People going on vacation and holiday makers, those traveling for special occasions, such as to attend a wedding, funeral, or party, people traveling for business meetings, negotiations, and other work related duties and contractors needing a temporary home base while completing a job are just a few types of people who may use a hotel. Others include students on a short-term course, couples looking for a change of scenery for a romantic night, people in need of emergency accommodation due to problems at home, for example in the case of a fire or flood, and people who are visiting out-of-town friends and family.
Beyond a bed and a private room, usually with an en suite bathroom but sometimes offering shared bathroom facilities, hotels often provide a range of added amenities and services. Many hotels today offer Wi-Fi, especially those that are geared up to receive business guests. Some have restaurants and bars, where guests and often non-residents too can enjoy meals and drinks for an additional cost, and room service may be available. Some establishments, however, operate on an all-inclusive basis, meaning that customers can enjoy free food and drinks.
Other features of hotels may include indoor and / or outdoor swimming pools, play areas for children, a kids’ club, child-minding services, gardens, a gym or fitness center, TV lounges, bars, reading rooms, libraries, and other communal areas, car rental services, tour booking and transfers, laundry, dry cleaning, and ironing, currency exchange, daily newspapers, wake-up calls, and onsite shops, like gift stores and mini-marts.
Hotels that see many business guests and corporate customers may have a business center, with facilities such as faxing, printing, and computer use, in addition to workspaces in a quiet environment. Luxury hotels often have an incorporated spa, offering an array of beauty and relaxation treatments and therapies, including massages, facials, manicures, body wraps, hair treatments, saunas, and steam rooms.
Amenities within rooms vary from hotel to hotel. Standard items generally include a bed, mirror, and storage furnishings, like a closet or drawers, though it is common to also find desks or dressers, seating areas, tea and coffee making facilities or a kettle, personal safety deposit boxes, and mini refrigerators / mini bars. High-end hotels may provide devices like tablets or iPods for guests to use, and TVs with a range of channels, DVD players, alarm clocks, and radios are increasingly more common in hotels that cater to all budgets.
Bathrooms may have a bathtub, a shower, or both, and many hotels offer free toiletries. Some provide robes and slippers, and some have added features like bidets, double sink units, magnifying mirrors, and hairdryers.
It’s pretty common for hotels to have diverse room types too, with economy, standard, and luxury options in some form or another.
With so many options and variables, how do people ever choose the best hotel for them?!
If you don’t have a website for your hotel, you’re really missing out and letting your competitors get the upper hand. Most travelers book their rooms in advance, often online. After all, who wants to be stranded in unfamiliar territory?
A simple but effective Hopinit website, built using a free template and completely mobile responsive and user friendly, helps you to stay ahead in the hotel game. Quick and easy to create, the template can be customized but does all the hard work for you. Describe your rooms, rates, and services, showcase beautiful images of your accommodation and facilities in the gallery or image slideshow, take reservations and deal with enquiries through the contact form, help people to find you with the hassle-free Google Maps features, and add to your reputation with a top-notch website and online presence.
See bookings increase, have fewer empty rooms, and sleep easy when you use Hopinit. Sweet dreams!