Learn About the Different Types of Hotels Available

Types of Hotels:

Design Hotels:
Design Hotels – Hotels that breaks from the norm and is visually provocative, and doesn’t fit in with the generic, commodified hotels that have been done for the last 50 years.  Design Hotels represent innovative architecture and design, and the integration of concepts like mobility, luxury redefined, authenticity and sustainability into the real-world experiences.  Typical Design Hotels Include:

  • Avant Garde Hotels – http://www.avantgardehotels.com/
  • Design Hotels – www.designhotels.com
  • Siam@Siam Hotel in Bangkok – www.siamatsiam.com
  • The Gray Hotel in Milan – http://www.hotelthegray.com
  • Hotel Palomar Washington DC – www.hotelpalomar-dc.com
  • Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington DC – http://www.sofitel.com
  • Hotel George – http://www.hotelgeorge.com/

Small Hotels/Boutique Hotels:
The definition of a boutique hotel varies. Architecture and design Style, distinction, warmth, and intimacy are key words in the architecture and design of boutique hotels, which seem to attract a niche of customers looking for a special and differentiated property able to fulfill their individual needs. Many boutique hotels introduce different themes in each guestroom, making every single stay unique, even for their repeat guests.
Typical Size: Although no standard definition of boutique hotels has been agreed upon, and the sizes of these types of hotels vary considerably, most boutique hotels do share some common characteristics. However, most boutique hotels are properties that do not exceed 100 rooms.

Boutique hotels in city destinations
In city destinations, location still ranks number one on guests’ priority lists. Good locations for boutique hotels are not determined only by manner of convenience, but also by the “trendiness” and “chic-ness” of their respective neighborhoods. Accordingly, most existing city boutique hotels are located in vivacious cities such as New York, London, San Francisco, and Miami.

Both the style and the design of city boutique hotels are unlike the traditional resort boutique hotels. Cooler notes, modernism, and the interpretation of the 21st Century — at times matched with historical components and art — are considered modish, and are found in most successful city boutique hotels. Technology strongly relates to these factors, whether it is technology that enhances the ambiance and promotes emotional contact between the guests and the hard attributes of the building (such as lighting and music), or technology that is provided for the convenience of hotel guests (such as in-room DVD players, flat-screen television sets, cordless phones, and computers with high-speed Internet access and the latest monitor genres).Entertainment in boutique hotels is an important dynamic in creating a lively, chic and trendy mind-set. However, in the boutique hotel concept, entertainment is not limited to events such as live music and performances; the idea of a boutique hotel is entertainment in its own nature: a hip restaurant, lounge, and bar; an exceptional theme; and visually spectacular decorations.

Lifestyle Hotels:
A Lifestyle Hotel is not a ‘proper hotel category’ but can be defined through specific characteristics. Those characteristics are similar to boutique hotels. They are both unique in their character and very distinctive. Lifestyle hotels are best characterized as small, stylish hotels that offer high levels of service. Lifestyle hotels are described as innovative and provide more of a personal experience than so-called “branded” hotels’.

Lifestyle hotels are typically marketed to millennials by major hotel chains and usually offer amenities that encourage guests to socialize with one another. Vague definitions define these properties by numbers of rooms, rather than by their uniqueness of character — whether charming, distinctive, quirky, cutting-edge, avant-garde, trendy, funky or classic — all characteristics that are of interest to travelers.

Lifestyle hotels often include a lobby space that encourages social interaction, a food and beverage program with regionally inspired menus and craft cocktails, programming that involves locally based artists and “a distinct sense of play.  Typical Lifestyle Hotel or hotel Brands:

  • Andaz Hotels by Hyatt – https://andaz.hyatt.com/en/andaz.html
  • The Hyatt Centric – https://centric.hyatt.com/en/hyattcentric.html
  • Hotel analysts generally credit Starwood Hotels & Resorts and, more specifically, Starwood’s then-CEO, Barry Sternlicht, for introducing the concept in 1998 with the W Hotels brand. – http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/index.html

Boutique hotels in resort destinations:
Boutique hotels in resort destinations are exotic, small, and intimate. These boutique hotels give their guests a chance to explore the local feel without sacrificing luxury. Although location is just as important in resort destinations as it is in city destinations, the word “trendy” has a different designation in this matter; if location should be central in the case of city boutique hotels, trendy resort boutique hotels are generally well-hidden, tucked away in deserted corners of the islands or the mountains. The more difficult it is to reach the destination by means of common transportation, the more fashionable the location is considered. Successful boutique resort hotels unite traditional architecture with the comfort and luxury of modernism, without losing the personality of the local community. Each boutique hotel must develop its own recognizable flavor, with sumptuousness and excellence as the only similarities among boutique resort hotels. Exotic amenities take the role of technology in city destinations; in fact, boutique resort hotels actually promote the non-existence of electronics and communication devices in guestrooms as a competitive advantage. Traditional spas, rose petal baths, private individual plunge pools, honeymoon packages, and art and painting sessions are just a few examples of boutique amenities offered in resort destinations.  Typical Small/Boutique Hotels:

  • Avant Garde Hotels – http://www.avantgardehotels.com/
  • Epoque Hotels – http://www.epoquehotels.com/index.html
  • Small Luxury Hotels of the world – www.slh.com
  • Kimpton Hotels – http://www.kimptonhotels.com/
  • Hotel Monaco Washington DC – www.monaco-dc.com

Hotel:
A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis. Hotels often provide several additional guest services such as a restaurant, a swimming pool or childcare. Some hotels have conference services and meeting rooms and encourage groups to hold conventions and meetings at their location.

Condo-Hotel:
A condo-hotel, also known as a hotel-condo or a Condotel, is a building used as both a condominium and a hotel. Condo hotels are typically high-rise buildings developed and operated as luxury hotels, usually in major cities, in the US and around the world. These hotels have condominium units which allow someone to own a full-service vacation home {fractional ownership}. When they aren’t using this home, they can leverage the marketing and management done by the hotel chain to rent and manage the condo unit as it would any other hotel room.
Typical Condo-Hotels – http://www.condohotelcenter.com/

Luxury Hotel:
Luxury Hotel – A luxury hotel is a hotel that is upscale and typically costs more than the average accommodation. While there isn’t a formal threshold, in most cities, hotels that charge above $200-250 would be considered luxury. These hotels maintain a 4-star or 5-star rating.
Styles of luxury hotels include:

  • Traditional Luxury: Willard InterContinental Washington DC – http://www.washington.intercontinental.com/
  • Contemporary Luxury: W” Hotels – www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels
  • Asia contemporary luxury: The Sukhothai Hotel in Bangkok – www.sukhothai.com
  • Asia Contemporary Luxury: Mandarin Oriental Hotels – www.mandarin-oriental.com

Typical Luxury Hotel:

  • The Leading Hotels of the World – www.lhw.com
  • Jumeirah Hotels – www.jumeirahhotels.com
  • Four Seasons Hotels – www.fourseasons.com
  • Fairmont Washington – www.Fairmont.com/Washington

Ultra Luxury Hotel:

A hotel (city or resort) that exceeds the standards set for a typical luxury hotel. These hotels maintain a 6-star rating.
Typical Luxury Hotel:

  • Burj Al Arab – www.jumeirah.com

Resort:
A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation, attracting visitors for holidays or vacations. Resorts are places, towns or sometimes commercial establishment operated by a single company. Such a self-contained resort attempts to provide for most of a vacationer’s wants while remaining on the premises, such as food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping. The term “resort” sometimes is misused to identify a hotel that does not provide the other amenities required of a full resort. However, a hotel is frequently a central feature of a resort, such as the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Michigan.

A resort is not merely a commercial establishment operated by a single company, although in the late twentieth century this sort of facility became more common.

All-inclusive Resort:
An all-inclusive resort is a resort that, besides providing all the common amenities of a resort, charges a fixed price that includes most or all items. At a minimum, most inclusive resorts include lodging, unlimited food, drink, sports activities, and entertainment for the fixed price.  Typical All-inclusive Resort:

  • Sandals Resorts – www.sandals.com

Luxury Resort:
A luxury resort, sometimes referred to as an exclusive resort, is a very expensive vacation facility which is fully staffed and has been rated with five stars. Luxury resorts often boast many visitor activities and attractions such as golf, watersports, spa and beauty facilities, skiing, natural ecology and tranquility. Because of the extent of amenities offered, a luxury resort is also considered a destination resort.

A luxury resort is an elite luxury property which exhibits an exceptionally high degree of customer service and hospitality. A flawless execution of guest services will be the resort staff’s and management’s main concern. A luxury resort will commonly also feature a superb architectural interior and exterior design as well as an interesting physical location. These resorts are exclusive in terms of price and can cost as much as 46,000 USD per night.

Typical Luxury Resort:

  • Banyan Tree Resorts – www.banyantree.com
  • Royal Hideaway Playacar- www.lhw.com/RoyalHideaway

Ultra-Luxury Resort:
A resort that exceeds the standards set for a typical luxury hotel. These hotels maintain a 5+ or 6-star rating. A Typical Ultra-Luxury Resort:

  • The OneandOnly Palmilla (Mexico) – www.OneandOnlyResorts.com
  • Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, Los Cabos – http://www.lasventanas.com/en/index.cfm