executive Suites

If a room is described as a suite or an executive suite, then it will usually be a larger space as compared to a standard room. It will probably have a separate bedroom area that is connected to a modestly-sized living room. Some of them feature kitchenettes as well.

Junior or Mini Suites

The junior or mini suite is usually a room with a single bed. However, it should also have a sitting area that can accommodate a couple of people.

Presidential Suites

We already mentioned the presidential suite. Because of the larger sizes of these rooms and all of the additional features and services that come with them, you should only expect there to be one or two such rooms in any hotel. Many hotels don’t have any presidential suites.

Connecting Rooms

Connecting rooms are available in some hotels. These are rooms that have separate entries outside the rooms. However, they have a connecting door between them. This is so the guests staying in each room can open the connecting door and visit with each other if they like. They can also close it for privacy. 

Apartments or Long Stay Rooms

Apartments or long stay rooms in hotels are rooms that usually come with laundry facilities, kitchens, or other amenities in addition to the bedrooms. They exist so guests can enjoy longer stays and have some of the comforts of home.  

Adjacent or Adjoining Rooms

These might be rooms that share a common wall. These terms might also apply to rooms that are close to one another. They do not have a connecting door between them, like a connecting room does. 

Some Additional Types of Rooms

Now, let’s conclude by talking about some slightly more unusual room styles. You may not find these types of rooms in all hotels. Checking the website can usually help you determine whether these kinds of rooms are being offered.

Penthouse Suites

Not every hotel will have a penthouse suite. Those that do will usually charge more for them, as they are considered to be one of the more high-end types of room varieties.

These are spacious rooms. Some will take up a hotel’s entire floor. You can also expect them to have the most high-end of amenities, similar to a presidential suite. 

Villas

If you see that a hotel offers a villa, that probably means it’s a resort. These are usually stand-alone houses. They have a good amount of space and privacy. A villa will often have multiple bedrooms, a balcony, a living room, and sometimes a swimming pool as well.

Cabanas

A cabana usually opens out into an area with a swimming pool. They might also have a private swimming pool attached to the room. In boutique hotels, it’s more common to see cabanas as options.

Smoking and Non-Smoking Rooms

Fewer and fewer rooms allow smoking in hotels anymore. If a room is designated a smoking or nonsmoking room, then a guest will know whether that’s an option or not. If there is no mention of that, a guest can usually assume they are not supposed to smoke in the room. Usually, though, the hotel’s website will mention whether smoking in any of their rooms is allowed.

Pet-Friendly Rooms

Some rooms are designated as pet friendly to attract guests who are traveling with cats or dogs. Guests who don’t see that designation can usually assume that pets are not welcome, though a hotel will often make an accommodation for a service animal.

Disability-Accessible Rooms

A disability-accessible room is one that’s set up to accommodate guests who need additional assistance or ones that have mobility issues. The details of such rooms are usually made available on hotel websites. 

“Room Only” Rooms

Hotels that feature rooms that are described as “room only” are often of the bed and breakfast or hostel variety. These rooms are just single rooms with no private access to a bathroom, living space, or kitchen. These will be shared in common with other guests. 

Now you should have a good idea as a hotel owner of how you would want to classify the rooms you have available for rent. Once you have classified your rooms, you can develop the best plan for advertising them. 

Presumably, you will also know whether you’re trying to target individuals traveling alone or in pairs, groups, guests traveling for business or pleasure, etc. This information should prove invaluable as you figure out the best way to zero in on your target market.

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